Chair Bio

Timothy Lyons


Timothy has over 40 years’ business experience as an investment banker and entrepreneur, with a reputation as a visionary, a motivator and an ability to deliver.

Between 1979-1992, Timothy was a leader and innovator in areas such as swaps, structured finance and securitisation, working for Manufacturers Hanover, CSFB, Salomon Brothers and Prudential-Bache.

In 1992 he founded Quadrant Capital as a JV with Singer & Friedlander running arbitrage securitisation, before pivoting into asset management and managing over US$7 billion of assets. In 1998 he bought-out Singer & Friedlander and sold Quadrant and its proprietary risk management platform Quasar, to BNY-Mellon in 2002.

Timothy acquired Damyns Hall in 2004, developing it into Greater London’s only private Aerodrome, home to over 40 aircraft and the We Are Festival.

Timothy launched Risk First in 2006 to revolutionise the measurement and management of risk in the global Defined Benefit pensions industry. Risk First has become one of Europe’s more successful B2B FinTech companies and its SaaS-based platform PFaroe, is now used by pension schemes, banks, insurers, asset managers and consultants in the UK and US, to manage over US$750 billion of pension liabilities.

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Timothy now focuses on advising, mentoring and supporting fellow business leaders and entrepreneurs. He decided to become a Vistage Group Chair because he believes the support Vistage brings to chief executives, can make a real difference to members’ leadership skills and their quality of life.

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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