Billy Desmond

MBA, MSc

Billy believes that while all individuals have an ability to respond to change, he understands that in organisations change occurs in relationship to others and/or our environment, not in isolation to oneself. This means that in working with clients he encourages his clients to explore the continuum of ‘intimate i.e. interpersonal’ and strategic ways of relating from which an increased awareness of the individual/team’s ‘way of being’ is achieved. Billy is particularly valued and trusted by clients in being able to co-create insightful conversations between individuals and teams while providing uniquely designed frameworks to drive strategic decisions and implement change within the organisation’s strategic context.

Billy gained much of his strategy development and organisational change and development expertise from FTSE 100 plc’s in the UK, Europe and the USA in sectors such as retail, telecommunications, manufacturing, design and more recently in the FCO and NHS.

UKCP - United Kingdom of Counselling and Psychotherapy GPTI - Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute AAGT - (International) Association for Advancing Gestalt Therapy (in therapy, organisations and society) Metanoia Institute EMCC (Via Ashridge)

Billy Desmond

Publications

Introduction to Gestalt

This book is aimed at practitioners in organisations and therapeutic environments.

Sills, C., Desmond, B. & Lapworth, P. (2012) Introduction to Gestalt, Sage, UK.

Spirituality in Coaching

Desmond, B. (2012) Spirituality in Coaching, in de Haan, E. & Sills, C. (eds) Relational Coaching

Stepping into the Unknown - Dialogical Experiential Learning

Desmond, B. & Jowitt, A. (2012) Stepping into the Unknown - Dialogical Experiential Learning, Management Development Journal

Gestalt approach to working with gay persons seeking meaningful relational contact

Desmond, B. (2011) Gestalt approach to working with gay persons seeking meaningful relational contact, in Bloom, D. & Brownell, P. (eds) Continuity and Change: Gestalt Therapy Now, USA, Cambridge Scholars Press

Effective Group Development: A Paradoxical Approach for Action Learning Set Facilitators

Desmond, B. (2011) Effective Group Development: A Paradoxical Approach for Action Learning Set Facilitators, OD Practitioner, Vol. 43, No. 1, pp. 29 - 34

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Sustaining Partnership; Ashridge and the National Trust

Desmond, B. & Boniface, P. (2010) Sustaining Partnership; Ashridge and the National Trust, EFMD, Chinese publication

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Evaluating the impact of experiential learning and action learning groups in a tailored professional development programme

Desmond, B. (2010) Evaluating the impact of experiential learning and action learning groups in a tailored professional development programme, EABIS Experiential Learning Congress, Berlin, November

Experiencing different ways of knowing; a holistic approach to experiential learning

Jowitt, A. & Desmond, B. (2010) Experiencing different ways of knowing; a holistic approach to experiential learning, EABIS Experiential Learning Congress, Berlin, November

A trainee supervisor's perspective; liberating the 'imprisoning' self of coach in becoming a supervisor

Desmond, B. (2010) A trainee supervisor's perspective; liberating the 'imprisoning' self of coach in becoming a supervisor, Workshop presentation at British Association for Supervision Practice and Research Annual Conference on Supervision, 'Competent Supervisors: Imprisonment or Liberation?', 24 - 25 July

Gestalt: Sustainability of Our Global Environment

Desmond, B., Araon, B., Adams, W., Feinstein, G., Myles, G. & Tuli, K. (2010) Gestalt: Sustainability of Our Global Environment Presentation Panel at International conference Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (AAGT), Philadelphia, USA, June

National Trust nurtures talent: Developing internal consulting capability to support strategy

The paper describes how Ashridge Consulting, part of a leading European business school, worked in collaboration with The National Trust, the charity which conserves heritage buildings and places in England, Wales and Northern Ireland – to provide a development program for Functional Advisors.

Read the article on the Emerald Insight website here.

Desmond, B. (2010) National Trust nurtures talent: Developing internal consulting capability to support strategy, Journal of Strategic Direction , Vol. 26, No.11, pp. 8 - 11

Sustaining Partnership; Ashridge and the National Trust

This article outlines some of the factors that they believe increase the likelihood of a generative partnership that fulfils both individual and organisational expectations such as the partnership between Ashridge Consulting and Britain’s National Trust.


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Desmond, B. & Boniface, P. (2010) Sustaining Partnership; Ashridge and the National Trust, EFMD Business Magazine, Special Supplement Global Focus, Vol. 04, Issue 3, pp. 3 - 6

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Restore, enjoy and preserve: Ashridge Consulting works with the National Trust

Desmond, B. & O'Brien, D. (2010) Restore, enjoy and preserve: Ashridge Consulting works with the National Trust, Converse, Issue 7, pp. 5 - 8

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Developing Internal Consulting Capacity

Desmond, B. & Noall, J. (2010) Developing Internal Consulting Capability within the National Trust, Excellence in Practice Award, Organisational Development category, Presentation at EFMD Annual Conference, Oestrich Winkel, June