Thought leaders and industry experts explore the key issues and opportunities for today’s finance professional.
Tara Cemlyn-Jones, Founder, 25x25
On this episode of the podcast, Indy is joined by Founder and Coordinator of 25x25, Tara Cemlyn-Jones.
Tara discusses the mission of 25x25 to have 25 women CEOs in the FTSE100 by 2025 and 25% of the FTSE thereafter, the power of data in driving diversity and how CAs can be champions for a balanced society. Tara is also Non-Executive Director at Crossword Cybersecurity plc and an expert in capital markets, M&A and digital transformation.
Tara has over 25 years experience raising capital in public and private markets and growing companies through acquisition and international expansion, as a founder and as an investment banker.
Carole Pyke, Sparkle Navigator
Carole Pyke shares her advice on what goes into making an authentic and successful personal brand.
Carole Pyke is the Sparkle Navigator. Fresh from her fantastic session at the CA Summit, Carole is a personal brand evangelist who believes that your personal brand is the key to unlocking the door to success.
Carole works with determined leaders, entrepreneurs and business owners who are ready to own their brilliance, embrace their imperfections and stand out in the crowd.
Mardi McBrien, MD, CDSB
As the COP26 draws closer, Indy sat down with Mardi McBrien, the Managing Director of the CDSB, to hear her predictions for the conference, the considerations companies need to make to reach ‘net zero’, and how CAs can help save the planet.
Mardi has played a leading role in driving the integration of climate and environmental information into corporate reporting with the same rigour as financial information globally for almost a decade.
Prior to CDSB, Mardi has enjoyed an eclectic career which has seen her lead flagship environmental campaigns for WWF, working on the United Kingdom’s carbon market policy for their Department for Energy and Climate Change and public-private partnership management for the UK timber supply chain.
Mardi is a member of the FRC Advisory Panel, a fellow of the RSA, and has participated in a number of industry-related advisory boards and committees as part of her role at CDSB.
Originally qualifying as a forester and environmental scientist and an agricultural economist, her volunteer activities include being a trustee of one of the oldest environmental NGO’s in the world, the International Tree Foundation, and a founding Board member of WOCAN – Women Organising for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management.
Matthew Halstead CA, Co-Creator, sidekick
Matthew Halstead, Trustee and Co-Creator of sidekick, joins Indy for an open discussion about mental health, the importance of community and reaching a 'career pivot'.
Matt lives in Hampshire with his wife and daughter. Previously a Samaritans volunteer, he loves an open and honest mental health chat which lead him to co-create the sidekick charity, because he believes mental health support should be accessible to all.
He runs Noctis, a small consultancy offering commercial advisory services to non-profits & small businesses and investigation work focussing on the issues faced by communities as a result of oil extraction in the Niger Delta where he used to work.
Matt is also a trustee of Catch22 supporting people across the welfare cycle and is currently undertaking a part-time PhD in Quantum Chemistry.
Links to resources discussed in this podcast
sidekick - www.sidekick.org.uk
Papyrus - www.papyrus-uk.org
Samaritans - www.samaritans.org
Mind - www.mind.org.uk Shout - www.giveusashout.org
Aisha Sheikh-Anene, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Mental Health Foundation
This Mental Health Awareness Week Indy chats to Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Mental Health Foundation Aisha Sheikh-Anene about reconnecting with nature, the importance of communicating and the effect the pandemic has had on mental wellbeing.
Aisha trained as a Chartered Accountant with the National Audit Office, auditing the UK Government and then later the Audit Commission. She now works with the Ford Motor Company within Commercial Vehicle Product Development and Program Management. Aisha works in a cross-functional team on global regulatory emissions programs; including electrified powertrain solutions.
Aisha is an advocate for positive mental wellbeing and is currently the chair of the board of trustees at the Mental Health Foundation. Since 1949, the Mental Health Foundation has been the UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health. With prevention at the heart of what the organisation does to find and address the sources of mental health problems so that people and communities can thrive.
Aisha’s involvement with the Mental Health Foundation started in 2016 where she undertook the role of treasurer. During this time the organisation had undergone a transformation which has culminated in a renewed vision and strategy for the organisation.
At the time when Aisha accepted the role of Chair, the world had started to change in response to the global pandemic.
With Mental wellbeing becoming one of the defining topics of the global pandemic, the Mental Health Foundation has been at the forefront of evidence-based research and its priorities within its strategy remain relevant and more important than ever as we transition from a full lockdown over the coming weeks and months.
Through her work with the Mental Health Foundation, Aisha is a committed to ensuring better mental health for all.
Links to resources discussed in this podcast:
Brene Brown – Daring versus Armoured Leadership
Dare to Lead
Stephen Park, Executive Coach
Mental Health Charities – service providers
The Mix https://www.themix.org.uk/
Black Thrive - https://blackthrive.org/
Colourful MInds - https://colourfulminds.co.uk/
Mental Health at Work - WorkMentalHealthatWork@org.uk
Therapy Yoga - https://therapyyoga.co.uk/
Craig Brice CA, CIO, PwC Canada
Craig Brice CA, Chief Information Officer at PwC Canada, joins Indy from Toronto to discuss how the Big Four firm adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic, the lasting effects the pandemic will have on technology and his predictions for key trends in emerging tech.
Craig started his career as a Chartered Accountant in Scotland before moving into information technology and spending the next 30 years with PwC in the UK, US and Canada.
As PwC Canada’s Chief Information Officer, he provides strategic vision for the firm's internal technology team as it evolves to be an enabler of the business and provide technology at scale.
He is also responsible for providing robust, innovative and secure information technology infrastructure, and has been integral to PwC’s cloud adoption.
Craig is also a member BCS, the Chartered Institute of IT (formerly The British Computer Society).