Chair Bio

Harry Marsland

North East

With a degree in chemistry, a successful career in marketing/advertising and a passion for coaching, I can offer a broad perspective on problem-solving.

My business career has encompassed the world’s largest advertising agency, McCann-Erickson (who created a new role for my talents), and the world’s smallest (my own, when I launched it!).

I have worked with around 100 companies, from Tesco to Virgin, BT to Ordnance Survey. But it isn’t just the biggies who interest me; I have worked successfully with dozens of SMEs, from frozen food companies to climbing wall builders, travel companies to commercial laundries.

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I have launched new brands, opened new markets, re-structured old processes and broken new ground.

I have helped owners to exit and acquirers to integrate.

As a Growth Accelerator coach, I have challenged and guided numerous SMEs to exceed their aspirations.

Importantly for you, I don’t stop learning. In 2016 I graduated from Google’s Squared Online digital marketing leadership course.

I was presented with the Vistage New Chair of The Year award in 2016.

Although I am known as fun to work with, it’s no easy ride. I am a creative thinker with a scientific education; I question, challenge, generate ideas and want results.

Outside of work, I love the Lake District and the Isles of Scilly. I am a member of a unique sports club, visiting the Islands annually to play 23 different sports.

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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