Jennifer Liston-Smith

People in Progress

Founded in 1996, we provide consultancy, training and coaching services to organisations.

Leadership Coaching and Coach Development

We have a wealth of organisational experience winning, developing and delivering coaching, mentoring, training and consultancy projects with global professional, financial services and publishing organisations, manufacturing and FMCG, government departments and public sector bodies ... more

Corporate Maternity Coaching and Maternity Management

Jennifer Liston-Smith has a strong presence as a thought-leader, speaker and writer in the corporate maternity and parent coaching field. In June 2010, Jennifer brought this work into a new role as Head of Coaching Development with My Family Care providing a leading range of integrated services for employers ... more

SPEAKING EVENTS

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AC International Conference
Going Global 2010
London 11 & 12 March 2010

Mothering Heights
A conference and forum for mothers and the professionals that support them.
Oxford 20 March 2010

Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference
Breakout session on Managing Difficult Maternity Issues in Practice.
London 12 May 2010


Leadership Coaching and Coach Development

We have a wealth of organisational experience winning, developing and delivering coaching, mentoring, training and consultancy projects with global professional, financial services and publishing organisations, manufacturing and FMCG, government departments and public sector bodies.

We are at ease with leaders, managers and other staff and receive the highest feedback commenting on our thought-provoking yet practical and enjoyable approaches.

We can help you design and deliver interventions from one-off coaching contracts to more complex strategic programmes supporting the growth of a coaching culture.

For example, recognising the recent development of internal coaching faculties, particularly within professional and financial services firms, we are well-placed to provide supervision and development support to internal coach teams.

Our Network

We have a strong track-record of partnering with other consultancy and coaching organisations to serve clients.

Examples include collaborating to develop on-line training materials for a large energy supplier, designing and delivering dignity at work coach training for a manufacturing company and high potential mentor and mentee training for a major food group.

We also draw on a valued network of outstanding individual coaches and coaching psychologists.

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“Initially felt nervous about the possibility of becoming an internal Dignity at Work coach, but now confident and moving towards capable of serving the role. One of the best courses attended and best trainer”

Middle manager participant, in-house coach training programme


Corporate Maternity Coaching and Maternity Management

Jennifer Liston-Smith has a strong presence as a thought-leader, speaker and writer in the corporate maternity and parent coaching field since co-founding an innovative maternity coaching and maternity management consultancy in 2005.

In June 2010, Jennifer brought her work in this area under a new role as Head of Coaching Development with My Family Care providing a leading range of integrated services for employers.

Being a key player in a new field brings invaluable experience not only for maternity coaching and management briefings but in providing masterclasses to leaders of Learning and Development, HR and Diversity functions, exploring the business case, legal implications and best practice.

Please contact My Family Care for services in this area.

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Read The Parent Project here

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Speaking, Writing and Media work

Jennifer Liston-Smith maintains a portfolio of conference speaking engagements, writing commitments and influencing roles in coaching, coaching psychology and maternity at work.

Current highlights include:

  • Speaking at the Association for Coaching Conference in March 2010
  • Expert role on Management Today blog The Parent Project, Chartered Institute of Management.
  • Book chapter on Becoming a Parent for a developmental coaching book to be published by Routledge during 2010.
  • Lecturing and developing course materials at undergraduate and Masters level for two UK universities in the areas of coaching and coaching psychology
  • Supporting the development of the coaching psychology field through the British Psychological Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology as Co-Chair, Publications & Communications, and member of the UK National Committee
  • Journalist role as Conference & Events Reporter for SGCP publication The Coaching Psychologist and Editorial Board Member, for Coaching at Work magazine

With an Oxford Law degree and Masters in Psychology as well as further professional training in coaching, coaching supervision and related fields, Jennifer has high credibility in both corporate and academic environments and values her strong collaborative links with other senior practitioners in coaching and coaching psychology fields.

 

“Jennifer has a natural understanding of what is needed which is evident in the powerful way she fuses connection, support and challenge with the people she works with.”

Personal recommendation
from a coach in our network


Jennifer Liston-Smith: Media and influencing roles

As well as the current commitments listed under Speaking, Writing and Media work, recent and former activities include:

Frequent media contributor on corporate maternity coaching e.g. coverage / interviews in Sunday Times, HR Zone, Professional Manager. Television appearances over many years discussing workplace stress management, legal implications of stress at work, coaching, parent coaching and work-life balance including British Sky Broadcasting, Channel 5 and regional TV networks. Radio appearances including Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live.

2nd European Coaching Psychology Conference 15-16 December, 2009: Day 2 Masterclass: Life Transitions and Turning Points: Using a Developmental Coaching Psychology Approach: Jennifer Liston-Smith, Sheila Panchal, Dr. Siobhain O’Riordan. Venue: Royal Holloway University of London

Managing Maternity in the Financial, Legal and Professional Services; 26 March 2009. A Best Practice Forum on retaining and developing female talent and leaders through the transition of motherhood and parenting. Chaired by Anna Hayward, Client Services Director and Jennifer Liston-Smith, Coaching and Research Director, Managing Maternity. Venue AXA UK plc in the City of London, hosted by strategic partners, AXA ICAS

Psychology for All 14 March 2009. Making a Successful Comeback! Strategies for managing the return to work after maternity leave and life as a new working mother (Stream: Work and Employment). Jennifer Liston-Smith and Dr. Lynne Millward Purvis. Venue: University of Westminster, London

Equal Opportunities International Conference 1-3 July, 2008, Managing Maternity in Global Financial Services Through Group Coaching – unlocking the potential encapsulated within a ‘black box’. Paper by Jennifer Liston-Smith and Margaret Chapman. Venue: University of East Anglia, Norwich

Liston-Smith, J and Chapman, M. A (2009). Keeping Mum in the Workplace: Female leaders are discovering that the ‘mothering’ skills they acquire on maternity leave are also distinctly new talents critical to successful leadership. Coaching at Work Magazine. Volume 4, Issue 1, 2 January 2009: Research News Section. Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Liston-Smith, J and Chapman, M. A (2008). Managing Maternity in Global Financial Services through Group Coaching – Unlocking the Potential Encapsulated Within ‘A Black Box’. Paper presented at Equal Opportunities International Conference, July 2008.

Liston-Smith & Millward Purvis (2009). Making a Successful Comeback! Strategies for managing return to work after maternity leave and life as a new working mother. Paper presented at British Psychological Society Psychology for All Conference, London, March 2009.

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Jennifer designed and wrote the Training guide, Self-study guide and Organisational guide for Managing — Only Just! Managing Performance under Pressure an award-winning training video by Supernova Learning Solutions available from VideoArts.


Individual Coaching and Supervision

Please also feel free to get in touch as a private individual to discuss your requirements for:

  • Leadership coaching
  • Supervision / professional development support for your practice as a coach.

We will arrange an open-minded discussion of needs and expectations without obligation to see whether working together is the right way forward for you.

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“Today was great and I have since completed a list of assignments. Help...I am being too successful!! But maybe I am only growing into accepting my own capacity to achieve extraordinary change? Thanks so much Jennifer, you help to make big things happen”

Director-level coaching client


Jennifer Liston-Smith

Jennifer Liston-Smith

Jennifer brings her 20 years' experience with major client organisations in consulting, training, coaching, writing and speaking. In 2009, Jennifer was awarded a Post-Graduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring Supervision with Distinction by Oxford Brookes University Business School, and has extensive experience of developing coaches both as Associate Director of the Centre for Coaching and elsewhere.

Underpinning this, Jennifer has a long track record of professional development in coaching psychology and related fields, including:

  • Law Degree: MA(Oxon.) in Jurisprudence: Brasenose College, Oxford with an Open Exhibition (an academic scholarship) BA(Hons.) 1987, graduated to MA 1994
  • Masters in Psychology: MSc in Experimental Psychology, University of Sussex 1988
  • Coaching Supervision: Post-Graduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring Supervision: Oxford Brookes University Business School, awarded with Distinction, 2009
  • Coaching: Coaches Training Institute, California: Completion of first CTI Co-Active Coaching Course taking place in the UK July 1999; Centre for Coaching: Performance Coaching (attended taught element of the Certificate programme to support her continuing professional development as a trainer for the Centre for Coaching, 2005)
  • earlier professional training in cognitive-behavioural interventions: Diploma in Stress Management, Centre for Stress Management, London. Modular: August 1993-November 1995; Primary Certificates in Rational-Emotive Behavioural Therapy and Multimodal Therapy and Counselling, Centre for REBT & Multimodal Therapy, London. November 1993-October 1995

Jennifer is a Founder Member of both the Association for Coaching and the British Psychological Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology (SGCP). She is Co-Chair of Publications and Communications and a UK National Committee Member for SGCP as well as Conference & Events Reporter for the SGCP publication The Coaching Psychologist. She also represents the SGCP on the Editorial Board of Coaching at Work magazine, is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts and a regular media contributor and conference speaker.

About us

Founded in 1996, People in Progress provides consultancy, training and coaching services to organisations, drawing on the expertise and experience of Jennifer Liston-Smith along with selected partners and associates.

 

“Very good facilitator – Thank you. A thought provoking and challenging two days certainly spurring on self development”

Senior manager participant, in-house coach development programme


Contact People in Progress

Please get in touch to explore how we can support, or partner with, you to make a creative, intelligent difference in the areas of leadership coaching or coach development and supervision.

Email: jennifer@pip.co.uk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/listonsmith

 

People in Progress Ltd Registered in England and Wales No. 3193287
Registered office: One Ruby Terrace, St. Asaph LL17 0ES

 

“I was impressed by Jennifer’s approach to identifying both organisational objectives and the individual objectives of the coachee – all handled very professionally”

HR Manager
Commissioning client for coaching services