Master the crucial skills that you need to make partner with a Progress to Partner membership

Take control of your own career development. Something this important shouldn't be left in the hand of others!

To progress your career to partner, you have to master the basics of growing your own practice

But There's a Problem

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    Developing yourself is expensive

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    What you've tried so far isn't working

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    You're relying on your firm to develop you (and this doesn't seem to be happening)

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    You need to come out of your partners' shadow to win your own work and get noticed

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    Nobody, particularly your partners, have given you a plan

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    You don't have the time to learn new skills

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    You don't know where to start

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    Most training tools are boring and designed for people in industry

Progress To Partner has everything you need to develop your career to partner all in one place. It's like having a trusted colleague, a mentor and a coach all in one place. And for a fraction of the cost of paying for your own coach.

Introducing the Progress To Partner monthly subscription. For less than the cost of that coffee and cake, you will be able to get your hands on tailored and proven help and guidance to:

Free up some of your time to you can focus solely on what you need to do to progress your career

Delegate to your trusted group of juniors so you are confident the work will still get done in time

Create your own career development plan. If you follow it to the letter your plan will accelerate your career all the way to partner

Come out of your partner's shadow so you can grow your own partner-sized client portfolio and be seen as a rainmaker.

Be seen as a true Go-To Expert both within your firm and externally, so work comes naturally to you… rather than you having to spend hours you haven't got on business development

Grow your profile and reputation so your partners talk about you as 'the next partner'

Demonstrate you think and act commercially so your partners are desperate to have you around the partnership table


With your Progress To Partner monthly subscription you'll have instant access to:

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    Professionally created on demand courses to help you master the skills needed to get to partner

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    Discounted private executive coaching sessions

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    Unfettered access to career progression experts within the members only Facebook group

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    Monthly live virtual masterclasses at a time to suit you

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    Videos, guides and recordings for when you need a quick solution to a problem

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    Regular live video tips to give you motivation and practical tips

Over 15 years of training and guidance supporting people's career progression in practice bundled into a single location.

Hi, I"m Heather Townsend, best-selling and award-winning author of 6 books including 'How to make partner and still have a life', 'Poised for partnership, 'The Go-To Expert' and 'The Financial Times Guide To Business Networking'.

For the last 15 years I have been focused on helping talented smart lawyers, accountants and consultants take the step up to partner, and when they get there, stay there. The thing is, many of our clients come to us because despite being committed and hard working, their career progression has plateaued. The lofty heights of being a partner - or sometimes getting to Director, Senior Associate/Manager just seems to elude them.

In the last few years I have realised that firms are just not providing the development their top talent needs. And paying for executive coaching out of their own money is often a barrier for many people who need that little bit of extra help to move forward with their careers. So, that's where the idea for the Progress To Partner monthly subscription came in. A place where everyone can afford to access my 15 years of knowledge, insight and experience. At a cost of less than a starbucks coffee and cake each week, it's a pretty tempting offer!


The Partnership Readiness Score clarifies how ready you are for partnership and identifies 12 areas, which if not addressed, will stop you from making partner.

We've developed our online diagnostic tool to profile exactly where you should be prioritising your efforts to progress your career to partner. It is based on our experiences of helping hundreds of accountants, lawyers and consultants go all the way to partner. It is a formal assessment that will prompt reflection and focused action.

After you take the test you will receive your personalised Partnership Readiness Traffic Light Report. The report breakdowns your current performance against the 12 key indicators. It then gives you personalised suggestions, from the courses and materials within Progress To Partner, on what to prioritise first for the maximum impact.


Answer 71 questions to discover how well you perform against the 12 key indicators which make up your Partnership Readiness Score


100% free and takes between 10 - 15 minutes to complete


Everyone who completes the test will get a free electronic copy of Poised For Partnership

What impact has Progress To Partner Membership had on our first members' careers?

"The cost of Progress to Partner is on a par with Coursera courses - and the value I get from Progress To Partner is a way above that"

- Director, PwC

"Once again, thank you so much for your advice, support and guidance - our Managing Partner (sponsoring partner) said you are doing an incredible job as all 5 of the partners have noticed a marked change in my mindset over the last 3 months or so, from focussing on me and my team, to focussing on growing the business."

- Tax Director, UK

"I'm grateful for coming across Heather Townsend many moons ago on Twitter. I've read all of her books and I've followed her advice and I received confirmation this week that I've (finally) secured promotion to Senior Manager (with effect from 1 October) which will hopefully lay the foundations for Director/partner in due course."

- Senior Manager, Insolvency

"I really do wish I had signed up with you earlier, but I am delighted that I made the decision to join Progress To Partner during my mid-lockdown evaluation of life! The Managing Partner said I am a hot topic at partner meetings as they have noticed a huge change in my focus and are receiving excellent feedback from their own contacts."
Tax Director, UK

- Tax Director, UK

Within Progress To Partner, you'll have access to this dream team of Career Progression Experts:

Heather Townsend

Heather Townsend

Co-author of 'How to make partner and still have a life'
Expert in helping you build a partner-sized client portfolio and creating and pitching a compelling business case
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Kate Clover

Former Learning & Development Manager at TLT and BDO
Expert in helping, particularly lawyers, move from associate to partner. For example, finding time to work on your career, putting together and pitching your business case.
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Duncan Brodie

Former Big 4 and Finance Director for an NHS Trust
Specialist in helping you find your next job. And when you get it, establish yourself in the first 100 days.

Susan Heaton-Wright

Former professional opera singer
Specialist in helping you communicate with impact. Particularly when you need to impress in business development meetings, present like a pro or exude more gravitas and authority.
Vikki Bentwood

Vikki Bentwood

Former head of marketing and business development for independent law firms.
Expert in helping, particularly lawyers, grow a partner-sized client portfolio AND still achieve their billing targets.
Kieleigh Dixon

Kieleigh Dixon

Former Learning and Development manager for law firms
Expert in talent management, self and team leadership.

What are our members saying about the on-demand courses which are included as part of your Progress To Partner monthly subscription

"I did the 'How to truly commit to your moving your career forward' course when I started with Progress To Partner. It made me prioritize what was critical and assisted me to have courageous discussions with leaders at my firm."

- Audit Director, Canada

"The Go-To Expert course in Progress To Partner has really helped to focus my mind. I've actually asked my partners to remove some 'specialisms' from my staff profile as it is not the sort of work I enjoy doing and so we are now more focussed on those specific areas that I get the most enjoyment. I've now completed my first transaction on my own client for a £25K fee."

- Tax Director, UK

"I worked my way through the 'How to truly commit to moving your career forward' course first as I had no career plan. Already, feedback from my Managing Partner is that my attitude has improved - I am much more business focussed, delegating more work than I ever have."

- Tax Director, UK

Every Course Makes It Simple To Master The Skills You Need To Progress To Partner.

All Included With Your Subscription

Your Plan for Progress Your Career To Partner


Find out your Partnership Readiness Score

Identify your focus areas to work on with the Partnership Readiness Assessment

Click here to find out your Partnership Readiness Score


Join Progress to Partner

Get ongoing access to Progress to Partner for £1 then £59/month


Complete the courses

Each self-study course in Progress toPartner is packed with simple, step-by-step ways to learn


Get noticed for promotion

You'll master the crucial skills needed to make partner and get noticed by your firm as "one to watch"

Stop waiting and wondering and start moving your career forward

Zig Ziglar was spot on when he said "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great". And it's the same for you. You know those people who you see who are progressing faster than you. You know, the ones who are not as technically strong as you? Their secret? They took action. Yes, it's that simple.

Wanting to make partner isn't enough. Your partners are not looking for dreamers. They want action takers to join their ranks. So become that action taker and click on the button to start your trial of Progress to Partner

Can Progress To Partner really help me?

Good question. And it's only natural to think this. After all your training has made you naturally sceptical. If this is you then take our free online diagnostic tool to find out your Partnership Readiness Score. The report you receive will identify which of the 12 key areas, if not addressed will stop your career from progressing. The report will show you exactly what is included in Progress To Partner to help you focus on your key priorities. With a 7-day trial membership of Progress To Partner for £1 + VAT, what have you got to lose?

Frequently Asked Questions

Come on, who are you kidding? You know there are no guarantees in life (but nice try!) What we can guarantee is that we have put together a great set of on demand courses, guides and advice to help you get that promotion. But you have to do the work, take the courses and then put what you've learnt into practice back in the office.  Ready to go for it? Click here for access.

If you're reading this, you're thinking about your career and what you can do to progress. That's a sign that it's definitely the right time for you to join.  Waiting and wondering is actually going to put the brakes on your career progression. If you're ready to put the work in, the on demand courses and guidance you get from our experts will increase your employability, strengthen your reputation and career.  And remember, promotions won't be on hold forever! Ready to get yourself front of the queue for the next promotion? Click here for access.

You won't be asked to pay a penny more (unless you want a private coaching session). It's a mere $1 + VAT, for the first 7 days, and then $59 + VAT per month after that. 


To get help and support from our team of Executive Coaches all you need to do is turn up to our Membership site and then ask for help and feedback in the secret weapon that is our Private Members Only Facebook Group.  You'll be listening to the virtual masterclasses and Q&A sessions (or watching the replays), working your way through the on demand courses and making good use of the guides, assessments, video tips. All for the price of a weekly coffee & cake.  Ready to go for it? Click here for access.

Definitely! Your Progress to Partner monthly subscription will give you access to the secret weapon that is our Private Members Only Facebook Group. You can ask questions and usually get them answered within 12 hours (at the latest).  When you listen in LIVE to our Member-only Virtual Masterclasses you'll be able to ask your specific questions in advance, something that's just not possible with our normal webinars. Ready to go for it? Click here for access.

Our members are based all around the world. We make sure to run our monthly live masterclasses at 3 different times on the same day (incredibly, Heather actually loves her member-only masterclass days!)  so that you can listen live all the way from Pacific Standard Time Zone to Australian, Gulf and the Eastern Standard Zone. Click here for access.

Fantastic, well done! Are you well known in just your department or do all the partners know and respect you?  They may well respect you because you're hitting your targets and working hard.  But are you sure you're looking and thinking like a future partner to them? Even if you are already respected at your firm, it's still very easy to get stuck in your career if you don't know what the partners are looking for.

Your monthly subscription to Progress to Partner will boost your employability, further strengthen your reputation and career and give you the certainty and confidence that you're doing everything you can to make it to partner. Ready to go for it? Click here for access.

That's great! How do you know they didn't get outside help? Your peers and colleagues aren't going to give away all their secrets are they? Do you know what they knew? Are you doing what they did? Perhaps they progressed their career at a very different time to this one?  If you can't say with certainty that you are doing everything you can to progress, including "working on your career" every day, week and month, why not take a look at the advice in Progress to Partner?  A $1 trial for 7-days will give you a good chance to look through the study courses to see if there are gaps in  your knowledge.  Ready to go for it? Click here for access.