Since we launched The Coaching Conversation 4 years ago, we continue to strive to make each event better than the last.


This year is no exception. This year we are putting you in charge! You are responsible for your own learning.


Our theme is ‘Closing the Development Gap.’ We’ll explore how coaching and mentoring bridge the gap between informal learning, formal training and performance at work.


We have designed an amazing conference, putting you in control of your learning and takeaways. We will provide the ingredients for you to create your own unique conference experience.


Our workshop/sessions and conversations will be thought-provoking, to challenge your thinking and lead to action.

We have a great team on hand to ensure you get the most out of your day and here are a few tips to help get you thinking:


* Go with the flow – we have designed the day to help you find the time and space to connect and have conversations


* Don’t just go with what you know – challenge yourself on topics that interest you but you might not know too much about


* Breaking up’s not hard to do – if attending with colleagues, try splitting up to gain different experiences and compare notes – you’ll meet others you might not have connected with otherwise


* Use the two feet rule – if a session isn’t working for you, join another one… it's OK


* Get involved – participation is key, it will have such a positive effect on your learning and outcomes


* Trading places – teaching and learning aren’t fixed roles, be prepared to change your hat



Interesting and unexpected things are likely to happen but the most exciting aspect of our event is always the power of bringing together a group of like-minded people, all on equal terms – a real-life example of inclusion and diversity, connecting for peer-to-peer learning and sharing ideas.  Our experience has taught us that the sum of knowledge in the audience is greater than the sum of knowledge of the people on stage.

Providing the right mix of coaching, mentoring and development solutions.


The Coaching Conversation

Our annual coaching and mentoring conference - The Coaching Conversation, the vision of Margaret Burnside, Director of CAKE People Development, was born from the passion that she has for Coaching and Mentoring.


The idea behind the conference was to open up conversations around the many aspects of coaching and to help business managers and executives understand how to use coaching and mentoring effectively as part of everyday working life. To cut the jargon and make it accessible to all; with an emphasis on how organisations should see coaching practice as part of their business strategy, and not just a ‘nice to have.’


Our passion and aim are to support the region in developing a coaching and mentoring community and  coaching culture that will help organisations build capacity and drive performance excellence with tangible results in both engagement and profit.


Coaching and mentoring have long been recognised as go-to interventions, the evidence base and body of knowledge continue to grow, but we need to embed a coaching culture and keep up momentum.

Each year we endeavour to bring to the region inspirational guest speakers, as well as experts in the coaching and mentoring world, and we will continue to meet and bring like-minded, inspirational people together to support the regions businesses and our coaching community.

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If you would like further details regarding our conference and awards or have any questions about our coaching initiatives and community, please do get in touch, let's start the conversation. 01603 733006

2018 Event Partners

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The ILM is the leading specialist provider of leadership qualifications in the UK. Over 70,000 ILM qualifications are awarded each year. They are dedicated to continously improving leadership, management and coaching skills in the UK and internationally. All ILM qualifications are awarded by The City and Guilds of London Institute.


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The Training Journal for workplace learning, development, coaching, leadership and technology features for Learning and Development Professional wordwide.

Organisors of The TJ Awards. The awards, now in their 13th year, recognise the ingenuity, creativity, passion and hard work of learning and development professionals from around the world.


CIPD are the professional body for experts in people at work. For more than 100 years, they been championing better work and working lives by setting professional standards for HR and people development, as well as driving positive change in the world of work.

They are the career partner of choice for 150,000 members around the world, and are the only body in the world that can award Chartered status to individual HR and L&D professionals, and our independent research and insights make us trusted advisers to governments and employers.



Event Sponsor - thinqi

Thinqi is the UK's leading blended learning ecosystem, enabling L&D Managers to deliver engaging and effective blended learning experiences. Designed by teaching professionals, Thinqi uses contemporary technology to maximise the potential of your learners.


Sharing the journey and supporting CAKE with the launch of their innovative CAKEconnect platform, the Thinqi team are thrilled to be sponsoring the 2018 CAKE Coaching Conversation.


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Wrightway Health is the Occupational Health provider built around your business needs.


Our aim is to keep your employees healthy and at work, whilst helping you develop a solution where that is not possible.


Contact us to discover why so many customers trust us with their empoyees', and their business' health.

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