Communities of Practice


What are Communities of Practice?

Communities of Practice (CoPs) are groups of coaches interested in a specific topic area. These communities are designed to provide a platform for sharing best practices, emerging trends, tools and tips among ICF Members to advance their professional development.

CoPs provide a meeting location (Café, Co-Working Space, etc.) for coaches with a shared interest in a specific topic to advance their professional development; deepen their subject-matter expertise, and share best practices, emerging trends, tools and tips.

Each CoP is steered by passionate volunteer leaders who help facilitate the learning and organize the conversations, ideas, and trends that emerge from the group. CoPs are designed to promote active participation from their members: Sharing and discussion are always encouraged. 


As ICF Singapore Chapter 2020 ExCo Member and Director of Learning, I am very excited to lead this initiative on behalf of the Singapore ICF Chapter, allowing members to meet, share and learn together. From Members for Members.

“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much” – Helen Keller

Are you interested in becoming a Leader of a Community of Practice? If you are passionate about a specific coaching practice and you love to share and discuss with a peer with similar interests, please raise your interest and share a few lines around your passion for the practice.

Send Email with your interest to Please put into Subject Line “I AM INTERESTED to become CoP Leader”


Internal Coaching Community of Practice (CoP)

The use of Internal Coaches to provide coaching within organizations is the fastest growing segment of coaching practitioners. To support this growth and development, the Global ICF had included this as a key strategic focus for 2020 and beyond. The Singapore chapter shares this commitment and wants to create a Community of Practice for Internal Coaching to provide a place for Internal Coaches to come together to share best practices, emerging trends, and tools and tips in how to build strong coaching cultures within their organizations.

The Internal Coaching Community of Practice is hosted by Hermann

Hermann is a CSA accredited Coaching Supervisor who has been an Executive and Leadership Coach for over 20 years. He has served on the Singapore ICF Chapter’s Executive Committee for 7 years, having been President in 2016-2017.  His current interest in Internal Coaching was stimulated by a research project he co-led with the Center of Creative Leadership (CCL) looking at the infrastructure needed to support organizational coaching programs. 

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Peer Coaching Community of Practice (CoP)

The Peer Coaching CoP is designed to practice coaching, be coached, observe coaching, share feedback to elevate your coaching skills in line with ICF’s Gold Standard in a safe space. Meet and interact with other coaches and observe different styles and at the same time deepen your understanding of ICF core competencies. Use the power of reflection and feedback to grow.

Peer Coaching Community of Practice sessions are hosted by Chhaya and Avni

Avni Martin is an Professional Certified Coach (PCC) certified by the International Coach Federation who runs an ICF Accredited Coach Training School in Singapore, training, coaching and mentoring coaches through ACTP, ACSTH, CCE courses and Mentor Coaching Programs. Avni also runs Teams & Organisational Coaching for Corporates.She's currently training to be an Ennegram and NLP Master Practitioner as well as completing her professional development journey to become a Master Certified Coach.

Born in India, brought up in UK, with a degree in Chemistry from Imperial College London, Avni has lived and travelled in over 30 countries, worked in HR Consulting, Leadership Development and is a mother of 3 young children.

Chhaya Dias, Life Coach/ Founder of The Balance Beam, has a (M.Phil) in Psychology with working experience in India, Japan and Singapore as a Coach, Counsellor, Teacher and Facilitator. She is a Certified Emotional Intelligence Assessor & Practitioner, a graduate of Coach U (Adv. Coach Training) and an NLP Practitioner. She is currently pursuing a Certificate in "Inner Child Healing therapy". Her Coaching practice focuses on professionals, entrepreneurs and executives working with challenges like balancing competing priorities, strengthening relationships, navigating change and transitions, alleviating stress, creating wellbeing and personal development.

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“Life Coaching is about transformation - from a caterpillar into a butterfly” C.Martin. What is Life Coaching? How different is Life Coaching from therapy? Why clients come to see us and how do we help them effectively?Let’s kick off our first meeting as a Community Of Practice by setting the foundation of our specialty and defining the boundaries and possibilities.We will then brainstorm together the topics we would like to discuss for further meetings.This session will be mostly interactive and lively so please come and join us.   

Life Coaching Communities of Practice is hosted by Ruchi Parekh

Ruchi Parekh is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) certified by the International Coach Federation focusing on Life Coaching for Executives with Leadership Development. She is also an Accredited Belbin Facilitator. Belbin Team Roles are used to identify behavioural strengths and weaknesses in the workplace. Whether developing people, resolving conflict or fine-tuning high performance. Ruchi is a lawyer by profession having practiced law in India and in Hong Kong. While she enjoyed law, she had a deep sense to do something more meaningful, helping people more directly and driving towards their passion.

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The coaching profession today continues to build and establish its applications in different domains of our society today. Coaching as a practice with youths today is definitely one of those domains where many professional coaches operate both professionally or through various volunteer space. So as coaches continue to serve in this space, impacting the lives of all these young people, how can we as a coaching profession come together to learn, grow and innovate together so as to meet the growing demands of our young people? How can coaches today continue to strive towards improving and increasing their area of expertise and knowledge so as to create a definite impact in our leaders of tomorrow? It’s not an easy task to challenge to overcome but we certainly hope to tackle some of it through the Youth Coaching CoP Sessions.

Objectives of this CoP: 3 C’s

• C - Collaborate with each other – Providing an avenue where coaches can come together to leverage and synergize on each other’s strengths

• C – Community building – Rallying and supporting this group of coaches doing this work

• C – Commitment to grow – Setting benchmarks of professional standards and conduct as we work with young people

SINGAPORE YOUTH COACHING is hosted by Joe Chan and Diana Petrov

A youth work practitioner for the past 15 years at REACH Community Services Society (RCSS), specializing in working with children and youths in the community. Joe enjoys the challenges and thrills of this work starting as a case worker himself overseeing individuals, families and programmes till today where he is heading REACH Youth Service of RCSS in a few locations. With his dedication to coach his team of social workers, counsellors and youth workers, the team reaches out to over 800 youths every month all over Singapore through its holistic services and programmes

With a background in teaching and education management, I have turned to coaching to continue enabling growth, self-empowerment and success in the field of education. As an educator for the past 12 years, I have accumulated a wealth of experience and gained important insight in understanding the areas that parents, teachers and school leaders need to explore and expand to provide better support for healthy learning.  I now coach parents, teachers and educational leaders who aspire to create positive learning environments that meet the well-being and educational needs of those under their guidance. 

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