About Us

About Us

“Leaders is all about access and connectivity to a network of experts and mentors which will help shorten the journey to a business’s final objective”, Neville Abraham, CBE

London Leaders inspires leading companies. It achieves this through the provision of knowledge, networks, and capital.

London Leaders assists companies to achieve sustainable growth, manage succession planning and evaluate entry and exit strategies for their business.

Using this experience and its networks, London Leaders operates a range of initiatives designed to benefit companies at different stages of growth.

These initiatives include:

What do we do?
We help CEOs and management teams grow their businesses more quickly and cost effectively than they can on their own.

How do we do it?
Up to 25 Scale-Up companies engage in a series of monthly events, where their management teams are mentored and coached by Experts in every discipline needed to help the business grow quickly and efficiently. It’s like having the ultimate Head of Department, for all departments.

Who do we do it for?
• Businesses seeking growth opportunities, including potential for national or international expansion
• Businesses in wealth creation mode, looking to innovate & develop new intellectual property
• CEOs & Management teams who seek the knowledge and networks to evolve their business to the next stage
• Executives who are open to new ideas, information and thinking
• Businesses looking to kick-start their Exit plans

What value do we provide?
Leaders provides exceptionally high quality, practical guidance and strategic support for every department, at a fraction of the normal cost. Instead of spending time researching and testing strategies, members tap directly into the specific answers they are seeking, saving huge amounts of time, money and wasted energy.

Advisory Board

London Leaders has a nationally recognised Advisory Board, consisting of leading London executive and non-executive directors to assist in developing the ongoing strategic direction of the London Leaders network.

The Advisory Board includes:

Guy Rigby

Guy is a highly regarded and well known personality in the entrepreneurial community and currently leads the entrepreneurial services group at Smith & Williamson. His diverse career has taken him from chartered accountant to entrepreneur to author and now mentor and advisor to dynamic owner-managed businesses. He regularly contributes content and commentary for national and business press and sits on various judging panels for high profile business awards and growth programmes. Under Guy’s leadership, Smith & Williamson is fast becoming the ‘go-to accountancy firm’ for entrepreneurs. He has been listed as one of the top 50 movers and shakers in the financial world by Economia magazine (published January 2016), which is reflected in his involvement with the ‘ScaleUp Institute’ (member of the Finance & Risk Capital Committee), Founders4Schools (Trustee) and the Centre for Entrepreneurs (member of the Advisory Board).

Neville Abraham

Neville’s career had already spanned government and management consultancy before he became a successful entrepreneur - first in the wine business and then in restaurants. As Executive Chairman of the restaurant group that he founded, Groupe Chez Gerard plc, he took the company public in 1994 and led its growth programme to  30 restaurants and 1000 employees before exiting in 2003. He was awarded a CBE in 2001 for services to the UK hospitality industry.

Neville also gained considerable charitable experience, having built up the Covent Garden Festival (of which HRH Princess Diana was Patron) from 1990 - 2000, and thereafter to 2006 as Chairman of the London String Quartet Foundation (of which HRH the Prince of Wales was Patron).  Today Neville works mainly in a non executive capacity: he is  Chairman of Liberty Wines, Chairman of London Medical,and Vice Chairman of Brighton College, in addition to acting as mentor and coach to several entrepreneurs.

John Thorpe

John is well known as a Chairman and CEO Business Coach. He started, acquired and sold a number of businesses in different sectors including software products, boat charter, data communications, publishing, IT outsourcing, travel, construction, art fairs and consultancy. He has been CEO five times including a £250m multinational. His experience includes raising finance, acquisitions, mergers, turnarounds, international expansion, business development, board development, trade sales and IPOs. He is currently Chairman of Grangewood and Group Chairman with Vistage International where he has coached 97 CEOs during the past 11 years.

Dr Carl Hunter

Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter BA(Dunelm) Hon DSc FRINA FIMarEST MRAeS is CEO and Managing Director of WDSL Aerospace a consultancy for UK, USA and European OEMs and MROs developing business into the airline sector in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia and of Coltraco Ultrasonics, a British designer and manufacturer of portable and fixed monitoring systems for the naval, shipping, offshore, energy and fire sectors. He is a former Greenjacket Officer in the British Army and a Graduate and Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Durham and a member of the Senior Common Room of his old College. A Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Fellow and Member of Council of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineers and member of the Royal Institute for International Affairs, Royal Society of Asian Affairs and Royal United Services Institute. Dr. Hunter is a Council Member of the British Naval Equipment Association, a Council Member of the British Marine Equipment Association, a member of the Export Council of the FIA and the FIA’s Working Group Gases which is the Lead UK Fire delegate organisation to British Standards and BSI the lead UK fire delegate to the International Standards Organisation in Gaseous Extinguishing Systems and an active member of the Society of Maritime Industries the lead voice of the marine industry in the UK. Dr Hunter is an active contributor to two All-Party Parliamentary Groups, four Westminster Think-Tanks and the Department for International Trade. His interests are as an Author, in Physics, International Business, Social Justice, the Constitution, South Asia, International & Strategic Affairs, Defence, the British Commonwealth and bringing UK Scientists into business. Dr Carl lives in London and Somerset, travels extensively in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, has been married for 28 years to Dorothy and a proud Father of four Children.

Lindsay Harvey

Lindsay Harvey is President, UK & Europe and Vice President Global of Otis, the World’s largest lift manufacturer, with a turnover of $16bn and over 60,000 employees.

Ian Filby

As CEO of DFS, Ian Filby has brought a fresh approach to the furniture store changing its image and direction with the resultant increase in sales of around 50% to over £1b and a sofa market share growing from 23%-27%.

Ian joined Boots as a Retail Marketing Trainee and subsequently enjoyed a number of Buying and Marketing roles culminating in his appointment to the Boots Executive, mainly as Trading Director.  Ian left Boots in July 2009 although he remained there as a part time Consultant until September of 2010 as well as being their representative on the BRC where he was Honorary Treasurer.  During this year of plurality, Ian was also Interim CEO of Groupe Aeroplan London (Nectar) for 6 months and remained a non-Executive member of their Group Advisory Board for a further three years.

In 2014 Ian became Chairman of the BRC Policy Board and sits on the BRC Board.He also became Chairman of Shoe Zone PLC, a position he relinquished last year after a successful post-IPO period.

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London Leaders selects leading growth companies to become Members. Up to 25 Executive Leaders and 16 Future Leaders are selected each year.