A series regarded amongst the most inspiring and honest conversations with elite world class performing men and women across a broad genre covering the issues, opportunities and challenges confronting them.
Gregory Robinson, Managing Partner at Blenheim Partners Executive Search and Board Advisory firm discovers the influences that have shaped their destinies, unlocking crucial insights into each guests core character, their motivation, broader thinking, strategies and approach they have taken to succeed.
In a thought provoking show that breaks with the status quo, the guests and "first among equals", reveal their secrets, triumphs and disappointments with rare personal insight and learnings that you may wish to adopt in today's rapidly changing and competitive global landscape.
Shooting the Breeze | Mick McCormack
In episode 94 of the No Limitations podcast, "Shooting the Breeze," Blenheim Partners' Gregory Robinson once again speaks to Mick McCormack, Chairman of Central Petroleum Ltd and Non-Executive Director of Origin Energy Ltd, Austal Ltd and the Clontarf Foundation.
Mick offers his frank assessment on the current state of affairs in Australia; its leadership, the contentious debate on energy, matters surrounding the ageing population and support for Indigenous communities. He also encourages us to take a closer look at the values we promote as a society, especially in the midst of a time when accountability - or lack of - is impacting the lives of many. Finally, Mick reflects on the change of pace and environment, having made the transition to the Boardroom following his Executive career.
Mick was formerly Chief Executive Officer of ASX top 50 energy infrastructure company APA Group. During his 14-year tenure, APA Group grew from 30 employees with assets worth $1.3bn to 3,000 employees, assets worth $24bn and delivered a compound rate of return to shareholders of over 17% per year.
The Next Step | Jillian Broadbent AC
In episode 93 of the No Limitations podcast, "The Next Step," Blenheim Partners' Gregory Robinson speaks to Jillian Broadbent AC, Non-Executive Director of Macquarie Group Ltd, the Sydney Dance Company and the National Portrait Gallery Board Foundation. She was previously the Inaugural Chair of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Chair of Swiss Re Life & Health Australia and Chancellor of the University of Wollongong.
Against a backdrop of an illustrious career spanning business, the public sector and the arts, Jillian shares with us the key learnings that allowed her to make an impact. She also highlights how we can see opportunities in the challenges of our time. Finally, with Australians deciding their future course in the coming weeks, Jillian challenges us to think about our legacy for generations to come and brings to the fore the spirit of generosity that is pertinent to today's discourse.
In 2019, Jillian was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for her eminent service to corporate, financial, clean energy and cultural organisations, to higher education, and to women in business. She has served on the Boards of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Woolworths Group, the Australian Securities Exchange, SBS, Qantas Airways, Westfield Property Trusts, Woodside Petroleum, Coca-Cola Amatil, the Sydney Theatre Company, NIDA, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Please note: this was recorded on 27 April 2022.
Draw the Distinction | Tony Lowings
In episode 92 of the No Limitations podcast, "Draw the Distinction," Blenheim Partners' Gregory Robinson speaks to Tony Lowings, former Global Chief Executive Officer of KFC.
Having led a $31bn business and over a million people, Tony shares with us his key learnings in mobilising a global workforce through a pandemic, the importance of trust and communication, and drawing the distinction in decision making. Against the backdrop of his globetrotting career, we hear of the impressive growth and scale of what is one of the world's most popular brands with presence in over 149 countries across 27,000 restaurants.
Tony also previously held the roles of Managing Director for KFC Asia Pacific based in Singapore, Managing Director for KFC Australia and New Zealand, Managing Director of Latin America (and Caribbean), and Chief Operations Officer of Yum! Restaurants International based in Dallas, with brands such as KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.
Changing the Paradigm | Hisham El-Ansary
In episode 91 of the No Limitations podcast, "Changing the Paradigm," Blenheim Partners' Gregory Robinson speaks to Hisham El-Ansary, Chief Executive Officer of Bupa Asia Pacific.
In an insightful discussion, Hisham shares with us a unique view of Australia's healthcare and aged care sectors, from the current state and challenges across the industry to the opportunities to unlock better outcomes, experiences and overall quality of life. We also hear of his journey, one that found him challenging and changing the paradigm, starting as the "young Turk wanting to prove himself," finding himself across various sectors including retail, energy, aviation and construction, making the leap from CFO to CEO and how he decided to become the leader he wanted to be.
Prior to his appointment as CEO, Hisham held the roles of Chief Financial & Strategy Officer and Managing Director of Bupa Health Services. He was previously Chief Financial Officer of Myer, Integral Energy and Airservices Australia and was a Non-Executive Director of Very Special Kids.
The Edge of a New Frontier | Luke Sayers AM
In episode 90, "The Edge of a New Frontier," Blenheim Partners' Gregory Robinson speaks to Luke Sayers AM, Founder and Executive Chairman of Sayers Group and President of the Carlton Football Club.
In an insightful discussion, Luke shares with us the lessons, learnings and highlights from a career that has seen him continually evolve and always at the edge of a new frontier: finding success across different countries, being appointed CEO of PwC Australia at the age of 42, and now having established Sayers Group. We hear of the differing approaches to innovation around the world, with Luke seeing shifts in mindsets and people willing to break from - and challenge - tradition.
Luke is also a Director of Sentient Impact Group and Chair of the Inclusion Foundation. He was previously Chief Executive Officer of PwC Australia and Vice Chairman of PwC Asia Pacific, where he led a team of over 700 partners and 8,000 staff, successfully growing the firm's revenue from $1.4bn to $2.6bn.
The Cost of Prosperity | Senator Jim Molan AO DSC
In episode 89, "The Cost of Prosperity," Blenheim Partners' Gregory Robinson speaks to Senator Jim Molan AO DSC, Liberal Senator for New South Wales and a retired Major General of the Australian Army. He is also currently Chair of the Defence Sub-Committee and Deputy Chair of the Select Committee on Foreign Interference through Social Media.
In this candid conversation, we are given a unique insight into the highly complex arena of national security, global geopolitics and armed conflict. With threats to national security and the world order at large, Senator Molan shares with us the opportunities present to ensure the sustainability of the relative prosperity Australia has enjoyed in decades past and the safety of generations to come.
During his 40-year tenure in the Australian Army, Senator Molan has been an infantryman, helicopter pilot and Commander of a division of 15,000 soldiers. He was deployed to Iraq in 2004 during a period of continuous and intense combat as Chief of Operations of the Coalition Forces. Following his retirement from the Australian Army in 2008, he released his first book, "Running the War in Iraq."
Please note, this episode was recorded in January 2022.
Senator Jim Molan "Australia is something worth preserving" Hear! Hear! What a discussion, can't wait for more from Blenheim Partners.
The Cost of Prosperity..
Just listened to the podcast with Senator Jim Molan. Was an eye-opening conversation that’s relevant to what’s going on in the world right now… It's great hearing from someone so knowledgeable. Would be interested in seeing more of these topics discussed going forward.
The Challenges Ahead
I highly recommend this podcast. It doesn't shy away from asking the tough questions about the challenges we face.