Managing Partners’ Forum

Formed in 1995, The Managing Partners’ Forum is an influential UK-based professional body that supports the growth, productivity, and prosperity of professional services, with a focus on the mid-market.


Peer groups

Formal training


Re-tuning your firm

The Managing Partners’ Forum brings together leaders at professional services firms to share ideas on strategic leadership and management excellence, guided by a prestigious Advisory Board.

Harvard Business Review and the Financial Times are knowledge partners.

The Managing Partners’ Forum also organises campaigns and provides an independent voice and direct access
to policymakers. Founder and Chief Executive, Richard Chaplin, served as a member of the UK Government’s Professional & Business Services Council for six years.


– Serve as Mentor or Mentee on the Mentor Match programme

Peer groups

Same 7/8 members meeting every six weeks with a qualified moderator.
Separate groups for firmwide leaders, COOs, HR leaders and CMOs

Formal training

Innovative Leadership Development Programme, focused on building
consensus through collaboration


Three specialist groups (Finance & Operations; Strategy & Marketing;
People, Performance & Culture) holding regular in-person and online sessions

Management Team Together

Quarterly in-person meetings for all members


Half-day events held twice annually with cutting-edge themes

Social media

Regular posts to the 2,000+ followers on LinkedIn

Sector trends tracker

Completed quarterly by a research panel of 100 firms

Re-tuning your firm

Online show on alternative Fridays, hosted by Richard Chaplin

Management Excellence Awards

Prestigious awards have run for 22 years, presented at an online ceremony with high profile sponsors

Online content

News, committee members, videos, survey findings etc on website

Managing Partners’ Forum groups

Our specialist groups have held well-attended roundtables, and the Management Team Together in-person quarterly sessions were revived in Autumn 2022 after a 30-month break due to the pandemic. Our hard-working chairs, directors and committee members ensure that Forum programming is aligned with the requirements of our members.  Reports and videos from previous meetings are available as a resource for members.

Management Team Together Group

Given the interdependency of management functions in tackling the big issues, this group brings together all ‘C-suite’ disciplines to encourage dialogue and different perspectives.

Finance & Operations group

The Forum’s Finance & Operations Group provides a formal network of respected leaders who manage and advise on financial and operational matters.

People, Performance, & Culture Group

The Group provides a formal network to examine the impact of the very real changes that are redefining every aspect of work, and concepts that engender best practice.

Strategy & Marketing Group

The Group provides a formal network for those with responsibility for marketing and business development and tasked to implement their firm’s strategy.

The International Management Excellence Awards 2023

These annual Awards, in association with knowledge partners Harvard Business Review and the Financial Times, uniquely recognise the contribution of leadership and management to the business of professional services firms based worldwide.

Re-tuning your firm

Each ‘Re-tuning your Firm’ 30 minute show at 9am on alternate Fridays involves two guests giving a five minute presentation on an aspect of management, leadership and public policy, followed by a panel session with co-hosts Richard Chaplin and Francesca Lagerberg, Global CEO of Baker Tilly International.

Individual presentations on either show can be searched for and watched below. They are also available on YouTube on the Re-tuning playlist.

Re-tuning your Firm – Episode 84- Strategy, Focus, People

Episode 84 of Re-tuning your Firm, recorded on 27 January 2023.


Richard Chaplin


Francesca Lagerberg, Global CEO of Baker Tilly International

Neville Eisenberg, former Managing Partner of BLP, on leadership lessons from the financial crash

Tim Aspinall, former Managing Partner of DMH Stallard, on leadership lessons from the financial crash

Re-tuning your Firm – Episode 01- Sharing management, business & personal challenges from the Covid-19 pandemic

Episode 1 of Re-tuning your Firm recorded on 20 March 2020.


Richard Chaplin


Francesca Lagerberg of Grant Thornton International

Jeremy Beard of  Haysmacintyre

Chloe Clift of HSBC

Meirion Jones of Client Critical


Over 900 senior people from 400+ firms in 18 countries have registered since March 2020. This is what they are saying:

Absolutely excellent.

Thank you again for a great initiative. I keep thinking that they can’t get any better, and each week you prove me wrong! A real highlight of the pandemic.

Your Friday webinar stands out amidst a flood of invitations as the absolute must-see.

The excellent discussions have become compulsive viewing.

Events and reports

Leadership development programme

Leadership Development Programme is specifically designed to cater to the needs of firm-wide leaders in small/medium professional services firms, providing them with a practical guide to Digital Transformation. Through this programme, we aim to help leaders understand the role of leadership and equip them with the skills and knowledge to take a structured approach to achieving a successful transformation.
View the leadership development programme here


  • Leadership/ senior management role at a professional services firm
  • With two paid-up members, others can be proposed at no extra cost
  • Leading suppliers to the sector
    can apply (only a few are accepted!)


The membership year commences on 1 July. Dues for those joining during the year reduce by a fixed amount for each elapsed month (£100 for Anchor memberships; £100 for Team memberships; £200 for Peer Group memberships). All rates are exclusive of VAT at 20%.


“The Forum creates a relaxed and trusting environment in which senior individuals feel able to openly discuss the issues that confront them. High quality speakers and worthwhile subjects that persuade busy senior people to give up time.”
Fay Gillott

Ex-Chief Executive, Atkin Chambers

“Our involvement with the Forum gives us access to the latest strategic thinking within the sector, which is invaluable in this changing world in which we operate.”
Stuart Lisle

Partner, BDO

“There is simply no substitute for the opportunity to share and learn from the experience of peers from across the professional services industry. The Forum enables this, whilst providing a steady stream of ideas and challenge in our rapidly changing world.”
James Entwisle

Managing Partner, Hymans Robertson

Contact Us

For further information, please contact Claire Mitchell, Head of Memberships, at or +44 (0)20 7786 9786

020 7786 9786