All organisations have in effect two tasks - the one they are set up to do, and a second task of developing and maintaining the processes for doing it. Our focus on the world of work and organisations is reflected in the design of the Bayswater Working Conference, which is known as the ‘double task’ model.

Members bring a 'back-home' task to work on, so their experiences of working in their groups, and the dynamics of the Conference as a whole, are linked to their work situations back home, and are not split off into separate worlds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BILL HENNESSY

Bill is an Organisation Development consultant and Chartered Psychologist.

In a 30-year career he has moved between industry, business and academia developing a deep appreciation of approaches to management and organisation development. This background reflects Bill’s approach which is essentially practical and results-oriented but informed by ongoing professional development and academic rigour. Bill is a Fellow at the Centre for Management Development, London Business School, where he has worked on a wide variety of Executive Development Programmes for the last 10 years. His is also a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield School of Management, where he was previously Director Custom Programmes. He also runs his own consultancy in organisation development and change.

He has been Senior Lecturer in HR/OD at both Hull and Leicester Business Schools and has taught at Ashridge, Henley and Cambridge University. Previous posts have included Head of Mgt Training/OD Consulting, BBC, Director Mgt and Orgn Devt, The Whitbread Beer Company and a Director of Ernst and Young’s UK HR/OD consulting practice. He has worked with a wide variety of clients from the public and private sector including ExxonMobil, IMI plc, Northern Foods, Capita and the Environment Agency. In recent years he has worked with a number of clients in the Middle East including SABIC, Abu Dhabi Oil Company, Kuwait National Petroleum Company and Orascom Telecom. Bill has delivered papers at conferences in Finland, China, US and Argentina. 

Projects have included strategy facilitation, organisation design, senior management development programmes, assessment/development centres, supporting major change projects and individual coaching. He was a founding member of the British Psychological Society's special group in Coaching Psychology and has undertaken a number of training programmes in coaching with the Centre for Coaching in London. 

Bill holds a first degree in Business and Psychology, an MA in Industrial Relations, MSc in Organisational Psychology and is currently completing a Doctorate researching effective personal development practice. As part of his own ongoing development Bill has undertaken significant development programmes with The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, University of Columbia and The Institute of Group Analysis, London.