Public sector

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Damian has a unique and unconventional presentation style which is both high energy and fast paced; I have found this particularly valuable in kick starting a new programme. Damian has always found it easy to assimilate our requirements without the need to charge us for excessive design costs. During delivery Damian is able to quickly adapt his material to suit the emerging needs of the participants which ensures the sessions are always relevant and well received.

Vicki Skedd , HR & OD Manager, HM Prison Service

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I first heard Damian speak at an event I attended and was really taken back by both his content and style of delivery. I approached Damian to deliver a session to my team focused on managing change and thinking differently with an underpinning of emotional intelligence. It was fantastic! 100% of the team rated the session as excellent and crucially felt they could apply the learning to their work. Damian has an incredibly engaging manner, supported by high quality content and so many examples from industry in terms of application. He is thought provoking, challenging and very inspiring. He took the time to understand our company, our ethos, our strengths and challenges before delivering the session and this ensured it was pitched at the right level and relevant to the whole organisation. I would welcome him back in a heartbeat and so would my team. Thank you so much, you will be a hard act to follow

Yvonne Harrison, Chief Executive, GreaterSport.

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An evening with Damian was enlightening and energising. I came away buzzing with ideas and plans to improve my service to be the absolute best in our field. Reading the book was good but hearing him live was amazing.

Dr Mike Harris B.Sc, MB, BS, MRCS, LRCP, FRCPsych, Executive Director Forensic Services, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

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Having worked with Damian for around eight years both as a guest on podcasts and a keynote speaker at conferences it is fair to say you are in no safer, nor reliable pair of hands.

He is always well prepared, well organised and an absolute highlight of any event. Our last event with Damian had the audience engaged and inspired with one saying it is the best talk he had heard.

We already can’t wait to work with him again!

Helen Rendle, Gunner Cooke LLP

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More, please……Damian’s Survival Guide to Change workshop left our leaders demanding more. Insightful, innovative and practical, Damian not only provided us with food for thought, his session has served as a catalyst for lasting behavioural change, crucial for Essex’s ambitious transformation programme and in engaging our people on the journey.

Lisa Sibley, Employee Engagement Manager, Essex County Council

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Damian was the first key-note speaker at our 2023 Leadership Conference.

Damian’s session on ‘leading through change’ and using the 5 STEPS to a winning mindset was motivational, inspiring and engaging.

We have received some fantastic feedback and key take aways for people to put into practice.

John Skelton, The Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust

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We have booked Damian as a keynote speaker on many occasions. The audiences have found his presentations an engaging combination of inspiration and practical advice and I know that the messages have resonated for a long time after the events. It is great to see how Damian tailors the style and content of his delivery to the interests and energies of his audience so that he makes sure that each person understands how they can use the time to their best advantage.

Janet Campbell Smith, Managing Consultant, Greater Manchester Police

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We have worked with Damian on a number of occasions, supporting our leadership’s development.The great thing about Damian’s work is it is evidence based so it has substance, but the way he works with you makes it translatable into day- to-day leadership issues.

Martha Robertsm Head of Organisation Development and Staff Engagement, NHS England

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Damian’s keynote speech was excellent and he had the coaches captivated and engaged throughout. It set an energetic and interactive tone for our sports coaches. In his keynote and workshop he provided practical tools and advice the coaches can apply in their everyday coaching. 

We received excellent feedback from the conference delegates, one even said he is the best keynote speaker he has heard. 

Sue Watson, Sport Development Officer, Derbyshire Sport

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Wow… What a presentation! We chose to have Damian deliver a Lunchtime Learning session to senior managers on ‘The Psychology of High Performance’. This was a fantastic Lunchtime Learning session and got a great reaction, with the feedback from senior managers being superb. Commenting on the practical usefulness of Damian’s knowledge, techniques and theory, senior managers are keen to hear him again. Damian is a highly motivational and inspirational speaker with a huge amount of energy. He engages with his audience instantly and has added a lot of value to Bury Council’s way of thinking, through sharing his ideas. We have invested in his books which we now loan out to managers so that his key messages disseminate amongst the organisation. Engaging, energetic and exciting – Thank you, Damian

Tracy Johnson, Head of People Strategy, Bury Council

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Damian’s work is powerful and important in developing a high performance culture.

Major Lee Stewart, Royal Marines

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Damian’s engaging and down-to-earth style have landed exceptionally well with our leadership conferences over the last couple of years. He continues to innovate and further refine his approach; tailoring his content to match our specific event outcomes. Most recently, his five-step change cycle really landed brilliantly with our senior delegates as we embark on the next chapter in our growth journey. Thanks again Damian, look forward to further projects together! – Paul Bates

I recently had the pleasure of organising an event where Damian was a speaker, and I cannot express how impactful his session was. Damian captivated the audience from the very beginning with his dynamic style. His ability to connect with the audience on a professional and personal level was remarkable. Throughout his presentation Damian shared brilliant insights and actionable strategies that were not only thought provoking but also highly relevant to our leadership team. I thoroughly recommend Damian to any organisation looking to elevate their leadership development, his expertise coupled with an engaging and brilliant delivery made for an inspiring experience. – Hayleigh Bickford-Smith

Babcock International, Paul Bates and Hayleigh Bickford-Smith

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Damian went down a storm here in Sheffield. His style of delivery and the messages he was sharing were soaked up by the audience. Able to turn theory into practical examples with humour and simplicity he certainly got people thinking. We’re seeing some positive impacts across the organisation and would definitely work with Damian again.

The development programmes are progressing well with people still engaged in learning which is great. One of the participants started a library with some positive psychology books and invited others to contribute books they’d found useful. It has been well received and is actually being used!

Jo Charlesworth, Acting HR Service Manager, Sheffiled Council

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