About Us

Dee Hennessy PhD

Dee is a creative facilitator and coach. She works with public sector agencies, companies, organisations and partnerships to develop people, ideas and innovative solutions.Dee3

Specialising in providing new contexts for thinking, learning and making things happen, her particular skills are in creative facilitation and group development, gained through working in theatre and cultural industries development.

Before co-founding Creative Exchange with Matthew Haggis in 2000, Dee spent almost 8 years with Common Purpose – latterly as UK Curriculum Director – delivering learning programmes to senior decision makers across the private, public and not for profit sectors.

Previously a freelance producer for film and broadcast theatre and a local government officer in Planning and Cultural Development departments, her last local authority job was in Liverpool as Assistant Director, Arts and Cultural Industries leading a team of cultural development staff, writing and implementing the Arts and Cultural Industries Strategy for the City of Liverpool and establishing and managing the UK’s first Film Commission.

She was a Non Executive Director of Tameside C&PS NHS Trust, is a magistrate on the City of Manchester bench and has a development role with Red Ladder Theatre Company.

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


Matthew Haggis MBA

Matthew has been facilitating diverse groups to learn and work together for more than twenty years.  He has particular interests in organisational development linking team and whole systems approaches with individual coaching, and for developing capacities for transformation in a futures context.Matthew3

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.

Prior to joining Common Purpose, his career included business consultancy, leisure management and scientific publishing.

Matthew lives in Edinburgh’s New Town with his partner, Alison.

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