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Fifth Vital Few Concludes Today

9 October 2014

Today we conclude our fifth Vital Few 2-day residential programme. The programme was fully sold-out and we were delighted to welcome aspiring and current business leaders to the Four Seasons Park Lane Hotel, London. The delegates have come from a number of different business sectors and backgrounds, ranging from engineering, financial services, transport and business services through to elite sport governing bodies; and from quoted multinationals through private equity-backed to family-owned organisations.

Once again, this programme was delivered by accomplished business leaders and expert practitioners including:

  • Jeremy Marshall, CEO of C.Hoare & Co
  • Anita Scott, Partner at Brunswick Group
  • John Browett, CEO of Monsoon Accessorize
  • Sam Barber, board member of Scottish Power and Iberdrola
  • Justin Stead, former CEO of Aurum Holdings
  • Ewan Pearson, Managing Director of GPB
  • Simon Hamer, Business Editor on Radio 4’s Today programme
  • Mary Spillane, personal branding consultant
  • Crawford Gillies, non-executive director at Barclays Bank and Standard Life.

The complete School Faculty list is available here.

In addition, former England rugby captain and Lion Will Carling joined the group for the evening in a warm and insightful discussion on team leadership and selection over dinner.

Today David Sole, co-founder of the School for CEOs, expressed his "delight at the quality of the conversations over the 2-day programme. Both delegates and Faculty have participated in very honest discussions, allowing very live and vivid interactions."

His enthusiasm is shared by the School's co-founder, Patrick Macdonald, who believes “the conclusion of another energy fuelled programme gives us great confidence and momentum as we build towards our new Runway programme launching on 11 November.”

For more information and to apply, go to You can also follow us on twitter @SchoolforCEOs.


Notes for editors: The School for CEOs is a new approach to senior executive education. It was founded in 2011 by: Patrick Macdonald, Chairman of Reconomy and former Chief Executive of John Menzies plc; and David Sole, business coach and former international rugby captain. The next 2-day residential Vital Few programme will take place on 18/19 March 2015. The first 1-day non-residential Runway programme will take place on 11 November 2014. Both programmes are taught in London by accomplished business leaders and expert practitioners, and aim to provide senior businessmen and women with the tools they need to be successful leaders.

For more information and to apply, call 0131 225 5886 or go to


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