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Rita Symons
Evidenced based research into climate action and coaching with Dr. Roger Maitland, Rita Symons and Dr. Sezer Bozkus Kahyaoglu
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As climate change intensifies, pressures associated with the sustainability transition are increasingly experienced by coaches and their clients. To respond to this, the EMCC Global Centre for Excellence in Climate Action and Sustainability and the Research Centre for Excellence conducted extensive research which sought to understand how coaches are addressing climate change in their practice, and perceiving their role, practice, and ethical boundaries. The interdependent nature of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) means that multi-stakeholder partnerships are critical for success. As part of a partnership framework, the United Nations advocates for the use of coaching and mentoring to build high impact multiple stakeholder partnerships to address the SDGs. This session will report on the survey conducted with coaches, team coaches, mentors and supervisors in 2022. Join us as we explore this important topic and the implications for ethics and practice.


Rita is a credible coach, mentor and leadership development specialist. She was an internal coach in the NHS and held numerous posts, including in commissioning, community and mental health services, ten years of which were at Board level. In 2016, she established a coaching and leadership development practice.

She is a practitioner with significant interest in research. She has undertaken research commissioned to inform the NHS Coaching Strategy, focusing on how coaching can be more inclusive, in terms of the diversity of coaches and individuals who are accessing coaching.

Until 2021, Rita was the UK President of EMCC UK. She is passionate about supporting coaches and mentors at all stages of their development, being an accredited supervisor as well as a senior practitioner coach. She now chairs the EMCC Global Centre for Excellence for Climate Action and Sustainability, working with a wonderful group of volunteers.

United Kingdom
Enhance Coaching and Consultancy
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