Developing your people to drive your business

We are experts at recognising the need to align our activities to the parallels and challenges of the corporate world.

Leadership Development

Developing leadership capacity to accelerate your business

Team Development

Team development is crucial if teams are to fulfil their potential

Organisational design

To thrive in today’s business landscape, organisations have to be agile and adaptable.

Count on the DXM network

Working with experienced consultants across the DXM network - delivering value and change for clients.

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Working with organisations of all sizes and complexity

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Highly experienced CEO and team with a depth of expertise

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Working with our network of consultants to deliver

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Thousands of individuals have experienced the DXM way

Introducing DXM

Founder & CEO Dave Davenport established DXM (‘Deus ex Machina’) to deliver a range of activities including team and leadership development, Strategic and Change Management programs taking theory and putting it into practice through experiential and sometimes adventurous activities. He now uses this vast experience to organize a diverse range of activities and development events for DXM’s clients. Dave is an intuitive networker and team builder who honed his skills over many years planning and conducting military and commercial operations. As a former Royal Marine he served the majority of his military career within the UK’s Special Forces in many of the world’s troubled and conflicted areas often working with the indigenous forces.


What we do


Leadership Development

Team Development

Change Management

High Performance Coaching

People Analytics

Graduate Development

Tailored delivery to suit

Experience is the source of the most powerful learning. DXM create powerful opportunities for people to experience and learn from new emotions, challenges and situations. We support these highly engaging experiences with relevant theory, feedback and skillful facilitation.

Level 1

Form new or rebuild established teams

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Level 2

Transition to high performance teams

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Level 3

Talent ID to develop for higher command

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Our Approach

Services done right will have a positive impact on your business. Help us understand you and your business needs so that we can serve you better.

Assessment Centre

DXM can work with you to create an Assessment Centre event that will include a series of exercises that mirror the likely situations and challenges that will be faced by the successful candidate.

Outdoor learning

We provide programmes with outdoor and adventure elements, but the method has been extended and refined over four decades of practice.

Cognisess Diagnostic Tools

The real value of diagnostics is in the way they assist changes in behaviour - what people will do rather than just what they know.

Journey Programme

Adventure-based training and development - participants travel through outstanding, challenging landscapes experiencing an unfolding development process.


A simulation replicates a “day in the life” of the client organization and presents participants with a series of interlinked leadership challenges.


New ways of thinking are required to adapt to the changing marketplace, consumer and environmental demands.

What our customers say

Ski mentoring and guide

I participated on two ski trips led by Dave Davenport. Dave made the effort to know the terrain and our skill sets to allow us to ski seamlessly from top to bottom of the mountains without any hesitation or confusion. We arrived on time at great places for lunch organized by Dave. He made a sincere effort to ensure that we were all part of the group and was very inclusive. Interestingly, one of the ski areas was one I had skied at many times in the past with my family and with Dave it was like skiing a totally new area and was very enjoyable. Years ago, I was part of a group with a guide and when asked to join us for lunch, said 'I am your guide, not your friend' – Dave showed you can be both and was very good company to be with. I wouldn't hesitate to join him again.
Denis C Brown - Retired partner Ernst&Young LLP and Corporate Director

Leadership Teams

I worked with Dave with one of my previous Leadership Teams that were faced with a challenging set of circumstances in the business that required a significant intervention to step up their collective leadership and boost their moral and confidence, while creating a more cohesive team. Dave and his team at DXM designed a programme to take the team on an ambitious and at times challenging journey of discovery and trust that built the team and bonds, giving them the confidence that together they could achieve so much more. The most pleasing result was when back in the business the team stepped up and as a result so did the business performance. As a result I used Dave and DXM for other events, with equal success. Their planning, organisation, attention to detail and delivery of the programme was outstanding and the DXM team were professional in all respects creating an environment perfect for learning and developing as individuals and as a team.
Keith Weed - Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Unilever

Team and Apprentice Leader Programmes

Working with the DXM team in the delivery of our Advanced Apprentice training at Network Rail has been a great experience. Not only are they very practical and down to earth in the way that they go about resourcing and designing large scale events, but they truly care about creating dynamic results with our people.
Nigel Ward - Network Rail

The DXM team are hard working, energetic and enthusiastic in their quest to delight clients. Their ability to organise innovative scenarios, and to intelligently analyse the team dynamic that unfolds, results in enjoyable and beneficial interventions. They are a credible organisation and we love working with them!
Dom Moorhouse - Managing Director, Moorhouse Consulting

I've had the pleasure of working with DXM on a number of projects for clients in the merchant banking and tech sectors. They are all exceptional at what they do and deliver unbeatable results. I know that the clients have been delighted with the DXM experience; from their innovative ideas and planning, down to the detail of the execution. To top it all, DXM are also the most genuine and likeable people. It's impossible to have anything but praise for them.
Wendy Harbutt - Director, Rosleigh Consulting Ltd

DXM typically start their day with a 6am run and the pace doesn’t slow from there. I’ve had the pleasure of working with DXM on a range of projects, and I’ve been consistently impressed by the apparent ease with which DXM deliver their complex logistics - always with expertise, good humour and seemingly limitless energy. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend DXM.
Richard Feltham - Actor

Although just under a week after the event I want to say thank you. It was a cracking day and highlighted areas for us to focus on as a team to help improve what we are currently practising.
Lydon Wood - Regional Sales Manager, Trixter


Get in touch with the team and let us know how we can help develop your people