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100% Fluff Free ED&I with Sue Johnson
Our guest, Sue Johnson, has had a fascinating and very successful career, from the shop floor, and supply chain to becoming a leading voice in all matters concerning diversity and inclusion. She’s working with corporations around the world. Sue has a direct, engaging and highly effective way of covering key aspects, of what can lead to challenging introspection within the boardroom. She is highly adept at conveying the importance of introducing an effective Equity Diversity and Inclusion strategy within a business. A podcast that is well worth a listen if ED&I is on your to-do list, for improvement, implementation or review.
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In this episode of Insight we meet someone I’ve not seen, in the flesh, for over 40 years. We were at school together, a Grammar school in Gloucester of which he is now rightly regarded as one their high achiever alumni. After exams one of us formed a punk then indie band, getting signed by Virgin and the other joined an insurance company… My guest has had a quite the career, not least because he penned and performed one of the all time classic alternative rock tracks “Unbelievable” but essentially he didn’t rest on his laurels and has gone on to work and continue to collaborate with some of the biggest stars in the music industry.
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In this episode, we meet a guest whose career is one that can only leave us, mere mortals, in awe. A stellar career made all the more remarkable for our guest’s very humble yet wonderfully grounded starting point. Dr Fiona Hill worked as an intelligence analyst for George W. Bush and Barack Obama and in 2017 was invited in to work with a 3rd president and ultimately provide a witness testimony at Donal Trump's impeachment hearing. Dr Hill’s latest book, “There is nothing for you here” uses as its title a phrase from her dad Alf, an ex-miner, who simply wanted the best for his bright inquisitive and determined daughter. A bonus point for anyone who guesses the word missing from the book title phrase, the clue is that Fiona is from County Durham. If I tell you it took 12 months to arrange this chat you’ll appreciate how very much in demand our guest is. I can also confirm it was most certainly worth the wait.

Series 5 "The Professionals
Individuals at the top of their chosen profession.

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Sophie Green – Artivist, Business Owner In this episode of Insight, we meet the inspirational artist Sophie Green. From an early age, Sophie harboured a love of animals, at one time thoughts of becoming a vet seemed entirely possible. Instead of following that love of animals, Sophie started her career as a primary school teacher but soon realised that as much as she loved the children and colleagues it was far from the path she felt destined to follow. With guidance from her brother, himself a talented artist Sophie grew in confidence in developing her own photorealist portraits of the World's most precious and endangered species.
In this episode we meet one of the UK's leading Public Law and Human Rights lawyers. Jamie Potter is a man with an outstanding track record, noted for dealing with matters of injustice and driven to set records straight. The simple fact is Jamie finds all forms of injustice as being hugely inefficient ways to operate and that disconnect drives him to find the solutions his clients need.
In the 3rd episode of our "Professionals" series we meet entrepreneur Joe Mullings, Chairman and CEO of the The Mullings Group. We explore the challenges of building not one but several successful businesses in a highly competitive market.
Our guest's early dreams of being a high flyer were more focused on a career in the RAF than the world of finance. Karl Pemberton's career took off when he joined Yorkshire Bank's management training scheme. After a series of promotions and switch to RBS he responded to his father's call for support, after a serious illness, stepping in to help run the business.

User Experience, Customer Focus, Delivering Dreams & Handling Nightmares this series identifies people with stories that set them apart in the world of Customer service

Vanessa Smith founded Mountain Weddings after she tried to organise her own destination wedding, and then realised the difficulties of getting married abroad, notably a lack of essential local knowledge. That problem provided an entrepreneurial spark to create not one but three successful businesses.
In this episode we take a dive into the life of an executive who navigated a successful tenure with the Royal Navy to ship goods and onboard new talent for one of the World's largest and most successful corporations.
An itch to develop her own business took shape following difficulties experienced during her own efforts to enjoy a "day out". The idea of Eric Knows formed and the opportunity to improve that life quality for those all too often overlooked in society, who prefer to stay home than be a burden on a day out, or cause difficulties for friends and family.

Guests Share their Passion, the overriding purpose that drives them forward

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One of the UK's most successful entreprenuers and influential designers, Wayne Hemingway, shares his story, challenges, successes and passions. Northern Soul, Vintage Clothing, Circular Economy and Efficient, Effective Design all this and more in a wonderfully insightful conversation.
A Passion for Radio and Desire to Find Happiness - "Believe to Achieve" an Inspirational Conversation
The "Great Resignation" has swept across the USA and the pandemic has created a similar phenomenon in the UK. Evan shares his insights...there are many!
French tour de force Morgan Defre belives passionately about making a difference. This highly talented artist to the stars is on an ascent of his own. A few minutes in his company and you can see why. This podcast will make you smile.
BAFTA winner Gamal Turawa shares his remarkable story. The UK's first openly gay, black, police officer may be enough to mark your life experience but this is a journey that begins far before that landmark event.
Take the Leap is precisely what Sahar did. Find out how that worked out and what you can discover about yourself by stepping outside that comfort zone.
Hawking, Zuckerberg, Musk, Berners-Lee, Lane-Fox and many more. Plenty of entertaining anecdotes and insights in this compelling conversation
With the loss of many big brand names and continual rise in online shopping, what future do we see for our High Streets? Graham shines a light and it's a bright one!
Discussing the STEM Returners Index with Founder Natalie Desty

Managing Forward

Talking About Steve's New Book The Smart Money Method
If You're Going to Build it, Do it Properly Or They Simply Won't Come!
Entrepreneurial Pioneer, Wonder Woman, Inspiration to Generations...You'll Love This Podcast.
Award Winning Broadcast Journalist Felicity Hannah on Ghost Stories, Philosophy, Lego, Space Invaders and Early Mornings...
Fizzness Guru Amanda Thomson
Ticket's Please the Voice of London Buses
Sales, Sideburns and a Side Hustle
Insights from an Opinion Former

Coping with Covid-19

Cyber Claire - Tackling Risk in Business
Guy Kilty's Secret to Successful Podcasting Shared
Flower Power to the Rescue - Fighting for Parity
Tim Ringo Solves the Productivity Puzzle
Furlough Focus with Innes Clark
Wendy Sneddon Turns Ideas Into Action
Gladiator's Jet Gives Advice on Battling the Blues

A Leadership and Business Management Podcast highlighting best practice for effective leadership and business management featuring experts, entrepreneurs, thought leaders and innovators.

S.1 has a focus on the response to Covid19 .

S.2 was all about Managing Forward looking beyond a crisis

S.3 is a focus on “Passion” what drives us on, provides a focal point for ambitions, our North Star?

S.4 explores Customer Service, examples of the very best practices from building businesses to solve consumer problems, wowing customers so the write glowing short novels of praise in Google reviews, to handling the logistics for one of the World’s largest retail distributors.

S.5  “The Professionals” featuring individuals with skills and experience in specific fields and at the top of their chosen profession.

S.6 “Creative Careers” We take a deep dive into the early influences, experiences, successes and knock backs that help build highly regarded careers within the creative sector.

S.7 “Leadership” What do we want from our leadership teams? What skills and expertise must they have to ensure they take their organisations forward successfully? We tackle some of the big questions for leaders in this series.