Insight with HReSource
By David Laud
Our aim is to better understand the roles and experience of successful individuals in a variety of fields to help those who lead and manage companies improve their own and others productivity and performance.
Honest, open, insightful and entertaining conversations with business leaders, entrepreneurs, highly regarded broadcasters and acknowledged specialists in their fields.
An ideal podcast for those seeking inspiration, ideas, reassurance or simply a better understanding of our guest's experiences.
Honest, open, insightful and entertaining conversations with business leaders, entrepreneurs, highly regarded broadcasters and acknowledged specialists in their fields.
An ideal podcast for those seeking inspiration, ideas, reassurance or simply a better understanding of our guest's experiences.
Unbelievable with Ian Dench
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. Bio – Ian Dench Ian Dench is a highly successful and critically acclaimed musician and songwriter. He originally found fame as the guitarist and primary songwriter for the electronic rock band EMF, best known for their 1991 hit "Unbelievable”. The band enjoyed eight top 30 hits in the UK Singles Chart and three UK top 30 albums. Of course, “Unbelievable” was the big hit, making no.3 in the UK charts and no.1 in the US. His song writing talent has earned both Golden Globe and Grammy nominations for his work on Beyonce’s "Once In a Lifetime." He also won an Ivor Novello award for composing Beautiful Liar, performed by Beyonce and Shakira, in the Best-Selling British Song Category, 2008. As is often the case successful song writing can result from the spark of collaboration and Ian has worked on a number of joint projects notably with music executive and composer Amanda Ghost. His career in music has also included time as an industry exec as Vice President in charge of A&R at Epic Records in New York. Before Fame Ian attended The Crypt Grammar School in Gloucester from 1975, where one year at Prizegiving, his chosen prize of "100 Greatest Rock Licks" was somewhat frowned upon. Ian began his music career with Gloucester punk band Curse. He later became a member of the bands Apple Mosaic (signed with Virgin Music), EMF and Whistler. Trivia His guitar riff for "Unbelievable" was named as one of the 100 Greatest Guitar Riffs by BBC Radio 2 in 2014. Family Life He learned classical guitar from his father, Harold Dench. Also Associated With Ian has worked with many artists in addition to Beyoncé and Shakira these include Brian Eno, Tom Jones, Dido, Ian Brown, Amanda Ghost, Florence and the Machine, Texas, Sub Focus, Beverley Knight, Alesha Dixon, All Saints, Tina Arena, Boy George, Daniel Merriweather and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks. Ian Dench – Twitter @liveid6 Outline · Early years - Cheltenham · School – prize giving and beyond choosing a career path · Musical influences · Punk, Curse and Apple Mosaic · EMF origin story – honorary forester · Writing, rehearsing, and releases · Chart success and dealing with fame, fans, friends and family · Sustaining the band, brand and business · Creative collaborations – Amanda Ghost · VP A&R New York - Epic Records · LGM Records, Sine Digital Marketing Agency · Future plans and projects · A lesson learnt/ insight to share that could help others.
January 30, 2023
POD PEEK - Unbelievable with Ian Dench
POD PEEK - Extracts from the full 50 minute podcast Bio – Ian Dench Ian Dench is a highly successful and critically acclaimed musician and songwriter. He originally found fame as the guitarist and primary songwriter for the electronic rock band EMF, best known for their 1991 hit "Unbelievable”. The band enjoyed eight top 30 hits in the UK Singles Chart and three UK top 30 albums. Of course, “Unbelievable” was the big hit, making no.3 in the UK charts and no.1 in the US. His song writing talent has earned both Golden Globe and Grammy nominations for his work on Beyonce’s "Once In a Lifetime." He also won an Ivor Novello award for composing Beautiful Liar, performed by Beyonce and Shakira, in the Best-Selling British Song Category, 2008. As is often the case successful song writing can result from the spark of collaboration and Ian has worked on a number of joint projects notably with music executive and composer Amanda Ghost. His career in music has also included time as an industry exec as Vice President in charge of A&R at Epic Records in New York. Before Fame Ian attended The Crypt Grammar School in Gloucester from 1975, where one year at Prizegiving, his chosen prize of "100 Greatest Rock Licks" was somewhat frowned upon. Ian began his music career with Gloucester punk band Curse. He later became a member of the bands Apple Mosaic (signed with Virgin Music), EMF and Whistler. Trivia His guitar riff for "Unbelievable" was named as one of the 100 Greatest Guitar Riffs by BBC Radio 2 in 2014. Family Life He learned classical guitar from his father, Harold Dench. Also Associated With Ian has worked with many artists in addition to Beyoncé and Shakira these include Brian Eno, Tom Jones, Dido, Ian Brown, Amanda Ghost, Florence and the Machine, Texas, Sub Focus, Beverley Knight, Alesha Dixon, All Saints, Tina Arena, Boy George, Daniel Merriweather and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks. Ian Dench – Twitter @liveid6 Outline · Early years - Cheltenham · School – prize-giving and beyond choosing a career path · Musical influences · Punk, Curse and Apple Mosaic · EMF origin story – honorary forester · Writing, rehearsing, and releases · Chart success and dealing with fame, fans, friends and family · Sustaining the band, brand and business · Creative collaborations – Amanda Ghost · VP A&R New York - Epic Records · LGM Records, Sine Digital Marketing Agency · Future plans and projects · A lesson learnt/ insight to share that could help others.
January 30, 2023
There is Nothing For You Here - Dr. Fiona Hill
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. Bio – Dr Fiona Hill the Robert Bosch Senior Fellow at the Center on the United States and Europe in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. Fiona is also the newly appointed Chancellor of Durham University. From 2017 to 2019, she served as deputy assistant to the president and senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council. From 2006 to 2009, she served as a national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia at the National Intelligence Council. She has researched and published extensively on issues related to Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, regional conflicts, energy, and strategic issues. Co-author of Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin and The Siberian Curse: How Communist Planners Left Russia Out in the Cold, she holds a master's degree in Soviet studies and a doctorate in history from Harvard University and a master's in Russian and modern history from St. Andrews University in Scotland. She also has pursued studies at Moscow's Maurice Thorez Institute of Foreign Languages. Hill is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and lives in the Washington, DC, area. “There Is Nothing For You Here” Dr Fiona Hill’s latest book Fiona grew up in a world of terminal decay. The last of the local mines had closed, businesses were shuttering, and despair was etched on the faces around her. Her father urged her to get out of their blighted corner of northern England: "There is nothing for you here, pet," he said. The coal miner's daughter managed to go further than he ever could have dreamed. She studied in Moscow and at Harvard, became an American citizen, and served three U.S. Presidents. But in the heartlands of both Russia and the United States, she saw troubling reflections of her hometown and similar populist impulses. By the time she offered her brave testimony in the first impeachment inquiry of President Trump, Hill knew that the desperation of forgotten people was driving American politics over the brink--and that we were running out of time to save ourselves from Russia's fate. In this powerful, deeply personal account, she shares what she has learned, and shows why expanding opportunity is the only long-term hope for our democracy. Find out more about our guest Dr. Fiona Hill: https://www.brookings.edu/experts/fiona-hill/ Dr. Hill’s Latest Book: There’s Nothing For You Here https://www.brookings.edu/books/there-is-nothing-for-you-here-finding-opportunity-in-the-twenty-first-century/
January 17, 2023
The Art of Conservation with Sophie Green
Sophie Green – Artivist, Business Owner In this episode of Insight, we meet the inspirational artist Sophie Green. From an early age, Sophie expressed a love for animals of all kinds, 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. Social media posts of time-lapse excerpts of her work have helped grow Sophie's following and this is enhanced by her passionate motivation to raise awareness of the plight of creatures once considered common-place now dwindling in number due to human intervention, poachers, global warming and the land grabbing of their homes. Sophie also reveals another side of her career where she auditioned and stood in as body double on some of the biggest films of the past decade. This a fascinating conversation we're sure you'll enjoy. NB: There is a slight echo to Sophie's recording as she is literally in an art gallery amongst her own work during the recording. Links Website: https://www.sophiegreenfineart.com/works Impermanence Project: https://go.rallyup.com/impermanence-project-fund/Campaign/Details Twitter: https://twitter.com/sophiegreenart Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sophiegreenfineart/ Linktree: https://t.co/YYHvDsCxWI Bio: Sophie Green Sophie Green is a fine artist from the UK who lives in East Sussex. She specialises in capturing the photorealistic details of animals and their surroundings using acrylic paint and pencil. She has dedicated her time and artistic work to raising awareness for issues surrounding animal welfare and the environment. Sophie is primarily known for her incredibly photo-realistic portraits of many of the planet's endangered species. She combines the production of her fine art with animal welfare and animal rights activism not least by donating 10% of sales to charities supporting these causes. After receiving a first-class Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Brighton, Sophie initially began her career by teaching in a primary school in the south of England. The life of a teacher was soon overtaken by Sophie’s art becoming more widely recognised alongside her concerns and need to safeguard an ever-growing list of endangered animals. Despite the workload, Sophie did find time to create an online art gallery and art store, Art Basket. She initially started the company with the intention of opening a more 'curated' platform for independent Artists to both showcase and sell their work. Content: · Early years and Influences · Teaching · Building a Following · Creativity and Wellbeing · Importance of Artivism, Conservation and Making a Difference
November 04, 2022
Building Companies and Careers with Joe Mullings
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. Discover how Joe has built and maintained class leading companies over the past 30 years using the foundation of his four core pillars. Market Product/Service Leadership Mission Bio – Joe Mullings – Chairman & CEO - The Mullings Group Joe is the Chairman & CEO of The Mullings Group Companies, including TMG Search, Dragonfly Stories and TMG360 Media. TMG Search is responsible for more than 8,000 successful searches in the medtech / healthtech / life sciences industry with clients ranging from multi-billion-dollar companies to emerging tech start-ups worldwide. Dragonfly Stories, which produces attention and awareness campaigns for companies globally, is the media production company behind the Award-Winning video docu-series, “TrueFuture,” of which Joe is the host. TMG360 Media utilizes the power of media and outreach in medtech / healthtech to move businesses and health forward. In 2020, Joe was appointed Chief Vision Officer for MRINetwork Inc. MRINetwork includes over 300 search firms around the world, where Joe guides the digital transformation of the organization bringing video storytelling strategies and techniques for talent access, which he innovated at The Mullings Group. https://mullingsgroup.com/ https://twitter.com/mullingsgroup LinkedIn
August 11, 2022
Good Law in Practice with Jamie Potter
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. As an Australian with an aptitude for orienteering it's no surprise that this man has navigated his way to success in cases involving the UK Government, political parties, large retailers and a variety of domestic and international public bodies. Bio – Jamie Potter Managing Partner Good Law Practice Education and Career Before joining Good Law Practice Jamie was deputy managing Partner of Bindmans joining the firm from leading city firm Hogan Lovells’EU & UK Public Law and Policy team, where he trained. He is dual-qualified, also being admitted to the Roll of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia, after having graduated with first class honours in his Bachelor of Law degree at the University of Melbourne. Jamie has previously worked as an intern for Reprieve at the Louisiana Crisis Assistance Center, as well as an Applied Behavioural Analysis Therapist for Children with Autism. Alongside his law degree, he also obtained a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology. Professional Memberships Jamie is a founding member of the Public Law Solicitors’ Association and an associate member of the Administrative Law Bar Association. He is also a trustee of Causeway Education. He often provides bespoke training to a range of organisations, including in respect of the fundamentals of judicial review. Outline Life before the law Career Progression Cases that Made an Impact Biggest Career Challenge Accountability, The Nolan Principles of Public Life Good Law Practice – Purpose and Goals for the First Year Long Term Vision for GLP Advice for Recently Qualified Solicitors Series 5 of the Insight podcast is simply titled “The Professionals” and will feature individuals with specific or a range of skills and experience in a chosen field or fields.
June 28, 2022
POD PEEK - Passionately Pro Active with Karl Pemberton
Here's your chance to hear a few of the many highlights featuring in this fascinating podcast. Just 90 seconds provides a flavour of the conversation with one of the most influential business leaders in the north of England. 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. 15 years on and having successfully managed the business through a global recession, pandemic and his own health scare he's also found time to join the Goldman Sachs 10,000, support numerous charitable bodies and Chair the regional network of the Institute of Directors. Meanwhile alongside long term business partner Paul Gibson, the company has continued to evolve and grow. This is a fascinating insight into a career enhanced by an ability to reflect, take stock and be self aware enough to accept where skills were required and be open to the ideas and experience offered by others. Karl is one of the most influential business leaders in the North of England. Widely acknowledged and respected for his passionate belief in "doing the right thing" not the easiest or offer of short term gain. He's built a strong team of dedicated professionals who follow his ethos and have themselves learnt from working in such a positive environment. Proof indeed that "Good Guys" can be winners. Bio – Karl Pemberton CDir, FIoD, Dip PFS Managing Director - Active Karl’s career began at Yorkshire Bank in 1995 where he quickly progressed to Private Banking Manager for high-net-worth clients. From Yorkshire Bank, Karl moved to RBS as an Investment Banking Manager where he spent two years before joining Active as MD in May 2007. Karl says, “The banking profession provides excellent grounding for a company director, as you gain a unique insight into company structure, processes and management.” In 2013, Karl was part of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Programme at Leeds University Business School which is aimed to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity. In 2017 Karl became a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (IoD) and 2 years later he was appointed Chair for the IoD North East (South region). In this role Karl works with other local businesses to drive the IoD forward and ensure that the voice of local businesses is heard. In addition to this, Karl is a Trustee of local charity, Middlesbrough & Teesside Philanthropic Foundation (MTPF) and has taken on several fund-raising challenges over the years, including reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro in 2018 in aid of mental health charity MIND. Podcast Outline Karl's Early Life Career Progression Business Ownership – Expectations and Reality Challenges and Importance of Forward Planning Goldman Sachs 10,000 experience Chair of the IoD Financial Planning in Turbulent Times Best piece of advice you were given in business Series 5 of the Insight podcast is simply titled “The Professionals” and will feature individuals with skills and experience in a chosen field or fields.
June 18, 2022
Passionately Pro Active - Karl Pemberton
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. 15 years on and having successfully managed the business through a global recession, pandemic and his own health scare he's also found time to join the Goldman Sachs 10,000, support numerous charitable bodies and Chair the regional network of the Institute of Directors. Meanwhile alongside long term business partner Paul Gibson, the company has continued to evolve and grow. This is a fascinating insight into a career enhanced by an ability to reflect, take stock and be self aware enough to accept where skills were required and be open to the ideas and experience offered by others. Karl is one of the most influential business leaders in the North of England. Widely acknowledged and respected for his passionate belief in "doing the right thing" not the easiest or offer of short term gain. He's built a strong team of dedicated professionals who follow his ethos and have themselves learnt from working in such a positive environment. Proof indeed that "Good Guys" can be winners. Bio – Karl Pemberton CDir, FIoD, Dip PFS Managing Director - Active Karl’s career began at Yorkshire Bank in 1995 where he quickly progressed to Private Banking Manager for high-net-worth clients. From Yorkshire Bank, Karl moved to RBS as an Investment Banking Manager where he spent two years before joining Active as MD in May 2007. Karl says, “The banking profession provides excellent grounding for a company director, as you gain a unique insight into company structure, processes and management.” In 2013, Karl was part of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Programme at Leeds University Business School which is aimed to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity. In 2017 Karl became a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (IoD) and 2 years later he was appointed Chair for the IoD North East (South region). In this role Karl works with other local businesses to drive the IoD forward and ensure that the voice of local businesses is heard. In addition to this, Karl is a Trustee of local charity, Middlesbrough & Teesside Philanthropic Foundation (MTPF) and has taken on several fund-raising challenges over the years, including reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro in 2018 in aid of mental health charity MIND. Podcast Outline Karl's Early Life Career Progression Business Ownership – Expectations and Reality Challenges and Importance of Forward Planning Goldman Sachs 10,000 experience Chair of the IoD Financial Planning in Turbulent Times Best piece of advice you were given in business Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarlPActiveLinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/karlpemberton Series 5 of the Insight podcast is simply titled “The Professionals” and will feature individuals with skills and experience in a chosen field or fields.
June 16, 2022
Higher Love - with Vanessa Smith
A woman with a passion to help others realise their dreams - be it a magical wedding or philanthropic investment to improve the lives of women.
May 13, 2022
POD PEEK - Higher Love with Vanessa Smith
Here's a short trailer for our podcast with the amazing Vanessa Smith. Check out the full episode by searching for "Insight HReSource Higher love" Bio – Vanessa Smith – Founder and CEO of Mountain Weddings Vanessa 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. She spent the last eight years living in the Alps, hiking mountains, snowboarding the terrain, and exploring all the mountains best hidden secrets to be sure the business knows the best locations for ceremonies and celebrations. Vanessa’s philosophy is that every wedding should be treated with the same care and attention that she would give her own. Each supplier is one she would use herself thus providing a truly unique and high-quality service. She’s confident that Mountain Weddings offer some of the most breath-taking, undiscovered venues within the Alps.
March 25, 2022
Higher Love with Vanessa Smith
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. She spent the last eight years living in the Alps, hiking mountains, snowboarding the terrain, and exploring all the mountains best hidden secrets to be sure the business knows the best locations for ceremonies and celebrations. Vanessa’s philosophy is that every wedding should be treated with the same care and attention that she would give her own. Each supplier is one she would use herself thus providing a truly unique and high-quality service. She’s confident that Mountain Weddings offer some of the most breath-taking, undiscovered venues within the Alps. If you're in any doubt over the ability of Vanessa and her team delivering on their promise of fulfilling dreams just check out the hugely impressive Google reviews. The detail in the comments tells you all you need to know. Now with 50% of her customers sourced from the US, being featured in UK Vogue and a regular on radio it's clear that Vanessa has not only found her niche she's owning it. Mountain Wedding - The Elopement Company - Vanessa Beth Weddings
March 02, 2022
Delivering The Goods with Graham Allison
Outline 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. Graham Allison is a down to earth, straight talking Glaswegian who, following a tour of duty within various Amazon fulfilment centres, saw him take charge of one of Europe's largest. The Dunfermline site's 3,000 staff handle the task of managing pretty much all product returns for the UK and its fair share of order fulfillments from a facility that can probably be seen from one of Mr Bezo's rockets as it orbits the earth. We explore the lessons that can be learnt in the commercial world from forces training and the increasing customer and employee demands faced by this phenomenon of 20th century retailing. Graham certainly delivered plenty for us to unpack in this neatly wrapped episode. You could say its a "Prime" podcast in this series or perhaps its best just to say put it in your pod basket and check it out. Bio – Graham Allison Regional Director UK Operations, Director level leader of large-scale operations, Amazon Graham heads up one of Amazon’s largest fulfilment centres in Europe which understandably presents a ready supply of interesting challenges. It’s just as well he enjoys tackling big problems and working at the intersection of people and technology. The Amazon Fulfilment Centre in Dunfermline has thousands of employees and unsurprisingly a high level of complexity requiring high performing teams who enjoy growth at scale. Prior to joining Amazon, Graham served for five years with the Royal Navy managing multiple active operational deployments and winning an award for his performance as a Warfare Officer. He has a BA Hons in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science and an MBA from Edinburgh University, He also graduated from Amazon’s 3-year executive fast-track scheme in just 14 months. Now leading a team of more than 2000, fulfilling millions of orders a week, Graham has developed a reputation for nailing big projects and also managing to have some fun in the process. Website: Amazon Dunfermline
February 25, 2022
Eric Knows with Ella Bains
Eric Knows In the first of our series on customer service we follow the early life, influences and career of an entrepreneur and campaigner Ella Bains. From her early years in a rural setting just outside Leeds, Yorkshire, Ella discovered that school would provide some tough experiences which she endured until she arrived in the 6th form and life took a positive turn. A school trip to Paris and specifically the Louvre, ignited a deep seated passion for art, although that was put to one side, as parental influence led to a degree choice and career in occupational therapy. A 20 year career helping patients with a variety of injuries and conditions, primarily spinal in nature, highlighted the challenges faced when your life is turned upside down. The quality of life you once enjoyed and took for granted is lost and a period of significant adjustment begins. Those who suffer life changing events become suddenly aware of how life may be viewed by others born with a disability or diagnosed as neurodiverse. Ella had hit a plateau and despite the beautiful distractions of twins and an amazing son, diagnosed with autism, something was missing. The knowledge and experience Ella had gained in those 20 years should count toward something more, make a real difference (not that she'd been idle in those 20 years). That itch to develop a business took shape as 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. Eric Knows depicted by an inquisitive Koala, as its logo, is a community interest company that has the ambition to improve lives and open the world up to those previously unable or lacking the confidence and capability to enjoy it. Google may be a go to for pretty much every question you may have but its findings all too often miss the mark especially with the needs of many communities. As Eric is prompted to lift his telescope he can find the right venue and approach to comfortably watch a sporting occasion, visit the theatre, go to the park or see a famous landmark. Supported by her team of researchers and bloggers Ella and Eric are building a valuable knowledge bank tailored to those whose lives are in need of a lift. Bio – Ella Bains – Founder of Eric Knows In Ella’s own words, “Probably autistic, amazing autistic son, passionate about neurodiversity. Founder of Eric Knows; finding things to do, being INCLUSIVE. Experienced Occupational Therapist, working with those with life changing injuries.” Ella has worked as a Therapist and a Rehabilitation Coordinator for nearly 20 years, and during this time she has encountered incredible people working to provide essential services. In her role Ella worked hard to assist people to find resources to support their needs but sometimes, in fact more often than not there wasn’t a simple answer or one place to go to, this was the seed for Eric. Eric is about the quality-of-life events and excursions that we can take for granted but are often hard to access for many with underlying conditions or special needs. Eric is about the fun stuff but also provides essential information on health resources, charities, and community support. As the knowledge bank grows Eric is in turn growing and putting local services and expertise on the map. The aim of Eric is that he is inclusive, so the gap between mainstream and specialist resources gets closed. Website: https://ericknows.co.uk Twitter: https://twitter.com/ericknowsnorth Instagram: https://instagram.com/ericknowsnorth
February 18, 2022
Life in HD - with Wayne Hemingway MBE
A wonderfully insightful, open and frank conversation with one of the UK's most successful and impactful entrepreneurs. A journey from Morecambe to Blackburn to Wigan (mostly the Casino) and on to London where Kensington Market sparked the flame for winning fashion brand. A fascinating story of two highly successful businesses borne out of a strong, dynamic relationship. Our guest came to prominence in the 1980’s with fashion brand Red or Dead, created by Wayne and his equally talented partner Gerardine Hemingway MBE. In this conversation we explore the opportunities, challenges and decisions that shaped a global fashion brand and subsequently the driving force of Hemingway Design, project successes and future plans. Outline · Early years, Piers to Casino's · Finding a Partner in Life and Fashion · Rent or Debt to Red or Dead · Growing a Global Brand · Next Chapter… Hemingway Design · Passion in Business and Design · What fires you up and drives you in your role? · Advice for Partners in Business Website: https://www.hemingwaydesign.co.uk Twitter: @HemingwayDesign Bio: Bio - Wayne Hemingway MBE. One bright day in 1981, Wayne “borrowed” his girlfriend’s (now wife) Gerardine’s rent money to buy practice space for the band he then played in. To recoup the cash, he emptied their wardrobes, which were full of handmade and vintage clothing and to his amazement quickly sold out from his pitch on Camden Market. The realisation that money could be made from fashion suddenly dawned. Alongside Gerardine, Wayne built Red or Dead into a globally-celebrated label and, after 21 consecutive seasons on the catwalk, sold it in a multi-million-pound deal to the Pentland Group. In 1999, fresh from the sale of Red or Dead, Wayne and Gerardine embarked on a new adventure: HemingwayDesign. And the rest, they say, is history. Wayne qualified from University with a BSc degree in Geography and Town Planning which he has subsequently had an opportunity to put to very good use with collaborations with major builders including Wimpey on an award-winning site, Staiths, in Gateshead. Wayne spent 6 years as a Design Council Trustee Board and having been with CABE for a decade since its inception (as Chair of Building For Life), has been a Mayors London Leader and currently supports the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan as a Design Advocate. He is an advisor to House of Commons Select Committees on coastal regeneration, got an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list of 2006, is a Professor in The Built Environment Department of Northumbria University, a Doctor of Design at Wolverhampton, Lancaster and Stafford, and an Honorary Fellow of Blackburn College, the University of Cumbria and Regents University. Hemingway Design deliver the following services Identities - to reinforce like-minded brands with strategic design thinking Products - with sustainability, economic well-being and British credentials Uniforms - for multi-nationals, the transport operators and the high street Environments - whether that's public spaces, mass-market housing, interiors or workspaces Events - allowing the creative industries to grow and thrive - and to have fun!
November 16, 2021
POD PEEK - Achieving the Unimaginable with Dame Stephanie Shirley CH
A 5 minute trailer highlighting what proved to be a remarkably engaging and popular podcast. We thought it worthwhile packaging a short preview of this podcast as a taster for this conversation with Dame Stephanie Shirley a true pioneer, groundbreaker and inspirational individual. BIO DAME STEPHANIE SHIRLEY CH is a workplace revolutionary and successful IT entrepreneur turned ardent philanthropist. In 1962, she founded an all-woman software company that pioneered remote working, upending the expectations of the time. It was ultimately valued at almost $3 billion and made 70 of her staff millionaires. Since ‘retiring’, her focus has been on philanthropy, especially autism and IT. Her TED Talk has had over 2 million views, and her memoir, ‘Let It Go’, is being made into a film produced by BAFTA-winning Damian Jones. ‘So To Speak’ an anthology of some 30 speeches from the past 40 years was published in November 2020. Copies of her books can be ordered via www.steveshirley.com – every penny she receives goes to Autistica, the medical research charity she founded.
November 09, 2021
Hire Authority - Evan Sohn
Our guest in this episode is a driven entrepreneur and philanthropist who’s using his considerable experience to solve one of our most challenging, commercial problems. Trends in recruitment and candidate behaviours have been changing with each generation but the pandemic appears to have accelerated the process. Evan Sohn, CEO of Recruiter.com, calls this period “The Great Resignation” initiated by a period of “Great Reflection” as post holders seek out new roles that offer greater fulfilment. Average tenures are dramatically decreasing as the once lauded long term employee is considered risk averse and the “job hopper” becomes the norm. Is your business prepared for this new world? Are you seeing a greater volume of unfilled vacancies and a loss of experienced talent? We explore the phenomenon from a global perspective and discuss the experiences of companies seeking to stabilise their recruitment needs. Outline · Early life, education, upbringing, influences · From Logix to Career lessons and entrepreneurial drive · Becoming a Hire Authority · Recruiter.com · The Great Resignation / Feeling the Churn / US v UK · Advice to Employers · Managing a Portfolio of Roles · Sohn Conference Foundation $90m raised in 26 years · The importance of passion, advice to anyone in need of inspiration. BIO: Evan Sohn is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Recruiter.com, an on-demand recruiting platform that combines AI and video job-matching technology with the world's largest network of small and independent recruiters. Sohn is a frequent contributor to CNBC and Yahoo! Finance, and demonstrates expertise in a diverse set of industries, including Wi-Fi, Instant Messaging, data security, customer relationship management (CRM), and much more.
October 26, 2021
Glowing Up With Attitude - Morgan Defre
Morgan Defre is not your typical passionate Frenchman, the fact is, what these days would be "typical"? He's an artist, one who cares deeply about those he works with and who believes it's important to find your passion in life and live it. Just be grateful I didn't take Morgan up on his lingual challenge, my A level French would've been found wanting whilst my guest's lyrical accent draws you into his world of transformation and empowerment. I loved this conversation I'm sure you will too. Please follow our future episodes and leave a review. David Outline · Early life in France – Realising the Passion · Career Progression · Big Break · Challenges and Attitude · Examples of Success · Passions - What fires you up and drives you in your role? · Do you have any advice for anyone who feels they’ve missed their calling or feel they’ve fallen short of reaching their potential? · Future Plans Bio: Morgan Defre Originally from France, Morgan Defre is a London based professional makeup artist and hair stylist working in the commercial, editorial, high fashion, and television world. Morgan's work has been in many publications including Tatler, Woman’s Health UK, GQ Magazine, OK Magazine, Closer, The Week Fashion Magazine, Dreamingless, Bisous magazine, HuF magazine, This Bitch Magazine, Attitude, Jute Magazine and Digital Photography. Morgan’s experience in television includes working with the BBC, CNN, This Morning, Britain's Got Talent and X-Factor and Impossible Game show as well as working with reality television stars including Joey Essex, Sam Faiers, Gemma Collins, Tiffany Pollard and Gina Rio. Other work includes campaigns with Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Louboutin, Direct Sport beauty and has recently appeared as the Makeup Artist expert for One Stop Wedding shop on E4. All these experiences combined with his years of working in the high-end retail cosmetic industry has allowed Morgan to master his craft. He seeks to celebrate the individual through his work and welcomes any opportunity to push the boundaries of makeup. (E) firstname.lastname@example.org (W) http://www.morgandefre.com
October 20, 2021
Talking on Air - Stephanie Hirst
· From Barnsley to Big Breaks and Broadcasting · Award Winning Shows, A-list Guests and Angst · "THE" interview with Stephen Nolan BBC Radio 5 - 2014 · Support, Special Friends the Wider Reaction and Re-Starting the Career · DJ and MC Life Behind the Mic in 2021 · Passions and Drivers Looking Forward · Advice for Those Who Feel They’ve Fallen Short of Reaching Their Potential? Website: https://www.stephaniehirst.co.uk/ Twitter: @StephanieHirst Bio: Stephanie Hirst With over 15 awards & 11 years hosting Capital FM’s breakfast show, Stephanie is one of the UKs biggest radio stars. In 2014 she took a break from broadcasting but was eventually lured back after 18 months to the BBC where she now hosts The ARIA Award winning 'Stephanie Hirst Show’ weekday mornings 9-12pm on BBC Radio Leeds and her unique ‘Vinyl Revival’ show every Saturday night on BBC Radio Manchester. Expanding into TV, she has presented for ITV’s Lorraine, BBC Breakfast, BBC Inside Out and written for The Guardian & The Independent. Starting her career aged 12 at Radio Aire in Leeds, securing a slot on the overnight show at 16, this took her on an unbelievable journey hosting some of the biggest commercial radio shows in the UK, including the national Sunday top 40 show ‘Hit40Uk’ for 3 years, along with interviewing some of the world’s biggest stars. With a passion for public speaking, Stephanie is also a fellow & trustee of the Radio Academy, chair of the Student Radio Awards, and an honorary degree recipient from Leeds Beckett University.
October 12, 2021
I Am I Can and I Will Be Me - Gamal Turawa aka G
Early years and the Village People Notting Hill to Nigeria Coming home, Re-unions and Re-starts, The Force be with G The Stage is Set for Coming Out PurpleFrog, Diversity and Inclusion George Floyd, taking a knee… lessons and work in progress What fires you up and drives you in your role – what’s the specific spark of passion? Do you have any advice for anyone who feels they’ve missed their calling or feel they’ve fallen short of reaching their potential? Website: https://www.purplefrog-connections.com Twitter: @purplewisdom Instagram: @purpleconnectionltd Bio - Our guest G (Gamal Turawa) is a storyteller with a personal tale of adversity and challenge that shaped the man and his mission. G is a D+I (Diversity and Inclusion) facilitator, speaker, and coach. Through his company, Purplefrog Connections Ltd, he delivers thought provoking workshops and presentations to both public and private sector organisations as well as making a number of appearances on TV and Radio, including ITV’s Good Morning Britain and making a regular contribution to features on the BBC. His voice has a depth that comes from a life rich with experiences that gives his talks a profound message that self-limiting beliefs, perceptions and prejudices when addressed can be powerfully changed in a way that not only impacts the individual but those lives they touch. It’s not about perfection it’s about growth. He is an advisory friend to the Institute of Equality and Diversity Professionals, a graduate of The Institute for the Development of Human Potential and of the Hoffman Process. He is an associate trainer for the European Fundamental Rights Agency and the Central European Police College for whom he has delivered workshops in Berlin, Krakow, Lyon and other international locations. For the past ten years he has co-designed and delivered the Managing Diversity (step2) programme for European police leaders which is held annually in Vienna. He was a police officer for 26 years in London's Metropolitan Police Service where he also came out as the UK's first openly gay Black police officer. During his service he facilitated workshops as part of national initiatives implemented by the National Police Improvement Agency to increase D+I awareness and practices supporting both frontline and executive leaders. As well as delivering bespoke leadership programs specifically designed for minority groups (The Positive Action Leadership Programme). He now delivers online (and in person with the appropriate restrictions) presentations and workshops. He coaches Senior executives in one on one sessions on how to navigate the D+I maze utilising a series of safe and confidential conversations along with awarenesses stretching experiential exercises. Amongst his regular clients are a number of UK Police services, Nestle, RAF, The Intelligence Services, Cadent Gas and Thames Water as well as collaborating with Saybrook University, California for the 'Global Voices for Change 'project.
September 20, 2021
HReSource Trailer for Series 3 - Passion
So far the HReSource podcast has brought you.... Series 1. Coping with Covid Series 2. Managing Forward and now...... Series 3. Passion In our latest series we meet fascinating guests who've followed their passion to build successful careers and effect a positive influence on the wider world. These clips feature "G" aka Gamal Turawa, an expert in Diversity and Inclusion who has a compelling story, some may find it a tough one to hear. A remarkable conversation launching our new series. HReSource is a community network originated to help business owners, managers, executives and leaders seeking trusted support and guidance. For further details and to join the network click here
September 17, 2021
Take the Leap with Sahar Hashemi
During this lively conversation Sahar shares her experiences, highs and lows and fabulous insights including; The journey from a dream of being a successful lawyer….to launching and growing a ground-breaking brand. The importance of just "doing it yourself" for new entrepreneurs launching a start-up “Anyone Can Do It” Challenging accepted views of the DNA make-up of entrepreneurs. Impact of the pandemic on the mindset and enthusiasm of those wanting to start a business. Critical need to remember why a business was formed and it’s ongoing relationship with its customers. How listeners best engage with "Buy Women Built" this initiative and support the work you’re doing to improve the uptake in entrepreneurship amongst women? The best piece of advice you could give to someone starting out and creating a business for the first time, or for those already on their way but having doubts. Website: https://saharhashemi.com Twitter: @SaharHashemiOBE Bio Our guest Sahar Hashemi believes if you’re human, you’re an entrepreneur. Described as a “powerful catalyst to drive entrepreneurship within big corporations” Sahar is the founder of two disruptive businesses and has seen up close how the unique spirit and energy that exists in a start-up can dramatically transform behaviour and performance. This first-hand experience has led Sahar to develop a simple roadmap for those who want to capture some of this start up energy for themselves or their business, no matter its size. Her work has attracted international attention and made her a bestselling author. A former lawyer, Sahar started the UK’s first chain of coffee bars with her brother Bobby, building Coffee Republic to 110 stores and a £50 million market cap in five years. Later she founded market segment-defining sugar-free sweets brand Skinny Candy, selling it to confectionery conglomerate Glisten PLC in 2007. Entrepreneurship isn’t an innate personality trait but a step-by-step process anyone can follow. Which is why her book is titled, Anyone Can Do It. If someone, like her, who had never shown a shred of leadership or creative potential could do it, then truly anyone can. Sahar introduces the start-up mindset to big companies facing relentless change and in need of more agility and innovation. Her most recent book Start Up Forever is the culmination of her work speaking to 400 organisations about the actionable, practical steps that can bring out anyone’s inner entrepreneur. It was named The Financial Times Best Business Book of the Month in March 2019. Sahar knows what blocks entrepreneurial behaviour in large organisations, and what it takes to unleash it. She offers practical, day-to-day advice, not vague theory. And by drawing on her deeply personal story, she connects with audiences through the heart, not just the head, to bring about real, long-lasting change. In 2011 she was nominated by Director magazine as one of its Top 10 Original Thinkers, alongside Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Jonathan Ive. In June 2012 she was awarded an OBE for services to the UK economy and to charity. She has been named “Pioneer to the life of the Nation” by Her Majesty The Queen and Young Global leader by the World Economic Forum. Sahar recently co-chaired the UK government Scale Up Taskforce shaping government policy towards growing SMEs. She currently sits on the board of the Scale Up Institute. She is patron of Child Bereavement Charity UK and on the advisory board of the ECB HUNDRED.
July 22, 2021
Is Footfall Coming Home? with Graham Soult
From playing with Lego to build his own high streets as a child, Graham continued that passion with his degree in Architecture and subsequent blog on all things within the bricks and mortar world of retail. He's now regarded as one of the UK's leading voices on retail trends offering his support as a consultant to many forward thinking organisations seeking a way forward alongside the growing use of out of town shopping sites and of course online stores. In this episode we look back at the evolution of the high street, its current position in facing increased pressures from an exponential increase in online consumer spend and the future landscape for business owners and users of our town and city centres. A fascinating conversation where Graham highlights case examples of retail success and shares his views on the future outlook for high street retailers. Bio: Graham Soult is not only a high-street champion but also a High Streets Task Force, digital marketing expert, respected media commentator and Fellow of the Institute of Place Management (IPM). Graham also founded and runs the retail consultancy CannyInsights.com. Based in Gateshead but operating UK wide, CannyInsights.com works with independent and multiple retailers on the high street and online, as well as with related organisations such as landlords, local authorities, business associations and Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), to help them improve their offer and marketing. Described on BBC Look North as “the region’s best-known retail expert”, and by ITV as “a North East Mary Portas”, Graham Soult is often named as being among the most influential retail people on Twitter. He has appeared regularly on TV, on radio, and in the press, including BBC’s The One Show, BBC News, The Guardian, Retail Week, Wired and Forbes, and is a frequent speaker on retail and marketing issues at conferences and seminars. In this episode we take a look at the shape of our evolving high streets and hear how towns, cities, landlords and retailers are adapting to life following the impact of Covid-19. Website: https://cannyInsights.com Twitter: @Soult
July 13, 2021
Helping STEM's Blossom - Natalie Desty
Bio - Our guest Natalie Desty, Founder of STEM Returners After building a progressive career in recruitment, where she was Director of Maritime at a large recruitment company, Natalie was struck by the apparent lack of progress in diversity and inclusion within STEM, and particularly concerned by the insurmountable barriers that returners faced when looking to restart their career after a break. Natalie created a small pilot returners programme for a group of employers and has now built this into an organisation that supports hundreds of returners in restarting their careers. Natalie has a BA Honours degree in International Relations and Politics and has been working within the engineering sector for her whole career, particularly focused on improving the sector’s diversity and inclusion. Natalie has been awarded the Royal Institution of Naval Architecture’s Eily Keily Award and an honorary Engineering Doctorate from Southampton Solent University for her role in increasing diversity and inclusion within STEM. In this podcast we explore the STEM Returners Index, looking at the insights gained from this very recently undertaken survey. o Concept and objective o Respondents–sourcing the 750 o Impact of Covid o Skills Gap o Diversity o CV Gap o Applications o Feedback from Employers o In work – confidence and flexibility o Over- qualified conundrum o Case studies • Raising awareness within the industries • Targets to measure success • Future projects and plans • Advice for Employers • Advice for STEM returner candidates • Contact information Website: https://www.stemreturners.com/ Twitter: @ReturntoSTEM @NatalieDesty
July 01, 2021
Always On - Rory Cellan-Jones
January 2007, Rory Cellan-Jones was in the room at the Moscone Convention Centre in San Francisco as Steve Jobs launched the iPhone. This ground-breaking event highlights how his broadcasting career has provided a fascinating opportunity to witness first-hand and report on the emergence of exciting new technological developments. Rory is the BBC's Technology Correspondent, covering technology for television, radio and the BBC Website. He is also presenter of the BBC World Service’s weekly technology programme Tech Tent. Rory has been a reporter for the BBC for a quarter of a century, covering many of the world’s biggest business and technology stories in that time. He is a prolific tweeter – you can follow him at @ruskin147 or @BBCRoryCJ . Rory’s new book Always On takes us on an evolutionary journey as we learn to live with our constant companion the Smartphone. Insight’s and anecdotes a plenty in this podcast episode. We cover: Early days of Rory's BBC career Technology – the spark of interest and challenge of “keeping up” Exploring Rory’s new book, “Always On” the motivation, concept, thoughts Launch of iPhone Rise of search – Yahoo Ask Jeeves MSN Google Facebook, Twitter, YouTube (rise fall and rise of Social Media) Others – Google Glass/ Tesla/ Amazon, Netflix, Uber etc. UK technology- DeepMind Emerging tech Ups and Downs of Covid-19 – WFH, Health App, Cyber Security and Threats Raising awareness of Parkinson’s Books by Rory Cellan-Jones: Always On & Dot Bomb https://www.amazon.com/Rory-Cellan-Jones/e/B0034PFFRQ Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/c01e267dpvrt Twitter: @Ruskin147
May 20, 2021
Wake Up Call with Felicity Hannah
In this episode of our Insight series we talk to award winning broadcast journalist Felicity Hannah. Felicity has balanced her established freelance work with home schooling and sharing her normal office space with partner, three sons and a dog. In her day job Fliss regularly talks to business owners, consumers and experts in a wide variety of fields. Who better to gauge the current mood of the nation and assess how life after lockdown may look? From Edinburgh ghost tour guide to Virtual Reality meetings and pain, passion and success of lego we cover a wide area of topics in this fascinating chat. Bio - Felicity Hannah, a Philosophy Graduate from Edinburgh University, who has established a successful career as a freelance print and broadcast journalist, specialising in consumer affairs, business and personal finance. She regularly writes for the Times, The Independent, The Mirror and for the BBC News website. Felicity also regularly covers the presenter spot for BBC Radio 5 Live’s Wake Up To Money and can often be found hosting Money Box Live on Radio 4. Last year Felicity won two awards for her broadcast journalism. She also has three sons under 10 and a dog so she's certainly busy. Website: http://felicityhannah.co.uk/Twitter: https://twitter.com/FelicityHannah
March 22, 2021
How to Build a Better Business Plan - Alastair Thomson
In this episode we explore Alastair's new book How to Build a Better Business Plan. We evaluate the importance of planning and the opportunities for investment and growth borne out of a well drafted and impactful plan. We look at the key steps required to structure a comprehensive and universally understood business plan and set the guide in context with the demands of businesses emerging from a global crisis. This is probably as good a time as ever to stand back and consider the purpose and direction of your business. Even if you have a plan it's worth checking in to see if you have all the bases covered because Alastair leaves no stone unturned. Our guest Alastair Thomson is a Law graduate and qualified accountant who’s worked at C-Suite level for a number of multinational organisations. His financial qualifications have seen Alastair in great demand within a range of senior roles including manufacturing, B2B services, utilities and financial services. In his many CEO assignments Alastair has created high growth businesses out of formerly staid performers, typically doubling revenues in 3 years or less, with improved profit performance to match. These results are in no small part due to the entrepreneurial side to Alastair’s management approach. His focus has always been on growing revenues and profits than the traditional cost management pre-occupation accountants are better known for. As he often says, “The problem with cost cutting is that if you spend £10,000 on something now, the most you can ever add to the bottom line with cost cutting is £10,000, because once you get the cost down to zero you can’t save any more. However, with a good product and effective marketing, your opportunity to grow sales is effectively unlimited. So that’s where you get a better return for time invested.” Currently, Alastair supports a range of ambitious entrepreneurial businesses with significant growth plans as a board advisor and fractional CFO. Alastair has written two books: “Cash Flow Surge: 101 No-Cost and Low-Cost Fast-Action Strategies to Boost Your Business Cash Flow” and “How to Build a Better Business Plan”, both of which help business owners and entrepreneurs demystify the financial side of building and running their businesses. In addition to his executive roles, Alastair has served as Chairman and Non-Executive Director for a range of charitable organisations, mainly in the education sector. He also served as Chairman of the Northern Business Forum, an organisation dedicated to supporting business growth in the North of England, working with government agencies, business membership organisations and employers of all sizes. Books: How to Build a Better Business Plan and Cash Flow Surge Website: https://thebetterbusinesscompany.com Twtter: FinanceDirCFO LinkedIn: Alastair Thomson
March 19, 2021
Launch Into Active Orbit - with Rachel Flower
Our guest, Rachel Flower, is a qualified and highly experienced lawyer, leadership mentor, business coach, public speaker, advocate for female entrepreneurship and one of the co-founders of Excluded UK. In this episode of HReSource Insights Rachel will be talking to me about Active Orbit a business she founded last year which as our copy above eludes offers tremendously powerful combination of personal value-based rewards linked to the tracked physical efforts of its community’s members. Active Orbit is an app led fitness programme that engages with its community by promoting activity supporting a healthier lifestyle. Through its unique connection with UK retailers, member activity can be collated and used as a currency affording discounts on a wide variety of goods and services. We explore the creation of the original concept, trials of launching a new business mid pandemic the product’s evolution and a look forward to how the other side of Covid-19 might look for this very exciting venture. In addition to running Active Orbit Rachel is the co-founder of the Broadroom, a network of like-minded individuals not exclusively for women but with a clear intent to encourage, support and engage with fellow female entrepreneurs. She also runs legal consultancy Serenwood. Rachel lives in Yorkshire but you just might hear the lilt of a Welsh accent especially when speaking passionately as she does frequently on subjects very close to her heart. You can find out more by visiting their website; https://activeorbit.co.uk/ or send an email to email@example.com
March 04, 2021
The Man Behind the Balance Sheet - Steve Clapham
In this episode of HReSource we talk money, specifically an area often clouded by a lack of understanding and jargon - investments. We meet Steve Clapham author of a new bestselling book that's causing quite a stir in the investment world. The Smart Money Method aims to strip away the mystique and provide a logical path to deliver a better understanding of the risks and opportunities to help even a novice make better informed investment decisions. This is 50 minutes of conversation certainly worth investing in... Steve Clapham is the founder of Behind the Balance Sheet, an investment research and training consultancy, which produces bespoke research and runs training courses for a select group of institutional clients. Steve’s Forensic Accounting Training Programme launched in June 2018, and in its first two years some 300 professional investment analysts and portfolio managers at some of the biggest funds in the UK took the course, which has been enthusiastically received. The course is unusual in that it looks at the issue of financial manipulation from a practitioner’s perspective and has over 150 real life examples of accounting chicanery from around the world. Steve spent some 20 years as an equity analyst at different investment banks, covering various sectors, and was consistently rated in the top 10 in his sector in Extel, II and Reuters surveys. He moved to the buy-side in 2005 and was a partner and head of research at two multi-billion dollar hedge funds; he specialised in using a deep dive research approach to identify special situation opportunities. Steve trained as an accountant and lives in London; he enjoys reading, yoga, and skiing and is interested in investment theory, wine and classic cars. He is regularly featured in the press, including the Financial Times, the Times, Sunday Times, Telegraph and City AM. Steve also frequently appears on podcasts, including Bloomberg Odd Lots and the Acquirer’s Podcast as well as on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 and on Real Vision, talking about accounting issues at quoted companies. His book, The Smart Money Method, outlines his research process and is a number one Amazon investment category bestseller.
February 24, 2021
Achieving the Unimaginable - Dame Stephanie Shirley CH
Our very special guest for this episode of the HReSource podcast is DAME STEPHANIE SHIRLEY - Pioneering entrepreneur, innovator, problem solver and philanthropist. If you thought home based, flexible working and equality and inclusivity in the workplace were new concepts you might be surprised to hear they were the cornerstone of Dame Stephanie’s first company, Freelance Programmers founded in 1962. It was ultimately valued at almost $3 billion and made 70 of her staff millionaires. In this podcast we investigate Dame Stephanie’s love of maths, early career in computing, the sparks and obstacles that led to forming the company, a girl named Steve, relationships, partnerships, public speaking on a global scale and ultimate sense of accomplishment in being a hugely successful Venture Philanthropist – not simply offering financial support to causes close to her heart such as Autism, the charity Autistica and specialist schools but in so doing providing the strategic focus and idea generation to help ensure such support delivers successful outcomes. DAME STEPHANIE SHIRLEY CH is a workplace revolutionary and successful IT entrepreneur turned ardent philanthropist. In 1962, she founded an all-woman software company that pioneered remote working, upending the expectations of the time. It was ultimately valued at almost $3 billion and made 70 of her staff millionaires. Since ‘retiring’, her focus has been on philanthropy, especially autism and IT. Her TED Talk has had over 2 million views, and her memoir, ‘Let It Go’, is being made into a film produced by BAFTA-winning Damian Jones. ‘So To Speak’ an anthology of some 30 speeches from the past 40 years was published in November 2020. Copies of her books can be ordered via www.steveshirley.com – every penny she receives goes to Autistica, the medical research charity she founded. Twitter @DameStephanie_ Instagram @DameStephanie_
February 11, 2021
Work, Life and Marginal Gains with Grant Downie OBE
A fascinating episode exploring the connections and lessons we can learn to help our personal and commercial development via insights shared from the world of elite performance and high profile sporting organisations. We take a look at Grant's successful career spanning work for Glasgow Rangers, Middlesbrough FC, Manchester City and the FA, drawing lessons from this experience. We identify key areas where business owners, executives and managers can learn from elite sports management: Crisis Planning and Management Leadership Mindset Physical, Mental and Emotional Fitness Re-purposing and goal planning Consistency and making marginal gains. Grant Downie OBE is a consultant in medical & performance solutions for elite sport & industry. Grant's distinguished career spans over 34 years at the heart of professional football & elite sport. Discover more of Grant Downie and resources he has made freely available at his website - https://grantdownie.co.uk
January 27, 2021
Talking Shop with Emma Hignett
Emma is well known as the 'Voice of London's Buses', London's Overground Trains and the London River-bus, heard by more than 9 million Londoners and tourists. To date she has recorded a mind-blowing 60,000 announcements. I will also be the voice of the new Elizabeth Line (Crossrail). Emma’s voiceover work ranges from corporate films to commercials, telephone systems to public address systems. In this podcast we explore the work of a Voice Over Artist and the experience of working from home with clients across the globe as well as Emma's additional business in running a successful PR consultancy supporting local businesses. Emma Hignett Voice Over Artist, Public Speaker & PR Consultant Former Presenter - ITV Weather, Red Dragon Radio, Capital Gold During her spell with Capital Gold Emma co-hosted a radio show with Jerry Springer VoiceOver Artist • Transport for London 'Voice of London's Buses' • London's Overground Trains • Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) • London Riverbus, heard by more than 9 million Londoners and tourists • Recorded a mind-blowing 60,000 announcements Examples of other client brands • Trafford Centre • Fendi • Whirlpool • Royal Dutch Airlines • English Heritage • Virgin • Visit Dubai As well as the voice over work Emma runs a public relations consultancy specialising in independent retail. Contact https://emmahignett.com Twitter @emmahignett
November 12, 2020
The Noughty Step with Amanda Thomson
This episode is the first in series 2 which will be going under the title of "Managing Forward" In series 1 we dealt with "Coping with Covid" and whilst we know it's still very much with us we thought a positive outlook on success and forward thinking should be our focus throughout this collection of insights. In this episode entrepreneur Amanda Thomson outlines the challenges faced this year and the success of her newly created sparkling wine which is creating quite a storm is the drinks industry. With a growing trend toward living healthier lifestyles our desire to pop a cork at the drop of a hat doesn't now need to follow with a bad head the next day. Groundbreaking brand Noughty created by Amanda and her team will truly surprise you, a vegan, halal, low sugar, alcohol free bottle of fizz, it really is very good. With growing sales and international demand we can expect to hear a lot more of Noughty with Amanda able to call on her many year's experience as a broadcaster for the BBC. A thoroughly enjoyable discussion with one of the UK's brightest entrepreneurs. Amanda Thomson is CEO and Founder of Thomson & Scott, voted one of Business Insider’s Coolest People in Food & Drink 2019. Thomson is leading the global shift to delicious alcohol-free drinking with her game-changing Noughty - the first top quality organic, vegan, halal non-alcoholic low sugar sparkling wine. Raised on a plant-based, no sugar diet by her health-conscious mother, Thomson has always had a keen interest as to what’s in her food. Formerly an Arts Broadcaster at the BBC, Thomson moved her young family to Paris and studied for her Diploma in Wine at the renowned Le Cordon Bleu School where she was Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 and an EY Winning Woman. Thomson & Scott now sells in key territories around the world including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the US and will shortly be appearing on the shelves at Waitrose stores. https://thomsonandscott.com/pages/our-story/
October 29, 2020
Expressing Opinions - Kelly Beaver, CEO Ipsos MORI
Outline In this episode David Laud explores the career and current challenges of one of the key figures running a globally recognised data measurement and management company. At the forefront of supporting the UK Governments efforts to contain and communicate effectively on Covid19 matters, Kelly Beaver has had a challenging but ultimately rewarding 2020. This episode of the HReSource series, covering organisational and individual responses to the pandemic, helps to shine a spotlight on an inspirational leaders work in leading a multi skilled team in delivering support for high profile clients. An open and frank conversation, which in our opinion, is definitely worth hearing . Bio Kelly Beaver regularly engages with the Government in translating complexities into practicalities from data findings sourced from Ipsos MORI surveys and assists at both a National and Local Government level to support strategies and communication campaigns borne out of her team’s work during the current Covid19 crisis. Since the recording of this podcast Kelly has been promoted form her role as the Managing Director of Ipsos MORI’s Public Affairs division, a team of over 250 evaluation, advisory and social research professionals to that of CEO. Previously Kelly led Ipsos MORI’s policy and evaluation unit, which is now a national leader in delivering evaluation services to the UK government. Kelly joined Ipsos MORI from PwC where she worked within the Research, Strategy and Policy Group and The Evaluation Partnership (subsequently Coffey International Development). She is experienced in facilitation, negotiation, presenting to Ministers, Special Advisors and senior leadership teams. Kelly holds several honorary positions outside of her role at Ipsos MORI. These include a Senior Research Fellowship at the Kings Policy Institute, a Board Member for the Campaign for Social Sciences in the UK and as a Trustee for the Early Intervention Foundation. Kelly was a Director of the UK Evaluation Society between 2011 and 2017.
September 30, 2020
Sales, Sideburns and Side Hustles - ft. Anthony Grey
Introduction Anthony Grey is an accomplished Business Development professional who has an impeccable track record of building, managing and delivering new business pipelines. His consultative sales approach and strategic thinking has helped him build new business with globally recognised brands. Our guest has a very engaging personality and his undoubted communication skills have led to opening doors at the very highest levels in the corporate world. Interestingly he also has a side hustle that of itself can break the ice at even the hardest pitch for business. Join David Laud in a fascinating conversation with Anthony where he shares his views on the changing landscape of sales and how he’s managed both a successful corporate career and gained global recognition for his side hustle. In this, episode 9 of our covid series Anthony discusses the impact of Covid and technology on the sales process, the future of business development and challenges faced by those charged with introducing customers to the organisation. Of course we discuss the Side Hustle...and were the "sideburns" in the title a clue?? Take a listen to this entertaining episode to find out. Links: NetRivals LinkedIn Profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthony-grey-87290b4/
September 18, 2020
"Is Big Data Big Trouble for Business?" with Cyber Risk Specialist - Claire Davey
In this Podcast we explore the world of "Cyber Security" and "Big Data". We look at the lessons we can learn from Governments and corporations who've failed to deliver and capitalise on the undoubted advantages new technology can bring to our lives. We also discuss the big five; Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter, their dominance of the Big Data world and moves afoot to contain and control their handling of our "private" information. 1. How do we keep up with the ever-larger number of online threats. 2. Data capture - staff, suppliers, customers, prospects has GDPR worked? 3. Compliance is it a set of boxes to tick or should we better understand the risks and implications of breaching rules? 4. Big Data… why should we be paying attention to it? 5. How has the Government adopted Big Data into its activities to meet its objectives? 6. Trace, Track and Test was trailed as a key solution to control the spread of Covid before we find a vaccine. Has it worked? 7. Examples of the misuse of Big Data _________________________ Claire Davey is an award-winning Cyber Risk specialist. With a decade-long career working for the world’s largest broking houses, she’s helped numerous global clients understand, mitigate and transfer their cyber and contractual technology risk. In September 2020 Claire’s stepping off from the City treadmill to pursue her passion of lifelong learning, studying for a PhD in the field of addiction, while continuing her work in the cyber security field through her own venture: cyberclaire.com. Claire will be running group and 1:1 training programmes for professionals who want to understand more about cyber risk and cyber insurance. Key Achievements ACII and CISSP qualified and accredited performance coach. Winner of Team Leader of the Year Award, Women in Insurance Awards 2019 Trailblazer Award Nominee, Women in Insurance Awards 2020. Winner of the Chubb Insurance Prize for Risk Management, 2014.
August 26, 2020
Kilty Secrets - How to Create a Successful Podcast - with BBC Presenter and Podcast Entrepreneur Guy Kilty
Our Guest in this podcast is Guy Kilty. Guy will be a familiar name and voice for many radio listeners. For over a decade Guy has appeared as a regular host on BBC radio five live and its iconic and very popular “Wake Up to Money”, a 45-minute bowl of snap crackle and credit crunch. He also regularly covered the news, up all night and Radio 4’s Moneybox “Live”. Many may not realise that Guy’s entrepreneurial drive has resulted in the setting up of a successful Podcast Production company called Dap Dip. Dap Dip provides an ideal opportunity to call on those years of broadcasting experience, helping raw podcasters polish their craft and grow an engaged audience. In this podcast we cover... Guy's Career and Interests A Brief background of Podcasting Essential Advice for Launching Your Podcast Audio v Video Popularity and Longevity of Podcasting Vanity Pods vs Audience Driven Broadcasts Sourcing and Managing Guests Trailers and Why/When They're Important Use of Show Notes & Transcripts Promoting Your Podcast Monetising Measures of Success Including Importance of Plays vs Impact https://www.dapdip.co.uk/ e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Headliner App - https://www.headliner.app/ The Price of Football Podcast https://play.acast.com/s/price-of-football https://twitter.com/pof_pod One Heat Minute Podcast https://oneheatminute.com/podcast The Dap Dip Song - Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings https://open.spotify.com/track/23owcOQI9Rp8iHs49ReN8w?si=y2kzJ2DXTR2qq-7CB3QXMA
August 20, 2020
Cause and Effect with Rachel Flower of Excluded UK
Today’s guest is a very experienced lawyer, leadership mentor, business coach, public speaker, advocate for female entrepreneurship and one of the leading lights of Excluded UK. Excluded UK is a group created to fight against a significant injustice suffered by millions of UK taxpayers who, without good reason, fell between the gaps and received no help when much needed Coronavirus related financial support was handed out by the chancellor. Our guest is Rachel Flower and she will be talking to me about “Cause and Effect” How to Create a Campaign Platform and Grow an Engaged, Focussed Community to Achieve Results She is the co-founder of the Broadroom a network of like-minded individuals not exclusively for women but with a clear intent to encourage, support and engage with fellow female entrepreneurs. She also runs legal consultancy Serenwood and has created another network called Free 2 ride which is an online activity centred offering aiming to grow a community of active members looking for a healthier lifestyle. Rachel lives in Yorkshire but you just might hear the lilt of a Welsh accent especially when speaking passionately as she does frequently on subjects very close to her heart. You’ll also hear in this episode how Rachel is working hard to balance her busy career as a seasoned entrepreneur and campaigner with that of an equally busy parent. When Covid19 and lockdown hit the UK most of us were in a state of shock. Fortunately the Government did take swift action when mass redundancies were looming. We saw the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme also known as Furlough. There were other schemes announced to support the self-employed such as the Self Employed Income Support Scheme, and a Discretionary Grant Scheme co-ordinated by local authorities which has currently paid out £11 billion via 900k grants to businesses across the UK. BUT..despite the very best efforts of a wide range of tax players from self-employed to freelancers to company directors and those denied furlough or individuals simply earning less than 50% of their income from self-employment 3 million UK taxpayers are affected by this oversight and received Zero support since Lockdown began. Excluded UK is fighting their corner.
August 05, 2020
Solving the Productivity Puzzle with Tim Ringo FCIPD
In episode 5 of our series on managing through a crisis, David Laud talks to Tim Ringo, hugely experienced corporate executive, MD of Accenture and VP of IBM and SAP. Tim is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, has a YouTube Channel and is an author and popular public speaker. During this podcast Tim answers a broad range of questions which relate to improving our business performance and covers an outline of the key content features of his new book, Solving the Productivity Puzzle. The timing of this publication couldn't be better given the World's collective desire to re-boot and re-focus after the negative impact of Covid19. This fascinating discussion explores; How businesses are dealing with the pandemic, Struggles with harnessing and capitalising on the advancement of digital technology, The changing workplace, The key to creating a motivated workforce, Managing 6 generations at work, Corporate case examples of productive best practice, Online review sites, Wellbeing and productivity, The future landscape and definition of productivity, Immediate priorities for business owners and senior execs Tim's new book Solving the Productivity Puzzle is available from publishers Kogan Page and via Amazon . For more information click here If you'd like to join the HReSource business community CLICK HERE
July 28, 2020
Coping with Covid - Diane Youdale (Jet from Gladiators) Discusses Managing Mental Health and Wellbeing in a Crisis
Covid19 has had a widespread impact on our lives. From the obvious fears of catching and hopefully recovering from Coronavirus to perhaps loss of work or change in pattern by working from home. Restrictions on travel and ability to see and hug loved ones also proved to be difficult adjustments but one thing that’s quietly growing whilst all of this “strange new World” has developed around us is the impact on our overall state of mind and wellbeing. BMA mental health policy lead Dr Andrew Molodynski has said: “Covid-19 has meant a sudden and stark change in the way people live their lives but as we return to some semblance of normality, we are faced with the longer-term impact this pandemic will have on mental health. As we know prior to Covid19 the UK’s mental health services were literally at breaking point, with an expected uplift in mental health issues following the pandemic the nation could be in for a very difficult time. This growing concern is hitting large proportions of the population and it’s important that we all understand how we can be affected and what to do to prevent, mitigate or treat the symptoms and underlying causes of poor mental health. Today we are delighted to welcome Diane Youdale who’s going to help us understand the common symptoms that manifest when we’re not coping and offer some useful tips and advice on better managing ourselves and essentially others, this is important for our HReSource listeners many of whom are responsible for the wellbeing of their staff. In this episode we cover: Becoming aware of the problem and ability to recognise symptoms Most likely causes for having poor mental health Tips and techniques to help ourselves better cope with these challenges Suggestions on how to approach others who are causing concern, family, partners or colleagues Thoughts on how you could help a colleague who you’re worried about How we can identify those at highest risk and appropriate action to take Ideas on taking a more positive and proactive approach to prevent the development of low mood, stress and anxiety Practical steps to ensure the wellbeing of staff is taken seriously and not just a “tick box” compliance exercise Our Guest - Diane Youdale Diane is of course the artist formally known as “Jet” from TV's Gladiators. As many of you will remember she was one of the original and I think true to say one of the most popular Gladiators. Diane arrived on ITV’s primetime show following careers in gymnastics and then as a choreographer, dancer and fitness professional. Whilst she is no longer “Gladiating” she is still very active in choreography plus teaching both dance and physical fitness programmes. Diane is also a qualified and practicing Psychotherapist/Counsellor and Coach. It’s this area that we’ll be exploring today and as Diane says herself adding Psychotherapy to her skills has helped round off her understanding of the challenge’s humans face in their lives, both physical and mental.
July 15, 2020
Ideas to Action with Dr Wendy Sneddon
Dr Wendy Sneddon shares essential advice for those of you who've decided to start a new venture as a result of your Covid19 reflections. In this absorbing conversation Dr Sneddon explores: Knowing Your Strengths Creating a Vision Setting out Clear Plans Develop and Maintain a Positive Culture Dr Wendy Sneddon RVN, MSc, AssocCIPD An award-winning author, associate member of Chartered Institute of Personnel Development. Wendy is a UK-based experienced Business and Leadership coach with 20-plus years of helping start-up businesses, strategic planning ,and team management/training. Wendy is passionate about doing what she loves, she helps entrepreneurs to build solid foundations for a successful business, through engaging and motivating their teams, so they love what they do and stay with you.Founder of the Lodestone Lounge, an online community supporting entrepreneurs with business skills; creator of HR For You software (Cloud based Employee Management system), an online filing system for you’re all your employee data and records. Passionate about ending abuse against both human beings and animals, Wendy Sneddon is also part of the Links Group, raising awareness of the link between animal abuse and human abuse, helping vet teams recognise non accidental injuries in animals and how to help their clients who may be victims too, currently developing resources to help employers recognise the signs of domestic abuse and know how to support their employees.Truly inspirational business support, we design & implement strategies to Attract -Recruit -Retain Great Employees & Loyal Customers Want some help motivating your team? www.lodestonelounge.com Need a neat way to store all your employee data and share company information? www.hrforyou.co.uk Read my book and you’ll find out everything you need to have in place to set up your own HR system. www.getoutofyourwaybook.com
July 13, 2020
Flexible Furlough Scheme Focus with Innes Clark of Morton Fraser
HReSource Podcasts Series 1 - Covid19 and Support for Business My guest in this episode is the head of one of the largest litigation teams in Scotland, he’s also, very conveniently, a well respected and hugely experienced employment lawyer! In this episode (recorded 15.6.20) we cover the latest updates to the Flexible Furlough Scheme including; The background and stats to CJRS the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Changes by month up to end October 2020, including the contributions to be made by employers Practical steps in planning ahead Taking staff back part time Rotating Furloughed staff Redundancy and alternative options to consider Innes Clark is a partner with Morton Fraser one of the leading law firms in Scotland. Innes is an accredited specialist employment lawyer and has been listed in the elite "Leading lawyers" list in the Legal 500 UK 2020 guide to outstanding lawyers nationwide. Just in case you're wondering, the legal matters we will discuss during our chat are common to all jurisdictions across the UK however we would strongly urge you to take professional advice if you're in any doubt over the decisions you're making for your business as a result of Covid19. Full show notes are available to HReSource members - if you're running a business or provide management support you can join our community by following this link - CLICK HERE
June 16, 2020