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Danny West
Danny WestTrainer, coach, mentor and leadership consultant

My Background.

I have extensive experience as a leadership consultant, employment adviser, public speaker, trainer, facilitator and personal performance coach working throughout the UK, Europe and India and have worked within the public, voluntary and corporate sectors. I am passionate about empowerment and leadership development, training and coaching and have an extensive training and coaching portfolio.

I hold a social work qualification with the ‘General Social Care Council’, a management qualification with the ‘Chartered Management Institute’, a Personal Performance Coaching Diploma at distinction level with ‘The Coaching Academy’ and an adult teaching qualification (PTLLS), more recently I have acquired qualifications in Equality and Diversity and End of Life Care, bereavement and grief.

I have worked extensively with people living with disabilities and long term health conditions such as HIV. I have been living long term with HIV since the beginning of the HIV epidemic and was one of the first people to be diagnosed HIV+ within the UK in October of 1985; I also live with a degenerative spinal condition.

I was the first local government ‘Principal Training Officer’ responsible for HIV to be appointed in the UK in 1989 within the ‘London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham’ and became a free-lance consultant in 2006, prior to this I was a middle manager in a local authority.

In 2009 I was commissioned to develop an innovative leadership programme by The Essex Coalition of Disabled People called ‘LeadingAbility’ for disabled people and people living with long term health conditions, this was piloted with veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq within the armed forces.

In 2015 I was commissioned to design and develop the highly successful leadership pilot programme Leadership Academy Programme (LAP) for ‘Disability Rights UK’ for people living with disabilities, an innovative programme which perceives disability as a leadership advantage and subsequently developed ‘The Social Model of HIV’.

More recently I have been commissioned to deliver a range of training elements for the ‘Local Government Association’ working in partnership with the ‘Access 2 Elected Office Programme’ in which I was commissioned to train leadership mentors and aspiring leadership mentees who are living with a disability enabling them to become local councillors and members of parliament.

I am currently working with the Terrence Higgins Trust as a trainer and coach on their highly successful “Work Positive Programme’ .

I have several private coaching clients and I am an advocate for the ‘National AIDS Trust’ and the Chair of Board of Trustees for the National Long Term Survivors Group, .

Over recent years I have been working with Age UK Camden Opening Doors facilitating a support group for older gay men who are living with HIV and have recently been appointed as sessional facilitator to this project, .

I am passionately pro-active in my commitment to the equal opportunities and diversity and in working in partnership with people living with disabilities and the organisations that support and serve disabled peoples communities.