Hello, and welcome to my blog! 

I’m Alison Newby, an ILM-qualified coach and historian at the University of Manchester in the UK. To me ‘coach’ and ‘historian’ are two sides of the same coin – in both capacities I listen and observe keenly, deal in narratives which combine ‘facts’ and perceptions, and do my best to be scrupulously faithful to and reflect back the sources. You can find out more about my coaching approach here.

I’m enthusiastic to stretch my horizons by trying new ways of doing things. I’m therefore pleased to act as a Lead on the committee of the Staff Development Forum’s #coachingHE Tweetchat – a developmental social media-based CPD tool and community for coaches working in UK Higher Education. You can read more of my thoughts on this here.

One of my skills as a historian is writing entertaining yet academically sound copy, a selection of which you can view here. As I delve deeper into coaching practice, I’ll be doing the same for coaching. Hence this blog! My writing appears in other places too, including the Staff Development Forum blog and the International Coach Federation’s Coaching World.

I’m adamant that complex things can be presented in simple yet profound ways. I hope to build up here in this space a ‘repository’ of ideas, facts, tools, inspiration and fascination that anyone, coach or non-coach, will enjoy perusing.

So drop in any time, and do get in touch to say hello. Your views are more valued here than mine!