David Birch

BA (Hons), PGCE, MSc, PG Cert Supervision

David Birch specialises in group facilitation, boardroom consulting and executive coaching. His strengths as a facilitator and coach come from his ability to create safe environments for honest reflection and dialogue, opening up new insights and perspectives on seemingly intractable problems.

After graduating in 1979, David worked as a teacher in the UK and Japan before joining the Industrial Society (now the Work Foundation) as a management adviser. This was followed by ten years as an internal consultant with Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) where he became a Director. He joined Ashridge in 2000.

David has a first degree in Geography from Leeds University and a PGCE from Durham University. He holds Masters degrees in Organisation Consulting from Ashridge and Integrative Psychotherapy from the Metanoia Institute. He is accredited as a mediator, executive coach, supervisor and UKCP-registered psychotherapist and qualified in a range of psychometric instruments.

David Birch

Publications

Supervision for organisation consultants

de Haan, E. & Birch, D. (2011) Supervision for organisation consultants, in T. Bachkirova, P. Jackson & D. Clutterbuck (eds) Coaching and mentoring supervision: theory and practice, Oxford: Oxford Brookes University

Supervision for consultants

Birch, D. & de Haan, E. (2011) Supervision for consultants, Training Journal, pp. 63 - 67

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Supervision for organization consultants

de Haan, E. & Birch, D. (2011) Supervision for organization consultants, in Bachkirova, T., Jackson, P. & Clutterbuck, P. (eds) . Coaching and mentoring supervision: theory and practice, in press

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Executive coaching outcome research: the predictive value of common factors such as relationship, personality match and self-efficiency

Duckworth, A., de Haan, E., Birch, D., Hardman, P. & Jones, C. (2010) Executive coaching outcome research: the predictive value of common factors such as relationship, personality match and self-efficiency, Ashridge Report, ISBN 978 090 3542807

Quality Control for Coaching

de Haan, E. & Birch, D. (2010) Quality Control for Coaching, Training Journal, pp. 71 - 74, August

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Coaching Supervision: Quality Assurance for executive coaches?

In this article, David Birch explores the purpose and benefit of coaching supervision and its importance in ensuring the quality and professionalism of executive coaching in organisations.

Birch, D. (2010) Coaching Supervision: Quality Assurance for executive coaches?, Converse, Issue 7, pp. 40 - 42

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Coaching Supervision: QA for executive coaches

de Haan, E. & Birch, D. (2010) Coaching Supervision: QA for executive coaches, Training Journal, August

A Day in the Life of an Ashridge Consultant

Like the circus performer, a consultant has to keep many plates spinning: current work, imminent work, potential work; it all needs to be thought about, planned for, done and reviewed.

Birch, D. (2006) A Day in the Life of an Ashridge Consultant, Converse, p.11, April

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Time to stop the world

David asks the questions "Is your job getting easier" and "How many of you have more time to yourself now compared to this time last year?"

Birch, D. (2003) Time to stop the world, Communique, Winter, P.2

Leading Edge Awareness

Birch, D. & Bleach, J. (2000) Leading Edge Awareness, Directions - The Ashridge Journal, Winter