About Katherine Long

I am an experienced coach, facilitator and supervisor, with over 25 years of experience in people development.


Coming from a background in supporting cross-cultural communications and developing intercultural competences in leaders and teams, I’ve partnered with numerous organisations and sectors. Thanks to those experiences, it’s strengthened the holistic and living systems perspective which runs throughout all my work, which translates as a key value about supporting the health and well-being of the individual, team, organisation and its wider context, as well as addressing their specific challenges.


Examples of recent work:


  • Building Growth Mindset culture for university clients to support leading in VUCA contexts, as well as to support improves outcomes for BAME students
  • Crisis Coaching for senior leaders taking their organisations through COVID-19 

  • Diverse and Inclusive Organisations events for public and private sector D&I and OD specialists, to support optimisation of the whole system;

  • Immersion in Nature programme for ecosystems leaders from NHS, University of Sussex, North West Employers (supporting systems leadership development for Greater Manchester Combined Authority), Bolton at Home and Staffordshire County Council;

  • Leadership coaching to Global Sustainability VP to support leadership around the organisation’s strategy for tackling ocean plastics, from packaging to waste disposal;

  • Mediation for global NGO, addressing communication and relationship issues linked to intersectionality of gender, race, North-South and donor-recipient dynamics within a context of moving to a feminist leadership paradigm;

  • Team coaching for UK division of global humanitarian organisation supporting Exec team to function in a way which supports organisational health and diversity in the context of high sickness rates;

  • Systems leadership development to NHS Workforce Specialists delivering on STPs, and introduction of Theory U to NHS OD practitioners to build skills in working with emergence and complexity, and to Executive Educators leading across multiple primary or secondary schools and working towards multi-academy trust status;

  • Career coaching for leading academic of Russell Group University in transitioning from Head of Research post to taking on an international role within the University, now actively supporting UK-China partnerships;

  • Design and delivery of stake-holder focused accredited coaching skills programme for school SLT as part of wider leadership development programme;

  • Delivering workshops on Compassionate and Inclusive Leadership via HPMA for NHS HR and OD leads


In addition, I’ve had involvement in numerous organisations in supporting the development of learning organisations via creation of coaching cultures, including Birmingham University, E&Y, Grant Thornton, Oxfam, Open University, Oxford University, Cambridge University, RWE npower, NATS, Abbotts, European Commission, and designed the first coach supervision qualification accredited via EMCC’s European Supervision Quality Award, aimed at developing internal supervision capacity within organisations as a means of stewarding internal coaching and mentoring culture to support a self-sustaining model of organisational learning. Between 2014-18 I was lead faciltator and supervisor for the Masters in Coaching at the University of Warwick, with a strong focus on learner-centred development and widening participantion. 


I have extensive experience in running cross-cultural programmes within organisations which include Deutsche Post, Honda, London Stock Exchange, Arup, Manchester Airport, Birmingham Airport.


I am personally accredited through the European Mentoring and Coaching Council at Master Practitioner level, holding their ESIA accreditation as a supervisor, and am a graduate of NTL, one of the foremost and oldest organisation development training providers in the world. I’m an international speaker and writer for the coaching press and currently hold the role of Chair for the Association of Coaching Supervision. I run my own ICF accredited programme Foundation Certificate in Team Performance Coaching. I’m also founder of the West Midlands OD Community, which supports quarterly learning days for OD practitioners across the whole region, and I personally host monthly climate calls for OD practitioners integratng a climate focus in their work.


I’m a founder member of a group of Theory U practitioners in the UK, a change process that supports technologies for working with emergent changes across organisations and communities. I’m proud to have spearheaded a successful initiative to achieve Fairtrade Town status for Alcester in 2010, and to have acted as Chair in 2008 for the inter-denominational initiative Hope 08, bringing churches together for a whole year of partnership for the benefit of local communities for the Stratford upon Avon district. 


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