Strategic Alliances

European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC)

Kingstown College works proactively with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) to establish a presence for the organisation in Ireland.

Visions & Aims

EMCC exists to promote good practice and the expectation of good practice in mentoring and coaching across Europe

It aims to achieve this through:

  • The on-going development and application of a widely agreed statement of ethical and professional standards in coaching and mentoring
  • Creation and support of forums, using traditional and new media, for dialogue and mutual learning across the spectrum of mentoring and coaching
  • Lobbying, where appropriate, to support socially responsible coaching and mentoring in all sectors of employment and community development
  • Stimulation of research and benchmarking
  • Maintenance of an extensive library of materials on coaching and mentoring
  • Respecting the wide range of perspectives and approaches to mentoring, coaching and the complementary professions that may be appropriate for different contexts
  • Recognising the continuous professional development needs, and valid options for meeting those needs, of all levels of experience of coaching and mentoring, from full time professionals to occasional volunteers, within an appropriate framework of standards
  • Recognising the needs of consumers of coaching and mentoring services for an authoritative, impartial and objective source of information on the quality of service provision available in their geographical area
  • Improving communications between providers of mentoring and coaching services: their clients and customers, both individual and organisational
  • and academics engaged in the search for good practice in coaching and mentoring
  • Providing a membership forum for all those involved in the wide variety of the applications of coaching and mentoring, while placing its greatest emphasis on those areas, which are not already well represented by other bodies.
  • Ensure that our working practices and professional relationships reflect the underlying values expressed in this statement and are kept under regular review.

National Framework of Qualifications

The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) provides a way to compare qualifications, and to ensure that they are quality assured and recognised at home and abroad.

Framework levels:

The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) is a system of ten levels. Each level is based on nationally agreed standards of knowledge, skill and competence i.e. what an individual is expected to know, understand and be able to do following successful completion of a process of learning. It includes learning from the very initial stages to the most advanced stages and all such learning may be achieved in schools or colleges at work or in the home or community.


SOLAS is the new Further Education and Training Authority in Ireland. It is responsible for funding, planning and co-ordinating training and further education programmes. SOLAS (An tSeirbhís Oideachais Leanúnaigh agus Scileanna) was formally established on 27th October 2013 by Ruairí Quinn T.D., the Minister for Education and Skills.

Quality and Qualifications Ireland

On 6 November 2012, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) was established as a new integrated agency (replacing the Further Education and Training Awards Council, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council and the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland and incorporating the functions of the Irish Universities Quality Board).

QQI is responsible for the external quality assurance of further and higher education and training (including English language provision) and validates programmes and makes awards for certain providers in these sectors.

QQI is also responsible for the maintenance, development and review of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).
Since its establishment, QQI has been progressing the development of its qualifications and quality assurance services.  In May 2013, QQI rolled out a Comprehensive Policy Development Programme through a number of large public events and an extensive consultation process.


The Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC) was the statutory awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. From June 2001 until the establishment of Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) on 6 November 2012, FETAC made awards at levels 1 to 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). These awards are now made by QQI.

The International Institute of Coaching

The IIC facilitates access to quality accreditation for Coaches, Students, and Clients of Coaches; contributes to the quality of accreditation and ensures that availability of a high standard of Coach Training. Quality Control of Coaching and Coach Training is a key element in this process. It was decided to effect this by forming a governing body catering specifically for the Coaching Industry, using the expertise of qualified and experienced Coaches active in this field.

Clutterbuck Associates

Professor David Clutterbuck is one of Europe’s most prolific and well-known management writers and thinkers. He has written more than 50 books and hundreds of articles on cutting edge management themes. Co-founder of The European Mentoring and Coaching Council, David also runs a thriving international consultancy, Clutterbuck Associates, which specialises in helping people in organisations develop the skills to help others. David is perhaps best-known in recent years for his work on mentoring, on which he consults around the world. His books on mentoring and coaching include the classic Everyone needs a mentor, Learning Alliances, Mentoring in Action, Mentoring executives and directors and Coaching at Work.

David has been responsible for the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of highly successful mentoring and coaching programmes in numerous organisations around the world, including Standard Chartered Bank, Goldman Sachs, Lloyds-TSB, World Bank and Nokia. David has worked with the Audit Commission in the UK, implementing a diversity mentoring programme that is now in its fifth phase. In October 2003, the Audit Commission scheme achieved a Gold Standard under assessment by the International Standards for Mentoring Programmes in Employment (ISMPE).

David heads the UK research committee of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and maintains an extensive and continuous programme of research in his own right. His latest research has been into the under-explored territory of team coaching – the results will be published as Coaching the Team in Summer 2006.

The broad scope of his work can be seen on the Clutterbuck Associates website. David can also be contacted by e-mail on [email protected].

Supervision with Dr. Peter Hawkins

Coaching Supervision: The key to successful practice and continuing development

A Masterclass with Dr. Peter Hawkins

Dr. Peter Hawkins is the leading expert in coaching supervision and co-author of “Coaching, Mentoring and Organizational Consultancy: Supervision and Development” (Open University Press, 2006) and the best selling “Supervision in the Helping Professions” (Open University Press, 1989, 2000 and 2006).

He also led on the CIPD research in the UK looking at best practice for Coaching Supervision for both internal and external coaches and what the employing organisations are looking for.

Dr. Peter Hawkins, joint founder (1986) and chairman of Bath Consultancy Group, is a leading consultant, writer and researcher in organisational strategy, learning, managing complex change, leadership and Board development.

He has worked with many leading organisations in many parts of the world including UK, Ireland, mainland Europe, South Africa, America and the Far East co-designing and facilitating strategy reviews as well as major change and organisational transformation projects. He has helped a number of boards and senior executive teams develop their vision, values, leadership and strategy for the future, both in commercial companies, higher education, large professional organisations and large and small charities.

Peter is a founding member of APECS and has coached a number of Corporate Executives, Chief Executives and Chairman in both the Public and Private sectors, including:

  • Chief Executives of FTSE 100 companies
  • Chief Executives of younger growing companies
  • International Lead Partners in PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Local Authority Chief Executives, and
  • Chief Executives of international not-for-profit organisations.
  • He has also taught Executive Coaching in a variety of settings and currently leads the international modular training programme in the Supervision of Coaches, Mentors and Consultants through Bath Consultancy Group.

Peter is the co-author of the best selling “Supervision in the Helping Professions” (Open University Press, 1989, 2000 and 2006), “Coaching, Mentoring and Organizational Consultancy: Supervision and Development” (Open University Press, 2006) and the CIPD Change Agenda “Coaching Supervision”. He is also author of “The Wise Fool’s Guide to Leadership” (O Books, 2005).

His current and recent client companies include Ernst & Young, Canon, PricewaterhouseCoopers, IBM, Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw and the BBC.

American Society for Training & Development (ASTD)

Mission Statement
To become active in an international community of practice in learning and development; harnessing a Global Network to bring world class learning and resources to every T&D person in Ireland.

About ASTD

ASTD (American Society for Training & Development) is the world’s largest association dedicated to workplace learning and performance professionals. ASTD’s 70,000 members and associates come from more than 100 countries and thousands of organizations – multinational corporations, medium-sized and small businesses, government, academia, consulting firms, and product and service suppliers.

ASTD marks its beginning in 1944 when the organization held its first annual conference. In recent years, ASTD has widened the industry’s focus to connect learning and performance to measurable results, and is a sought-after voice on critical public policy issues.

European Coaching Institute

The European Coaching Institute is Europe’s leading independent body for the Coaching industry and is run by professional coaches. They take an international focus; building, maintaining and working with European standards and Ethics to promote best practice, raise awareness, while providing value added benefits to its members.


International Coach Federation: ICF

International Society for Coaching Psychology

International Positive Psychology Association

IDA Ireland

Reina Trust


Irish School of Motoring



Enterprise Ireland


Bank of Ireland

Contact Us

Phone:  1890 788 788 (Lo Call)
Text:  086 042 0035
Email: [email protected]

Kingstown College (Executive Coaching Solutions) is a QQI Validated Training Provider.