Executive Board


Rita Symons

Rita is President of EMCC UK. She has over 25 years senior leadership experience in the health service and local government and, having acted as an internal coach for many years, she left a CEO role in the NHS in 2016 to pursue coaching full time. She is Managing Director of her own consultancy and as well as 1:1 coaching, she supports formal leadership programmes in the NHS. She also works specifically with third sector organisations, particularly focusing on social impact.  She has carried out research in the area of individual motivation in system leadership, and is keen to apply this research in the area of coaching.

She is gaining experience in the design and delivery of coaching programmes and is excited about contributing to the development of coaching and mentoring practice. Rita joined the Board as she is convinced of the value of professional organisations and wants to do her part to encourage new and established coaches to join EMCC UK.

Nadia Harrington

Nadia Harrington is a consultant, trainer and HR professional with experience of strategic, business partnering, leadership and delivery roles in private and public sector organisations. 
Her experience has been gained within large and medium sized organisations in a variety of sectors; nationally and globally.  Her career has focused mainly on organisational development and people performance which has resulted in extensive expertise within the area of learning and development.  She has worked in strategic roles in the public sector in political environments as well as the commercial environ of private sectors. Currently she is Managing Director of Harrington Associates and Operations Director (designate) for EMCC UK. Nadia is passionate about Mentoring and Coaching and is proud to be part of the EMCC team. She holds a post graduate qualification in Executive and Business Coaching with PBCoaching through Leeds Metropolitan University and is the founder of the Suffolk Coaching and Mentoring Partnership. She is qualified in HR, Training, Employment Law, and is an NLP Practitioner. 

Peter Duffell

Peter is the Governance Director for EMCCUK. He is an experienced, board level, executive and personal coach with 30 years business experience before becoming a full time coach. He has worked in senior roles with a number of global Financial Services organisations such as HSBC and UBS. He has many years practical experience of coaching and mentoring individuals in a leadership capacity and has led a number of organisational transformations. Peter has an MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice from Oxford Brookes University and is a qualified Coach Supervisor.
Peter has coached at senior levels in a range of different organisations, from Financial Services to Education and Health. He is currently a retained coach for a number of Health related organisations and has a number of large organisational clients. In addition, Peter also works with a number of personal clients.

Peter Waggott

Peter is an experienced international sales professional and coach, for over 25 years he’s worked for complex global organisations. Peter works with SME’s and organisations to support them in their growth plans specifically around Sales. This work has covered a number of areas including sales strategy, marketing, coaching, mentoring, service design, course design & delivery, workshops and 1-2-1’s. He’s an accredited coach with the Academy of Executive Coaches, offering Executive Coaching and 1-2-1 coaching, supporting people with neuro-diversities.
He’s also an Executive Fellow at the University of Aberdeen, Business School. In his role as an Executive Fellow, Peter works with under-graduates & post-graduates to help them understand sales at both the University’s Aberdeen and Qatar campuses. Peter is interested in making our EMCC offer more visible, as he feels coaches have a vital role to play in helping businesses and organisations, particularly in the current environment. He would like to see EMCC take a more practical hands-on approach in helping members to understand and develop their coaching business, and especially, to show sales, while challenging, can be fun and not as uncomfortable as it may seem.

Natalia de Estevan-Ubeda

Natalia de Estevan-Ubeda MA FCIPD is a coach and accredited coach supervisor. Prior to establishing her own coaching and consulting practice, Natalia was a senior leader in a world leading transport organisation where she headed up the Innovation Unit, having lead large technology teams. During her time in public office, Natalia coached and supervised civil servants and was part of the UK Government Civil Service Learning. Natalia has a Masters Degree in Coaching and Mentoring Practice by Oxfords Brookes University, where she researched the development of highly experienced supervisors and was the recipient of two awards including ‘Best Dissertation of the Year’ awarded by APECS. Natalia is currently involved in researching the impact of generational differences on coaching and supervision.


Julie Haddock-Millar

Julie is an Associate Professor (Practice) of Human Resource Management and Visiting Professor at the International University of Monaco. A Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), International Work Group Leader for the International Standards for Mentoring and Coaching Programmes for the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC), Member of the International Mentoring Association (IMA) and Advisory Council Member of the Harvard Business Review (HBR).

Julie leads teaches on a number of postgraduate programmes including the flagship MBA and DBA programmes. Julie gained her Doctorate from Middlesex University in the field of strategic organisational development and mentoring. She holds an MA in Human Resource Development and a Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring Practice from Oxford Brookes University and is a practising Coach and Mentor.  

Chandana Sanyal

Chandana is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Development at Middlesex University Business School, Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and Higher Education Academy. She is an accredited member of European Mentoring and Coaching Council, an EMCC ISMCP assessor and verifier, EQA and EIA assessor and the International WorkGroup Leader for EMCC European Individual Accreditations (EIA). She has over 20 years’ experience as a human resource practitioner and a senior manager in the Public Sector. She holds an Advanced Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring from CIPD, has developed and implemented a number of mentoring programmes in her practitioner role.

‘We are both passionate about professional development and supporting individuals, teams and organisations to develop their practice. We have both volunteered for the EMCC for a number of years and share the ethos and values in striving to improve standards in mentoring and coaching.’