Allyson Stewart Allen

Apart from being hugely entertaining, Allyson is a respected speaker, author, MBA-qualified consultant and now Board member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the UK’s professional body for the marketing profession. Born in California, she has been in Europe for over 25 years; and has used her experience to co-author the best-seller ‘Working with Americans’, a joyful primer to US business culture. In this archive podcast, she covers the challenges of doing business on the world stage with all its diplomatic and cultural pitfalls.

Brendan Robinson

Brendan is a veterinary surgeon and entrepreneur. Qualifying in Pretoria in his native South Africa in 1983, he founded the Village Vet group in 1988. Since then, he has grown the business from a two-person / one nurse practice in London’s Belsize Park to a 30-unit group across North London, Hertfordshire and Cambridge. The successful format is based above all on prioritising customer service, an academic culture which respects continuing education and development, and grounding each practice firmly in its local communities. This archive podcast is the story of Brendan’s business and its growth; and since recording it, he has achieved a successful trade sale.

Carmel McConnell

Always an activist, Carmel cut her teeth at Greenham Common in the anti-nuclear protests of the 1980s. She joined the corporate world and became a highly successful management consultant, but her interest in making sustainable change soon took hold again when a teacher in the East End of London told her that pupil attainment was suffering – and it was directly attributable to malnourishment. The result was Magic Breakfast, now a national campaign to make sure that no child misses out on their education due to hunger. As well as publishing five business management books, Carmel is a director of the UK School Food Trust. Since recording this podcast, she has been named by Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour as one of Britain's most influential women, and been awarded an MBE.

Craig Goldblatt

Over the past two decades, Craig has delivered in excess of 600 inspirational keynote presentations to audiences all around the world. Whilst this archive podcast focuses primarily on sales and engagement, everyone has something to learn from Craig’s infectious enthusiasm and positivity with a holistic approach to creating what he calls an “environment for financial and emotional success”.

Emma Willis

The quintessentially English drawing room feel of Emma Willis’ Jermyn Street tailoring salon hides the effort it has taken to get there. The first woman to break the glass door of London’s tailoring hotspot, she once sold shirts door-to-door and even pursued a career as a singer-songwriter. This archive podcast is the story of her ascent to shirtmaking’s highest echelons: since this interview, she has founded a charity, Style for Soldiers, which clothes wounded servicemen; and counts Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Craig among her fans.

Philip Trousdell

Sir Philip was commissioned into the Royal Irish Rangers in 1968, serving in the UK, Gibraltar, Libya, Bahrain, Oman and Northern Ireland, returning as a Commanding Officer in the 80s. His senior roles included taking responsibility for the creation (by amalgamation) of the Royal Irish Regiment; Director of Public Relations (Army); and in 2000, Deputy Commander of Operations for the Stabilisation Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Since leaving the army, Sir Philip has brought his ample expertise to industry. In this archive podcast, we see what Sandhurst training can offer in terms of leadership, candidate selection and resilience in civvy street.

Rachel Lowe

Rachel was at university when she invented the ‘Destination’ board game, a game which is customisable for any city in the world. She thought it up whilst moonlighting as a taxi driver in Portsmouth, and soon made an (unsuccessful) appearance on TV’s Dragons Den. That didn’t stop ‘Destination London’ from becoming one of the best-selling games at Hamleys toy store for Christmas 2004, comfortably outselling ‘Monopoly’. This archive podcast is the story of Destination; since then, Rachel has negotiated a deal with Warner Bros which led to ‘Destination Hogwarts’, a Harry Potter themed version of the game; been awarded an MBE for her services to entrepreneurship in schools and founded a new business, She Who Dares UK Ltd.


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