Ashridge Centre for Coaching

The Ashridge Centre for Executive Coaching (ACC) is an internationally recognised innovator and provider of standards for the profession of coaching.

The aim of the Ashridge Centre for Coaching has been to build bridges between science and practice, and to promote rigorous, academically sound, and ethical foundations for the executive coaching field. Research from the ACC informs our Masters in Executive Coaching, Postgraduate Diploma in Organisational Supervision, and our executive coaching and team coaching practice.


Hult Ashridge Centre for Coaching

About the Hult Ashridge Centre for Coaching

The Hult Ashridge Centre for Coaching was founded in 2005 forming an intellectual base for the Ashridge coaching programmes and programmes of study around coaching impact and into ‘critical moments’ in real coaching conversations.

 We believe that executive coaching has a key role to play in helping leaders navigate an increasingly uncertain and fast-changing business, political, economic and social environment.  It is the only leadership development initiative that is tailored to the specific circumstances of the moment – something that leaders need more and more.

Over the past twenty years, ongoing research has provided us with rich insights into the effectiveness of coaching and the fabric of real coaching conversations; research has also given us a first indication of which ‘sub-outcomes’ (outcomes per moment, or per session, or between sessions - as opposed to overall outcomes of a full coaching assignment) can be achieved through coaching.

Highest Coaching Standards

Examples of standards that have been proposed are the Ashridge Code of Conduct for Coaches, the Ashridge Code of Conduct for Supervisors, and the Coaching Behaviours Questionnaire, a popular online psychometric tool. The ACC has also played a key role on the EU’s Leonardo Project to create a European System of Comparability and Validation of Supervisory Competencies.

Coaching Research

Academic research from the ACC typically runs to a minimum of 10 publications every year since 2005, including the largest-scale study of effectiveness in the field (published in the Consulting Psychology Journal in 2016) and two Randomized Controlled Studies in realistic settings. The ACC has also produced a number of practitioner books, including the influential and bestselling books - Coaching with Colleagues (2004), Relational Coaching (2007), Supervision in Action (2011), Behind Closed Doors (2016), and many others.

Our research focus is on consulting and coaching, as it takes place in real settings with real clients. It encompasses outcome research studies (i.e. quantitive research into the effectiveness of generalized interventions), as well as qualitative and narrative research.

Research and Publications

Here, you can access some of the articles, papers and books that the Ashridge Centre for Coaching faculty have contributed to.

Are You the Coach You Think You Are?


Are You the Coach You Think You Are?

Erik de Haan

In this article, Erik de Haan shares insight into our Coaching Behaviours Questionnaire.

A Fleeting Moment of Noticing


A Fleeting Moment of 'Noticing' - The Balance of Presence in Team Coaching

Erik de Haan

Erik de Haan proposes how to navigate dynamic instability in teams and maintain a delicate balance of full presence.

Coaching Begins at Hello


Coaching Begins at Hello

Erik de Haan

In this article, Erik de Haan explores the significance of the first moments of a coaching relationship.

Coaching Leaders - Food for Life


The Coaching Leader - Food for Life

Ann Knights

In this article, Ann Knights looks at the five key skills we can use as coaches, to support leaders in coaching their own teams.

breaking learning barriers


Supervisors Attend To Coaches So They Can Attend to Leaders

Erik de Haan

Erik shares insight into the leadership shadow and how supervision acts as quality assurance for coaches and leaders.


What Works in Executive Coaching?

Erik de Haan

Understanding outcomes through quantitative research and practice-based evidence.

London & New York: Routledge.

Article Series

Race Equity in Coaching

Tammy Tawadros

Tammy has written a series of articles for Coaching at Work magazine.

The first in the series is on Race Consciousness.

Dorothee Stoffels

Article Series

Role Clarity

Dorothee Stoffels

Over 2021, Dorothee produced a series of articles about Team Coaching, for Coaching at Work magazine.

The final article is on Role Clarity

Upcoming Events

We regularly host virtual and in-person events on new and emerging theories of executive coaching and supervision. We also run information sessions with recent graduates to highlight our coaching programmes.

Speak At Our Events

If you are an Ashridge coaching graduate, or an experienced coach with a story to share, please get in touch. Email

Open Days

Coaching Qualification Info Session

This is an opportunity to hear about our executive coaching and team coaching programmes from our faculty. You will also be able to meet alumni to ask questions about how their experience our coaching programmes.

  • Next Event: 14th March 2023


Relational Coaching Conference

This year's conference will focus on identity - of the coach and coachee - and it's place in coaching. We will share more information as we develop the programme.

  • Next Event: June 2024

Contact Us

Request a call back from our admissions officer, Caroline Monfort. Or you can contact her directly on +44 (0)1442 902204

Application Portal

To apply for any of our qualification programmes, you will need to create an account in our application portal, Full Fabric. Log in and start your application.

Upcoming Events

We host webinars, special interest groups and conferences throughout the year. These are fantastic opportunities for networking and professional development.