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IAF England & Wales meetups
Welcome to IAF England & Wales. We are around 85 IAF members including 16 Certified Professional Facilitators (CPFs), spread throughout England & Wales and beyond.
We convene regular, open face-to-face facilitation meetups for "IAF facilitators & friends" through 5 regional meetup groups around the country:
  • London & South East - over 500 IAF facilitators & friends, with monthly morning coffee meetups in London & Oxfordshire, plus each month in London either an afternoon or an evening Networking & Learning meetup or an evening Networking & Social meetup. We are keen to support new monthly coffee meetups on the South Coast in particular.  
  • North of England - over 120 IAF facilitators & friends, with monthly coffee meetups in Leeds & Manchester, and three regional networking & learning meetups per year. We are keen to support new monthly coffee meetups in the North East in particular.
  • South West of England - over 130 IAF facilitators & friends, with monthly coffee meetups in Bristol, and three regional networking & learning meetups per year. We are keen to support new monthly coffee meetups in Devon in particular.
  • Midlands & East of England - over 60 IAF facilitators & friends, with monthly coffee meetups in Birmingham & Warwick, plus two regional networking & learning meetups per year and our annual all-England & Wales meetup in Birmingham during International Faciliation Week each October. We are keen to support new monthly coffee meetups in the East Midlands & East Anglia in particular.
  • Wales - new for 2019, we are keen to support new monthly coffee meetups in Cardiff and North Wales in particular, and new regional networking & learning meetups.
Members of all five regional groups come together online for a monthly virtual coffee meetup as well. We also work to schedule a Certified Professional Facilitator assessment in the UK each year. Group members are encouraged to use the meetup groups to convene additional meetups wherever & whenever suits them, according to their own interests.

We asked some of our regulars what they have appreciated most about IAF E&W Meetups and why should others be interested - they replied:

  • "The sharing of ideas"Jonathan Bannister
  • "Meeting diverse practitioners of facilitation - and learning together" Michael Ambjorn
  • "Expanding my thinking AND facilitation practice through peers generously sharing their ideas"Andi Roberts CPF
  • "A brilliant initiative - a great way to build your faciliation skills whilst networking with like-minded sorts" - Neil Fogarty
  • "Diversity of input, quality of input, creation of our "own space", snowball effect over time as our numbers have grown, commitment of some key players @martingilbraith @orford @penny_walker_sd to name a few" - Mike Pounsford CPF 
  • "A wonderful opportunity to learn from each other, to share experiences and to practice new ways of facilitation in a friendly and fun environment... with fellow facilitators from different nationalities"Pinar Akkaya
  • "Learning... It’s also great to feel a sense of belonging to a community... I think this feeling of being part of a profession or industry has all sorts of benefits to me as an individual (now a CPF) and my business." - Sean Blair CPF
  • "Setting out as a facilitator on my own was a scary decision but I have met so many great people through the meet-ups... Its a really wonderful community to be a part of!"Camilla Gordon
  • "I feel I can relax and share openly, have fun and learn loads... There's a generosity and love of learning which makes these meet-ups special. And a surprisingly wide range of people and ways that they use their skills" - Penny Walker

Please join us at a meetup by clicking on the meetup group links above - everyone with an interest in group process facilitation is welcome, including facilitators and others who use or commission facilitation, IAF members and non-members alike. 

Please connect with us online also, by joining over 700 IAF facilitators & friends in our Facebook and LinkedIn groups, and by following IAF England & Wales on Twitter and Instagram.  Please also take a few minutes to complete our online survey, to help to make IAF England & Wales and our free facilitation meetups more valuable to you in the coming year - thank you!

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      IAF England & Wales Leadership Team, January 2019

        Further Information and to get more involved
        Contact IAF E&W Chair Martin Gilbraith, or another of our elected Board or wider Leadership Team:
        • Gary Austin CPF-M, Hertfordshire - Board Secretary, Membership, London evening Learning meetups
        • Neil Fogarty, Warwick - Board member, Marketing & Partnerships, LinkedIn, Warwick coffee meetups 
        • Martin Gilbraith CPF, London - Board Chair, London & SE region, Twitter
        • Helene Jewell, Bristol - Board member, South West region, Facebook & Instagram
        • Steve Lloyd, Plymouth - Board Treasurer
        • Hilary Topp, Birmingham - Board member, Midlands & East region, International Facilitation Week 
        • Penny Walker CPF, London - Professional Development
        Join us! We are particularly keen to welcome new members to our volunteer Leadership Team in the following roles - please contact us for details:
        • North of England regional meetup group organiser
        • Wales regional meetup group organiser
        • Coffee meetup hosts for Leeds, Devon, South Coast, East Midlands, East Anglia, North East, Cardiff & North Wales 
        Or, please let us know how you would like to get more involved!