Nottingham Business School’s Business Leaders’ Podcast offers insights into how leaders and innovators achieve success.
Hosted by Honorary Visiting Professor Mike Sassi, the podcast is broadcast every fortnight and features leaders and high-achievers from the NBS network, discussing the lessons they have learned.
Ep. 16 - Rob Darby
Entrepreneur Rob Darby is CEO of the 200 Degrees Coffee business that has 200 staff, 15 shops and an annual turnover of £10m. But he started roasting beans in a friend’s garage, only nine years ago. Here he tells the Nottingham Business School Business Leaders’ Podcast how 200 Degrees survived lockdown – and the leadership lessons the pandemic taught him.
Ep. 15 Eileen Richards
Eileen Richards MBE runs the successful ER Recruitment company in Leicester and is President of East Midlands Chamber. She has also spent more than two decades helping empower women in business – and in 2018 was awarded an MBE for her promotion of female entrepreneurship. In this episode of the Nottingham Business School Business Leaders’ Podcast, she tells Honorary Visiting Professor Mike Sassi that many of her achievements can be put down to team-building and people skills.
Ep. 14 - Ann Francke
Ann Francke OBE believes business is held back by the lack of women in leadership roles. She held executive board positions at Boots and Yell – and was European Vice President at Mars. But in this episode of the NBS Business Leaders’ Podcast, she tells Honorary Visiting Professor Mike Sassi how she has also experienced sexism first-hand. And why now, as CEO of the Chartered Institute of Management, she is making it her business to champion gender diversity in the workplace.
Ep. 13 - Sir Baz North
Air Marshal Sir Baz North, KCB, OBE has commanded operations all over the world, including Afghanistan, Iraq and Northern Ireland. During a Royal Air Force career lasting more than three decades, he also spent seven years sitting on the Air Force Board. After starting his career as a helicopter pilot, Sir Baz went on to become one of the most distinguished leaders in the British armed forces.
Ep. 12 - Sam Thorne
Sam Thorne is director of the critically acclaimed Nottingham Contemporary gallery… the gallery that has helped secure Nottingham’s place on Britain’s cultural map. By trade he is a writer, curator, magazine editor and art critic. But his stewardship of first the Tate St Ives gallery, where he was previously artistic director, and for the last five years Nottingham Contemporary have made him a prominent leader in British Arts.
Ep. 11 - Sarah Walker-Smith
Sarah Walker-Smith is a high-profile business leader. And as one of the very few women CEOs of a Top 50 law firm, she has role model status. Since becoming CEO of Shakespeare Martineau, her willingness to be candid has established a big social media following. In this episode of the Nottingham Business School Business Leaders’ podcast, she talks about the need for business leaders to be open – and authentic.
It’s refreshing to hear such a heart felt and true reflection of Charlottes experiences and a must listen to anyone who is searching for a career path and in need of some inspiration. Support from friends and family, dedication and facing into challenges outside of your comfort zone is brilliant advice.
Insightful and crisp discussions and reflections - the perfect lunchtime brain food