Who We Are


Co-founders


Billy Desmond MBA, Dip, MSc. UKCP & ECP registered
Billy is a cis gender queer man. He works as a Gestalt psychotherapist, supervisor with a particular interest in groups and embodied ways of working in psychotherapy. He is a guest faculty at different Gestalt training institutes and supervises Masters students. He is a certified trainer of Ruella Frank’s Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy in the Center for Somatic Studies, New York City. He is currently researching its application to psychotherapy and clinical supervision groups. Billy has published several papers, book chapters and action research articles on: homophobia, working with gay men, ecology in psychotherapy, group-work, embodied ways of knowing and spirituality. He has co-authored Introduction to Gestalt (Sage, 2013)- a book for psychotherapists, counsellors and those work in the helping professions. He regularly presents and offers workshops at international conferences. Billy is the editorial board of Gestalt  Review, a peer reviewed academic journal. He is a Board Member of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (AAGT) – an International organisation and co-chair of the Gender & Sexual Diversity special interest group for AAGT.

He works in his practice between London and the West Coast of Ireland – near the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren.

Revd. Dr. Bernárd Lynch
Bernárd has an interdisciplinary doctorate in counseling psychology and theology from Fordham University and New York Theological Seminary. For fifteen successive years he was Theological Consultant to the Board of Directors of Dignity New York - an organization for Lesbian, Gay, Transgendered and Bisexual Catholics and their friends - and founded the AIDS/HIV Ministry of Dignity New York in 1982, which continues its work to the present day.

He is a social and LGBTQI activist since the early 1980’s. For over ten years he was a member of the Mayor of New York's voluntary Task Force on HIV/AIDS, and was the only Roman Catholic priest to testify before the City Council for the successful passage of Civil Rights legislation for the LGBT community in 1986. He continued his work with HIV/AIDS in London until 2011. He has been profiled numerous times on Channel Four, BBC HARDTALK, BBC Radio 4, Sky News for his work in the areas of social justice and oppression. He has published two books A Priest on Trial (Boomsbury, 1993)l and 'If It Wasn't Love, Sex, Death and God' (Circle Books, 2012) and numerous chapters in LGBT publications. Bernárd continues to work in the areas of social justice and oppression. He was a trustee and chair of Camden LGBT Forum and the first representative of the Irish LGBT community to City Hall for the London Saint Patrick's Day Parade until end of 2016.

Trustees


Michael Egan MA, MSc., FCA
Mike Egan is a UK Chartered Accountant who specialises in governance and finance for charities and not-for-profits. His appointments include: Governor, Heythrop College (University of London) Trustee, Camden LGBT Forum (promotion of equality and diversity and elimination of discrimination in relation to LGBT people in Camden and neighbouring London boroughs) Finance committee member, CAFOD (one of the thirteen Disasters Emergency Committee charities in the UK) Finance committee member, Carmelite Charitable Trust

His previous trusteeships include the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM) (Chair 2006 – 2014), the RAIN Trust (practical support delivered through faith communities for people living with HIV/AIDS) and Centred, formerly Kairos in Soho (social inclusion and wellbeing for marginalised lesbian, gay and transgender people).

Mike was previously a partner, and head of London Audit, in an international firm of Chartered Accountants. His professional clients included the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Wolfson Foundation and Stonewall.

Mike holds a Masters degree in Voluntary Sector Management from Cass Business School (City, University of London).