To prepare them for the demands of life as a consultant, specialist registrars (SpRs) are required to gain management experience during postgraduate training. To ensure a full learning cycle of knowledge gain, experimentation, reflection and generalisation, a work-based experiential learning group has been introduced at West London Mental Health Trust. Inauguration of the group and its evaluation are reported. The format of the group proved valuable to SpRs and met learning goals. The trust gained benefit from enhanced clinical governance and service development capacity, and time-efficient delivery of management experience to postgraduate trainees.