Supporting you to plan, grow and thrive
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.
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
Michael Pain, Founder, Forum Strategy The last few weeks have seen a lot of chatter around whether a pause should be placed on inspecting schools. I have a great deal of time and respect for many of those putting forward a well-intentioned campaign. However, I don’t...
The long-term success and sustainable development of any organisation fundamentally depends on good governance. A CEO can only ever be as good as their governing board. The high quality support, challenge, and strategic direction provided by a board is something every...
Rachael Gacs, Resources Manager, Forum Strategy and Editor of #TrustLeaders Magazine “Directing attention toward where it needs to go is a primal task of leadership.” ― Daniel Goleman, Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence Life, we’re told, is full of choices; and...
Michael Pain; Extract from edition 2 of 'Being The CEO' Having worked with boards and CEOs of hundreds of organisations, I am often struck by the challenges of making the distinction between mission, vision and strategy. This is a very crucial distinction, not least...
Forum Strategy Thinkpiece; January 2020 Why Academy Trusts should employ Community Organisers Neil Jameson CBE ‘We should not, must not, dare not be complacent about the health and future of British democracy. Unless we become a nation of engaged citizens our...
‘Academy Trusts at the Heart of their Communities’ “There is an enormous opportunity for the academy trust sector to finally find its place in the world in the coming decade, to find its reason for being, and to lead the way, with trusts defining themselves as...
Back in November, members of the East Midlands #TrustLeaders network had the opportunity to engage in a fascinating discussion with Lesley Massey – CEO of Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA) – an NHS-focused organisation based in the North West of England, but operating...
Sir Steve LancashireCheck out the introduction to our book: Being the CEO Book (published January 2019) Check out our article on the 6 differences between an Executive and a CEO: BLOG: 6 things that set the CEO role apart Check out our video resources: Leadership in...
What people say about us
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.”