ILM 7 Certificate for Executive and Senior Level Coaches and Mentors

This qualification is designed for senior managers or HR/OD professionals who want to develop their expertise and credibility in the fields of coaching and mentoring, or to establish coaching on an organisational level. It's also for professional coaches and mentors seeking to enhance and accredit their experience with a nationally recognised qualification.


Results for you


  • Build the context, strategy, culture and processes for coaching and mentoring at a senior level;
  • Understand and analyse different coaching and mentoring models and their impact at executive level;
  • Make a real difference to leadership performance in your organisation;
  • Build your emotional intelligence, capacity to deal with inner game issues and make psychological interventions in your coaching practice;
  • Plan, deliver and review coaching and mentoring with clients at senior and strategic level.


Impact on your organisation


  • Implement coaching in complex working environments or at senior and strategic level in your organisation;
  • Ensure that your organisation's coaches and mentors are properly equipped with the skills, knowledge and ethical understanding they need;
  • Benchmark your organisation's approach against the latest best practice;
  • Measurable impact on leadership performance in the organisation.

See what our previous delegates have had to say about the programme...

"When I started my ILM7 I was so excited about meeting a group of likeminded people and to learn more about coaching. I didn’t expect that it would be quite as transformational as it was! Lois created a space where we could all trust each other, learn from each other and experiment with new coaching styles and share new learning. The reading recommendations have been brilliant and I’m actually excited about writing the assignment as Lois has brought so much passion and meaning into the assessment phases of the course. I’d recommend Lois Burton’s ILM courses (in fact anything she does!) to anyone interested in coaching and development"


Charlotte Flynn

University of Central Lanacashire

"I came to the ILM 7 Executive Coaching course with years of senior operational management experience but very little knowledge of coaching theory and methodologies.  The course was perfectly paced to give me time to read and reflect between stimulating and enjoyable training days and workshops.

The opportunity to practice and observe was invaluable; and at all times I knew I was in the hands of experienced and knowledgeable teachers who live and breathe what they teach.  

Without any hesitation I'd recommend this training by Lois and her team"


Jane Durkin

Assistant Director, Registration and Revalidation Directorate, GMC

"Studying for the ILM 7 enabled me to harness the coaching skills I had been already using and elevate these to the 'professional level.  

Lois is a knowledgeable and experienced tutor and facilitator and the course she delivers brings together a wide range of professionals from diverse backgrounds to share and learn from each other.

Highlights for me include being able to practice and develop my coaching skills in a supportive environment, working with real clients from a range of organisations and special interest lectures for example, using mindfulness coaching.

I would recommend this programme to anyone who wants to advance their coaching skills to a professional level"


Louise Buck

Director of Employability, Lancaster University

"Completing the ILM 7 Executive Coaching and Mentoring programme with Lois was pleasurable, challenging and life-changing.  The combination of hands on coaching and supervision with well presented and appropriately input taught content gave you a feeling of journeying into a new landscape.

There was also a very practical focus on coaching as a business, which was extremely helpful"


Chris Dixon

Lancaster University

"I gained great benefit and enjoyment from attending the ILM 7 coaching and mentoring programme run by Lois Burton.

I found it very stretching and had lots of opportunities to practise new skills, with a great cohort of leaders from other organisations.

The psychological insights very particularly interesting and useful and I apply these on a day to day basis in my executive role.

With the programme being led by a master coach, I was confident that the host of tips and techniques shared were borne from significant practical experience. As a trainer and coach Lois was a great role model, very clear, supportive and generous. I would thoroughly recommend this programme to anyone seeking to develop and hone their coaching skills"


Penny Aspden

Executive Coach

“I have recently gained my ILM7 Executive Coaching and Mentoring qualification delivered by Lois Burton Ltd. I thoroughly enjoyed the course. Lois and her associates are great teachers and excellent coaches. As a trainer myself, I was incredibly impressed by the quality and interactivity of the training I've received. My cohort formed a really cohesive bond which enhanced my learning and meant I was always incredibly excited to go to my next workshop or class. This is all down to the learning environment created. Lois and the team create a really safe space where people can practice their coaching skills without fear. The course focuses on you gaining as much practical experience of coaching as possible which allows to acquire real skills and has given me the confidence to include coaching as part of my business. I now have paying coaching clients”


Lisa Jeskins

Lisa Jeskins Training: training, coaching and consultancy.

“I was very careful in choosing an ILM7 provider that would be able to provide a high level of skill as a trainer, as an executive coach themselves, and a provider who would be able to provide a high level of support and a high level of challenge so that I could really stretch myself and develop my own skills much further. I had seen Lois at work a few years previously and was very impressed by her approach. I am nearly at the end of the ILM7 programme and cannot recommend Lois enough as a trainer and people developer. She brings an unusually high level of self awareness and presence into her work and at every step of the journey over the last year has supported my development and has lived the coaching philosophy of believing in my future potential and stretching and developing me in ways I could not have imagined at the start of the programme. The additional trainers she has brought into the programme have also added real value and skill, as well as different perspectives and styles which have helped me to grow into my own style. I feel really ready to become an executive coach and stand on my own feet and I am deeply grateful to Lois and her team for all the support, encouragement and challenge I have received over the past year, thank you so very much”


Dr Fiona Day

Former Associate Medical Director, Leeds West Clinical Commissioning Group 

“The ILM7 programme has been everything I hoped for and so much more. With a focus on practical learning it has developed my self-awareness, encouraged me to think differently and enabled me to take my coaching to the next level. Lois is genuinely committed to your personal development and helping you to be the best you can be – she has challenged, supported and inspired me throughout. I never expected the level of impact the ILM7 programme has had on me – not just as a coach, but as an individual. Highly recommended”


Alison Monkhouse

Learning & Organisational Development, Kirklees Council

"I cannot recommend the ILM Level 7 program highly enough.  I entered into the course hoping to refine my skills and to take my coaching to the next level.  What I found was that the course deepened my self awareness and abilities as both a coach and as an organisational leader; it provided me with personal resilience and strength as I embarked on one of the most professionally challenging periods of my own career.  Level 7 takes you further in tackling the inner game and those internal barriers we all face as we tackle challenges in our work and lives.  Together we went beyond the GROW model, to look at how additional psychological models and tools can strengthen our skills. The course content and discussions were challenging and fascinating, with highly expert tutors leading each session, and I particularly learned a significant amount from the other attendees.  All of us were incredibly busy people. The course gave each of us valuable thinking space as we worked together as both coaches and coachees.  It was through some of the action-learning coaching sessions that I gained some invaluable insight into my own professional ambitions and values. We became very bonded as a group, and I look forward to continuing many of the relationships I made there"


Dr Joy Palmer

Head of Business Development, Digital Resources, The University of Manchester

"The ILM 7 has been an excellent, though provoking programme, delivered by 2 excellent and experienced Executive coaches. Through interactive sessions, master classes and coaching practise and supervision, my coaching expertise has developed beyond my expectations. I have been able to not only develop my questioning skills, but learnt a great deal about the inner game and mindfulness, as well as using observations and feedback during coaching. All of these techniques have created some great coaching sessions to enable others to really develop. I would highly recommend this programme for anyone who really wants to extend their coaching ability"


Ceri Travers

Executive Coach

"The ILM7 in Executive Coaching in Mentoring was ideal for me, as it helped be develop skills and awareness that are useful in my day-to-day leadership challenges. The sessions were extremely interesting, and included a good mixture of seminar type presentations and discussions, and practice in coaching. Apart from that, we had to do the real thing and develop ourselves as coaches, working with people with their real issues, challenges, dilemmas and aspirations. One of the most rewarding features was that the ILM7 brought together a group of people with different jobs and leadership challenges. We all wanted to make a difference in our organisations and for those who we worked with as coaches, and the learning and support of the group was fantastic. This course is definitely one to think about for anyone who is wanting to take their leadership to the next level"


Henry McGhie

Former Head of Collections and Curator of Zoology, Manchester Museum

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