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Summary

Tomás Kennedy has over 25 years of consulting experience in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. He is the Owner and Managing Consultant at Kennedy-Ireland, an Organisation Development and Leadership Consultancy firm based in Ireland.  In that time he has worked for private and public sector clients.  These include Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 listed corporations.  In the international arena he has worked for the European Commission, DFID, the World Bank, UNDP and UNICEF.  He is skilled in Organisation Change, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, and Project Management.

Objective

My objective is to bring my skills and 26 years of experience to public bodies and business corporations in order to increase the ability and capacity of individuals, teams and whole organisations.

Interest

Music. I perform and record Irish [Celtic] music on whistles and pipes. 

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Consulting Director

Tomás Kennedy is an experienced and skilful consultant, especially in the field of international development. He is sensitive to the needs of individuals and groups, and able to deal with difference and conflict when it arises.

He prepares well and keeps informed on current issues and policy, and connects well with individuals across different cultures and backgrounds. His concern for individuals and their learning and development can on occasion mean that he finds it difficult to both meet their needs and complete the agreed agenda in the time available, putting himself under pressure rather than the group.

I have always experienced Tomás as paying good attention to his ongoing professional and technical competence and development, through engaging in practice workshops, reading, networks, and accredited programmes over the years that I have know him.

Tomás has extensive experience of the world of international development. I have personally worked alongside Tomás in DFID, Unicef, and UNDP, and have always found him to be well informed and aware of the complexities and challenges of these organisations and their context.

He has many years experience of working with cross cultural and mixed gender groups.  During my experience of working with him on a large leadership development programmefor DFID, which also contained a linked diversity module, Tomás always worked well with linking the issues and enabling participants to contribute and explore sensitive territory with sensitivity and care, but without collusion.

As already commented on in earlier remarks, I experience Tomas as consistently working conscientiously and with integrity whenever I am with him and would have no doubts about his continuing to work in this way, as it is a core part of who he is as a person.

International Development

Strength's: Relationship skills, ability to see and understand the big picture, ability to gain the trust of others, understanding of International Development dynamics.

Up-to-date with HR/ Strategy/ Organisation Change, and evidence based methods like Logical Framework.

Good depth and breadth of experience in Asia and Africa.

Fully competent to manage resources, including budget.

Proven reputation for integrity and professionalism on behalf of clients and colleagues.

Work experience

May 2000Present

Owner, Managing Consultant

Kennedy-Ireland

Tomás Kennedy set up Kennedy-Ireland as an Organisation Consultancy in May 2000.  He has successfully completed projects throughout Ireland and the UK.  In addition, he has also worked In Eastern Europe [Hungary and Poland], the Middle East [Turkey] and throughout Asia [Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and India] and Africa [Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, South Africa, and Namibia].  Kennedy-Ireland clients are in pharmaceuticals, software, technology, financial services, an professional services.

International Development clients include the European Commission, DFID, the World Bank, UNDP and UNICEF.

Projects include designing and facilitating stakeholder workshops and conferences [including conflict resolution], programme design, project management and assurance, organisation and leadership development, and executive coaching.

Sep 1997Apr 2000

Senior Consultant

Sheppard Moscow

Sheppard Moscow is one of the worlds leading Organisation Change consultancies. Sheppard

Moscow has been a leading force in organisational consulting, team and individual development,

and strategic change management for over 40 years.  In that time, they have worked with hundreds of organisations and thousands of individuals. Most business comes through personal referrals.

My role as a Senior Consultant was to generate new business, manage client accounts and to

deliver consultancy solutions and learning programmes.  While in Sheppard Moscow I worked with clients in Europe, Asia and Africa.

Feb 1993Aug 1997

Owner, Senior Consultant

Meta Consultancy Ltd.

I set up Meta Consultancy Ltd. to provide Team Development and Organisation Change

programmes.  Meta Consultancy had many great breakthroughs with projects in Ireland, the UK, USA, India,

Turkey, Poland, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Namibia, Belgium and Bangladesh.

It was during this time that the processes and tools used by Kennedy-Ireland were developed and perfected.

Nov 1988Jan 1993

Consultant

Harvest Business Strategies Ltd.

Harvest was set-up 25 years ago by Pearse Walsh. It is still one of Ireland's top training

consultancies. During the four years I worked for Harvest, I had clients and projects in Ireland, and

UK and Germany.  Harvest is best know in the Financial Services sector and for team building, sales training and

interpersonal skills development.

Sep 1984Oct 1988

Recruitment Consultant

Atlas Exective

I was recruited to be part of the start-up of an Executive Search and Selection division in Atlas.

During my four years with the company, I moved them from a low position to second place for the

recruitment of executives for the Pharmaceutical and Medical sectors in Ireland.

Sep 1980Aug 1984

Assistant Internal Auditor

i started my work in the Jury's Hotel Group as a Housekeeping Porter.  After one year I was appointed as a Cost Control Clerk.  One year later I was promoted to the Assistant

Internal Auditor role.  I had great success identifying weaknesses in the management accounting processes, and of producing solutions that led to improvements.

Education

Sep 2002Mar 2006

MPhil [Hons]

College of Saint Alcuin, MGST

The College of Saint Alcuin is a small Anglo-Catholic seminary within the MGST - The Minnesota Graduate School of Theology. The Graduate School has authority from the Minnesota Higher Education Coordinating Board to grant degrees under a religious exemption status.

My MPhil [Hons] in Church History, was earned by a research thesis on the British and Irish Celtic church. 

Sep 1975Jun 1978

BBS

University of Limerick

Did a Business major in Human Resources. UL [then the NIHE] was the first University in Ireland to offer a full degree in Human Resources Management.

It was an amazing time, to be part of a new and innovative world class University.

Skills

360/degree Feedback
I have used 360/degree systems from:   Human Synergistics - LSI!, LSI2 and OCI Sheppard Moscow [Influencing, Consulting and Facilitation skills] Learning Consortium - Focus on Influence Belbin Team Profile SMS - PPI [Positive Power and Influence] Keirsey [similar to MBTI] DISC   My clients are in multiple sectors and countries.
Team Building
Since my early days in Harvest Business Strategies [1998-1993] I have been working with tools and techniques for developing and building teams.
Leadership Development
I have senior level experience with designing and facilitating Leadership Development Programmes in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa.   This experience ranges from Executive Coaching, One Day workshops, and up to Six Month long multi-module programmes.   Leadership theories and concepts are covered, personal mastery, experiential learning and self development.
Project Management/Assurance
I have provided Project Management/Assurance consultancy and training to the following clients:   International Agencies:   World Bank European Commission Department of International Development   Corporate Sector:   Coca-Cola AIB Bank Group Bank Of Ireland   Public Sector:   HSE Ireland [Healthcare] Irish Sports Council Horse Racing Ireland

Certifications

2006Present

Positive Power and Influence Trainer

SMS Inc. USA
2003Present

Focus On Influence

Learning Consortium
1990Present

Certificate in RET

CBT, London

Secret

DFID UK