This is Change Makers – the podcast bringing you ideas, life lessons and amazing stories from those making a difference in extraordinary times.
Powered by campaigns firm Seven Hills and hosted by Michael Hayman, this interview series delves into what makes leaders tick and looks at the contribution this empowers them to bring to the world.
This is the podcast for those who want to hear the optimism that comes from challenging the status quo.
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Richard Walker, Managing Director, Iceland Foods
Joining Michael on today’s Change Makers is Richard Walker, Managing Director of Iceland Foods. With a call to environmental action at the heart of his business ethos and a longstanding commitment to sustainability, Richard is a champion for the role of purpose in powering business profit. He has upheld the family legacy of ‘doing it right’ through initiatives to abolish palm oil in supermarket products, reduce plastic waste and commit to achieving carbon neutrality. His book ‘The Green Grocer: One man’s manifesto for corporate activism’ is set to be released in April, as he looks to inspire a supermarket-led change towards a better world, with nobody left behind.
Amy Williams, Founder & CEO, Good-Loop
On today's Change Makers, Michael is joined by Amy Williams, co-founder and CEO of the ethical advertising agency, Good-Loop. With a commitment to making an impact, Amy is a pioneer in the advertising industry for combining profit and purpose. As a winner of Adtech's Next Big Thing, Amy is a young change maker who has revolutionised the way businesses advertise and is continuing to help some of the world’s biggest businesses make a positive social impact. With clients like Coca-Cola, Nestlé and Unilever, Good-Loop is on track to reach its target of raising £5 million for partner charities like WWF and WaterAid by 2022.
Terry Waite CBE, Humanitarian & Author
“At the end of the day, love and compassion will win." Those are the inspiring words of Michael’s guest today, Terry Waite – former special envoy for the Archbishop of Canterbury, author and humanitarian. Working as a hostage negotiator in Beirut in 1987, he was taken hostage himself and held captive for more than four years – almost all of which was spent in solitary confinement. But in even the most trying of circumstances, Terry never let his imprisonment overcome him. While in captivity, he wrote his first book ‘Taken on Trust’, in his head, the first in what was to become a fruitful literary career. Since his release in 1991, Terry has founded numerous charities, including Hostage International, which gives emotional and physical support to hostage victims and their families. This is a story of someone who made light from the darkest situation and for whom love, hope and peace is always the answer.
Terry Waite has a long and distinguished record as a former hostage negotiator (having been a hostage), humanitarian, and author. Terry comes from Cheshire, where he was born in 1939, and on was first appointed as Education Advisor to the Anglican Bishop of Bristol. He and his family moved to Uganda in 1969 where he worked for the first African Anglican Archbishop of Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. Around this time he founded the Southern Sudan Project, setting up aid and development programmes in the region. In 1980 Terry joined the Private Staff of the Archbishop of Canterbury, successfully negotiating the release of several hostages from Iran and Libya and gained public attention. In January 1987, while negotiating for the release of Western hostages in Lebanon, he himself was taken captive and remained in captivity for 1,763 days, the first four years of which he spent in solitary confinement. Terry was released in November 1991. Terry co-founded Y Care International in 1984, serving first as Chair, and now as President. Terry is also President of Emmaus UK (for homeless people), Chairman and co-founder of Hostage UK, and has been actively involved with Prison reform. He was awarded the MBE in 1983 and the CBE in 1992 and has received many awards including honorary doctorates from British and foreign universities.
Melanie Reid MBE, Journalist
Our guest today is the award-winning Times journalist and bestselling author, Melanie Reid. In 2010, a riding accident saw Melanie break both her neck and back, leaving her paralysed. Since then, she has written about her attempts to come to terms with her disability in her weekly ‘Spinal Column’ for The Times. Her bestselling memoir ‘The World I Fell Out Of’ won the Saltire Scottish non-fiction book of the year, for its heart-wrenching and humorous account of her lifechanging accident. Outside of her writer’s room, Melanie is the patron of numerous charities including Spinal Research, the Association for Continence Advice, the Colostomy Association and Friends at the End, all matters she never expected to be expert in. She is renowned for her dry humour and authenticity and her tip is simply this: ‘do a lot of dancing.’
Melanie Reid MBE is a writer with The Times. Since 2010, when she broke her neck in a riding accident, she’s written Spinal Column, an award-winning account of life with disability. Born in London, resident in Scotland, she’s spent 40 years as a journalist, newspaper executive, broadcaster and self-styled “slayer of waffle”. She’s a patron of Spinal Research, the Association for Continence Advice, the Colostomy Association and Friends at the End. The paperback of her best-selling memoir The World I Fell Out Of, which won the Saltire prize for non-fiction, is out now.
I. Stephanie Boyce, Vice President, The Law Society
"I've practiced the law, I've practically perfected it. I've seen injustice in the world and I've corrected it." Words from the musical 'Hamilton', but they could well be used to describe our guest today, Stephanie Boyce – someone who has spoken about the strong sense of justice that inspired her to study law. Stephanie is the Vice President of The Law Society of England & Wales and in October 2021, is set to become its President – only the sixth woman and the first black person, or indeed first person from any ethnic minority background, to hold the post in its almost 200 year history. Her family say they came to the UK from the Caribbean in search of faith, hope and opportunity, and in this episode Stephanie talks about how they inspired her, her experiences growing up in both the US and the UK, and the perseverance that has taken her to the very top of her profession.
Lord Michael Grade CBE, Television Executive
Our guest today has been described as the lord of UK TV – and he certainly has the CV to match. Lord Michael Grade is the television executive who has left an indelible mark on British television, in an industry career that spans almost 50 years. From a role as deputy controller at London Weekend Television, he has since taken the reigns at the BBC on two occasions as its controller and chairman respectively, as well as 10 years as CEO of Channel 4 and executive chairman of ITV. Known for getting the job done, he was inspired at a young age by his showbiz family, and today is still ensuring that the show must go on – most recently providing his expertise to a government panel on the future of public service broadcasting. The man who hated Dr Who, commissioned Eastenders and poached Brucie from the BBC, his is a life of stories from behind the curtain.