Sending the ladder down is the concept of someone sharing their success to help raise others up. This concept is one that is close to host Kate Cousens' heart as back in 2018 she wrote and self-published a book called ‘Ladder Climbing in High Heels’ where she shared a number of ‘Ladder Lessons’ that she found useful during her 20+ year corporate career (https://amzn.to/2NQpvql).
Since then she has gone on to become an advisor working in the SME space helping owners and senior leaders with their personal development and business growth goals. You can find out more at www.dicebusiness.co.uk
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An update from Kate
Meet Dr Paul Leinster
In this episode Kate chats to Dr Paul Leinster. Paul was Chief Executive of the Environment Agency from 2008 to 2015 where he famously developed the concept of better environmental regulation, which has been recognised within government and internationally as leading edge. Prior to that Paul worked in the private sector for over 20 years. He was awarded a CBE in 2008 and is a chartered chemist and a chartered environmentalist.
Since retiring in 2015 it appears he has been busier than ever, working as Professor of Environmental Assessment for Cranfield University as well as acting as a Non-Executive Director, Chair and Board member for numerous worthy causes all linked to protecting and enhancing the environment, which he is clearly passionate about. To connect with Paul, email him at: email@example.com
Meet Mark Funnell
In this episode Kate chats to an ex-colleague, Mark Funnell. Mark is Communications and Campaigns Director at the National Trust, looking after external communications, internal communications, policy and advocacy and content and publishing.
He has specialised in environmental communications and campaigns for over 20 years. His previous roles include interim Director of Communications at Defra, Head of Communications at the Forestry Commission and Head of External Relations at the Environment Agency.
He also led transformation to a new operating model for Defra group’s 250 Communications staff, who came together from five different arm’s length bodies.
Mark started out in editorial and publishing roles, working for five years at a consumer magazine publishing company. His specialist areas include environmental campaigns, corporate communications, operational and crisis communications, change management, staff engagement, stakeholder relations and public affairs.
You can connect with him on Linkedin
Meet Lee Chambers
In this episode Kate chats to Lee Chambers, British psychologist, entrepreneur and radio host. Lee is known for analysing the psychological aspects of the workplaces to improve wellbeing and is the founder of PhenomGames and Essentialise Workplace Wellbeing. Lee is passionate about conscious leadership, equality, health opportunity and menopause awareness. He has an impressive client list including His clients include Indeed.com, RBS, Gazprom, PwC, Reebok and TalkTalk.
Lee has won several accolades for his work, including recognition in the Top 50 Black and Minority Ethnic Entrepreneurs under 50. As well as hosting his own show called the Self-Aware Entrepreneur Show, he is often called upon by the BBC and medical publications for his expert opinion and comment.
You can find out more and connect with Lee via his website https://leechambers.org/
Meet Jan Cavelle
In this episode Kate meets Jan Cavelle, a UK entrepreneur who has a few decades of running micro and small businesses behind her. She is very familiar with all the challenges that go with that, having started one from the kitchen table as a single mother with two young children, and overcome the obstacles to go on to build that into a multi-million turnover business.
Like most entrepreneurs, she has known failure and success. She has always been passionate about encouraging and supporting people in business and has put her entrepreneurial experiences together with her passion for writing and created a book aimed at helping entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. The book is called Scale for Success and is focused on the big leap from 1m - 10m. It has been published by Bloomsbury and is receiving glowing reviews. Find out more and connect with Jan via her website https://jancavelle.co.uk/
Meet Matt Georges
In this episode Kate chats to Matt Georges, an environmental economist with nearly twenty years' experience in environmental analysis, regulation and policy making in both the public and private sectors. He now has his own business – Orbital Applied Economics – but spent a large part of his career at the Environment Agency, where his last role was to recruit and lead a team whose aim was to use economics to improve decision-making.
He has worked on a wide range of projects including the mental health effects of flooding, how to improve reservoir safety, the profits made from criminal activities in the waste sector and the costs and benefits of reducing pollution in major industries, such as steel production and oil refining.
He was a key member of the group that produced the UK’s first apprenticeship for economists and is passionate about helping young people from a wide variety of backgrounds get into the subject. He has two children of his own and spends too long playing computer games with his 11-year-old son. In his spare time he is Chair of the successful Ham Parade Market, a not-for-profit project designed to revitalise a small high street, support local charities and improve community cohesion. You can connect with Matt on Linked in