Insight, inspiration and direction?

Connect with like-minded peers delivering sustained social impact.


Founders learn best from other founders. This is the premise for everything we do. Together we can... 

...harness momentum 

We train founders and their senior management teams to develop robust strategy, strengthen organisations and track their impact. 

...get inspired

We produce high-quality insights and share ideas from successful enterprises, charities, founders and business owners in our network and beyond. your nest

We give you guidance and tools to establish and benefit from a group of like-minded founders and business owners. 

About Ten Thousand Starlings

Ten Thousand Starlings offers tailored programmes for founders and business owners of impact-conscious organisations. We teach good process to increase turnover, create value and scale impact. 

Founded in 2015 by Kathryn Maunders and John Walker, our initial offering was done-for-you strategy and business strengthening services. Along the way, we have learnt that to generate lasting results founders and their teams need the skills and confidence to build their own solutions. We have developed a suite of support programmes that train you to develop great strategy, track your impact and strengthen your organisation.

We know that founders and business owners learn best through facilitated peer-learning. All our services and programmes connect you with like-minded entrepreneurs. We also support you to build your own Starlings Nest - a mastermind group that challenges and accelerates your business development.

Co-founded and run by Kathryn Maunders

I am an entrepreneurial strategist, impact tracker and facilitator. I love working with growth-oriented businesses and social ventures. I bring a strategy consulting tool-kit (developed at McKinsey & Company), evidence-based research expertise and a coach approach. I have founded and managed a number of small enterprises in the UK, the Netherlands and in South Africa.  

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Economics & Management and a Master’s degree in Evidence-Based Practice (Distinction), both from the University of Oxford.

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Co-founded by John Walker

My 30 year career spans public, private and third-sector organisations in the UK and internationally. I am a versatile and entrepreneurial manager, educator and trainer. I have successfully founded, grown and exited businesses within project management, technology and financial sectors.

I have an MA in International Politics and Economics from Kingston University, am a Sloan Fellow of London Business School and have a PGCE from the Institute of Education/UCL, London.

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Get in touch

We provide done-for-you customised services and programmes that teach you the skills and confidence to develop your own solutions. 

We'd love to connect with you today to invite you to share more about your requirements, inform you as programmes open for application and update you on product launches. If you are interested, please enter your email address below and click the yellow button. We will be in touch.

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Join a select cohort of like-minded founders and business owners. We will contact you to better understand your requirements and let you know when the next available programme is starting. 


Take deliberate action to make profit you can be proud of.

This series teaches you strategy skills starting with the "Direction in a Day" programme.



Generate revenue to sustain and scale your social impact.

This series helps charities to build revenue-generating business models.