The Founders

Philip Brew MCC
In these paragraphs we want to acknowledge Philip Brew’s contribution to the creation and success of Coaching Development Ltd. Philip co-created Coaching Development with Colin in 2003. He became a Master Certified Coach soon after, and served as Director of Training until his retirement from the company in 2015. During this period, Phil served as a Director on the global board of the International Coach Federation and represented Coaching Development to the Association of Coach Training Organisations.

Phil believed that one vital element in developing professional competence was a knowledge of oneself. This, coupled with his professional background in client-centred counselling and psychotherapy, became a major theme in shaping the Professional Coaching Skills programme with its almost unique ‘inside out’ approach.

His core person-centred stance and his skill and experience as a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming had a strong influence on the design of the latter part of the training, and he bore responsibility for the management of the final assessment process.

While Phil’s beliefs and skills strongly influenced the content and design of the didactic part of the professional training, it was his personality and presence that demonstrated what it means to be a truly professional coach. His infectious humour made the learning fun, his eye for detail and accuracy created sound learning, his deep and genuine respect for his clients in live demonstrations and his unshakeable belief in the ‘goodness’ of people and their ability to learn, all together, turned the training room into a space for deep, reflective, personal learning.

Phil now lives part of the year in his native New Zealand, where he serves the coaching community in Australasia and Asia, and part of the year in Europe.