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Paula Reid



Paula is a Chair in the South Downs & Solent area and lives on the South Coast among the sailing fraternity. She is a business leader with specific experience in employee engagement, innovation and high performance, and inspires and supports leaders through facilitation, coaching, mentoring and leading. She believes in positive leadership, humanising business and releasing the potential for growth and achievement everybody has within them.

Paula is also an adventurer, having sailed around the world and skied full distance to the South Pole, and has accumulated plenty of grit, resilience and performance strategies along the way. She is an international speaker, has delivered a TEDx talk about the ’Stretch Zone’ and written four books on striving and thriving in tough conditions and is completing an MSc Master’s Degree in Positive Psychology and Coaching.

She encourages leaders to be visionary and effective and to role model the way; to best engage their employees with passion and purpose.


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Major showcase in high-profile Times CEO supplement secured by the Academy for Chief Executives

Academy for Chief Executives Press Release 1 December 2016 Times Banner The Academy for Chief Executives has taken a significant step to raise its profile by supporting a major national newspaper supplement about ‘The Future CEO’. The 16-page Raconteur produced supplement, run in The Times newspaper on 1 December, features the Academy in a prominent position on page two with a special membership offer for readers. In a time of dynamic change and uncertainty, the supplement focuses on how the role of the chief executive is changing, and examine some of the challenges that lie ahead. Academy CEO, Ian Price, said: “As an organisation devoted to unlocking the potential of every business leader, the Academy is already helping CEOs adapt for the future. “This prominent national supplement is a welcome opportunity to showcase the invaluable work of CEOs across the country and the challenges they face. We’re proud to play our part.” The supplement covers topics such as culture, leadership and the routes to becoming a CEO. It also examines some of the new thinking in boardrooms including how large, well-established corporations can work in collaboration with start-ups. The publication also delivers some valuable insights into newer concepts such as design thinking. Executive education is covered in the report, which asks whether enough has been done to exploit new learning channels to help executives make the most of their limited time. The Academy model – world class speakers, peer to peer learning with other successful business leaders combined with one to one coaching, mentoring and guidance – has helped hundreds of CEOs guide their organisations through times of change. But the Academy too is looking at new ways to support CEOs with some new digital developments planned for next year. Matthew Jones, publishing manager for The Times Raconteur series says in his introduction: “The report presents an independent view of the unprecedented rate of change of the CEO role, highlighting how both individuals and companies can keep pace. “With 70 per cent of CEOs admitting they are concerned about their lack of experience in mission-critical future issues, and 65 per cent citing strong concerns about the potential impact of ‘digital Darwinism’, this report comes at a truly timely and pertinent juncture.” Ian Price added: “The combination of digital disruption and the fast-changing economic and political environment means that CEOs have to learn to adapt. “This report will play an important part in bringing these topics out in the open.” Ends For further information, please contact Robyn Bourne: 07771 690433 NOTES TO EDITORS The Academy for Chief Executives The Academy for Chief Executives believes in improving lives by unlocking the potential of every business leader. At our meetings we deliver world class speaker, peer to peer learning with other successful business leaders and one to one coaching, mentoring and guidance. More information is available at Follow us on twitter @AcademyCEO The Future CEO report can be found here: Report Landing Page Uberflip (Report in original print format, with PDF download capability)

Ten minutes with Kriss Akabusi

It’s not difficult to pinpoint the reason people warm to Kriss Akabusi; his familiar laugh, energy, enthusiasm and openness come at you in waves when you’re talking to him. It’s over 25 years since he won Gold in the 400m hurdles, at the European Championships in 1990. Since then, the athlete has gone on to study for an MBA, become a sought after Keynote Speaker and Training Facilitator, working with business leaders across the country.

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Do you want to fly higher? Taster event (7 September 2017)

Paula Reid, South Downs and Solent Academy Chair, invites you to experience a taster session with the Academy for Chief Executives event on Thursday 7 September, from 08:00 – 12:00. This is a great opportunity to find out more about the Academy and see it in action for half a day. Whether you’re aspiring to take your business to the next level, challenged with keeping up with fast pace of change or wanting to develop yourself and the people in your organisation, discover how the Academy for Chief Executives can support you. Benefits Include:

  • Accelerated business and personal growth
  • Improved profitability and performance
  • Improved awareness of own leadership style
  • An objective view on one’s own organisation with practical, independent advice
  • A sense of community with a group of like-minded peers, who are supportive and challenging and with no agenda
  • New ideas that work
  • Better decision making – more informed, more accurate and faster
  • Stronger Leadership
The objective of the meeting is to give you an insight into how membership works and the benefits it brings to you and your business. You have the opportunity to meet some current members who can explain how membership has benefited them personally and professionally. The taster event includes a workshop with CEO expert Roger Harrop and a session with the Board you would Love to Afford™. The Helicopter View with
Roger Harrop This entertaining and content-rich “Staying in the Helicopter®” session stimulates leaders to step outside of the day-to-day constraints of their business and focus on the big picture to improve effectiveness, reduce stress and increase profitable growth. Roger’s infectious enthusiasm and energy has inspired global audiences and made him the most highly regarded and sought after international business growth expert. The Board you'd Love to Afford® A session where guests are encouraged to share an opportunity, challenge or dilemma – in complete confidence – for other CEOs, MDs and business Owners to input into. Paula Reid, Chair Paula is herself an experienced business leader, coach and adventurer. She believes in living life to the full and has fulfilled this by realising a great many achievements including skiing full distance to the South Pole and yacht racing around the world in the Global Challenge. Paula ignites, inspires and empowers people to achieve what they want to achieve.   Agenda 0800 Registration and light breakfast 0830 An introduction to the Academy for Chief Executives and Paula Reid 0900 Staying in the Helicopter® with Roger Harrop 1000 Short break 1020 The Board you'd Love to Afford® 1140 Questions and Close