Danny is a consultant specialising in leadership development and whole system change in public service.
Danny has built a reputation for innovative thinking and facilitating adventurously both small and large groups. He is most often valued for being a reflective practitioner, who blends a breadth of thinking about whole systems with a willingness to inquire into the patterns of conversation and behaviour manifest in the room 'right now'. His passion is in learning across boundaries: professional, organisational, cultural.
The kinds of activities Danny is most valued for are:
• Facilitating dialogue across managerial and political boundaries
• Organisational and inter-organisational learning in public service
• Management development strategy
• Top team development and strategic visioning
• Designing and delivering culture change programmes
• Facilitating action learning sets and policy nets
• One to one coaching, especially helping clients to reframe their experience
• Disturbing embedded patterns of talk and action
As an Associate of Demos he published 'Local authority? How to develop leadership for better public services' in 2002.
Danny has recently led a team from Bath Consultancy Group providing client side advice and support in the commissioning and delivery of Public Sector Management Wales. He has directed leadership development programmes for public bodies throughout the UK, including Scottish Local Authority Chief Executives. He also co-directs Civil Service programmes on collaborative working, is a Director on the Faculty of the new cross sector Leaders UK programme, and has consulted to several Local Strategic Partnerships and Community Planning teams on issues of community leadership and joint working. He has a particular interest in inter agency learning, working closely with SOLACE to organise and facilitate action learning sets for Chief Executives and Directors across the public sector.
Danny Chesterman argues that partnership working will only succeed if public service partnerships become more ‘citizen-centric’. This can only be achieved by developing local leadership – a process which he believes arises out of dialogue.