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The History of ICF

Professional Coach Thomas Leonard started ICF in 1995 as a non-profit organisation for fellow coaches to support each other and grow the profession. Three years later, buoyed by 70 dedicated volunteers and growing interest, ICF began its quest to raise the profile of professional coaching.

ICF created Core Competencies and built a Code of Ethics, setting the standard in the coaching field. An Ethical Conduct Review Process and Independent Review Board (IRB) were established, allowing consumers to file breach-of-ethics complaints.

ICF also defined curriculum standards (accreditation), to ensure consistency in coach training, and developed an ICF Credentialing system, requiring renewal every three years.

By 2000, membership was growing around the world by 130 members a month and now exceeds 20,000. ICF continues to focus on professional standards while positioning the organization more strategically. ICF’s goal is to keep growing membership and maintain a solid direction, presence and professional voice for coaches.

Based out of Lexington, Kentucky, ICF also operates Regional Service Centres in Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America, leading the global advancement of the coaching profession.

ICF Australasia formed with a volunteer group meeting in late 1998 and then formally incorporating the International Coach Federation Australasia Inc entity in April 1999 under the leadership of Christine McDougall. Joining her on the leadership team was Margaret Krause, Carly Anderson, Audrey McGuinness, Deborah Sullivan, Christine Edwards, Steve Maconachie, Michael Goot, Robert Gerrish and Steven Buckman.

2020: In its 25th anniversary year, ICF becomes the International Coaching Federation and transitions from a single organization to a federation of six family organizations: ICF Coaching in Organizations, ICF Coach Training, ICF Credentials and Standards, ICF Foundation, ICF Professional Coaches and ICF Thought Leadership.

Acknowledgements - ICF Australasia

ICF Australasia would like to acknowledge the contribution made to the organisation by its many volunteers. Members contribute their time, energy and knowledge at a local, regional and international level.

Conference Planning Committees
  • 2002 Conference – Marg Krause
  • 2003 Conference – Josie Mclean, Linda Matuschka
  • 2005 Conference – Josie Mclean, Karen Tweedie, Marisa Dantanarayana, Sandy Gadd, Toni Binstead
  • 2007 Conference – Leslie Hamilton, Graham Hoult, Jennifer McCoy, Christie Clark, Liz Moodie
  • 2009 Conference – Josie Mclean PCC, Kim Lisson, David Drake PhD
  • 2013 Conference – Katherine Hosie PCC, John Raymond ACC, Wade Azmy, Jill Danks, Hellen Cohen, Cindy Hadusek, Veronica de Paoli, Monica Sanchez
  • 2016 Conference – Janine Warden PCC, Eileen Duncan PCC, Jenny Devine PCC, David Bennett ACC, Revel Gordon PCC (Conference MC), Cindy Nicholson ACC, Katherine Street PCC
2020 Regional Board
  • Maria Newport PCC – President
  • Tony Draper MCC – Immediate Past President
  • Kathy Tracey MCC – President Elect
  • Madeleine Shaw PCC – Board Member and Secretary
  • David Davis – Director Finance
  • Tony Di Trapani – Director Finance till March 2020
2019 Regional Board
  • Tony Draper MCC – President
  • Melinda Horton ACC – Immediate Past President
  • Maria Newport ACC – President Elect
  • Madeleine Shaw ACC – Board Member and Secretary
  • Tony Di Trapani – Director Finance
  • Revel Gordon PCC – Director Brand Development (resigned March 2019)
  • Hilary Armstrong MCC – Director Professional Standards (resigned March 2019)
  • Brett Walker ACC – Director New Zealand (resigned March 2019)
  • Inta Sellick PCC – Director Australia (resigned September 2019)
2018 Regional Board
  • Melinda Horton ACC – President
  • Tony Draper MCC – President Elect
  • Maria Newport ACC – Board Member and Secretary
  • Tony Di Trapani – Director Finance
  • Revel Gordon PCC – Director Brand Development
  • Linley Rose MCC – Director Professional Standards
  • Brett Walker ACC – Director New Zealand
  • Inta Sellick PCC – Director Australia
2017 Regional Board
  • David Bennett ACC – President
  • Eileen Duncan PCC – Immediate Past President
  • Melinda Horton ACC – President Elect
  • Maria Newport ACC – Board Member and Secretary
  • Tony Di Trapani – Director Finance
  • Austin Parry PCC – Director Member Growth & Development (until March 2017)
  • Revel Gordon PCC – Director Brand Development
  • Catherine Plano ACC – Director Professional Development
  • Cindy Nicholson ACC – Director Business Development
  • Tony Draper MCC – Director Professional Standards
  • Brett Walker ACC – Director New Zealand
  • Sharon Honner ACC – Director Australia
2016 Regional Board
  • Eileen Duncan PCC – President
  • Jenny Devine PCC – Immediate Past President
  • David Bennett ACC – President Elect
  • Melinda Horton ACC – Board Member and Secretary
  • David Bennett ACC – Director Finance (filling role)
  • Austin Parry PCC – Director Member Growth & Development
  • Revel Gordon PCC – Director Brand Development (from June 2016)
  • Kate Neser ACC – Director Professional Development (until July 2016)
  • Cindy Nicholson ACC – Director Business Development
  • Tony Draper MCC – Director Professional Standards
  • Gai Fosket PCC – Director New Zealand
  • Sharon Honner ACC – Director Australia
2015 Regional Board
  • Jenny Devine PCC – President
  • Janine Warden PCC – Immediate Past President
  • Melinda Horton ACC – Board Member and Secretary
  • Eileen Duncan – President Elect
  • David Bennett – Director Finance
  • Austin Parry PCC – Director Member Growth & Development
  • Rob Holmes PCC – Director Brand Development
  • Murray Hamilton ACC – Director Professional Development
  • Bill Aronson – Director Business Development (until March 2015)
  • Tammy Turner MCC – Director Professional Standards
  • Yvonne McLean PCC – Director New Zealand
  • Sharon Honner ACC – Director Australia
Regional Board Acknowledgements 2001 – 2014

Regional Board Acknowledgements