Yorkshire Leadership Group

Become better as a leader and enjoy better results and better relationships The Yorkshire Leadership Group (‘YLG’) is an independent leadership development organisation for SME business owners and senior directors. Our belief, supported by academic research, is that leaders and managers are not usually able to analyse problems and formulate plans alone but, rather, need to be able to read situations and gain their understanding through others. The YLG provides SME leaders with relevant external stimuli to enable them to achieve their aspirations more effectively and more efficiently. No professional sportsperson would ever compete successfully without physical and mental preparation and coaching; they don’t just practice by themselves and achieve perfection! The same rules apply to business – you can do better by developing your natural skills and being ‘fit for business’.


Yorkshire Leadership Groups are held on a bi-monthly basis at Rudding Park and Yorkshire Lawyer Leadership Groups at Carrwood Park
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Denis Kaye Lisa Lister Co-Chair

Denis Kaye


Lisa Lister

Denis Kayeis the founder of the Yorkshire Leadership Group. He has over thirty-five years’ experience working with SMEs, professional service firms and not for profit organisations of all sizes, and a proven track record of improving their performance. A well-known face in Yorkshire business circles, Denis has been working with owner-managed businesses and their owners in Yorkshire since 1985. Denis is a chartered accountant and has worked in both the UK and Canada. He developed the Yorkshire office of a national accounting firm, of which he was national marketing partner and then regional managing partner. He then led a management buy-out and subsequently merged his firm into a regional firm which became the largest regional accounting firm in Yorkshire before he left in 2003. He currently runs Firm Ideas Ltd through which he holds a portfolio of non-executive directorships and provides advisory services to private companies, professional service firms and the third sector. He works through mentoring, consultancy and non-executive directorships. He was deputy chairman of the Institute of Directors in Yorkshire and is a former non-executive director of Business Link. Denis is not a typical chartered accountant!

Lisa Listerhas been working with owner managed businesses for the last 20 years helping them create and implement plans for growth. Lisa helps business owners devise strategic plans, all of which play a key part in maximising profits, improving the client experience and thus increasing client retention. Lisa has experience in various market sectors including professional and financial services, engineering and manufacturing. The support is generally delivered through 1-1 coaching, mentoring and training in workshop environments. She also has experience facilitating director strategic "away days", lectures across Yorkshire and sits on the judging panel of the national Managing Partner Awards in London. Lisa has experience of leadership groups having co-founded the highly regarded Yorkshire Lawyer Leadership Group, bringing together managing partners from law firms across the region to share challenges and benefit from each other's experiences.

"The Yorkshire Leadership Group generates a lively and vibrant group where shared learning is both relevant and insightful to running a successful business"

Richard Wallwork, Managing Partner, APT Consultants LLP