Coaching for leadership development: for people who identify with protected groups



We need people who identify with protected groups on our Boards in the health and social care system. Your voice is vital to make our system stronger and reflect the diverse communities we serve. However, we know that people from protected groups face barriers to accessing leadership positions and receiving support from leadership mentoring and coaching programmes. This means there are gaps in talent development and pathways for progression.

Addressing these gaps and barriers, especially at the Board level, is why this new pilot coaching programme has been developed. We are focusing on Board-level leadership, as we believe it will make a significant impact to how whole organisations approach engaging with both staff and service users who are members of protected groups, and that it will have a ‘trickle-down’ effect on recruitment from protected groups at all other levels. If this programme successfully helps participants reach their career goals, it may be expanded into the rest of the North West and throughout different levels of leadership. 

This programme is being delivered by the Innovation Agency’s Coaching Academy on behalf of the NHS England & Improvement’s North West Region People Team.

Expressions of interest closed on 17 January 2022. If you have questions about this programme, please email


Who should attend

People who identify as having a protected characteristic and who aspire to leadership positions such as non-executive directors and/or board chairs within Cheshire and Merseyside ICS.

Learning outcomes

This coaching programme will be built around the personal career goals of each individual participant. It will involve a number of 1:1 and group coaching sessions and opportunities to hear the lived experience of current non-executive directors from protected groups in health and care.
Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • explore their leadership style
  • receive support in planning and executing their individual leadership/career goals
  • be a part of a like-minded and ambitious community
  • gain a variety of new insights, skills, knowledge, and experiences that will help them towards their next step

We will generously support the needs of each individual to participate and get the most out of this programme. 



This programme will be delivered online and will begin in February 2022 for approximately 12 weeks*. Participants will be asked to commit to at least 1 hours per week of workshop and/or coaching time. In addition, participants will be expected to allocate time for personal reflection and to complete actions towards their individual goals outside of the sessions. We will discuss dates of key sessions with participants to ensure attendance.

*Commencement date and duration may be adjusted.


We use highly experienced and professional coaches within Cheshire and Merseyside.

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