"You will never be able to find the time to bring your team up to speed on the intricacies of leading in a Private Equity backed company. This course will teach them everything they need to know and more. It’s a no brainer."

Steve Groves, Chairman, Key Group

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Why should Management Teams join the Excellence Program

To improve their understanding of the private equity model

A complete understanding of private equity and their financial mechanics, including what drives their decision making and how to influence them.

To master how to maximise value creation and realisation

A full appreciation of the value creation methodologies that can be deployed within a leveraged buyout and an introduction to the exit process.

To develop best in class leadership techniques for mission orientated businesses

Preparing yourself to lead, improving resilience, decision making ability and communication. Coaching on how to develop a high performance culture.

How do we help Management Teams?

The expectation placed on management teams to deliver accelerated returns is akin to asking a team of walkers to ascend a challenging mountain, something they have never done before, without a map or equipment in sight.

The PEPTalks Excellence Programme is the UK’s only leadership development course dedicated to supporting private equity backed management teams in achieving this mission.

The programme includes 6 workshops which cover 4 key themes: The mechanics of the private equity model, leadership best practice and resilience, value creation methodologies and preparing for the exit process.

Graduates of the programme are equipped with the skills, tools and networks required to successfully reach the private equity summit. On graduating from the programme, management teams will be invited to become PEPTalks Members and join a peer group which will meet on a regular basis through a separate series of dinners, breakfasts and larger networking events.

The Excellence Programme Structure


Multiple Workshops

Four content modules covered across six 4-hour workshops over 10 months


Peer to Peer Learning

Multiple management teams from different sectors on each programme


Buddy System

Programme attendees are paired with a member of another Management team. They work together on exercises during the workshops and on homework between workshops.


Expert Facilitators

Delivered by experienced independent facilitators


Founding Member Insights

Seasoned private equity backed CEOs attend each workshop and provide practical insights and case studies


Leadership Development

Combination of technical Private Equity training with broader leadership development



A sample of our Guest Speakers




David Clemson

CEO, Riviera Travel


Deborah Kemp

Former CEO, Laurel Funerals


Gary Lowe

CEO, Bromford Industries


John Beighton

Chairman, Acino


Peter Liney

CEO, Great Rail Journeys


Peter Munk

CEO , Willerby Holiday Homes


Steve Byrne

CEO, Travel Counsellors

Do You Share our Values?

PEPTalks members share the following set of values:

  • They have a growth mindset
  • They want to learn and inspire others
  • They are open, honest and humble
  • They want to see others succeed

If this sounds like you then please register your interest in membership here