Our Founder & CEO

Peter J Lynagh

ImageDuring my four decades in business, I’ve led companies through transformation and have managed large numbers of people across three continents. This experience has given me extensive insights into leadership.

I was introduced to peer-to-peer learning in 2001 and was immediately amazed by how willing people were to help each other. For the first time in many years, I discovered I was no longer alone or isolated by my position in the company.

The other members offered objective, more honest, views to my colleagues because they didn’t have a vested interest.

So I decided to share my knowledge and expertise with like-minded business owners, and joined the group, and later became a Chairman.

As well as developing myself I took great delight in seeing my peers grow too, and I became passionate about the concept. I had my own ideas for improving the experience and so decided to set up my own model – ABLE: The Academy of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs.

Peer-to-peer learning is a proven leadership concept and over the years I’ve found it to be incredibly powerful. I believe it’s an essential part of learning and training for leaders at all levels and stages of their career. Not only does it help members to grow their businesses, but to develop personally too.

 

Career background

During 25 years plus in the chemical industry, I held senior management positions with multinational organisations. My last role in the industry was CEO of a £15M chemical distribution business.

My extensive international experience in fast-changing multicultural environments included managing satellite units in Japan, the USA and throughout Europe. I gained invaluable experience in working with and developing mixed nationality business teams.

An ability and passion for building successful teams, with the emphasis on people development, coaching and mentoring, gave me a rewarding and enjoyable career. And it inspired my next step.

After leaving my last industry post I set up my own consultancy to support business owners and SMEs in achieving business and personal success. The move included the facilitation of peer group learning and development groups, which ultimately led me to set up The Academy for Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs.

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Ben Freedman, MD, Bubble Chamber Ltd

I heartily recommend Peter's chairmanship of an ABLE group. He has not only provided an excellent selection of speakers but most crucially has been able to collect together a group of people from a wide variety of backgrounds that seem to share a common value system so essential for building trust within a group.

As an owner of a business I would heartily recommend membership of ABLE. The monthly meetings not only provide me with a lot of learning but also a time for reflection, essential during these times. It has been incredibly useful to meet new people - both other members and the speakers - and also to benefit from the wide variety of different outlooks.

Kathryn Uche, Chief Executive, CAYSH

As a new CEO of a regionally based charity joining ABLE has been the single most useful step I have taken on my journey so far.

Membership has built my confidence, given me a set of useful business tools and has provided an insight into the world of business which every charity needs in these times of change. On top of this it's been my delight to spend valuable time with the bunch of leaders and entrepreneurs which make up the group, their focus, energy, enthusiasm and willingness to help each other become the best they can be is truly inspirational. Thank you.

Arran Coole, Managing Director, ASP

It improved my business confidence enough to add another 0 to the end of our turnover numbers in 3 years; I have a deeper understanding of business; I now focus on working ‘on’ the business instead of ‘in’ the business; I would recommend peer group learning for all business leaders and owners; It can be very lonely at the top but now I have 10 peers to talk to at any time.

Tim Ball, Designer & Branding Consultant, Ball Design

Before I joined ABLE at Warren House I didn’t understand the power, support and the value of external views from a peer group. Now I would advise any CEO to join

Andy Hibbert, Company Director, Reed and Mackay

ABLE adds a different dimension; it gives you the ability to think differently, away from the business - 12 times a year. In the group you get some amazing people.

Jonny Aucamp, Group Executive Chairman, OSTC

Every time I come to a meeting I pick up something new that makes it well-worth it being to that meeting.

Penny Wing, Founder & CEO, Brojure

Peter is a brilliant team leader. He has successfully assembled an effective team of CEO level executives who meet monthly under ABLE to discuss issues. The forum is open and honest. I have found it extremely invaluable in starting my fourth company not only as a support system but learning new skills from our speakers and from each other. I do everything I can to not miss a single session. Peter is enthusiastic about his work which is infectious. Always a positive outlook and he’s good at organizing and bringing the right people together. I know my company will be successful and ABLE has been vital in this start-up phase and for continued growth.

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