About Us

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DDee Hennessyee Hennessy PhD

Dee Hennessy is a leading creative facilitator and coach. Following a career in theatre and the arts, Dee has been a group creativity specialist since 1999 working with governments, local government, public sector agencies, universities, research councils, companies, third sector organisations and partnerships to develop strategies, ideas, innovative solutions, bids, teams and individuals. She does this by designing and delivering new formats and unlikely processes for getting people involved, energised and focused.

Dee’s PhD and related academic research introduced and tested innovative and robust methods for knowledge exchange engagement that are now being adopted by the validators of the research: Marc Tassoul, author of Creative Facilitation, Liz Sanders, Founder of Make Tools and Professor Tom Inns, Director of Glasgow School of Art. This approach has also been adopted by Lancaster University where Dee continues to build on four successful years delivering their EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) interdisciplinary research and industry events.

In the past two years Dee has been developing and delivering a new approach to inter-disciplinary research and industry ideation in both Ghana and Kuala Lumpur. She has also worked at RMIT in Melbourne designing a virtual conference format building on her work facilitating EPSRC’s only UK virtual Sandpit.

Dee Hennessy, Home Farm, Quernmore Park, Lancaster LA2 9HN   Mobile: 07984 381902  dee(at)creativeexchange.co.uk

Matthew HaggisMatthew Haggis MBA

Matthew has been facilitating diverse groups to learn and work together for over thirty years.  He has particular interests in organisational development linking team and whole systems approaches with individual coaching and personal growth.

Matthew’s background is in business development and leadership education, working with major commercial, public and non-profit organisations.  He holds an MBA from the University of Edinburgh and the CIPD Advanced Certificate in Coaching & Mentoring.  More recently he has gained Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling from the University of Edinburgh, and an MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Stirling.

Before he set up Creative Exchange with Dee Hennessy, he spent seven years as Programme Director with Common Purpose, the international independent civic education programme for emerging leaders from all sectors. Planning, delivering and facilitating the Edinburgh programme saw him working directly with senior decision makers, organisations and strategic issues across the private, public, voluntary and community sectors.  His career has included business consultancy, leisure management and scientific publishing.

Matthew Haggis. 53 Lockharton Avenue, Edinburgh EH14 1BB    Tel: 0131 443 2079    Mobile: 07967 011029  matthew(at)creativeexchange.co.uk