26th Global

Mentoring, Coaching and Supervision Conference

1-3 June 2020

26th Global

Mentoring, Coaching and Supervision Conference

1-3 June 2020


Gregoire Barrowcliff & Corinne Devery

Coaching the system: radical inclusion for restoring flow

Theme: Diversity & Inclusion for Practitioners

Area: Coaching

Style: Mainly Experiential

Type: Workshop

Session on 1 June 2020 14:30 UTC - View on timetable


How do we coach people who are very different from us? How as leaders do we work with teams coming from various sources? How do we avoid the unconscious bias of recruiting ‘people who think like us’ into our organisations?

Our experiential workshop introduces systemic constellation work (SCW) as a way of broadening and enhancing the coaching approach. The power of this approach relies on truly embracing diversity i.e. giving everyone and everything its place without judgement. When we take a wider perspective and look for what has been excluded from a situation, fresh information is gained. The systemic lens offers the coach insights into blockages to diversity by revealing unconscious loyalties in their clients’ systems.


Gregoire Barrowcliff’s diversity credentials start with being both French & English so he has a cross-cultural perspective on life. He uses his background in international business (corporate and operational) within a thriving coaching practice he started in 2002. He is one of the founders of Praesta which specialises in coaching at senior levels.  In 2009 he discovered systemic constellation work (SCW) as applied in coaching contexts, becoming a certified Practitioner in 2016 and integrating it into his coaching practice. With Corinne Devery, he now teaches the principles and practice of this ‘applied philosophy’.  Gregoire is an EMCC accredited coach at Master Practitioner level, and a former member of both the EMCC Global Executive Board and the EMCC France board.

Corinne Devery’s background for many years was in training people in management and other HR-related fields, including diversity. She has been a coach for almost twenty years and is very used to facilitating groups and managing group dynamics.  As well as teaching systemic constellation work, she runs a regular systemic coaching and constellations group in Paris for practitioners to learn from each other and share best practice