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Forum Strategy is a strategy and organisational development consultancy – with an emphasis on executive leadership training and coaching, organisational development, and strategic planning
What we Do
We deliver six regional CEO leadership development networks and an annual national conference, as well as contributing to others’ events.
Being the CEO Programme
A programme providing cutting-edge training, networking and resources for aspirant and new CEOs. Based on the book ‘Being The CO’
Resources & Materials
We produce leadership development resources, as well as regularly contributing articles to neational press.
We support executive leaders to apply for new roles – including application, interview and presentation coaching.
National #TrustLeaders Conference 2020
The third National #TrustLeaders Conference will take place online on 24th September with the theme – Purpose and People.
Opinion, News & Information
Michael Pain, CEO, Forum Strategy In the information age, it is all too easy for us to become overwhelmed by the noise and the discourse around us. For busy executive leaders, avoiding becoming overwhelmed is a constant challenge. Not only do CEOs need to stay ahead...
‘Working with Michael has allowed me the opportunity to diary in some much needed head space (particularly at the moment) to focus on my professional journey with him and to consequently develop a much deeper awareness of how that is inextricably woven to the...
The penultimate session of Forum Strategy’s Wellbeing Steering Group took place on 1 July. The session began with a conversation between colleagues, based around two key questions: What is going well within your trust in terms of staff wellbeing? Where are the key...
Michael Pain, founder, Forum Strategy We live in a world of unknowns. When will lockdown end and people return with confidence to their daily lives? Has the world of work and have the expectations placed upon our organisations changed forever? Will there be a second...
Nicholas Platt is the founder and Managing Director of Henwood Court Chartered Financial Planners, and the author of ‘Retireability: The Smart Executive’s Guide to Thriving in Retirement’. In this article Nick explains how to create a Transformational Life Plan in...
Paul Crittenden writes for Forum Strategy on how organisational wellbeing begins with leaders Let’s talk about pressure! As a CEO, you’re probably aware that people around you are struggling with pressure, and that it seems unresolvable. You may even be that...
The world, and our society as a whole, is currently in a state of flux. As CEOs seek to ‘manage’ the present, they must also anticipate and begin to lead their organisations into a new future. The coming months are a time for deepening our contextual wisdom, says...
Rachael Gacs Today, our #TrustLeaders Wellbeing Steering Group met online for its fourth session since the beginning of the COVID19 crisis. The group is a representative group of CEOs from across our National #TrustLeaders network, who help us to identify key trends...
Gary Wilkie talks to Rachael Gacs about how the Learning in Harmony trust has put wellbeing at the heart of its work and culture. Gary Wilkie We have spent the past few years building a strong culture at the Learning in Harmony trust which has put wellbeing firmly at...
What people say about us
I have found the ‘Being the CEO’ programme invaluable as a newly appointed CEO of a Catholic multi-academy trust. The programme has offered the opportunity to explore whatbeing the CEO role means in practice as opposed to simply doing the CEO role. The residential, face-to-face days, conference and coaching have provided regular opportunities not only to reflect, take stock and evaluate but also to network and build professional relationships with other CEOS and Executive Leaders. As a participant on the ‘Being the CEO’ programme, I am much better equipped to ‘conduct the orchestra’.
Louise Wilson, CEO
This programme has been hugely beneficial in the development of my role as a new CEO. The structure of the course is highly effective in allowing space for meaningful professional networking amongst high-quality thought-provoking input from Forum Strategy and experienced leaders/CEO’s from a variety of sectors. The 1:1 coaching has really enabled me to challenge my understanding of the role and map out the next steps for our developing Trust. The concepts explored have resonated with all the participants regardless of their current role or experience and I would recommend it without reservation. It has had a huge impact on my leadership style, my role as CEO and the future direction of our Trust.”
“Thanks for all your work on the Headteacher induction over the last year – it has been really brilliant.”
“Thank you for the training you delivered this week. As somebody who is new to MATs, I was able to gather a great deal of relevant and useful information in order to develop my knowledge and thinking. I really appreciated the opportunity to be part of the training days and found them invaluable.”