Bill Hennessy BA. MA. MSc. C Psychol. C Sci. AFBPsS. MCIPD. FRSA.

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Bill Hennessy

Visiting Fellow


Bill is an Independent Organisation Development Consultant and Chartered Occupational Psychologist. He currently runs his own consultancy as well as working with Cranfield on Executive Development.

Prior to independent practice Bill was Director, Management Development Unit, Cranfield School of Management responsible for In-Company tailored programmes for a wide range of corporate clients. During his time there Cranfield was ranked 4th in the world for Customised Programmes. In a 25-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 one which is informed by ongoing professional development and academic rigour.

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 Shell, IMI plc, KPN Quest, AOL, Astrium, BAe, BT, Kaufhof, Capita and the Environment Agency. 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.

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 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.
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