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December 28, 2020

Delivering & Exceeding Expectations: Danny Payne CMG, CEO FCO Services Inspiring Leadership Interview with Jonathan Bowman-Perks

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Danny Payne is the Chief Executive of FCO Services, a trading fund of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. This is now called The Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office FCDO. Danny has been a key member of FCO Services’ executive and leadership team since 2008, serving as Security and Property Director from 2008 to 2015, and becoming CEO in July 2015.

Danny’s career includes extensive experience in the private sector, leading major global project and programme roles for Network Rail, Carillion, WS Atkins, Spie Enertrans, Parsons Brinkerhoff WCRM and Sir Robert McAlpine. Throughout this time Danny managed large-scale infrastructure, commercial and change projects across various sectors that integrate construction, manufacturing and security for private sector and government clients.

Danny is an Apprentice Ambassador for South-East region and takes great interest in leading the development and training programme for FCO Services’ apprentices.

Danny is a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, the Institute of Engineering and Technology, and the Institute of Directors.

Danny Payne tells about his career his learning and how he and other inspiring leaders have handled crises emergencies and difficult situations. Nothing is quite like the current unprecedented situation which is a once in a century occurrence. Danny takes questions from the audience.

Chief Executive at the Foreign Office

Chartered Fellow of FCMI, FIET, FIOD

CMG = Companion of The Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George

Assessor for the Major Projects Leadership Academy with the University of Oxford.

Experienced Non-Executive Director for 3rd Sector Charities and Government Arms-Length Bodies.

Successfully transformed a £100m government-owned global projects and services entity into a £200m competitive business, paying annual dividends of up to £25m a year.

Successfully led world class business transformation programmes and £643m electrification renewals programme, whilst ensuring extensive savings were delivered to the rail industry.

An apprentice, CEO, strategist and entrepreneur. A NED. Able to build excellent business relationships and effective networks quickly to grow new business. Global experience including remote and hostile high threat locations. An energetic and creative leader able to nurture cultural change on a business-wide scale. Responsible to deliver over £2Bn projects and services in infrastructure, IT services, and major programmes. Contract management experience up to £7.6Bn and a major deals negotiator. Industry restructuring, turnaround specialist of financial performance issues.

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