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.

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.  

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.

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.


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.’