What our members say...

The CEO Syndicate Program

The CEO Syndicate Program provides CEOs and equivalents with an exclusive peer support network. Find out more about the program structure and benefits by clicking here.

Deborah Priest

Principal, Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School

Warwick Gately

Chief Executive, Victorian Electoral…

Belinda Wiggins

Managing Director, BWS Recruitment

Natalie Donohoe

Chief Executive, Premium Health

Mike Tuzee

Managing Director, Impact Events

Roger La Salle

Syndicate Chairman

Grant Norton

Director, Blindware Pty Ltd

Alistair Murray

Chairman, Ronstan International Pty Ltd

Matthew Tice

CEO, Insurgence Group Pty Ltd

Anne Petracca

CEO, Lorraine Lea

Dan Pekin

Chief Executive, HTL Australia Pty Ltd

Michael Woods

Creative Director, Media Saints

Craig Chamberlin

Managing Director, Deutz Australia

Paul Smith

CEO, KS Environmental Group

Susan Mann

CEO, Education Services Australia

Greg Haywood

CEO & Managing Director, PICA Group

WA Members

The CEO Institute Summit - WA 2017

NSW Members

The CEO Institute Summit - NSW 2016

Future CEO Program

The Future CEO program is a certification course for senior managers. Find out more about the program structure and benefits by clicking here.

Teaj Sian

Managing Director, Glory Global…

Manisha Amin

CEO, Centre for Inclusive Design


First cohort graduating CCEO(prov)

Future CEO program

Learn how the program works

Cheh Kah Mun

MD, Porex Technologies Sdn Bhd

Adelina Carnevale

General Manager, OnSite Recruitment Pty…

Kathie Edmond

Facilities Manager, Catholic Archdiocese…

Maitreyee Khire

General Manager, Pegasus Group Australia

Michelle Cummins

General Manager (People & Culture), PICA…

Deep dive into some of our member business success stories

More Testimonials...

“I joined the CEO Institute in 2017. I had two main motivations. I wanted to expand my knowledge of business and increase my acumen. Secondly, it can be a little lonely at the top and I wanted a group of people that could empathise with the role and pressures of being a CEO. I have been involved for 2 years now and I can say that these have been some of the most important times in my journey as a CEO. - Ricky Jack – CEO, Vyne Digital Limited (Syndicate 141)

“I’m a member of similar groups in Australia to The CEO institute and I find the group that I’m a part of in New Zealand is by far the most valuable from an interaction and presenter perspective.” - Geoff Purtill - Vice President and General Manager, Invacare Asia Pacific Limited (Syndicate 140)

“I joined The CEO Institute for personal development / growth and the networking opportunities. Since joining, I have been very impressed with the quality of presenters and topics we have covered which have helped significantly in my business. I also really appreciate having an avenue to (confidentially) discuss my own business challenges and learn from fellow Syndicate members. Most importantly, I cannot say enough about our Syndicate Chair. Joanna is amazing! She has been crucial in leading / guiding / encouraging me personally and makes the Syndicate so enjoyable.” - Matt Sanders - Managing Director, Kaizon (Syndicate 143)

“To share and learn from the experiences of other business leaders. To understand challenges that are similar across different businesses, and help with solutions that can apply across varying business and sectors. Provide some networking opportunities.” - Chris Stafford-Bush - CEO, Gaze Commercial Limited (Syndicate 140)

“As the CEO of a medium-size business on the Gold Coast, I valued the opportunity The CEO Syndicate Program offered in terms of networking with like-minded business owners & senior corporate executives. I appreciated the diversity of views that all of our group brought to the table, in addition to identifying the common issues we all faced across our businesses on a daily basis. Our confidential briefings allowed me to share my experience in a supportive, caring environment, where I could present issues and challenges and canvass opinion and advice from our group. At times, to be also challenged in thought processes and beliefs was a great personal growth opportunity.  This ability to gain alternate insights has made me a better business manager, and created , what I hope to be, life-long associations with skilled business entrepreneurs - a rare opportunity when one is continually battling the ever present challenge of working ‘on the business’ rather than ‘in the business’.  Our monthly meetings offered a circuit breaker for great professional development opportunities, and from our guest speakers, the chance to hear from experts in very diverse fields of knowledge, proving very valuable in further broadening my business horizons. I have no hesitation in commending The CEO Syndicate Program to any senior business person that wishes to embark on a great professional development journey, with a group like-minded people”. - Susan Heaney - Managing Director, Heaneys Performers In Print (HPIP)

"I have found my time with The CEO Institute incredibly valuable. The monthly speakers are of a high calibre and speak to issues that are relevant to us as leaders - whether in a big or small business. The speakers cover all aspects of running your business as well as a good dose of personal development thrown in for balance. More importantly, I found the camaraderie of the group the most important aspect of my enjoyment and benefit from the group. It is an intimate group of like-minded individuals in a safe and supportive environment where any question is fair game, where we can all be vulnerable and where great friendships are born. Over the years we have all had our ups and downs in our businesses, and to have a group of people who are genuinely interested in your success and growth, without any judgement or ego involved, is the gift that The CEO Institute presents. Great advice, good neutral, level-headed perspectives and genuine support. I would highly recommend the Institute to any business leader that would like to have a team of professional, non-judgemental, supportive and fun mentors / coaches”. - Amery Burleigh - General Manager, Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach

“The CEO Institute provides a practical platform to connect with other business leaders and stay up to date with leadership trends. From my experience and in my role as CEO of Lucerne Investment Partners, membership is a very valuable resource.” - Anthony Murphy (Member, Victoria)

"My membership of The CEO Institute gives me a well based understanding of management practices. Liaising with very successful CEOs and Directors using cutting edge techniques allows me to provide high quality client input." - Member, Queensland

"The CEO Institute brings together a lot of experienced minds and expertise from many different backgrounds. The opportunity to bounce ideas off members in a confidential environment is absolutely invaluable, even more so in present times." - Member, South Australia

"I have received great benefit from The CEO Institute meetings because of the new light that is applied to issues and strategies by successful people with a wide range of business experience. The value far exceeds the cost." - Member, Queensland

"The CEO Syndicate offers me a regular forum in which I can confidentially share the business, employee or financial issues with people in like minded positions. Together with the monthly guest speaker program it has proven a valuable resource over many years." - Member, Victoria

"It is a very supportive environment to share business problems - to have a range of perspectives and experience to draw on is invaluable. No issue too big or too small. I always take away useful information and personal advice that supports my development as a manger or helps me consider ways to improve business outcomes. Developing positive networks is also very important to me both personally and professionally." - Member, South Australia

"The opportunity to network and to spend time out of the office with The CEO Institute is invaluable. I get a huge amount of value out of my membership and enjoy the close camaraderie with other members." - Member, Western Australia

"The CEO Institute provides a professional forum to learn, discuss and exchange ideas. Members often provide a valuable fresh perspective on a range of business issues."
- Member, Victoria

"The CEO Institute has provided me with an opportunity to continue my professional development and remain up-to-date with the latest thinking on the business issues that matter. I have enjoyed the camaraderie, frankness and confidentiality of the Institute." - Member, Queensland

"I have been a participant in CEO Syndicates for many years. In times of high workload or stress I so often say to myself before a meeting “I don’t have time for this”. But after every meeting, without question, my only response is “I can’t afford not to participate”. This is an indication of the intrinsic value that participation in a CEO Syndicate brings." - Member, New South Wales

"Quite simply, the true concept of The CEO Institute meetings provides a unique and wonderful opportunity to mix with a wide range of senior managers in a non-threatening, comfortable environment." - Member, Victoria

"In these times I must be careful who I mix with – and avoid people who talk-up failure. As an Institute member I can surround myself with excellence in a stimulating network of like-minded people who grow and adapt – whatever the economic climate." - Member, New South Wales

"The CEO Institute provides a forum for working on my business rather than in it. Given we are all so busy, it’s very easy to get bogged down with day-to-day business rather than looking over the horizon Through sharing of ideas I often will pick up on a better way to address an issue or solve a problem." - Member, South Australia

"The members of the group are very keen to offer advice and support. The CEO Institute brings together people with a diverse range of experience which they bring to the table and members share a common desire to get results. That there is a sounding board for various issues makes your decision making more robust." - Member, South Australia

"My experience with The CEO Institute has had a profound effect on me. My meetings of The CEO Syndicate program leave me feeling both inspired and motivated." - Member, Western Australia

"As a young business person The CEO Institute plays an invaluable part in my professional and business development. I have the opportunity every month to draw on the collective knowledge and experiences of fellow members who have faced and overcome the challenges I face – or am yet to face – in a young, growing business." - Member, Victoria

"As a CEO Institute member I’ve benefited from the combined business knowledge, experiences our syndicate group has offered and quality guest speakers by attending the meetings. Applying some of these new insights to the business has translated into improved efficiencies resulting in direct financial savings on our bottom line. In a time of uncertainty and tighter fiscal policy, my CEO Institute membership is proving to be a worthwhile investment." - Member, Victoria

"It isn’t easy to carve the time out each month from a pretty intense workload but the payback in terms of creating a collegiate environment to share and solve problems that you cannot discuss with partners, staff and friends has been outstanding." - Member, Victoria

"The CEO Institute has played an instrumental part in my personal and business management development.  It has made me a better leader, and allowed me to build an effective leadership team within my organisation which has not only resulted in the growth of my organisation, but also in attaining a better work life balance. The CEO Institute enables its syndicate members to confidentially discuss their strategic business plans and daily operational issues in a close group forum.  Each month The CEO Institute has me thinking about new concepts and business strategies that can be applied to my organisation and provides me with that small nudge so that I take action." - Member, Victoria

"As a sole director of my company I have found it extremely beneficial to share ideas, issues and knowledge within my Syndicate group. Being able to gain a different perspective on things in an open and confidential forum and hearing some of the inspirational stories that the Syndicate members share has been a great learning experience for me. I have often said it is more beneficial than doing a degree!  I can highly recommend becoming a CEO Institute member." - Member, Victoria

"Originally, I was reluctant to join as I was worried about the time commitment. However, I have found the Syndicate has been excellent due to the strength of input and discussion on business and economic matters. Good chairing and great members, who all seriously try to assist each other, in confidence. What more can I say except that I am now very glad to have been given the opportunity to participate. In business it is great to have some external exposure to other businesses and to be able to share, learn and exchange views." - Member, Victoria

"The CEO Institute has been pivotal in my growth as a leader. I have not only progressed in my career as a direct result of my involvement but also gained partnerships and opportunities for my current organisation. The incredible members and Chair have become true friends and colleagues. I’d recommend this above courses, mentors or hindsight for people looking to be the best they can be.- Future CEO participant from a leading not-for-profit, Victoria

"[The Future CEO program] provides a professional, positive and confidential sounding board in which I can discuss issues important to me, while sharing experiences of my peers from a wide range of industries and companies." -Anthony Goerke, National Marketing Manager, ATAP - Australian Truck & Auto Parts

"As a recently appointed CEO, I can attest to the value of the Future CEO program. Excellent group discussions and consistent, high-quality guest speakers under the guidance of David Gilbert have provided knowledge and insight on wide ranging topics that support my success in professional life." - Pat Moulton, CEO Aus Pits

"The Future CEO group is a key part of my ongoing professional development. Under the chairmanship of Professor David Gilbert, the group provides an opportunity to develop broad leadership skills via workshopping ideas and challenges, engaging with high quality subject matter experts and learning from the group's collective experience. I would highly recommend the group to anyone wishing to further develop their leadership skills and understanding of all aspects of running organisations". - Greg O'Brien, Executive Manager Corporate Services RSPCA Victoria