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Frankly Speaking

Dialogue that solves problems.

As we saw with CoVID-19, disruption does not obey the rules. Good responses require fresh thinking and bold action. Frankly Speaking is a private forum for senior managers to examine the business, organisational, and personal challenges caused by relentless disruption.


The ethos of the forum – that spirited, honest dialogue helps people solve complex problems – emerged during round-table breakfasts we hosted in 2019 for members of well-known multinationals. We believe in ideas beyond the free-for-all of social media, and conversations away from the din of the office.

For members, Frankly Speaking is a source of relevant, imaginative views on disruption and value; a chance to explore strategy and practice with peers from diverse industries; and a way to build relationships with thoughtful people who can be trusted with real conversations.

In practice

We e-mail worthwhile articles – our own or from credible outside sources – either to the whole forum or to individuals who we know will find value in a piece.

We invite members to online events, where we seek a good conversation without taking up everyone’s time; we also offer our Webex Teams Spaces to members who want to chat further within a known, trusted group.

We host breakfast / cocktail / dinner events so members can (after lockdown) meet peers from other industries; expert speakers may help bring the dialogue to life; the Chatham House Rule generally applies.


Members are invited. In diverse roles, Executive Members are senior managers within a listed company or significant private firm who are striving to turn disruption into value.

Specialist Members work outside corporates as authorities on topics such as climate change, technology, and leadership.

We do not charge for individual memberships, although some events may incur a fee.

We also run Frankly Speaking in-house for organisations. Our bespoke programmes enable senior managers to explore the tough questions their employees, customers, and shareholders are asking. Events are a rare chance to have fruitful conversations away from day-to-day pressures.

Find out more

Please contact Quentin Millington to talk about joining Frankly Speaking, or for information on our in-house programmes.