Setting Your Organisation on a Trajectory to an Improved Future

Beyond Default is the result of a collaboration between David Trafford and Peter Boggis, who have worked together for over 25 years. During this time they worked with many interesting – and often demanding – clients across a range of industries. While the challenges facing these clients differed, they all had one thing in common: a desire to improve the default future of their organisation.

The insights gained from working with leaders of these organisations – based in Europe, Australia, China, Asia, North America and South Africa – shaped David and Peter’s thinking and understanding on how organisations operate and plan their futures. The resulting insights formed the foundation of their Beyond Default approach to strategy.

Beyond Default is also the name of their book: a book on strategy and change that’s predicated on the belief that all organisations are on a trajectory to a default future, which is the place they will end up if they take no action other than that currently planned. The aim of the book is to help leaders understand the default future of their organisation and put in on a trajectory to an improved future.

In 2010 David and Peter founded Formicio Limited, an advisory business that provides thought leadership and thought partnership on all aspects of assessing, developing and operationalising strategy. Formicio is passionate about working with people who want to change their organisation’s trajectory, to one that takes it beyond its default future. The name Formicio comes from two Latin words, formo (to form or shape) and proficio (to advance, make progress, benefit, contribute) – an accurate reflection of the value it intends to bring.

About David and Peter


David Trafford

Helps executives and leadership teams deliver successful change, specifically technology-enabled change. After starting his career as an engineer, and spending five years as a Research Fellow, he moved into consulting some 30 years ago, and over the years has advised and supported numerous organizations in developing strategies and delivering change. Most recently his focus has been on organizations that aim either to create a truly digital business, or to make their existing business more digitally enabled. David is a co-founder and Managing Director of Formicio, an advisory firm that provides thought leadership and thought partnership on all aspects of assessing, developing and operationalizing strategy.


Peter Boggis

Helps business executives gain the insights and capabilities needed to develop and operationalize strategy. Peter began his working career as a Chartered Accountant, before moving into management consulting in 1980 after relocating initially to Kenya and then South Africa. After returning to Europe in 1998, he led a series of major business reengineering programmes across a range of industries including financial services, manufacturing, mining, steel, chemicals and food, and other consumer products. Peter is a co-founder of Formicio, and is passionate about the power and role of language in helping organizations envisage a future beyond that of their default.