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Date of event: 25 April 2019
Event ends: 25 April 2019
Start time: 09:30
End time: 16:30
Price: Exclusive to members of The Henley Partnership *Up to 2 Places*
In Conversation With... NEW

*Board and board-aspirational directors*


Roger Horton rose from humble beginnings to be Chief Executive of one of the most successful publishing businesses. He led a public company through a decade of transformational change that saw it become an business you would aspire to run. So how did he achieve that success? And what did he learn along the way that he’d absolutely love to share?

Roger will offer his stories and anecdotes about how to get to the top, and how it feels when you do. He will discuss how being a self-confessed impostor, and a “fear of being found out”, has shaped his approach. And he will bring the group back to the biggest issue in business - how do you lead successful transformational change? Join this immersive and interactive day, featuring the wit, wisdom and common sense of a down-to-earth boardroom CEO.

Key Learning Outcomes

By the end of the event, you will have:

  • understood the mindset and philosophy of a successful CEO
  • appreciated what leadership means at this level of seniority, and compared and contrasted this with your own style and approach
  • discussed the big dilemmas facing CEOs, and how you might approach similar situations
  • explored the recurring themes that are important to a CEO
  • learned the balance between organic and acquisitional growth, and how to integrate the two
  • understood more about how to deliver successful transformation

Roger Horton will lead the discussion, supported by Mark Swain, Director of The Henley Partnership. The day will include reflections on being a CEO and give valuable insights into Roger’s philosophy and perspective on leadership.

Event Content and Delivery Style

Relying on common sense and conversation, the deliberately small group will have the opportunity to hear Roger’s experiences, stories and anecdotes, before comparing and contrasting them with their own perspectives. Roger will summarise his success, using some key principles and many examples. Specific content will include:

  • delivering transformation (including a practical toolkit of analysis and implementation tools)
  • horizon planning
  • strategic common sense
  • instilling culture
  • seizing opportunities
  • unwavering decisiveness
  • being consistent

The wrap-up will bring the themes together, helping each delegate to make their own personal action plan. Expect a highly interactive day of discussion and insights.

Who Should Attend?

Senior directors either working at board level, or aspiring to do so (and are recognised as having that potential). You will want to understand how to work at CEO level, and the key skills required to deliver successful growth and transformation.


The primary theme is STRATEGY and the secondary theme is LEADERSHIP.

It is relevant to the development of Transformation, Growth, Success, Ambition, Storytelling, Conversation.

THP, The Henley Partnership

Roger Horton

Roger Horton

Roger Horton was in academic and reference publishing for over thirty-five years. His career has encompassed roles in sales, marketing, editorial, distribution and senior management in three companies.

On joining the Taylor & Francis board in 1994, he became part of the executive team that successfully floated the company on the London Stock Exchange in 1998 and then merged with Informa in 2004.

As CEO, he led the acquisition of well over 50 companies and saw his business grow its turnover from £18m to more than £500m, with paralleled profitability, and become part of a billion-pound group in the FTSE 100, where he sat on the executive management team.
Having stepped down, he is now non-executive chair of CABI, a visiting fellow at Cranfield School of Management, an occasional guest speaker at several business schools and a Vistage professional speaker on transformational change; Roger also works on various advisory projects.

*Per member organisation. “Up to” indicates the maximum number per member organisation, it is not an allocation of places. All places are subject to availability at the time of nomination. Nomination Forms are dealt with on a first come first served basis and a place cannot be booked or held without a fully completed and approved Nomination Form.

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For more information please contact The Henley Partnership Team by email at thp@henley.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0) 1491 418 855.

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