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Coaching and Mentoring Community of Practice

St Mary’s University Community of Practice has been founded to promote ethical good practice within the field of personal coaching and mentoring.

The aims of the community of practice reflect those of St Mary’s University whereby we aim to encourage, empower and support members to give and learn in relation to the development of their professional practice.

The community is open to anyone who is interested in developing their practice in coaching and mentoring in any organisation. Content can be accessed through public platforms including the St Mary’s University website and social media platforms.

The community will be served through online delivery including podcasts and webinars. In addition there will be an annual conference on campus at St Mary’s University, the first of which will be undertaken in June 2020 . Online content will be coordinated by Community of Practice moderators.

If you wish to share good practice through contributing please email

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Episode 1: Charlie Barwis

Charlie BarwisSix years experience in the sport industry, specifically now in Talent Development. Experience includes working at the Welsh Rugby Union and Millfield School as a Performance Analyst, England Golf as a Club Support Officer with a Sport Development focus, and most recently as Talent Club Partnership Manger at British Canoeing.

My philosophy around talent development is holistic; I believe in equipping young people with the skills needed to progress successfully both in and out of a sport.

Episode 2: Luke Allen

Luke is a lifestyle coach with a background in coaching and mentoring. He works for TASS and delivers Performance Lifestyle support to the Army Elite Sports Programme, working across Army sports such as boxing, shooting and athletics.

In addition to this he provides the dual-career and lifestyle support the GB Taekwondo Development Programme.

Episode 3: Michael Ayres and Tom Howard

michael ayres

Michael Ayres

Michael is a Senior Lecturer at St Mary's University and has worked in a Category 1 Premier League academy for the last 16 years.

He is also a learning consultant working with a professional rugby club in Ireland. Michael is currently completing his doctorate in elite performance.

Tom HowardTom Howard

Tom is a former academy player for 11 years and is now a foundation phase coach at a Category 1 premier league academy. He is also a lecturer at St Mary's University and is also currently completing his Master's in elite performance.

Episode 4: Josh Sheehan and Amy Weir

Josh Sheehan

Josh is a Lead Practitioner in Secondary English at St Mark's Catholic School in Hounslow.  Josh has been teaching for six years and is passionate about effective mentoring. 

Amy Weir

Amy is an NQT at St Mark's Catholic School. Amy completed her Secondary English PGCE training at St Mary's University and undertook the majority of her training at the school last year. 

Episode 5: Ed Boyle

ed-boyleEdmund Boyle is the Head of Department for Initial Teacher Training Partnerships at St Mary's University. He has over twenty years teaching experience in schools and has been at St Mary's University for several years. Edmund leads St Mary's University support and training for mentors in schools.