Dr Desley Lodwick, Project Manager & Lead Coach

PhD in Coaching (University of Queensland), MBA (Monash University), Bachelor of Education, Master Coach (ANZIC), MAICD, MPSA, Ontological Coaching, Growth Edge Coaching, Growth Edge Interviews, Cert IV, Grad Cert. Prof. Writing, Human Synergistics Tools, The Leadership Circle, MBiT, Gensys Psych. Assessments

Desley joined Synergy Global in 2019 as Project Manager & Lead Coach for a variety of major programs.

She met Heather-Jane through an ICF Continuing Professional Development (CPD) webinar, where they shared ideas about the future of coaching & coach development.

Desley’s career began in education - where for 12yrs she was successively promoted from classroom teacher to Head of School. Since then, she has held a variety of executive roles, including as the Managing Director of a global IT company. In this role, Desley developed markets in Europe, Australia & the USA  - overseeing a significant restructuring of the Australian operations. Subsequently, Desley has focussed on adult learning & coaching.

With a variety of ‘lenses’ that comes from having a PhD in coaching & 17yrs coaching experience, Desley is a Master coach & facilitator of coaching leadership programs. She is sought after as a mentor both within corporate & coaching communities & has coached Executives from Family Safety Victoria, APSC, Dept of Defence, Dept of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts & Sports, The Dept of the Prime Minister & Cabinet, Dept of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries, Austrade, Australian Taxation Office, Dept of Immigration & Citizenship, Dept of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population & Communities, Dept of Human Services, Dept of Finance & Deregulation, Australian Trade Commission & the Australian Federal Police.

Desley has been the lead designer, faciliator & coach for significant programs within the education industry including Deakin University (120 Senior Leaders), Monash College, RMIT & the Bastow Institute.

During her PhD research, & representing a much-needed shift in thinking, Desley developed Contextualist Cohort Coaching™, a pragmatic path to developing wisdom fit for the times. Cohort Coaching™ goes far beyond what is achievable by individual or group coaching so that progress can be made on the persistent & resistant problems that continually emerge & resist all efforts to 'solve' them.

Desley’s expertise & key interests focus around these 6 themes:
blackEffectiveness Consulting: Facing systemic challenges that individual mastery alone is insufficient to achieve effectiveness
blackChange Facilitation: Focusing on Leadership Development - developing mindsets suitable for facing complexity
blackExecutive Coaching: Adult CPD - accelerating wisdom with coach development to support the growing edges of coaches
Women in Leadership:
Supporting women to take their place & succeed at every level of leadership in every sector

Desley is an active member of the Professional Speakers Association (PSA), a Board Chair of a Not-for Profit Organisation called PartnerSPEAK; & a Mentor for Jennifer Garvey Burger’s Cultivating Leadership Advanced Coaching Program.

She lives in Melbourne with her musician husband Roger & her beautiful two white cats. She also plays keyboard in a rock band.

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