A safe environment for peers to share wisdom and advice
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We meet regularly as peer groups of ambitious leaders. It’s a unique environment to develop your skills, explore ideas and make better decisions. You get to exchange wisdom and advice with leading-edge speakers and with business leaders like you.

We set up in 2006 and have grown and embraced hundreds of executives at many levels, from experienced leaders – CEOs, Chairmen, MDs, and Directors.  We run monthly peer groups for 30 leaders in CEO, and Director Forums. Executive Foundation also supports executives with 1-1 coaching and mentoring.


Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.

Steve Jobs

CEOs often make the best advisors to other CEOs . That’s because each of our members have a different background and sector, skill base and personal profile so they bring you a unique perspective which facilitates positive, powerful and productive discussion.

Great things are done by a team of people. In addition, our speakers will inspire and refresh your approach to your leadership and coaching will give you clarity.

Mike Wilsher

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Being a business leader can be a lonely place at times.  I’ve been in difficult situations myself when  I’ve wished I had trusted peers to turn to, rather than professionals selling their services to me. I’ve wanted a peer group to learn from and I’ve longed for the inspiration thought leaders bring. When things have gone well I’ve wanted to celebrate with others who understood. 

Building on my engineering background, interim executive and business start-up experience, I set up what was to become Executive Foundation in 2006. A confidential space where SME business leaders could discuss the issues keeping them awake at night, learn, and celebrate their successes. 

As the Executive Foundation has grown it has embraced executives at many levels, from experienced leaders – CEOs, Chairmen and MDs – through to relatively young, aspiring and new-in-post leaders of tomorrow.  I organise and run over 25 events a year, including dinners for up to 50 leaders, and monthly peer group learning networks for a further 40 leaders in CEO, Director and Leaders Forums.   I also support executives with 1-1 coaching and mentoring. 

Having established a successful Executive Foundation group covering Bristol, Bath, Cheltenham and Gloucester, I am now seeding other groups around the UK.


I passionately believe in lifelong learning. I’ve found that just-in-time learning is hugely effective, especially for business leaders who are time poor and need to resolve their immediate business challenges quickly.  My purpose in life, I believe, is to help business leaders become world-class and go on to impact their communities.

Mike Wilsher


To “garden” leaders to their potential.


World-beating leaders making a difference to their communities – and other chairs looking to Executive Foundation on how to do this.


At Executive Foundation we get together to grow stronger and go further.


  • Get honest advice and feedback
  • Discover new ways of doing things
  • Learn from the experience of others
  • Be accountable


  • Benchmark and share best practices
  • Work ‘on’ rather than ‘in’ your business
  • Learn and improve continuously
  • Strengthen confidence


  • Live on purpose
  • Be all you can be
  • Impact people and the planet
  • Enhance growth and profitability

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For me, being part of Executive Foundation is about learning from some of the best people in business and sharing and solving each other's problems.

When I arrived I was facing the challenging new role of being a director in a company experiencing massive growth. Executive Foundation has given me genuine learning opportunities that are really engaging and applicable and has helped me transition from being a “do-er" manager to a real leader and somebody who can set a direction for the company.

Dougal Hawes, Business Development Director. Smartbox