Chair Bio

Kate Fletcher

Surrey and London UK

Kate excels at performance coaching is an award winning Chair with Vistage. Her passion is to challenge and support people and businesses to exceed expectations.

Kate also runs xl-erate ltd which partners leading professional and financial services organisations such as EY to train, coach and develop their high potential senior managers and executives.

Kate is a very experienced board level executive with 20 years commercial leadership & general management experience in some of the world’s leading FTSE100 & 250 fast moving consumer goods businesses. Kate has a proven track record of leading transformations and turnarounds, Her roles include Commercial Director on the GB Board of Britvic Soft Drinks PLC and previously at GlaxoSmithKline PLC, United Biscuits Ltd and Nestle PLC.

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Outside work Kate is passionate about sport and connects her leadership and team learnings from sport back to business. In sailing she competed as an amateur in the
Round the World Yacht Race and played English National League hockey for 12 years.

Professional Background:

  • Commercial Director on the UK Operating Board of Britvic Soft Drinks PLC – creation of a fresh vision, new commercial strategy, sponsor & chair of implementation programme resulting in profit growth rate tripling in the UK.
  • Business Unit Director for Britvic Soft Drinks – transformed a loss making division from 7 years of decline back into profit and sustainable growth (+£15m profit impact).
  • Trading Director GlaxoSmithKline PLC – launched new vision, customer strategy & transformed customer relationships resulting in the doubling of turnover from £30m to £60m and doubling of profit within 2 years.

The very best business performance coaching & 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. Once a month for two hours you’ll get that critical ‘me-time’ through your private one to one with your Chair. Vistage Chairs ask the hard questions, they probe those areas you pretend don’t exist and guide you to find the answer. Find out more about performance coaching and mentoring, the heart of why Vistage works.

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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