Academy Speaker - In Detail
Peter Hills, is Chairman of Academy Group 18 and also co-chairs Directors Forum 13 with Alan Dean.
Additionally, Peter is the owner of Untapped Potential, a company transforming business by changing people (If you can't change your people, change your people) through specialist recruitment and The Art of Responsibility, a jargon free coaching program for managers which have been invented and developed over 15 years.
This groundbreaking approach is very much in line with the new thinking that The Academy encourages.
Peter was previously Chief Executive of Manchester Business Link and has held several senior positions with major brewing organisations. His expertise lies principally in sales and marketing, and human development. Peter's values are honesty and integrity, coupled with a talent for getting the best out of others. He is extremely energetic, has passionate views, and is the epitome of the power of positive thinking.
Academy Group 18 started in 2000 and is one of the longest standing and most successful Academy groups. The group is currently full, with a small waiting list to join.
Since January 2011 Peter has been a shareholder of The Academy and is one of a number of Chairmen lead by Andrew Morris who form the new ownership.
The group is an incredibly varied mixture of CEOs of large corporates, owner managers of small independents, family businesses and even public sector organisations. Innovation and creativity, good-humour and helpfulness whilst being challenging and practical, and, above all, extremely high energy levels; these are the qualities that Peter associates with his group members.
While under Peter's chairmanship this group has achieved some dazzling success in business, and overall there have been many life changing moments for group members.
One member entered the group as a successful corporate MD, decided on a life change and with help and support from the group set up his own company achieving a £20 million turnover in just two years. Other members have had equally stunning successes in top team development, developing new customer offers, growing the business, and achieving good work/life balance. Member companies currently range in size from £350,000 turnover with eight staff to £220 million with 2000 staff.
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