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East Midlands Masterminds 2021

Tasha MacGilbert 16 Dec 2020

IoD East Midlands Mastermind’s offer an environment that leads towards candid discussions with a group of peers that challenge you to think strategically. These meetings are a combination of brainstorming, education, peer accountability, and support.

Groups are made up of a variety of industries and business sizes combining SME’s and larger businesses. For many members, these meetings act as a board meeting. For those that run their own business or are part of an SME, its likely you don’t have non-executive directors, an advisory panel or formal group of trusted experienced businesspeople you can bounce ideas off.

These groups are made up of Directors from non-competing industries and meet once a month for dinner to discuss any topic that a member brings forth. Topics have varied from employee relations, directors’ duties, hot topics in business, whether to expand the company, to work life balance. Topics for meetings are often tied to CPD topics that are being run at the time.

In the East Midlands region, we currently have 4 mastermind groups – Leicester, Nottingham, Northampton and Derby. This is soon to become 4, with Lincoln being a new mastermind group starting in January 2021!

The Leicester mastermind group is facilitated by John Tucker, which is currently via zoom, but normally would be on the third Tuesday of every month, at the Belmont Hotel.

The Nottingham mastermind group is facilitated by Carole Harvey, which is currently via zoom, but normally speaking would be at the Crowne Plaza.

Our Northampton group is facilitated by Sarah Canning virtually but is usually at the Holiday Inn Northampton.

The Derby mastermind is facilitated by Andy Leask, which is currently via zoom.

The Lincoln mastermind group is going to be facilitated by John Hebblethwaite, which will be via zoom to start, and then dates and venues will be set depending on members’ requirements. If you wish to be a part of the Lincoln mastermind group, please send a bio to Cari Grice

Please note these groups are strictly member only and before joining every member must submit a short biography so we may ensure there are no competing organisations. These groups have been created to offer a support system to directors.

Hear from members –

“The IoD Mastermind sessions have helped me by connecting me with diverse non-competing leaders in completely different sectors that reveals we all deal with the same business issues. More importantly it’s a chance to cross pollinate and synthesise ideas and solutions from one sector to another. Its more than lateral thinking within a company, this is across industries. This is one thing I do professionally, but I’m not accessible to every business in the world, so as IoD member I can honestly say masterminds will make all the difference in your business.”

 “It really is extraordinary, the level of expertise and knowledge you have in the room when you get a group of IoD members together,” she said. “There isn’t a problem or challenge that one of them won’t have encountered at some point in their career. It’s a remarkable pool of talent.”

For more information, please contact East Midlands Branch Manager Cari Grice

Contact IoD East Midlands

For more information, please contact

0121 281 5530

East Midlands

Branch and staff contacts can be found on the main Contacts tab

IoD East Midlands
Nottingham Trent University,
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