About Jon Penn, Chair ACE 47 & EB15

20+ years as MD / Group MD in technology and manufacturing SME businesses.


Public, Private and VC stakeholder experience.


Commercial finesse; negotiations, disputes, JV's, alliances, acquisitions, integrations, reorganisations.



Personally done business in >50 countries, including running subsidiaries in China, Japan, Singapore, USA, Canada, Germany, Belgium.


New product development and IPR.


Graduate Mechanical Engineer.


Qualified and Accredited Executive Coach.

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    Interesting Resources




What makes one business great and others just ... well, not quite so great?


I was a member of The Academy for 6 years while CEO of an international group of engineering businesses. It proved so valuable to me over those years that I encouraged a number of my reporting MD's around the country to try out groups and join too. The businesses were hugely successful in part due to the impact of the ACE processes, and were ultimately sold to a global top 100 organisation. When I left the "corporste world" in 2009 it was a natural process for me to become a licensee and set up new groups around Bristol, Bath & Swindon.


you really DONT have to FEEL ALONE!


Listen to some exisitng Members describe the benefits they get... [password to launch video clips is "Penn"]


Michael Finn, Motor Dealership

Thomas Coles, Software

Paul Adlam, Specialist Construction

Rhys Jones, Explorer & educator

Steve Driver, PCB Manufacturing



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CEO Forums & Entrepreneur Boards

Are groups of 10 - 20 business owners, CEO's or MD's that form a group under a chairman, and meet once a month. A typical meeting includes an expert speaker and a "Board you could never afford"


Typically businesses are multi m turnover and employing from 20 to 400 staff, although these are not rules.


The common denominator of these already successful business people is their appetite for improvement and new knowledge.









  • No more loneliness at the top
  • A systematic mechanism to "know what you dont know"
  • Leaders learning with leaders
  • "The Board you could never afford" to get 200 + years of CEO experience to help with your issues
  • Structured & facilitated approach to goal setting
  • A peer group
  • National & regional networking




Interesting Resources


Video from Academy Speaker Showcase


Video from Regional Meeting June 2010


CEO Forum


Entrepreneurs Board



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