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MDX academics take role on international coaching and mentoring body

Julie Haddock-Millar and Chandana Sanyal jointly appointed to European Mentoring & Coaching Council Board, following prize for impact evaluation toolkit

Two MDX Human Resource Management academics, Associate Professor Julie Haddock-Millar and Senior Lecturer Chandana Sanyal, have been appointed to the Executive Board of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council UK - a professional membership organisation established in 1992 which defines and promotes best practice in mentoring and coaching.

Julie and Chandana will share the role of Professional Development Director, providing the strategic lead on the professional development pathway for all types of accreditation. Julie has previously volunteered as International WorkGroup lead for EMCC for accrediting organisations, and Chandana in the equivalent role for accrediting individuals, engaged in mentoring and coaching in many different countries. “We want to be able to give back to our profession,” says Julie.

The pair “do a lot of research work together and a lot of our work and teaching overlaps,” says Chandana. They applied together on a fractional working basis, the only practical option for them alongside their other roles and responsibilities. The EMCC UK was enthusiastic and in a vote the membership overwhelmingly approved their appointment.

The colleagues bring their international perspective and knowledge of two slightly different areas of coaching and mentoring development to the role, plus the diversity of their backgrounds. Julie previously worked in the legal and private sectors, Chandana in adult social services for a London local authority for 20 years; Julie was educated in the UK and Chandana in India. Their roles at MDX - where Julie is a teaching fellow, MA in Management in the International Payments Ecosystem programme leader and leads on a number of Masters HRM modules in London and Dubai, Chandana is programme leader of the PGCert in Strategic Leadership and leads on management development and individual learning modules in London and Dubai - helps them in devising more inclusive accreditation. Their work for EMCC feeds back into their research and teaching careers.

The pair have also just jointly won the Annual Teaching and Learning Prize from the University Forum for Human Resource Development, along with colleagues from CEEDR. Their winning project was an evaluation toolkit for networking non-profit Youth Business International, to perform longitudinal research into the impact of entrepreneurship mentoring on young entrepreneurs in over 40 countries across the globe. The baseline set of questions they devised can be offered as a tool to anyone who wants to perform an impact evaluation. The project was judged to have huge global mentoring impact.

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