Robert Craven

Robert Craven specialises in small group work, typically working with management teams on a particular business issue (usually strategy or marketing focused). The emphasis is on creating practical and deliverable solutions.

Recent facilitation work include:

  • Business Coaching Program for Google Partners UK – a four-month business growth/mastermind program for the UK’s top digital agencies
  • Rising Stars Program (Romania) – a four-month business growth/mastermind program
  • Elevator Program (Benelux) – a four-month business growth/mastermind program
  • Agency Forums 1 & 2- 12-month business growth/mastermind program
  • Gauntlet – business growth/mastermind program for entrepreneurs
  • Board chairing and facilitation for three high-growth businesses.

Typical questions addressed include:

  • How do we grow this business?
  • How do we get more better clients?
  • How do we prioritise and hit our targets?
  • What does success look like?

Robert uses a series of proven tools and techniques plus his business experience to help teams arrive at a solution that can and does get delivered.

He also runs and facilitates ‘The Strategy Workshop’ for Vistage and Academy of Chief Executives on a regular basis. He is programme director and facilitator for Cranfield’s Export Business Growth Programme. Other clients include: Nando’s, Bigham’s, Barclays, UNICEF, BookTrust, Virgin and BlackBerry.

He was formerly Director of Training at Consultancy at Warwick Business School’s SME Centre.


About Robert

 “The closest thing that today’s businesses have to a modern-day John Harvey Jones’
– Cranfield School of Management

Robert’s enthusiasm to communicate is positively infectious. What makes him unique is his blend of:

  • Uncommon experience
  • Common sense
  • Unique author, academic, business and facilitator credentials

 “Robert’s style is factual, free of fluff yet simple to implement. A unique blend of real-life examples and facts. He offers practical tools and techniques for designing a business that will acquire more of the right customers. Wrapped in a great presentation style.”
– Steve Clarke



Robert has worked on designing and implementing business strategy and marketing projects with household names such as Virgin, Barclays and BlackBerry and has contributed to success stories such as Nando’s, Mitie and Dickies.

Setting up and running his first business, age 21, and now advising PLCs and multinationals, Robert has seen almost every aspect of running and growing a business.

Academic Work

  • Programme Director, Cranfield School of Management
  • Visiting Professor, Toulouse Business School
  • Formerly Head of Consulting/Training, Warwick Business School
  • MBA, Warwick Business School
  • Visiting Professor, American Liberty University

“He synthesises what most academics manage to make complex into easily digestible chunks of learning. Even better, he helps turn learning into action.”   Prof Malcolm Macdonald, Cranfield School of Management


Rob’s Books

6 business books including:

  • Customer is King and Kick-Start Your Business (Forewords by Sir Richard Branson)
  • Grow Your Service Firm
  • Bright Marketing
  • Check-in Strategy Journal

Facilitation Work

Recent clients include: Barclays, AirBus, LandRover Jaguar, e-on, Sandals, HSBC.
International work includes: Spain, France, Cyprus, Greece, Belgium, Denmark, Russia, Romania, Jamaica, Mauritius, Malawi, Botswana, Zambia, Iran.

“Robert does not give his clients the option of sitting back and merely reflecting.”  Prof David Storey, Warwick Business School

Our Facilitators

Antoinette Oglethorpe

Antoinette is one of the UK’s leading facilitators of leadership and management teams.  Her warm and engaging style bring the very best out of your team.

Resli Costabell

Resli facilitates with great humour and insight.  She is highly engaging and extremely focused on achieving your outcomes.

Jim McLaughlin

Jim helps businesses to plan and teams to perform.  He helps groups to create ambitious and motivating futures with humour and creativity.

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