98 episodes

Crisis What Crisis? provides authentic, judgement-free and useful storytelling from those who have been at the brutal, sometimes life threatening, sharp end of crisis and who survived and thrived in the process. Host Andy Coulson’s own background as a newspaper editor, Downing Street Communications Director, one-time inmate of HMP Belmarsh and now sought-after adviser to CEOs, allows him to bring a unique perspective to these conversations.

Crisis What Crisis‪?‬ Andy Coulson

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 15 Ratings

Crisis What Crisis? provides authentic, judgement-free and useful storytelling from those who have been at the brutal, sometimes life threatening, sharp end of crisis and who survived and thrived in the process. Host Andy Coulson’s own background as a newspaper editor, Downing Street Communications Director, one-time inmate of HMP Belmarsh and now sought-after adviser to CEOs, allows him to bring a unique perspective to these conversations.

    83. Ben Wallace on leading through crisis and the private toll of an addiction to politics

    83. Ben Wallace on leading through crisis and the private toll of an addiction to politics

    Key words: Military, Conservatives, politics, Boris, Brexit, crisis, defence, army, drama

    As a soldier and politician Ben Wallace was tasked with keeping us safe through some of the most dangerous moments of recent times.
    As Security Minister and then as the longest serving Conservative Defence Secretary since Churchill, Ben Wallace managed crises including the 2017 Westminster terror attacks, the Salisbury Poisonings, the military response to the pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
    Earlier in life as a Scots Guards officer, he was mentioned in dispatches after thwarting an IRA attack.
    Against a backdrop of near constant political chaos, Ben has stood out as a politician who put service first … more often than not avoiding the Westminster game playing that has plagued his party for a decade.
    He will stand down at the next election and in this episode talks about the very personal, very heavy price he’s paid as a result of the jobs he’s held.
    A revealing conversation with a leading politician now free to speak his mind about all things crisis.

    Full transcript available here:
    https://www.crisiswhatcrisis.com/podcasts/ben-wallace-on-leading-through-crisis-and-the-private-toll-of-an-addiction-to-politics/

    Links
    Stream/buy ‘Allies’ by Some Velvet Morning: https://ampl.ink/qp6bm
    Some Velvet Morning Website: https://www.somevelvetmorning.co.uk
    Your Daily Practice: Sleep by Myndstream: https://open.spotify.com/track/5OX9XgJufFz9g63o2Dv2i5?si=b2f9397c92084682

    Host – Andy Coulson
    CWC team: Jane Sankey, Louise Difford, Zach Ellis and Mabel Pickering
    With special thanks to Ioana Barbu and the brilliant people at Global

    For all PR and guest approaches please contact – podcast@coulsonpartners.com

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Courtney Lawes' Crisis Comforts

    Courtney Lawes' Crisis Comforts

    As regular listeners and viewers will know, at the end of all our conversations we ask our guests for their three crisis comforts; their go-tos for inspiration and strength during the challenging times. Short but perfectly formed advice for getting you through the tough moments.
    Over the years we have heard some incredibly interesting and more importantly, useful tips for anyone who might be feeling the weight of their own problems.
    In this episode we are joined by one of rugby’s finest international players; Northampton Saints legend, British and Irish Lion and former England Captain Courtney Lawes.
    As you would expect from someone as dedicated and resilient as Courtney, he has some very simple but effective remedies for getting back on track. And of course, if you enjoy this shorter episode, you can listen to our full conversation with Courtney on the link below.

    Full episode:
    https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/82-courtney-lawes-on-facing-down-the-haters-fighting/id1517015748?i=1000645514562

    Links
    https://twitter.com/Courtney_Lawes
    https://www.instagram.com/bigcourts89/
    https://www.instagram.com/p/C3Cq4f7M4w6/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

    Stream/buy ‘Allies’ by Some Velvet Morning: https://ampl.ink/qp6bm
    Some Velvet Morning Website: www.somevelvetmorning.co.uk
    Your Daily Practice: Sleep by Myndstream: https://open.spotify.com/track/5OX9XgJufFz9g63o2Dv2i5?si=b2f9397c92084682

    Host – Andy Coulson
    CWC team: Jane Sankey, Louise Difford, Zach Ellis and Mabel Pickering
    With special thanks to Ioana Barbu and the brilliant people at Global

    For all PR and guest approaches please contact – podcast@coulsonpartners.com

    Full transcript available here:
    https://www.crisiswhatcrisis.com/podcasts/courtney-lawes-on-facing-down-the-haters-fighting-for-family-values-and-refusing-to-take-the-knee/

    • 5 min
    82. Courtney Lawes on facing down the haters, fighting for family values and refusing to take the knee

    82. Courtney Lawes on facing down the haters, fighting for family values and refusing to take the knee

    Key words: Premiership Rugby, Northampton Saints, Six Nations, British and Irish Lions, England, Sports, Family, BLM, Leadership, The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ)

    In this episode we are joined by one of rugby’s finest international players: Northampton Saints legend, British and Irish Lion and former England Captain Courtney Lawes.
    When Courtney decided to retire from international rugby after last year’s World Cup, there was some shock – not least because he was still in the form of his life. But the Dad of four was clear that the time had come to be at home with his young family, not on tour or training with his England teammates.
    That belief in the importance of family is central to Courtney. Having seen up close how life can go wrong without that stable background, he is a passionate supporter of the Centre for Social Justice and their work promoting the importance of family and the value of sport.
    Serious injuries, a result of Courtney’s uncompromising style of play, have led to long periods on the sidelines. The uncompromising opinions that he holds off the pitch have brought vitriol on social media, most famously when he dared to offer a view around Marcus Rashford’s campaigning.
    His resilience in those difficult moments, on and off the pitch, is just one of the revealing and useful discussions we have in this episode. My thanks to Courtney for joining me.

    Full transcript available here:
    https://www.crisiswhatcrisis.com/podcasts/courtney-lawes-on-facing-down-the-haters-fighting-for-family-values-and-refusing-to-take-the-knee/

    Links
    https://twitter.com/Courtney_Lawes
    https://www.instagram.com/bigcourts89/
    https://www.instagram.com/p/C3Cq4f7M4w6/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

    Stream/buy ‘Allies’ by Some Velvet Morning: https://ampl.ink/qp6bm
    Some Velvet Morning Website: www.somevelvetmorning.co.uk
    Your Daily Practice: Sleep by Myndstream: https://open.spotify.com/track/5OX9XgJufFz9g63o2Dv2i5?si=b2f9397c92084682

    Host – Andy Coulson
    CWC team: Jane Sankey, Louise Difford, Zach Ellis and Mabel Pickering
    With special thanks to Ioana Barbu and the brilliant people at Global

    For all PR and guest approaches please contact – podcast@coulsonpartners.com

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Jason Watkins' Crisis Comforts

    Jason Watkins' Crisis Comforts

    As regular listeners and viewers will know, at the end of all our conversations we ask our guests for their three crisis comforts; their go-tos for inspiration and strength during the challenging times.
    Short but perfectly formed advice for getting you through the tough moments.
    Over the years we have heard some incredibly interesting and useful tips for anyone who might be feeling the weight of their own problems.
    In this episode, Jason Watkins, award-winning actor and campaigner, shares his Crisis Comforts with us.
    Jason has won a best actor Bafta for his role in the Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries, and has starred in The Crown, Macdonald and Dodds, Bridget Jones and of course the hilarious Nativity films.
    As one of Britain’s leading performers, he has got us thinking, made us laugh and even cry, and his Crisis Comforts are as creative and emotive as you would expect.

    Full episode and transcript available below:
    https://www.crisiswhatcrisis.com/podcasts/jason-watkins-on-losing-his-daughter-maude-why-we-must-get-better-at-grief-and-battling-depression/

    Links
    Jason’s Just Giving Page in memory of Maude for The UK Sepsis Trust - https://www.justgiving.com/Jason-watkins4maude/
    The UK Sepsis Trust - https://sepsistrust.org
    Surviving the Loss of your World - https://slowgroup.co.uk
    Child Bereavement UK - https://www.childbereavementuk.org/patrons-jason-watkins

    Stream/buy ‘Allies’ by Some Velvet Morning: https://ampl.ink/qp6bm
    Some Velvet Morning Website: www.somevelvetmorning.co.uk
    Your Daily Practice: Sleep by Myndstream: https://open.spotify.com/track/5OX9XgJufFz9g63o2Dv2i5?si=b2f9397c92084682

    Host – Andy Coulson
    CWC team: Jane Sankey, Louise Difford, Zach Ellis and Mabel Pickering
    With special thanks to Ioana Barbu and the brilliant people at Global

    For all PR and guest approaches please contact – podcast@coulsonpartners.com

    • 8 min
    81. Actor Jason Watkins on losing his daughter Maude, battling depression and shining a light on grief

    81. Actor Jason Watkins on losing his daughter Maude, battling depression and shining a light on grief

    Key words: ADHD, child bereavement, dyslexia, grief, sepsis, suicide

    In this episode I am joined by the award-winning actor and campaigner Jason Watkins. One of Britain’s leading performers whose roles across drama and comedy – on TV, film and stage – have got us thinking, made us laugh and even cry.
    Jason has won a best actor Bafta for his role in the Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries, played Prime Minister Harold Wilson brilliantly in The Crown and stars in the hit series Macdonald and Dodds. On the big screen he appeared in Bridget Jones and of course the hilarious Nativity films.
    But it’s as a result of personal tragedy that Jason has taken on the role of campaigner. Following the sudden death of his two-and-a-half year old daughter Maude on New Year’s Day 2011 (ck this!) Jason and his wife Clara have worked tirelessly as Ambassadors for the UK Sepsis Trust. In the ITV documentary ‘In Memory of Maudie’ they shone a powerful light on the process of their own terrible grief in the hope that it will help others.
    I also talk to Jason about his earlier struggles with mental health, his recently diagnosed ADHD and how through resilience, humour and the support of his family he remains, in my view, destined to become a national treasure.
    My thanks to Jason for this moving and brave conversation. And if you take away one thing from this powerful episode, please make it this; if you’re worried about someone’s medical condition just ask the doctor “could it be sepsis?”

    This episode includes a discussion about the loss of a child.

    Links:
    Jason’s Just Giving Page in memory of Maude for UK Sepsis Trust - https://www.justgiving.com/Jason-watkins4maude/
    Surviving the Loss of your World - https://slowgroup.co.uk
    Child Bereavement UK - https://www.childbereavementuk.org/patrons-jason-watkins
    The UK Sepsis Trust - https://sepsistrust.org/

    Stream/buy ‘Allies’ by Some Velvet Morning: https://ampl.ink/qp6bm
    Some Velvet Morning Website: www.somevelvetmorning.co.uk
    Your Daily Practice: Sleep by Myndstream: https://open.spotify.com/track/5OX9XgJufFz9g63o2Dv2i5?si=b2f9397c92084682

    Host – Andy Coulson
    CWC team: Jane Sankey, Louise Difford, Zach Ellis and Mabel Pickering
    With special thanks to Ioana Barbu and the brilliant people at Global

    For all PR and guest approaches please contact – podcast@coulsonpartners.com

    • 1 hr 15 min
    James Landale's Crisis Comforts

    James Landale's Crisis Comforts

    As regular listeners will know, at the end of all our conversations we ask our guests for their three crisis comforts; their go-tos for inspiration and strength during the challenging times. Short but perfectly formed advice for getting you through the tough moments.

    Over the years we have heard some incredibly interesting and useful tips for anyone who might be feeling the weight of their own problems.

    In this episode James Landale, the BBC's Diplomatic Correspondent, shares his Crisis Comforts with us. The full episode is available below.

    Full episode and transcript available below:
    https://www.crisiswhatcrisis.com/podcasts/bbcs-james-landale-on-conflict-cancer-and-why-we-get-it-so-wrong-with-death/

    Links:
    Stream/buy ‘Allies’ by Some Velvet Morning: https://ampl.ink/qp6bm
    Some Velvet Morning Website: www.somevelvetmorning.co.uk
    Your Daily Practice: Sleep by Myndstream: https://open.spotify.com/track/5OX9XgJufFz9g63o2Dv2i5?si=b2f9397c92084682

    Production team:
    Host – Andy Coulson
    CWC production team: Louise Difford and Jane Sankey
    With special thanks to Global

    For all PR and guest approaches please contact – podcast@coulsonpartners.com

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Taidie Bumps ,

Inspiring

Andy, I thoroughly enjoy your podcasts / James Timpson’s interview the most recent which I found so very incredible / very honourable man. You have engaged some very wonderful and interesting characters. Thank you 🙏🏼 we live and learn from others experiences and you do a wonderful job. Claire Kosinski

MarthaWilkie ,

Episode 47 on brain cancer is moving and wise

Really thoughtful, touching, and brutally honest episode on glioblastoma, the worst type of brain cancer.

LindseyLaine ,

Honesty and crisis cures- great podcast

Andy and his guests are bitingly honest in looking back at times of crisis in their lives. My favorite content is the end of each episode when each guest is asked for their 3 “crisis cures”- as guidance and help for everyone now trying to survival a global pandemic crisis of our own.

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