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Pabasso founder prepares for Yorkshire expansion

Yorkshire businessman Richard Doyle is expanding his peer advisory board business

The founder of a Yorkshire-based peer advisory board business is on the hunt for new chairs across Yorkshire and the North East as he prepares for expansion.

Richard Doyle founded Esteem Systems in 1985 and grew it to a £30m technology business before selling it in 2004. Since then, he has served as an NED on over a dozen boards, before developing Pabasso, the Wetherby-based peer advisory board business.

He is now on the hunt for chairs to help him replicate his successful model, which provides support for regional MDs and CEOs through Pabasso peer advisory board membership.

Richard said: “Being a Pabasso chair offers a full or part-time role as an alternative to the traditional non-executive route that ex-CEOs and MDs often take when they step back from the full-time role of leading a business.

“I have personally found it incredibly rewarding working with multiple business leaders helping them on their journey and sharing the expertise and experience of the other board members”

Collaborating with franchise specialists the Lime Licensing Group, Richard has created a franchise model to expand Pabasso. Each franchise will operate as a standalone business which can be built, developed as an asset and ultimately sold on by the franchisee if they wish.

Board members typically lead businesses of between 10 and 250 employees, although Richard says this is not a strict band.

Seven new franchise regions are now available with full support provided to new chairs with each operating as a commercial business in an exclusive territory supporting a board of up to 12 regional business leaders.

Richard said: “Chairs are responsible for developing the board, facilitating board meetings and holding their monthly 121 meetings with their members.

“By creating a board of business leaders, each with their own diverse businesses and individual challenges, the chair will find themselves at the heart of a dynamic process, facilitating cross-industry collaboration and transformative strategic insights.

“As the founder of the original Pabasso foundation board, I have been able to use four decades of experience as a CEO and Non-Executive Director to help our members progress.

“Our mission is to make peer advisory boards one of the key support functions for established business leaders in the UK and I am looking forward to supporting our new chairs/franchisees to develop their own boards and help fuel economic growth in each designated region.”