63 episodes

The Lens is a Business in the Community podcast. We aim to create an open and unscripted conversation between current and future leaders and to challenge the way we all think about responsible business.
 
The Lens creates a space for leaders to convene, always with one eye on the future. Our guests’ conversations cover anything from climate change, the unintended consequences of AI and automation and access to ‘good work’, through to topics such as inclusivity, surveillance and diversity in the workplace.
Generously powered by Fujitsu and supported by McCann, The Lens also partners with One Young World and Bright Network to connect with future leaders around the world. Each month a global business leader sits down with an emerging leader who is already making their mark to foster disruptive conversations and fresh connections.
Business in the Community is The Prince's Responsible Business Network. We convene a unique network of purposeful leaders to share insight, expertise and create innovative programmes that deliver impact. Together our ambition is to make the UK the world leader at responsible business.

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The Lens is a Business in the Community podcast. We aim to create an open and unscripted conversation between current and future leaders and to challenge the way we all think about responsible business.
 
The Lens creates a space for leaders to convene, always with one eye on the future. Our guests’ conversations cover anything from climate change, the unintended consequences of AI and automation and access to ‘good work’, through to topics such as inclusivity, surveillance and diversity in the workplace.
Generously powered by Fujitsu and supported by McCann, The Lens also partners with One Young World and Bright Network to connect with future leaders around the world. Each month a global business leader sits down with an emerging leader who is already making their mark to foster disruptive conversations and fresh connections.
Business in the Community is The Prince's Responsible Business Network. We convene a unique network of purposeful leaders to share insight, expertise and create innovative programmes that deliver impact. Together our ambition is to make the UK the world leader at responsible business.

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    The future of housing, the future of travel, and how the two might combine

    The future of housing, the future of travel, and how the two might combine

    This month our host Oli Barrett MBE is joined by Chief Executive of Linc Cymru, Scott Sanders and Emily-Rose Jenkins, Geotechnical Engineer, Transport Wales.In this episode our host Oli Barrett MBE gets an understanding of the future of housing, the future of travel, and how the two might combine. It explores how different generations can work and live together, to support each other.And of course, our host asks both Scott and Emily Rose who they’d most like to meet for coff­ee and which books they’ll be adding to the famous Lens Reading List.

    Our Guests
    Scott concentrates on strategic business planning, corporate communications and governance. He leads on Linc's New Business Strategy and is a Director of Tarbed Ltd.
    Scott has held Directors roles with responsibility for Asset Management, Development, Housing and Corporate Leadership. He has worked with Pobl Group for the past 13 years leading Charter Housing and Derwen Cymru. He is a Non-Executive Director for ASH Wales, Abbeyfield Wales Society and Community Housing Cymru.
    Emily-Rose is a passionate young leader working as a geotechnical engineer for Transport for Wales. She has a varied experience working on both railway and highway schemes in design and asset management, focusing on the interconnection between geotechnical assets, drainage and the environment. She believes in making the world a better place; working with nature and not against it. Emily-Rose is a One Young World Ambassador and is currently taking part in the Future Generations Leadership Academy. 

    The Lens Reading List
    Scott chose Mike Tyson's Undisputed Truth, an autobiography that lays bare the story of his remarkable life and career, including his upbringing, the impact of deprivation and how his relationship with his coach affected his mind and decision making. 
    Emily-Rose chose Why I'm no Longer Talking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge. This #1 Sunday Times Bestseller is a book that sparked a national conversation, exploring everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race.

    The Lens Podcast
    Powered by Fujitsu, supported by McCann and in partnership with One Young World, The Lens represents the breadth, diversity and priorities of the responsible business agenda. From gender equality to zero hours contracts, learning on the factory floor to activist businesses, The Lens covers a range of topics from a host of varying perspectives. 
    Each episode brings together a business and future leader to foster disruptive conversations and fresh connections. Innovators and CEOs join Oli Barrett in the studio for a unique conversation covering their journeys, lessons learned, advice, insight and of course, the inspirational person they’d most like to meet for coffee. 

    Business in the Community is The Prince's Responsible Business Network. We convene a unique network of purposeful leaders to share insight, expertise and create innovative programmes that deliver impact. Together our ambition is to make the UK the world leader at responsible business. 

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    • 35 min
    Business with purpose - what does it mean to be a social enterprise?

    Business with purpose - what does it mean to be a social enterprise?

    This month our host Oli Barrett MBE is joined by Co-op Chief Executive, Steve Murrells and Alice Sparks, Head Invisible (Manchester).In this episode our host Oli Barrett MBE gets an understanding of business with purpose what it really means to be a social enterprise.
    And of course, our host asks both Steve and Alice who they’d most like to meet for coff­ee and which books they’ll be adding to the famous Lens Reading List.

    Our Guests
    Steve Murrells is the Chief Executive of Co-op. Having led the Co-op’s Food business since 2012. He now has overall responsibility for all the Co-op’s businesses. Steve has led on Co-op campaigns to address issues that are important to Co-op’s members. He spoke on water poverty at the Global Citizen Festival in 2017 where he committed to donate 1p per litre from sales of all branded bottled water to the Global Water Fund. He has committed the Co-op to tackle the scourge of modern slavery and called on his fellow business leaders to follow his lead. Over a dozen businesses have subsequently signed up to work on Co-op’s Bright Future programme; supporting survivors of modern slavery with paid work placements. During Steve’s tenure the Co-op has responded to the call of its members to tackle loneliness raising £6.5m. Its campaign to get the issue recognised by the Government has led to the appointment of a Minister whose responsibility is to address the issue of loneliness.
    Alice Sparks, a recent graduate from the University of Manchester, is Head of Invisible (Manchester), a global social enterprise that trains people who have experienced homelessness to become walking tour guides of their city. Her interest in social impact was first ignited whilst on placement as a business consultant to a Rwandan arts social enterprise in 2017. As a voice for young people in social enterprise and a member of the G20 Young Global Changers, her future is committed to pursuing social and creative enterprise as an innovative solution to tackle society’s biggest injustices.

    The Lens Reading List
    Steve chose Why I'm no Longer Talking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge. This #1 Sunday Times Bestseller is a book that sparked a national conversation, exploring everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race.
    Alice chose Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez. From government policy and medical research, to technology, workplaces, and the media. Invisible Women reveals how in a world built for and by men we are systematically ignoring half of the population, often with disastrous consequences.

    The Lens PodcastPowered by Fujitsu, supported by McCann and in partnership with One Young World, The Lens represents the breadth, diversity and priorities of the responsible business agenda. From gender equality to zero hours contracts, learning on the factory floor to activist businesses, The Lens covers a range of topics from a host of varying perspectives. 
    Each episode brings together a business and future leader to foster disruptive conversations and fresh connections. Innovators and CEOs join Oli Barrett in the studio for a unique conversation covering their journeys, lessons learned, advice, insight and of course, the inspirational person they’d most like to meet for coffee. 
    Business in the Community is The Prince's Responsible Business Network. We convene a unique network of purposeful leaders to share insight, expertise and create innovative programmes that deliver impact. Together our ambition is to make the UK the world leader at responsible business. 
    Don’t forget to follow The Lens on Instagram and to rate, review and subscribe on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. instagram.com/thelenspodcast

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    • 34 min
    Diversity – the how, not just the why

    Diversity – the how, not just the why

    This month our host Oli Barrett MBE is joined by Openreach Northern Ireland Director, Mairead Meyer and Sheree Atcheson, former Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Monzo Bank.
    In this episode our host Oli Barrett MBE gets an understanding of how transparency and connectivity play a key role in diversity and inclusion.
    And of course, our host asks both Mairead and Sheree who they’d most like to meet for coff­ee and which books they’ll be adding to the famous Lens Reading List.

    Our Guests
    Mairead is Director of Openreach in Northern Ireland. With over 12 years of experience working in the leading communications company, Mairead is responsible for over 800 members of staff including large engineering teams and she also engages with major customers and stakeholders. Proud to invest in its people, Openreach has an impressive training programme where its key aim is to keep staff motivated and happy. It also has a popular apprenticeship programme, helping to engineer the future workforce with quality training and real career prospects. Prior to this position, Mairead has held senior management roles across Planning, Operations and Field engineering within BT and has taken a leading role in the completion of large scale fibre broadband delivery projects throughout Northern Ireland.
    Sheree is Global Ambassador at Women Who Code and former Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Monzo Bank. Listed as one of the UK's most influential women in technology, she is an international multi-award winning Diversity and Inclusion leader who is a global change maker in pushing for equality in industry. Monzo’s mission is to make money work for everyone by treating people fairly and being totally transparent. The challenger bank promotes an inclusive and empowering working environment to support every team member. Sheree has developed a wide range of training and resources at Monzo. Prior to this, she has held various roles on inclusion; including developing and implementing the Deloitte Inclusion Strategy.

    The Lens Reading List
    Mairead chose Trevor Noah's Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. A compelling, inspiring, (often comic) coming-of-age story of Trevor Noah, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.
    Sheree chose Better Allies by Karen Caitlin, a book about everyday actions that can help create inclusive, engaging workplaces; that helps you to learn to spot situations where you can create a more inclusive culture, along with straightforward steps to take.

    The Lens Podcast
    Powered by Fujitsu, supported by McCann and in partnership with One Young World, The Lens represents the breadth, diversity and priorities of the responsible business agenda. From gender equality to zero hours contracts, learning on the factory floor to activist businesses, The Lens covers a range of topics from a host of varying perspectives. 
    Each episode brings together a business and future leader to foster disruptive conversations and fresh connections. Innovators and CEOs join Oli Barrett in the studio for a unique conversation covering their journeys, lessons learned, advice, insight and of course, the inspirational person they’d most like to meet for coffee. 
    Business in the Community is The Prince's Responsible Business Network. We convene a unique network of purposeful leaders to share insight, expertise and create innovative programmes that deliver impact. Together our ambition is to make the UK the world leader at responsible business. 
    Don’t forget to follow The Lens on Instagram and to rate, review and subscribe on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. instagram.com/thelenspodcast

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    • 32 min
    Bitesize: Adam Freeman, Global Head of CSR at Manchester Airport Group

    Bitesize: Adam Freeman, Global Head of CSR at Manchester Airport Group

    The Lens Bitesize is a series of micro episodes featuring senior leaders from the business community. In each episode our host, Nick Corrigan asks his guests about their responses to the COVID crisis and what can be done to future proof businesses, making them more responsible and equipped to deal with challenges, great and small. Build back better... Our Guest 
    Adam Freeman is Group Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at MAG. A Chartered Environmentalist, Adam leads a broad programme of sustainability initiatives across MAG’s three UK airports at Manchester, East Midlands and London Stansted. Adam’s recently coordinated the support MAG has provided to its neighbouring communities during the coronavirus pandemic and over the last year has led the development of MAG’s 2020 CSR Strategy, ‘Working together for a Brighter Future’.

    The Lens Podcast 
    You can follow The Lens on Instagram Instagram.com/thelenspodcast. Don't forget to like, subscribe and review. Your feedback helps us to improve future episodes and bring you the best conversations with senior and future leaders. 
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    • 6 min
    Bitesize: Shauna Young, CR Manager, Heron Brothers

    Bitesize: Shauna Young, CR Manager, Heron Brothers

    The Lens Bitesize is a series of micro episodes featuring senior leaders from the business community. In each episode our host, Nick Corrigan asks his guests about their responses to the COVID crisis and what can be done to future proof businesses, making them more responsible and equipped to deal with challenges, great and small. Build back better... Our Guest 
    Shauna Young, is Heron Bros. Corporate Responsibility Manager. Shauna has worked in the construction industry for over 10 years with a background in surveying, finance, and economics. She recently received her Construction Manager Chartership with CIOB and is qualified as a Community Development Practitioner and a Mental Health First Aider. Shauna uses these qualifications and experience to design and deliver Heron Bros. Responsible Business Practices.  
    Heron Bros. is a construction and property development company that is proud to deliver landmark construction projects throughout the UK and Ireland.

    The Lens Podcast 
    You can follow The Lens on Instagram Instagram.com/thelenspodcast. Don't forget to like, subscribe and review. Your feedback helps us to improve future episodes and bring you the best conversations with senior and future leaders. 
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    • 4 min
    Bitesize: Jane Lindsay-Green, Commercial Offers Manager, Energy Transition , Shell

    Bitesize: Jane Lindsay-Green, Commercial Offers Manager, Energy Transition , Shell

    The Lens Bitesize is a series of micro episodes featuring senior leaders from the business community. In each episode our host, Nick Corrigan asks his guests about their responses to the COVID crisis and what can be done to future proof businesses, making them more responsible and equipped to deal with challenges, great and small. Build back better... Our Guest 
    Jane Lindsay-Green worked in the FMCG and Telecoms industries before joining Shell in 2005, where she has designed and executed global innovation programmes. She now leads the Commercial Offers team within Shell UK’s Energy Transition group, and is responsible for the development and delivery of integrated, lower emission Power, Heat and Mobility solutions, working with UK commercial customers and local authorities to help them achieve their decarbonisation ambitions.

    The Lens Podcast 
    You can follow The Lens on Instagram Instagram.com/thelenspodcast. Don't forget to like, subscribe and review. Your feedback helps us to improve future episodes and bring you the best conversations with senior and future leaders. 
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    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

catherine eau ,

A must on Responsible Business

A great listen for anyone willing to explore what role businesses can play in tackling the social and environmental challenges of our time.

bmarga ,

Women In Business

Much-needed interactions between women in business outside of podcasts 'for women'. I love how The Lens explores the need for gender equality, wage parity, intersectionalism and so many other issues that concern women within wider conversations and debates on business. I listen to every episode and will continue to!

Funky_Monk101 ,

Great discussions

Really liked the interaction between a young leader and a more experienced one. It’s good to hear some CEOs opening up and sharing their views and experiences on topical issues.

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