John Thorpe


John has grown many different businesses throughout his working life from £1M start-ups to £250M multinationals. He now spends his time helping others to grow. He works with Entrepreneurial Business Owners helping them to grow their businesses by making better decisions.

He has founded, grown, acquired and sold a number of businesses in different sectors, including software, travel, data communications, construction, IT outsourcing, contemporary art and consultancy. He is an active non-executive chairman specialising in the £10M to £100M growth journey.

John’s experience includes raising finance, acquisition, merger, turnaround, international expansion, board development, risk management, trade sales and IPOs. He has a strong international track record. The business he sold most recently achieved an excellent EBITDA multiple of 19X.

John has been a Vistage Group Chairman since 2006. He chairs a CEO group in London. He mentors all 16 members – leaders of profitable private companies and divisions of public multinationals with turnover in the range of £5M to £200M.

John is a Vistage Best Practice Chair, Chair of the Year in 2016 and 2019 and winner of the Phil Meddings Award – Vistage UK’s highest award for chairing excellence.