BACP Coaching A Division of BACP

Meet BACP’s Coaching Executive

Greetings from the team.

Like other special interest groups BACP Coaching is managed by BACP members on a pro bono, voluntary basis, supported by BACP staff. Several members of the Coaching Division Executive have a Specialist role in addition to their Executive role, and new applications to join us are always welcome.

Please contact us at to find out more about the areas in which we're seeking expertise (currently accreditation, competencies and standards and coaching and supervision).

Eve Menezes Cunningham - Chair 

Eve Menezes Cunningham joined the Executive in March 2014 as specialist for communications and has been a member of BACP Coaching since it began. She became Chair Elect in November 2015 and Chair in January 2017.

She qualified as a coach in 2004 and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling and a Post Graduate Certificate in Integrative Counselling and Coaching (one of the first group in the UK to be qualified to post-graduate level as an integrative coach-therapist).

Eve runs in Essex (worldwide via telephone and online) offering a range of therapies to support self-care for embodied wellbeing.

As well as counselling, coach-therapy and integrative clinical supervision, Eve integrates other therapies she is qualified and experienced in as appropriate. These include yoga therapy, neuro linguistic programming (she is an NLP Master Practitioner) and Emotional Freedom Technique (she is an Advanced EFT Practitioner).

A freelance psychology, health and wellbeing writer since 2004, Eve contributes columns and features for a wide range of national, specialist and international print and online titles. Her first book, 365 Ways to Feel Better: Self-care for Embodied Wellbeing will be out this May.

Eve aims to help raise awareness of coaching and therapists who coach within BACP and beyond, supporting members who want to extend their portfolios and practice safely, ethically and effectively as integrative coach-therapists and/or therapists who coach.


Gill Fennings-Monkman MBE  

Gill has a Masters Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Distinction) and as a qualified lecturer has taught both coaching and counselling at Certificate, Diploma and Degree level. She has been BACP Accredited since 2005 and in private practice as a coach, counsellor and supervisor for 14 years. Gill specialises in psychotherapeutic coaching, enabling her clients towards recovery from all forms of eating disorder, addiction, anxiety and depression. Alongside her private practice, from 2001-2011, Gill was Consultant Director of the Women's Business Centre, the first purpose built centre of its kind in the UK. The centre held Prowess Flagship quality standard for seven years and, in 2009, won Flagship of the year making it the best provider of women's enterprise support in the country. She managed and supervised the all women coaching team in the third most deprived Borough in the UK. Under Gill's lead, the centre has supported 3,500 women and helped create over 750 businesses and hundreds of jobs. She created a unique and holistic business support package including; counselling, coaching, training, NLP, and mentoring. Gill was awarded an MBE in 2010 in recognition of the award winning coaching, counselling and NLP services which transformed thousands of women's lives. She was chair from 2014-2017, having served on the Coaching Executive for the previous three years as Specialist for Diversity

Michèle Down

As managing director of Michèle Down Dynamics Ltd., Michèle has been an executive coach in the corporate sector for the past seventeen years. Previously a counsellor and supervisor in private practice, she is a qualified teacher and has written and provided counselling training to diploma level, trained qualified counsellors and college lecturers, and was a counselling moderator. Michèle has a business background, having set up her first business aged 21 and her second at 30 (a chocolate factory!) With her business, entrepreneurial and psychotherapeutic backgrounds, Michèle brings an unusual mix to the coaching process. She specialises in working with senior executives and their teams, nationally and globally and in catalysing organisational change. She holds a Diploma in Counselling, a B.Ed and is an NLP Practitioner. She believes passionately that coaching can transform lives at work and can help organisations to become places of excellence, especially in these challenging times.

Steve Page - Executive Specialist for Supervision

Steve joined BACP’s Coaching Executive in December 2014, bringing his extensive therapeutic, supervisory, facilitation and leadership experience to help further develop BACP’s role in supporting therapists who coach (and supervise coaches) within the coaching and counselling professions. 

At the start of his career, Steve worked for ten years in therapeutic communities and then for a further ten in independent practice as a counsellor, supervisor, trainer and facilitator. He went on to lead the counselling service at the University of Hull, taking a break from counselling in 2000 to move into student services senior management, first at the University of Hull and then for ten years at the University of York. It was during this time that he trained and started practicing as a coach. He returned to independent practice (and membership of BACP) in 2013, working as a coach and a counsellor. In addition he continued to expand his supervision practice and works with a wide range of supervisees, including coaches, therapists, facilitators, supervisors, educators and those in pastoral roles. 

Steve has a BA in chemistry, an IDHP diploma in humanistic psychology, three coaching certificates, an MEd in counselling and is a BACP accredited, registered counsellor. He is co-author (with Val Wosket) of Supervising the Counsellor and Psychotherapist (3rd ed. 2014) and author of The Shadow and the Counsellor (1999). 

Sally Brown - Executive Specialist for Communication

Sally Brown

Sally Brown is our Executive Specialist for Communication. She has worked as a journalist for over 20 years, holding several senior editorial positions within the national press, including section editor of the Sunday Times, and is also the author of eight self-help books. 

In 2007, she started training part-time as a psychodynamic counsellor, qualifying in 2013. She worked as a sessional counsellor for The Counselling Foundation before setting up her private practice in 2015 -

Since qualifying, she has undertaken further training in both CBT and Therapeutic Coaching, and now uses an integrated approach which combines both coaching and counselling.

"I am looking forward to helping raise awareness of counsellors who coach among both the public and the counselling profession," she says.


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