Chair Bio

David Baines

Yorkshire, Vistage Chair

David retired after 35 years with major food manufacturing groups – Cadbury, Ranks Hovis McDougall, Sara Lee Corp. and latterly with Northern Foods.

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Collecting extensive Marketing and Sales experience on the way, he moved into General Management in the late ‘70s and spent the last five years at  Northern Foods running 5 UK businesses and 2 in Ireland (£450m Sales and 4000 people).

Executive Coaching

He now spends much of his time as chair of his established Vistage group in Yorkshire whilst still enjoying non-executive roles with two successful family-owned businesses in Yorkshire, Food From Britain (a DEFRA sponsored agency) and St. Anne’s, a Leeds based Care and Housing charity. 

Vistage members find that the peer advisory and leadership development training we provide has a profound effect on their growth as a leader. Not surprisingly, our members soon discover that their companies also experience significant growth as a direct result of the executive coaching provided by their Vistage group.

Vistage works because in every group and in every meeting, no topic is off-limits. If you are willing to talk candidly about the tough decisions you face, fellow members will rally around you, listen, ask tough questions and bring to bear every resource they have to help you grow as a leader and improve the workings of your business.

With 3 grown-up children long flown, David lives near York with his second wife Judy. Both are would-be better golfers and bridge players.

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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