Chair Bio

John Thorpe

London 

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 achieve better results and grow their businesses.

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 P/E ratio of 19.

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John has been a Vistage Group Chairman since 2006. He chairs three vibrant groups in the London area with 47 members. Members are typically business owners of profitable companies with turnover in range of £10M to £100M or MDs of a division of a multinational company.

John is a Vistage Best Practice Chair and winner of the Phil Meddings Award for chair excellence.

The very best business coaches and peer group mentoring.

Vistage Chairs are seasoned business executives and come from a variety of backgrounds and industries. We hand-pick them based on some common and well-proven criteria. They’re great listeners; they’re people-orientated and results driven. The role of a Vistage Chair is to ensure that every bit of experience and wisdom is applied in each Vistage meeting. Our Chairs are accomplished leaders (many are former MDs or CEOs). They are part facilitator, part coach and are committed to the success of their group members. Learn more about peer group mentoring and coaching.

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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

Designed to help results-driven key executives build leadership skills and bring new thinking, new ideas and new strategies to the table - in a trusted peer group environment.

The Vistage Key Executive Program empowers you to become a stronger asset to your CEO and team. Benefit from sharing a peer group perspective, expert insights and executive coaching to give you with the knowledge, strategic thinking and confidence you need for the fast-changing business environment of today’s modern organisation.

Join up to 16 successful executives from a diverse range of businesses and backgrounds and build your skills through challenging discussions, fresh perspectives on the key executive role, strategies to help your business grow, and expert guidance, learning and coaching from Vistage speakers.

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