About Us

Yorkshire Accord Coaching & Mentoring Scheme is a highly successful and much valued partnership which provides cost effective coaching and mentoring opportunities, and is open to the private, public and third sector organisations. It was established in 2000 to encourage collaboration and sharing of best practice across partner organisations. 

Our Aim

To enable individuals to maximise their own potential leading to a positive impact on organisational performance. Organisations involved work together to create affordable and mutually beneficial cross-organisational coaching and mentoring opportunities. Opportunities are offered in two ways;
    1 - By developing a pool of coaches and mentors – we provide high

         quality learning and development support through training, regular

         ongoing professional development events, and access to coaching

         supervision to support confident and ethical practice.
   2 - Offering 1-2-1 coaching and mentoring support to staff – we focus on

         providing support to individuals and can respond to a broad range of

         potential professional learning and development agendas with the

         aim of bringing positive benefits to the organisations involved.


"Our partnership is more than just an agreement, we are a community"

History & Current Partners

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Our partnership originated from a project launched in the year 2000; this brought together five public services in the City of York region with the aim of seeing how they could share best practice and complement each other's delivery agendas. Originally called 'York Accord', there were five main project streams, one of which focused on the learning and development of staff. 


Our scheme is the only project which remains from this time.  It expanded geographically as more partners joined us and later became 'Yorkshire Accord'. The fact we are still around, and still building momentum, we think is testament to our success.

There are currently 14 organisations involved in the partnership, and we are actively looking to welcome new partners from the public, private and third sectors.


We believe there is much more opportunity to learn, share and develop our networks across all sectors, and are keen to open the opportunity to a wider audience.

Fees & Commitment

Yorkshire Accord is a self-funded, not-for-profit scheme with each partner paying an annual contribution to support the training, management, coordination and monitoring of the scheme and its participants. 

In addition, each organisation nominates an internal coordinator who takes a pro-active role in managing internal recruitment and the overall decision making process for the scheme.

New organisations entering the scheme are asked to make a two-year commitment to the partnership, which will be renewed annually thereafter. 

It costs less than you think to become a partner. Just for fun why not grab a piece of paper and a pen and take a look at our slideshow below. We'll help you calculate the value verses the actual cost of been involved.

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Value 'V' Cost


Meet The Team

Our Management Committee

Our Management Committee is made up of representatives from all our partner organisations.

All partners have an equal voice and contribute to the decision making process.

Gosia Smith

Gosia Smith

Organisational Coordinator

Harrogate Borough Council

Hull Culture & Leisure

Mike Hill

Organisational Coordinator

Hull Libraries

Patrick Lynch

Organisational Coordinator

University of Hull

Rosie Fermin

Organisational Coordinator

Wakefield College

Stuart Simpson

Organisational Coordinator

North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

Simon Errington

Organisational Coordinator

York St John University

Stuart Pashley

Stuart Pashley

Organisational Coordinator

Selby District Council

Sue Carr

Organisational Coordinator

Leeds Trinity University

Alison Taylor

Organisational Coordinator

Ebor Academy Trust

Anne Dunkley

Organisational Coordinator

Kirklees College

Julie Wellacott

Organisational Coordinator

Red Kite Learning Trust

Richard Meyers

Chair of Yorkshire Accord

& Organisational Coordinator

Askham Bryan College

Karen Hickman

Project Leader & Trainer

Yorkshire Accord

Nikki Ward


Yorkshire Accord


Sharon Devlin

Yorkshire Accord & Organisational Coordinator York College