Rod Bulmer

Rod Bulmer

“Naturally down to earth, I like to build strong relationships with clients. I have an ability to get to the crux of the issue – sometimes asking the questions others would not ask – and challenge the basis of thinking, enabling acceleration of business and personal performance”

Rod is an experienced business advisor who has supported CEO’s, high potential Executives and Founders from large corporates through to digital start-ups progressing through early stage development and fundraising. He is able to flex his approach recognising each clients individual situation and has a proven ability to facilitate exceptional performance in individuals and businesses.

With over 25 years experience leading and supporting businesses, for growth and through crisis, Rod achieves results through people. Working across a wide range of sectors including banking & financial services, retail, consumer services, legal & funeral services his senior level experience as CEO and operating at Board level brings a practical and commercial focus to the challenge of unlocking high performance.

Rod’s corporate career started in retail banking where he became Retail Managing Director for Santander UK. He then spent over 10 years at Co-op where his roles included; CEO, Co-op Bank, CEO Consumer Services and Executive Director, Co-op Ventures. Over the last 3 years Rod has built a thriving NED portfolio helping digital start-up and scale-ups in a number of sectors alongside more traditional NED roles in both the public and private sector.

Typical Outcomes

Clients are typically looking to develop personally alongside the growth of their business.

• Rapid identification of the key issues and formulation of clear plans
• Acceleration of commercial performance
• Improvement in team dynamics
• Improved Board level relationships
• Smooth transition from Founder to CEO
• Greater personal confidence to take decisions and to lead

Qualifications/areas of specialism

• BA Honours (First Class) in Economics
• MSc in Management Science and Operational Research
• Corporate Finance, London Business School
• Member of Institute of Leadership and Management
• Member of Association for Coaching

• Part way through ILM7 Professional Coaching Qualification (Dissertation to complete)


“Rod brings knowledge but challenges myself and the status quo – exactly what’s needed in a startup” – Founder and CEO Digital Start-up

“Rod’s support has been invaluable to me personally, encouraging and prompting where appropriate and bringing exec/ board level support” – CEO, HR Engagement Business

“I can honestly say the work you have done coaching and mentoring the CEO has been transformational to him and the business” – Board Director Venture Fund Manager