Off the Record is an interview-based podcast about Leadership in which the journalist Alistair Bunkall speaks to some of the world's great leaders in politics, sport, military, business and religion.
Marcus Wareing is one of the best and best known chefs in the world.
His first job, at just 18 years old, was at The Savoy Hotel no less.
From there he went to Le Gavroche where he worked under the legendary Roux brothers. It was there he also met and formed a friendship with Gordon Ramsay.
Marcus has won multiple Michelin stars, his first when he was just 25.
He now owns two restaurants in London and has a television career as one of the main judges on Masterchef.
Sir Mark Sedwill
Sir Mark Sedwill was one of the most powerful people in Britain.
He served as the Cabinet Secretary, the Head of the Civil Service and the UK’s National Security Advisor - Three roles that put him right at the centre of government.
Only twelve people, all of them men, have ever held the job of Cabinet Secretary.
In his first and only interview Sir Mark spoke about the pressures of running government, the UK's response to Covid and what would have happened in the Prime Minister hadn't recovered.
Dame Karen Pierce
Dame Karen Pierce is Britain’s Ambassador to the United States.
She is one of the great diplomats of her generation.
Karen has held posts for the Foreign Office in Tokyo and the Balkans before serving as the UK’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations in Geneva.
In 2015 she was appointed 'Our Woman' in Afghanistan and the more recently served as the British Ambassador at the UN in New York.
Because of the Coronavirus lockdown, this episode was recorded over Skype.
In this episode Alistair chats to Cheryl Giovannoni, the Chief Executive of the Girls Day School Trust. In that role she is responsible for 20,000 students and almost 4,000 members of staff across 25 girls schools around the country.
But she is no teacher – Cheryl was originally an advertising exec, rising through the ranks of that competitive world to head up three companies in the global WPP group ending up as the CEO of the giant Ogilvy & Mather.
MI6 - Sir Alex Younger
Sir Alex Younger is the Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, better known as MI6.
As an intelligence officer, he served in Europe, the Middle East and was Station Chief in Afghanistan before taking up the top role.
This is the first time ever that a serving Chief of MI6 has given a recorded interview. In this episode he speaks about life as a junior spy, the challenges facing his service and the world today, and how his staff cope working in secret.
Commander Will King
In this episode Alistair chats with Will King, the Commanding Officer of a Royal Navy warship.
The conversation was recorded onboard HMS Montrose in the Gulf during the crisis with Iran. Moments earlier we had exited the high risk zone, having escorted three tankers through the Strait of Hormuz.
We spoke about events of one evening in July when his warship came close to firing on Iranian naval vessels and more generally the challenges of leadership on a ship at sea: morale, discipline and bravery.