Over 100 HR & L&D professionals joined us for our annual East of England coaching and mentoring conference, The Coaching Conversation, held at Center Parcs, Elveden Forest, Suffolk.
Now in its 3rd year, out latest conference on Wednesday 15 November tackled the theme of change.
Margaret Burnside, Director of CAKE, said; “It has been an amazing year for us, we have gone through a period of massive growth and change which influenced the theme for this year’s conference.
“We are passionate about coaching and mentoring; it’s at the heart of everything we do so it was very important that we upheld the quality of our previous conferences.”
Our aim is to continue to meet and bring inspired people together to support the coaching community. In previous years we have brought guest speakers: Julie Starr - Author and Coach, Andy Lancaster – CIPD, David Taylor – The Naked Leader, as well as experts in the coaching and mentoring world to the region and this year we were delighted to add Professor David Clutterbuck and James Hutton to the list.
Delegates were able to choose from a variety of practical workshops and case studies running throughout the day with the opportunity to connect, collaborate and have some great conversations in the delightful, rural setting.
This year saw the introduction of the first CAKE Coaching Award. We wanted to know who went above and beyond their job role coaching and supporting their colleagues, who were the coaching champions driving and maintaining the coaching culture in their organisations.
The winner of The CAKE Coaching Award was Martin Bull – Systems Development Manager, Global Closure Systems – UCP Zeller and our finalists were: Derrick Farrell – CEO Rehabworks and Derek Jackson – Graphic Designer – LSI Architects.
Margaret continued, “Encouragingly, the use of coaching in conjunction with existing development initiatives is becoming more common. We introduced the CAKE Coaching Award this year, to recognise, reward and celebrate the valuable contribution coaching makes to individuals and organisations. We were delighted to announce our first ever winner having been overwhelmed by the quality of nominations, which gave us some tough decisions to make. The feedback we have had has been amazing; I’m so proud of our CAKE Team for creating a great conference experience.”
What our delegates said:
“I think the conference was extremely well organised, fabulous venue, very good food, very professional speakers and workshop facilitators.”
“Thank you for organising such a fabulous event; the conference was extremely good value for money, an enjoyable and thought-provoking day.”
“I found the whole programme very interesting; I wish I could have attended every session.”
I thoroughly enjoyed it, surpassed my expectations.”
If you would like to discuss any of our coaching initiatives or qualifications call the CAKE Team on 01603 733006 or email firstname.lastname@example.org