What is The Network?

Business is tough and it can be lonely as a leader. Forging time out to bring the outside in, learn and grow can be even tougher. The Network from Uspire provides a safe and confidential space for leaders to provoke and develop growth strategies.

Chaired by Amanda Downs, our Director of Commercial Leadership, the Reading POD brings a powerful mix of 1-2-1 business mentoring, world-class speakers, peer-based learning workshops and director-level networking events to a group of leaders from high-potential businesses.

“When a group of individual minds are coordinated and function in harmony, the increased energy created through that alliance becomes available to every individual in the group.” Napoleon Hill ( creator of the mastermind concept)

A Confidential and Elite Reading-based Peer Group

90-minute monthly commercial coaching and mentoring

The one-to-one coaching sessions at the Reading POD focus on delivering tangible business results. The sessions are objective centric and the outputs are determined with Richard by each member.

Thought-provoking masterclasses

POD members get free entry to our hugely popular Uspire Paradigm Shifter masterclasses, designed to provoke commercial leaders to think about the wider business landscape.

Peer based learning workshops

We are acutely aware of the value our members place on their time, which is why the focus of the learning workshops is peer originated and always delivers insightful problem solving. Amanda chairs the meetings and welcomes expert guests speakers.

Online learning resources

The Network learning resources provide subject matter expertise across a number of commercial and team leadership questions perfectly suited to stimulate new thinking and support your growth as a leader.

Amanda Downs – Reading POD Chair

Career Highlights

Uspire Ltd – Director of Commercial Leadership

Global sales and leadership programmes in leisure, engineering, FMCG, banking, NHS and pharmaceutical sectors.

Leadership Partner with Sister Sister Network, developing leadership potential for women of all backgrounds . Arise Woman of The Year 2019.

Sales Growth Expert Ltd  – Founding Director

Business growth through strategy, process and capability consulting for SMEs across healthcare, food distribution, technology, media and recruitment sectors.

United Biscuits – Commercial Director Ireland

Re-structured the Irish business to create UB Ireland Ltd, with award-winning Irish-specific brand advertising campaigns for McVities & KP brands

Adelie Foods – Commercial Director

Launched the now £120m Urban Eat sandwich brand. Restructured team to establish strategic customer partnerships

Why Amanda Chairs the Reading POD

Amanda’s gift is to motivate and inspire leaders to focus on getting the best out of their business. She combines her extensive commercial experience with a leading-edge leadership toolkit and coaching.

She prides herself in provoking consistent actions that will have a tangible result for her POD members.

I’m interested in speaking to Amanda about how the Reading POD could benefit me and my business.

Join with like-minded business leaders

Every member of the Reading POD will get:

  • Dedicated growth mentoring with Amanda
  • A diverse, non-competing peer group
  • Confidential space to learn & share
  • Provocation to think differently
  • Tools to get results through teams
  • Actionable outcomes

This is our promise to you

Join the Reading POD

Accelerate your progression. Business coaching & peer-based learning

What our current POD Members think

Director of IT of Financial Express, Richard Thorpe, explains why his relationship with the Uspire Network has been so life changing.

Want to understand more about our memberships? Come to our Discovery Days

Discover your Style

Discover your Motivators

Discover your Impact

Find out more about our Discovery Days

This will get you Thinking… Expert Opinion and Insight

Don’t Forget Yourself

Are You in Balance

Exceptional Leadership Journeys


Every member of the Uspire Network is guaranteed:

  • An elite commercial coach and mentor
  • A diverse, non-competing peer group
  • Provocation to think differently
  • Actionable outcomes
  • A demonstrable 5:1 ROI

This is our promise to you!