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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.
Opinion, News & Information
Rachael Gacs Rachael Gacs, author of the Being The CEO report 2020, summarises some of the key findings. Over the past few weeks I have had the pleasure of interviewing a number of CEOs about their experiences of, and reflections on, leading an academy trust. At the...
"As a CEO you must also always keep learning." As part of the '#BeingTheCEO Report 2020' we interviewed a number of serving CEOs of multi academy trusts. This interview with Suzanne Horan, is taken from the wider report, which is available to all #TrustLeaders members...
You can’t go into the role blindly, thinking that it is simply the next step of leadership after being a head or executive head. It is a very different kind of role. As part of the ‘#BeingTheCEO Report 2020’ we interviewed a number of serving CEOs of multi academy...
Message from Sarah Ray, National #TrustLeaders Networks Director “Art is a constant agent of transformation and is indeed the soul’s drive to health.” Cathy Malchiodi As we head into the autumn half term after the turmoil of the last seven weeks (and, for many, the...
Growth matters in so far that we are fulfilling our mission and serving more children and young people in socio-economically disadvantaged areas, and providing schools of character underpinned by our ethos. As part of the '#BeingTheCEO Report 2020' we interviewed a...
"I have had to learn to ignore a lot of the ‘noise’ and focus on what is important, and the things that are in my circle of control" As part of the '#BeingTheCEO Report 2020' we interviewed a number of serving CEOs of multi academy trusts. This interview with Anta...
An opportunity for all #TrustLeaders members to engage with peers and leading thinkers on key medium- to long-term challenges facing trusts and young people. As leaders continue to do the important work of managing and responding to the current crisis, our most...
Michael Pain’s Summer blog 2020. You can read the previous Summer blog here: (2019) Summer Blog: An emerging crisis around school improvement leadership? I am a believer in the potential of the academy trust system. I believe it gives expert educationalists who know...
Ann Davey is the CEO of Pathfinder Schools, a trust of eight schools - including infant, junior, primary and secondary schools - across Northamptonshire. Ann is a member of the National #TrustLeaders CEO network. Ann Davey For every single one of us, our best laid...
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.”