Chair Bio

Mike Gulliford


Following a successful 35 year corporate career including 20 years with profit and loss responsibility, Mike is now a skilled coach, consultant and non-exec director, having completed successful executive, non-exec, coaching and consultancy projects with larger SME coaching clients since 2006. He currently holds 2 NED positions.

An experienced Chairman and Chief Executive with an extensive international track record including listed plc board experience, he has also managed a plc division with 16 operations in 11 countries, delivering strong sales and profits growth. A proven business builder with wide experience of global trading issues, including corporate recovery, turning 8 businesses from loss to profit.

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Mike is an energetic leader with broad experience in diverse business sectors, sizes and cultures. Equally adept working with small, medium or large businesses, during 4 years commissioned service in the RAF, he was awarded the coveted Sword of Honour when his leadership qualities were formally recognised. He has also been a successful Owner Manager who in 2002 acquired a complex technology group from a struggling plc, a project involving heavy operational and financial re-structuring for value creation, core business stabilisation and significant value realisation on exit.

His academic and professional qualifications include an engineering degree, MBA, 2 coaching qualifications, and chartered engineer and marketeer. Mike admits to being competitive and his sporting achievements in cricket and rugby have been at county level. He says that his international property portfolio developed accidentally when a hobby “got out of control” and this is now managed by helpers.

Married for 38 years, Mike has 4 sons who are variously engaged in careers in the accountancy, legal, banking and property services sectors. Mike’s passions are to help others to develop both professionally and personally, watching most sports, consuming fabulous food and wine, restoring pianos, music, theatre, film, humour and great conversation

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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