A therapist at a children's charity has today been announed as the winner of a coaching scholarship competition for the not-for-profit sector run by Henley Business School in partnership with Third Sector.
Frances Clark, a senior auditory verbal therapist at Auditory Verbal UK, receives a full scholarship for the Professional Certificate in Coaching course, starting in September.
Clark hopes the prize will enable her to develop coaching at her organisation, which delivers auditory verbal therapy to deaf babies and children.
Staff at not-for-profit organisations with annual incomes of below £3m were eligible to apply for the nine-month, part-time course, which normally costs £5,450.
Applicants had to submit a 500-word essay on how they planned to use coaching in their organisation to deliver transformation that would help beneficiaries.
The shortlisted essays were judged by a panel of representatives from Henley Business School and Third Sector, plus two independent judges.
Clark said: "I am looking forward to starting this course and I hope it will provide me with tools to coach others more effectively and develop a coaching culture across our team."
Jonathan Passmore, director of the Henley Centre for Coaching, said: "We were impressed by Frances’ ideas on how coaching could be integrated across all levels of AVUK and how it forms the foundation of its programme for both employees and parents.
"Coaching provides the tools for reflecting, learning and change, and we hope this course will enable Frances to cascade the skills she learns to other colleagues in the workplace."