14 episodes

We created this podcast in order to celebrate the lives and work of people who have transformed communities, businesses, and the wider world, making a real difference in the lives of others. We call them "Difference Makers". Some overcame great personal adversity in their journey. They all showed the knowledge, perspective, skills and capabilities to lead, to achieve, and to make real change when it is needed most. Oh, and by the way... they are all Chartered Accountants!

Difference Makers Podcast Chartered Accountants Worldwide

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We created this podcast in order to celebrate the lives and work of people who have transformed communities, businesses, and the wider world, making a real difference in the lives of others. We call them "Difference Makers". Some overcame great personal adversity in their journey. They all showed the knowledge, perspective, skills and capabilities to lead, to achieve, and to make real change when it is needed most. Oh, and by the way... they are all Chartered Accountants!

    E6: Ronan Dunne: It's not What You Do, It's What You Make Happen

    E6: Ronan Dunne: It's not What You Do, It's What You Make Happen

    In this episode we hear from Ronan Dunne, chair of Six Nations Rugby.   Ronan was formerly the executive vice president and CEO of Verizon Consumer Group, where he helped define a new era of possibilities with the introduction of 5G. He was responsible for providing wireline voice, data and TV products and services and wireless connected experiences to more than 100 million consumers every day. 

    Ronan is a fellow and former council member of the Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI) and a fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT). Ronan is a Counsellor for the One Young World charity that brings together young leaders from around the world and empowers them to make lasting connections to create positive change. 
    Ronan tells us about his  professional journey from sports-loving schoolboy to CEO of one of the largest telecommunication companies in the world. More importantly Ronan tells us how he believes that although talent might be evenly distributed throughout society, opportunity is not and in order to Make a Difference, we need to create the conditions for people to thrive.

    • 16 min
    Discussed 8 - Address and Embrace Mental Health to Build a Better Business - Ronan Dunne

    Discussed 8 - Address and Embrace Mental Health to Build a Better Business - Ronan Dunne

    Ronan was formerly the executive vice president and CEO of Verizon Consumer Group, where he helped define a new era of possibilities with the introduction of 5G. He was responsible for providing wireline voice, data and TV products and services and wireless connected experiences to more than 100 million consumers every day.
     
     Before his work at Verizon, Ronan was chief executive officer of Telefónica UK (O2). While leading O2 UK, the largest wireless operator in the United Kingdom, he significantly improved its growth trajectory through market leadership in brand, customer satisfaction and loyalty. Ronan was previously O2’s chief financial officer in the UK, and prior to that, served as head of finance and deputy to the group chief financial officer of O2.
     
     Prior to O2, he held senior positions in banking with Banque Nationale de Paris and in the corporate sector with Exel plc. and Waste Management International plc.
    Ronan is a fellow and former council member of the Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI) and a fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT). Ronan is a Counsellor for the One Young World charity that brings together young leaders from around the world and empowers them to make lasting connections to create positive change.
     Ronan talks about Mind Together, a new initiative from Verizon, in conjunction with Kellogg Company, Snap and Spotify, that aims to address and transform mental health in the workplace.

    • 12 min
    Discussed 7 - Mandy Muchnick Hosts the Mental Health Roundtable with Dee, Jonny and Ronan

    Discussed 7 - Mandy Muchnick Hosts the Mental Health Roundtable with Dee, Jonny and Ronan

    In this episode, our guests talk about Mental Health and its attendant issues, with particular attention to the world of Chartered Accountants.
     
    Each of our guests has hands-on experience in improving our attitude to mental health.  They have all worked to battle both the stigma and the effects of mental health issues and each has a unique perspective on the issue. 
     
     
    We want them to tell their story and discuss what Chartered Accountants and the business & finance sector need to do to stamp out discrimination and increase access for all.

    • 25 min
    Discussed 6 - We have to Educate Early About Mental Health - Jonny Jacobs

    Discussed 6 - We have to Educate Early About Mental Health - Jonny Jacobs

    Jonny has been a Finance Director at Starbucks since 2020, where his role covers the diverse markets across the EMEA region. In addition to his core role, he holds the position of Sponsor of Starbucks' Wellbeing Blend Network, an employee resource group. Prior to Starbucks, Jonny was Head of Food Finance at M&S Foods, and before that he spent eight years at international snacking brand pladis with most recent roles including Strategy & Transformation Director and interim CFO for North America. He has a wealth of experience across commercial, operational and group roles. He trained with KPMG and qualified as a CA in 2006.
     
    Jonny believes in purpose-driven leadership and has a passion for wellbeing, ED&I and sustainability agendas in business. His passion to drive change is championed through his many roles across non-exec platforms including a Trustee of the Mental Health Foundation, Non Exec of Mental Health at Work, One Young World Ambassador, Goalkeeper of the Bill & Malinda Gates Foundation, and One Young Chartered Accountant of the Year 2017
     
     
    Jonny was the focus of the CAW Difference Makers Podcast in the episode “Ending the Stigma of Mental Health”.  In the podcast, he speaks openly about his own struggles with mental health in his teens and talks about the importance of acknowledging challenges people may be experiencing in their lives.
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    • 11 min
    Discussed 5 - Tackling Mental Health in the Workplace Helps Everybody - Dee France

    Discussed 5 - Tackling Mental Health in the Workplace Helps Everybody - Dee France

    Dee France is Wellbeing Lead at Chartered Accountants Ireland, managing Thrive Wellbeing Hub, and CA Support, the Institute’s registered charity set up to provide financial assistance supports to members and students. With over 25 years' experience working in multi-nationals in both London and Dublin, she is well placed to understand the challenges, as well as the enjoyment, of working in high-pressure environments. Dee brings her natural empathy and passion for hope-orientated mental health, stress management and holistic wellbeing solutions to her role at the Institute. 

    • 12 min
    Discussed 4 - When it comes to inclusion, never assume - Mufseen Miah

    Discussed 4 - When it comes to inclusion, never assume - Mufseen Miah

    More than 1,700 people from over 60 countries registered to attend  the first episode of a new series from Chartered Accountants Worldwide, ‘Difference Makers Discuss…’
    The first episode was ‘Difference Makers Discuss… The Value of Diversity’ and included a dynamic group of speakers with expertise in chartered accountancy, strategic leadership, entrepreneurship, and academic research.
    In this podcast, Mufseen Miah  speaks about mental health and the role of employers in their workplaces.  For most LGBT people, if not all, we constantly must come out, because the assumption is that we are all heterosexual or cisgendered.  So, we are always kind of surveilling our environment to make sure it’s a safe environment.  So small acts of allyship from other people make a huge difference to an employee’s mental health in the workforce.
    One of the key things about inclusion is never to assume, says Mufseen, we should always ask in a very inclusive way, and never  interrogate people. If you learn that lesson, then you can fight against unconscious bias and hopefully make an environment that works well for all colleagues.

    Mufseen is the former financial director of Pride London and a tireless campaigner for LGBTQ+ rights. 

    • 13 min

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