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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; and marketing and resources development. We support leaders and organisations to plan, grow and thrive.

Forum’s reach is national. We run six regional CEO leadership development networks across England and have provided highly-valued strategic consultancy support for many dozens of organisations, including academy trusts. Our Being The CEO programme (which includes executive coaching) is fully subscribed, and our book of the same name has received critical acclaim from experienced CEOs. Our work and thought leadership has been covered in a wide range of publications.

Read our 2018/19 brochure here: Forum Strategy Brochure – Sept 2018


  • Consultancy and organisational development

Forum Strategy provides organisations with insight, expertise and advice around organisational development and change management. We have provided research, advice, strategic planning and associated training to numerous local authorities, businesses, and academy trusts across the country as they plan ahead and seek to grow and develop successfully.

We provide support on visioning and strategic planning, business planning, board reviews, stakeholder engagement and consultation, recruitment and retention, bid writing (see below), and much more.

Forum’s work is grounded in our continuous research and monitoring of policy and change issues and our extensive work providing support and leadership development to CEOs.

Learn more about our strategic consultancy here: Consultancy and Training


  • Training and development

Forum Strategy provides a wide range of training and development support for CEOs, board members and leadership teams. Our five regional CEO networks provide high quality opportunities for learning and reflection on key areas of successful organisational development. Our annual CEO conference has developed a strong reputation for cutting edge leadership thinking and insight, and our suite of provision for academy trustees is ensuring that this important group are well supported as their organisations grow rapidly.

We provide bespoke training for trustees and executives teams and regularly design and deliver programmes and resources on behalf of teaching school alliances and government agencies.

Learn more about our training and coaching for CEOs and trustees here: Consultancy and Training


  • Marketing and communications

We believe that the development of a strong brand and clear, engaging communications is a key factor in the success of all organisations. By developing and delivering an exceptional marketing and communication strategy, organisations are able to attract the very best candidates to apply for vacancies and to develop relationships with clients based on confidence and trust.

Our approach to marketing and communications is grounded in our ongoing research into marketing and communications, our deep understanding of the policy and change, and our credibility which has been developed through working with so many organisations on these issues over the years.

We design and deliver marketing and communications strategies, consultations, prospectuses and job application packs, marketing of back office services (including CPD), websites and social media strategy.

Learn more about our marketing and communications support here: Marketing and Comms


  • Bid writing

Forum provides bid writing services to organisations that are seeking to grow, secure new business or access additional funds. We have successfully supported our clients in undertaking the necessary planning, project management, research, consultation, and writing associated with bids. These projects include successful bids for free schools and new provision, growth funding, school improvement funding, and to embark on new and exciting initiatives such as research schools. We also support our clients to stay ahead of new funding opportunities as and when they emerge. Find out more: https://www.forumstrategy.org/effective-bid-writing-for-trusts-schools/


  • Recruitment and retention strategy

Forum Strategy has undertaken extensive research and provided support to organisations on recruitment and retention strategy, including developing reputations as ’employers of choice’. We also provide a recruitment and headhunting service for executive leadership roles.

You can read more about our training and consultancy in this area here: Executive Roles


  • Monitoring and analysis

Forum Strategy provides a weekly leadership  briefing service, covering key developments in research, policy, strategy, development opportunities and more. A number of MATs and other providers subscribe to our briefing service which can be accessed at an ‘individual’, SLT, or ‘MAT wide’ level.


Forum Strategy: Our commitments to clients include:

  • Supporting improvement wherever possible;
  • Staying informed on the key & emerging issues;
  • Producing high quality research & communications;
  • Ensuring our integrity & maintaining client confidentiality at all times;
  • Being responsive & professional in all that we do.


We work with a range of clients, from local authorities and academy trusts, to small-, medium- and large- businesses and enterprises.