Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most common questions asked by Managing Directors and other business leaders interested in joining MD2MD.

Do I have to be a Managing Director to join?


It is the variety of knowledge, experience and attitudes that makes MD2MD so valuable to you as a member.

Will MD2MD be right for my specific needs?

Do you have members in my sector?

Probably. Please get in touch. We’d be delighted to introduce you to them at a meeting. Providing there are no conflicts of interest of course.

What geography does MD2MD cover?

What if I live and work outside the area?

Whilst MD2MD operates within the areas described we don’t stop people from outside the area from being members, and this can work if someone travels into the area significantly as part of their role. Indeed we currently have members who work in London and live the other end of the country!

What size of organisation can join MD2MD?

Membership works best if you run an an established business like our members. To deliver a return on investment your business needs to be sufficiently established that you lead as much as you sell or deliver. That probably means that more than ten people are actively involved in the business and you probably have revenues of £500k to £50M.

I have an MBA. Is MD2MD relevant to me?

You are in the same position as our founder was when he first joined a peer group. He’s now so passionate about peer group learning that he runs it as a business. Read his story here:

Whilst an MBA is extremely valuable, an MBA graduate can also learn a lot from fellow leaders who are ‘street wise’ entrepreneurs learning from the ‘University of Life’.

If you’d appreciate the opportunity to develop your thinking on tricky issues through private discussion with fellow business leaders, apply for a guest place at one of our meetings now.

Can the leader of a not for profit organisation join MD2MD?

Certainly. We are very keen to have more members from the third and public sectors and have a bursary scheme to encourage such memberships.

Do we have to commit to a lengthy contract?

No. The contract is a simple one page agreement.

Are you a training company?

Not really. We’re probably best thought of as a membership organisation that combines the best elements of networking with the best of elements of leadership development. Our purpose is similar to leadership development.

The way MD2MD works is quite different to a traditional training course.

Experience the process for yourself

And if you’re looking at alternatives

What other types of meeting do you hold?

Believing in continuous learning as we do, we are continually innovating and refining our offer. What we do today is the result of approaching fifteen years’ experience running this sort of group, and MD2MD has developed and evolved its offer for Managing Directors over that entire period.

We occasionally use other types of meeting including:

Our annual ‘retreat to advance’ at a suitably relaxing and inspirational venue. Over two days and one evening we try to step back from the day to day, month to month continuous improvement process and apply our mutually supportive but challenging approach to our long term goals and plans.

Mini conferences where we bring all MD2MD groups together for a day, and sometimes with other business leaders to interact in ways that can’t be achieved in small groups.

How does MD2MD compare to a Senior Management Development Programme at a Business School?

Why not just learn from experience?

If you’d appreciate the opportunity to develop your thinking through private discussion with fellow business leaders, why not apply for a guest place at one of our meetings!

Is MD2MD expensive?

As business leaders ourselves we know the importance of being prudent and careful with the cash, as do our existing members. What they recognise is that businesses actually succeed not by eliminating all costs, but by investing smartly in ways that generate revenues and a return on investment.

For most leaders the cash cost to their business of their time in attending MD2MD is more than the cash cost. And the opportunity cost is even greater. So as with everything, the real issue is value.

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
John F. Kennedy

How do I find the time

What evidence exists that MD2MD is worthwhile?

What are the alternatives to MD2MD?

A good question. We’re happy to be benchmarked as we believe we’ll come out well so we’ve tried to make it easy for you by collating four sets of information that might help you do a comparison.

Whilst we all know value for money is the critical question, Fees are often a concern so the first addresses that directly.

And you might be interested in both our direct competitors and some alternative services for business leaders.

And finally, the reality of life for us is that our biggest competitor is apathy. Some prefer to do nothing. We feel that’s a mistake but it’s their choice.

Forthcoming events

january 2021

wed20jan8:30 am10:00 amUncertainty, risk and threat in a VUCA world. What Covid means for the way we think about risk.Caspar Berry

wed20jan4:00 pm5:30 pmFarming Customers for Growth, Profit and ValueJulie Holmes

wed27jan8:30 am10:00 am"There is no business, like show business…."Melanie Leach

february 2021

wed03feb8:30 am10:00 amManage Your culture – Your "UGRs" - 3rd SessionSteve Simpson

wed10feb8:30 am10:00 amPersonal Brand Building as a legitimate component of your Corporate Brand goals - 3rd SessionRoss Smith

wed10feb4:00 pm5:30 pmEconomic UpdateRoger Martin-Fagg

wed24feb8:30 am10:00 amTaking Risk in a world of Uncertainty: calculating the value of opportunities - 2nd Workshop SeriesCaspar Berry

wed24feb4:00 pm5:30 pmBreaking the Chains of Impossible Workplace ComplaintsAbayomi Alemoru

Request trial membership

To those who wish to learn with and from fellow business leaders, we extend an invitation to attend a MD2MD meeting as our guest. This is an opportunity to start fruitful relationships, enjoy useful conversations, and gain valuable business insights.