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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