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Barry Denham, Team Leader – VIC

BA Civil Laws (University College Dublin), Post-grad Diploma Spirituality & Leadership in Education (Uni. College Dublin), Master of Environment (Uni. of Melbourne), Qualified ICF Exec & Team Coach (tools include TLC, DiSC, Firo-B, MBTI)

Barry Denham joined Synergy Global in 2019 as Team Leader – VIC. He started his career as a corporate lawyer with one of Ireland’s leading law firms, A&L Goodbody. Highlights included working on industry-leading transactions in mergers & acquisitions, commercial property, environmental litigation & commercial banking. It was in the firm’s Banking Department, that he learned all about Corporate Governance & Risk Management.

As part of his values-centred approach, & as a complete contrast, he also worked in Education, as a House Master at Clongowes Wood College, one of Ireland’s leading private boarding schools.

Later, as part of a career transition to environmental management, he undertook a Master of Environment with the University of Melbourne before joining the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning.

He then spent eight years working in leadership roles in the Forest Fire Management Group leading the delivery of Continuous Quality Improvement.

Highlights included financial management for the department’s R&D Program, which oversaw the investment of approx. $20m in R&D to support CQI/safety. This also included leading the design & delivery of comprehensive monitoring, evaluation & reporting framework for bushfire management across Victoria – an Australian first.

Barry has been recognised for his innovative problem-solving skills in all his roles. This has included managing the implementation of a new business structure for over 1600 staff as part of a new public value business model for Forest Fire Management in Victoria. Other highlights have included the University College Dublin Law Faculty Gold Medal for Options for EU Expansion, & the Law Society of Ireland Prize for the most innovative business plan for a new solicitor.

His expertise and key interests focus around these 7 themes:
blackValues-based Vision/Purpose & Mission/Strategy Clarification
blackPeople-centred Values-based Leadership & Cultural Change
blackStakeholder Engagement & Corporate Communications
blackCQI: Process Improvement for better decision-making
blackIndividual, Team & Organisational Effectiveness
black Developing High Performing (often Virtual) Teams
black Executive Coaching for Behavioural/Cultural Change

Whilst Barry is a generalist, for the last 13 years, he’s focused on enabling collaborative, evidence-based, values-led, individual, team & organisational improvement. It was this that connected him with Heather-Jane Gray, Synergy Global’s Chief Executive, who head-hunted Barry to become our Team Leader – VIC; ensuring that we exceed client expectations.

He’s a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) & is currently finalising his application for his ICF ACC.
Barry has Dual Citizenship (EU/AUS) & lives in Melbourne. He loves nature, team ball sports, walking, skiing & travel

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