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Difficult research challenges

Session on Wednesday, Jul 11th, 09:00
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This panel follows on from previous conference panels where we have successfully engaged delegates in a debate about the current and future state of research into coaching, mentoring, and supervision. Panels members will make a statement or pose a question which is a difficult research challenge at the moment. The audience will then work on exploring the difficult research challenges including where to next and future involvement.

The panel will consist of:

  • Professor Tony Wall – Chester University – Panel Chair
  • Kevin Brush – EMCC International
  • Dr David Clutterbuck – EMCC International
  • Dr Jenni Jones – Wolverhampton University
  • Auriel Majumdar – Sheffield Hallam University
  • Professor Darlene Russ-Eft – Oregon State University


Professor Tony Wall is Director of the International Thriving at Work Research Group, University of Chester UK, and holds visiting research positions in the UK, US and Australia. He leads three Santander International Research Excellence projects and numerous practice-impact projects, each of which focusing on ‘human thriving’ in multiple cultural and ecological contexts. His consultancy and advisory work extends across multiple professional bodies to facilitate international impact (e.g. Research Policy at EMCC International; Chair at the regional level for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; and Research Lead for Lapidus International – the words for well-being association). He is also lead author of the EMCC International Research provocations report series.

Kevin Brush is the EMCC International Vice-president Research. He has over 25 years of commercial leadership, 15 years senior level. He is undertaking doctoral studies at Oxford-Brookes University in the UK, researching the application of technology in coaching and mentoring.

Dr David Clutterbuck David Clutterbuck is a co-founder of EMCC and is currently one of two EMCC International Special Ambassadors. He is visiting professor at Sheffield Hallam, Oxford Brookes, and York St John Universities in the UK and has written or edited more than 65 books.

Dr Jenni Jones is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton Business School, where she teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the area of Business, Leadership, Change, Coaching and Mentoring. As well as teaching, Jenni leads a variety of external projects and has worked with West Midlands Police, Staffordshire Police and the Metropolitan Police (she has received a special recognition award from both the West Midlands Police and the British Association for Women in Policing), Dudley Community Services, Wolverhampton City Council, Goodyear Dunlop, Sandwell Council etc. She has also published a variety of articles and spoken at a number of Conferences in the field of coaching, mentoring, women and leadership, with her latest article in 2017 entitled: ‘How can mentoring support women in a male dominated workforce.’

Auriel Majumdar is a Creative Business Coach and Consultant. After more than twenty years working at a senior level in the national voluntary sector and local authorities, Auriel now runs her own business working with a diverse set of organisations and individuals, specialising in the creative and cultural sectors. Auriel is also a Lecturer in Coaching and Mentoring at Sheffield Hallam University (UK) leading Modules on Coacking Skills, Coaching Psychology, Leadership and Coaching Supervision. She has a BSc in Psychology from Durham University (UK) and a MSc in Coaching and Mentoring from Sheffield Hallam University (UK) and is accredited in the Time to Think coaching methodology. Auriel is currently undertaking her Doctoral research for a PhD in Professional Development: Psychological Perspectives with University of Canterbury Christchurch (UK) and the Professional Development Foundation, looking at the relationships between coaching and art and in particular how artists experience the coaching space.

Professor Darlene Russ-Eft is Professor of Adult and Higher Education, College of Education, Oregon State University (OSU in the USA). She received her MA and PhD from University of Michigan in the USA in cognitive psychology. She worked for training companies as director of research before joining OSU, where she teaches doctoral and masters’ courses to senior leaders and practitioners. She is past president for the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD); past director for the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance, and Instruction (ibstpiR); and past board member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA). She is past editor of Human Resource Development Quarterly. Her research focuses on evaluation of organizational learning interventions.

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