We believe in improving lives by unlocking the potential of every business leader.

We deliver this by fast track learning via three mechanisms; world class speakers, peer to peer learning with other successful business leaders and one to one coaching, mentoring and guidance.

Ultimately we enable successful business leaders to achieve more from themselves and their business.

Our values


Kevin Kerley

Head of Speaker Development

Kevin Kerley heads up the speaker development function and his goal is to ensure that the Academy is the first choice for speakers in the CEO and Director peer group learning sector.


Sarah McDowell

Head of Chairman Development

Sarah’s purpose is to create an environment in which our Chairs can be the vanguard of learning, so that our members become more successful business leaders.


Nicola Pestana

Speaker Development Co-ordinator

Nicola is the point of contact for all enquiries / matters relating to speakers, new and existing, from both external and internal sources. She produces the monthly speaker reports and manages the speaker panel days and the speaker showcases, and all other associated work.


Lizzie Stuart-Bennett

Events Executive

Lizzie project manages internal and external Academy events and meetings, provides first point of contact support to Chairmen and training with PA’s wherever required.


Chloe Hawkins

Marketing & Members DB Manager

Chloe provides help and support to, primarily new, chairs and their PAs with their data needs and CRM related activities. Membership: Chloe also oversees membership management; ensuring that our member database is complete and up to date.


Laura Whyte

Operations Co-ordinator

Laura provides help to chairs and their PAs with administrative issues, ensuring they have everything they need to work day-to-day and providing them with monthly reports and updates. She also oversees the ACE website and ensures it is up to date and accurate.

Our board


Ian Price


Ian has responsibility for the future direction and development of the Academy for Chief Executives and works closely with the community of Franchisee Chairmen across the country whilst also leading the Academy Management Team. Ian is committed to the growth of the Academy and to making a difference to its members. Ian brings the experience of being an Academy Franchisee Chairman as well as over 30 years of business experience and expertise having worked in a variety of organisations from the small and start-up to the large blue chip and corporate. He became a Group Chairman in 2013, and in 2016 became major shareholder and CEO of the Academy for Chief Executives.


Alan Dean

Chairman of the Board

Alan brings 15 years experience of founding and chairing an Academy Group, as well as being a board member for many years. The opportunity to support Ian Price and his non-execs in becoming the Academy’s first Board Chairman plays to his previous commercial experience and his love for the Academy. The new Board is committed to offering greater support to its customers (the franchisees) and to widening the product offering to members. We encourage all our Chairs to build a business, to recruit Associate Chairs to work for existing franchisees and to recruit new franchisees for vacant territories. Above all, Alan wants the Academy to transform and enrich many more leaders lives, and in so doing touch the lives of many.


Frank Bastow


Frank’s ambition is to make the world a better place by helping leaders find alignment in their lives and facilitating growth through peer to peer learning and sharing of best practice in a safe and supportive environment.