MD2MD Member Profiles

Diversity of background and experience provides alternative perspectives. The common ground is that all face the challenges of leadership.

Most business leaders know their sector and how it operates, have good contacts within it and may be members of industry groups.

By contrast MD2MD is deliberately cross sector both because that supports openness – it’s not always wise to be open about your challenges with a competitor, a supplier, a customer or an investor in the room and also because the goal of our peer challenge board meetings is to provide alternative perspectives.

People from outside your own industry, or with a different ownership structure don’t see things the same way and don’t make the same assumptions.

When I first became a Managing Director I thought with loads of professional training and a Cranfield MBA behind me I knew all the answers. I soon learnt I didn’t and joined a business leader peer group. That was career changing for me. At first I didn’t get it. With 500 staff and all my qualifications what had I got to learn from the guy with 12 staff who had left school at 16?

Fortunately once I’d overcome my ego (I think when I saw his personally owned Maserati parked next to my company owned Mercedes in the car park) I realised I had a lot to learn from his streetwise approach.

I remember noticing that he’d started and closed a new business in the time it would have taken me to do the business plan and thinking maybe he’s learnt more about the market than I would have!

Sample MD2MD members
Diversity of scale, ownership and sector

Ownership Sector Revenues Staff
Privately owned business with an employed MD Marketing and Advertising 51-200
Not for profit Education Management
Privately owned business of which member is sole shareholder Food & Beverages £6M 29
Privately owned business with an employed MD Hospital & Health Care 51-200
Privately owned business of which member is majority shareholder Leisure, Travel & Tourism £12M 50
Privately owned business with MD as an equal shareholder Oil & Energy £3M 28
Venture capital backed early stage business Telecommunications £300k 11-50
Consortium Airlines/Aviation 270
Privately owned business of which member is majority shareholder Insurance £7M 20
Partnership Architecture 60
Privately owned business with an employed MD Staffing and Recruiting £76M 90
Privately owned business with an employed MD £10M 30
Privately owned family business £8M 40
Privately Owned Family Business Consumer retail £8M 17
Privately owned business of which member is majority shareholder Computer Software £2M 11-50
UK subsidiary of a private US group Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing 36
Privately owned business of which member is majority shareholder Logistics £7M 15
Privately Owned Family Business Education Management
Privately owned business of which member is sole shareholder Computer Software £1M 15
Privately owned business of which member is majority shareholder Distribution 120
Privately owned family business £8M 40
Venture capital backed early stage business £100k 7
Subsidiary of a UK Listed Company Facilities Services £410M 21000
Privately owned business with an employed MD Mechanical or Industrial Engineering £10M 52
Privately owned business of which member is sole shareholder Cyber Security £4M 13
Not for profit £20M 190
Not for profit Entertainment £4M 28
Government agency £13M 151
UK subsidiary of a French group 1300
Privately owned business of which member is sole shareholder Web design £4M 40
Privately owned business with an employed MD £2M 30
Venture capital owned established business Medical Devices £7M 51-200
Privately owned business with an employed MD Information Technology and Services 230
Not for profit Education £6M 120
Venture capital backed early stage business Information Technology and Services 200
Privately owned business of which member is sole shareholder Pharmaceuticals £1M 100
Privately owned business with an employed MD Mechanical or Industrial Engineering £2M 15
UK Listed Company Information Technology and Services 70
Venture capital owned established business Automotive £500M 585
Privately owned business of which member is majority shareholder Building products £2M 14
Privately owned business of which member is majority shareholder Transportation/Trucking/Railroad £3M 11-50
Venture capital owned established business Telecommunications £35M 107
Privately owned business with an employed MD Information Technology and Services £34M 200
Privately owned business of which member is majority shareholder Information Technology and Services £2M 36
Privately owned family business eCommerce £1M 40
Privately owned business of which member is majority shareholder Forestry £2M 35
Privately owned business of which member is majority shareholder Information Technology and Services £5M 47
Privately owned business with an employed MD Staffing and Recruiting £110M 127
Privately owned business of which member is majority shareholder Staffing and Recruiting £1M 18
Venture capital owned established business Food & Beverages £7M 100
Public Sector Hospital & Health Care £7M 11-50
Privately owned business of which member is majority shareholder Market Research £1M 42
Partnership Legal 300
Privately owned business of which member is majority shareholder Wholesale £10M 9
UK subsidiary of Nasdaq listed company Information Technology and Services £5M 34
Subsidiary of a UK Listed Company Logistics and Supply Chain £36B 40,000
Privately owned family business Hospital & Health Care £20M 201-500
Privately owned business with MD as an equal shareholder Market Research £3M 10
Privately owned business of which member is majority shareholder Financial services £30M 63
Venture capital owned established business Hhospitality 110
Privately owned business of which member is sole shareholder Information Technology and Services £1M 10
Partnership Legal 45
Privately owned family business £18M 89
Venture capital backed early stage business £150k 7
Venture capital owned established business Hospital & Health Care £1M 14
Employee Owned Building products £8M 72
Privately owned business of which member is majority shareholder Information Technology and Services £1M 18
Partnership Financial services 35
Privately owned business of which member is sole shareholder Internet £2M 30
Privately owned business of which member is majority shareholder Facilities Services £20M 800

MD2MD members

Operational leaders ambitious to achieve even more business success by becoming even better leaders.

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MD2MD membership

  • you meet your group privately for structured conversations about business challenges online and if you choose face to face.
  • you attend open workshops led by top professional speakers sharing best practice on a wide range of leadership topics.
  • you join our annual conference LeaderFest and our annual ‘Retreat to advance’.

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Forthcoming events

october 2020

wed07oct8:00 am10:00 amThe Way of the Productivity NinjaGrace Marshall

wed14oct8:30 am10:00 amA world class FIRST and LAST impressionTony Morris

wed21oct8:30 am10:00 amEmployee wellbeing – corporate responsibility or business imperativeEileen Donnelly

wed28oct8:30 am10:00 amWhere Great Business Stories StartChris Hewitt

november 2020

wed04nov8:30 am10:00 amHow to win 2 out of 3 Tendars and ProposalsDavid Harrison

wed18nov8:30 am10:00 amInsolvency Double Feature – Whistle Stop Tour and Tales from the CryptPeter Windatt

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