Ben Wales, Scale-up | Vistage UK | Surrey/Berkshire/Hampshire
Chair Bio

Ben Wales


A rocket scientist turned Managing Director, now a leadership coach and Vistage Chair; I work with scale-up companies and see them stand out.

Stand out companies achieve more than impressive results; they delight customers, employees and shareholders. To become noticed for all three takes a rare kind of leader and is the focus of V385; the Vistage peer group I’ve the privilege to chair.

20 years after a career pivot into start-up and scale-up companies I’ve taken a new business to IPO and grown another by 45% (year on year) during the 2008 credit crunch. Most recently I founded a London consulting business then led it through two acquisitions to become the figurehead of a pan UK & Nordics group described as ‘A business to inspire Europe’ by London Stock Exchange Group.

Any Vistage Chair worth their salt (and we all are!) knows it’s rarely plain sailing and can be lonely at the top. I’m blessed to have been successful, but I have battle scars too including a failed start-up, burn out and numerous other scrapes. Resilience, wellbeing and personal growth together are the focuses of V385.

What others say about me?

“An advisor at the strategic level who also gets his hands dirty. The team and I loved working with Ben and I’d work with him again any time.” Hugh Murphy, Global Manager at 3M

“Ben turned around our UK operation, created real value in it and led a fast, professional and successful sale to 3gamma.” Carl-Magnus Månsson, CEO at Acando

Alongside Vistage I run a successful leadership focused coaching and facilitation practice and I research coaching and behavioural change at Henley Business School. I live in Surrey with my wife and three children. To challenge myself this year I’m learning to skydive; the fast way – accelerated freefall from 15,000 ft.

Types of Group run by this Chair

Successful leaders combine good business sense with inspiration, guidance and unwavering authority. Connect with up to 16 peers from a diverse range of non-competitive businesses and backgrounds in this one-of-a-kind peer advisory and executive leadership development program.

The Vistage Chief Executive Program creates a unique environment that provides each member with individual insight, coaching, strategies and leadership skills to help you make better decisions and achieve better results for your company. Harness the power of a group of fellow executives all driven to do the best for themselves and their peers.

We tailor each Vistage private advisory group to ensure that each member get the maximum benefit possible.

We have specific groups for CEOs/MDs running larger SME business (typically £3-£50m); executives running smaller businesses (typically £1-3m); key executives who report to a CEO/MD; and for organisations that wish to bring Vistage inside their organisation for all their senior management team. Find out more about the different Vistage group offerings