Chair Bio

Carole Harvey

East Midlands, Vistage Chair

As you would expect of a Vistage Chair, Carole brings world class skills and many years of business experience at board level to CEO coaching. Vistage, however, bring more than just another consultant or advisor. A dedicated and ‘critical friend’, whose agenda is, quite simply, to support you and your business to be the best you can be. 

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Carole is an experienced Director in Aim listed Plc’s, entrepreneurial businesses and large multi-nationals. As Chief Operating Officer at Boots Dentalcare she turned around losses of £2m to breakeven within two years. As Category Head at Halfords she was responsible for buying and new product development, winning the ‘Retail Week’ award for innovation with the ‘We Fit!’ service and improving net profit by almost 10%. Carole is also an experienced Group Finance Director, as a Chartered Management Accountant, her early career was spent learning how businesses made, used and lost money. She has also founded, acquired and sold on companies, so is familiar with many of the scenarios faced by today’s businesses.

Women working at senior levels in organisations are still a relative rarity, but research by Grant Thornton in 2015 found that boards including at least one woman perform significantly better than those without. Carole will bring different perspectives and new ideas to your organisation and, along with other group members, will challenge you to think and behave differently to improve your business and personal effectiveness.

Carole has an MBA from the University of Nottingham, where she is now Vice Chair of trustees of the Student Union. Working with young people on a board is inspiring, they ask a lot of ‘why?’ questions, challenge the jargon and keep the board agile. She is also a Trustee of Groundwork, enabling disadvantaged people to improve their communities. ‘It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn from all parts of society and the more we share, the more we have.’

Carole’s Vistage Group is centred in the East Midlands and she holds regular ‘Experience Vistage’ events locally. Call Carole to reserve your place at a future event or find out more.

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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