Welcome to Oxbridge's very own 'How Did You Get Here?' podcast, hosted by Rudy Heywood and a selected co-host and guest on every episode. To help you get inspired to achieve your goals, we invite successful people onto our show and delve into their life journey and experiences, right from when they started out to to where they are today. We celebrate the wins of our guests whilst also reflecting on their hardest lessons along the way. Success doesn't happen overnight, and so the aim of this podcast is to discover the stories and choices that lead our guests to their achievements and proudest moments.
How Geoff Cousins Went from Welsh Mining Town to Managing Director of Jaguar UK
In episode 7, Oxbridge founder Matt Jones speaks with business leader Geoff Cousins, best known for his roles as Managing Director at Jaguar UK (the UK's largest car manufacturer) and Chief Financial Officer at Jaguar Land Rover North America.
Geoff has already had an incredible career and continues to be on the leading edge, sitting in crucial roles such as Chairman of Cure Leukaemia and Chairman of G&P Group Holdings Ltd, a global, full-service quality management provider. If this wasn't enough, Geoff is also Managing Director of GCA Partners, an SME growth consultancy and a Visiting Professor of Global Governance for the University of South Wales.
This is the quintessential story of social mobility, and in this "no holes barred" podcast, we also talk about how he nearly got fired by one of the most powerful people at Ford.
This episode is filled with career advice, overcoming setbacks, and an insight into the mindset of a great leader.
P.S. Geoff is riding from London to Paris alongside 135 people to raise money for Cure Leukaemia. Did you know... 38,000 people are diagnosed with a form of blood cancer every year – that is a staggering one person every 14 minutes.
If you'd like to donate to this important cause and support Geoff on his ride to Paris, you can do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/geoff-cousins1
All support and donations hugely appreciated 🧡
Episode 6 - How Apprentice Winner James White Embraces His Unique Skills and Traits for Success
In episode 6, we catch up with the wonderful 2017 BBC Apprentice Winner, James White. He spills the beans on what it's really like to be a candidate in Lord Sugar's show, giving details about the process, living in the house with the other candidates and how the experience compares to real life. He also talks about the importance of looking after your team and giving people opportunities based on drive and determination, not just academics.
Episode 5 - How PJ Ellis, Ex-Big Bro finalist turned Digital Marketing Director is Putting Brum Back on the Map!
We chat to PJ Ellis, former solicitor turned marketing director (who spent some time in the Big Brother house along the way!) about how he got to where he is today, plus the amazing work he's doing which is putting Birmingham back on the map.
Episode 4 - How Ninder Johal Produced the Biggest Bhangra Hit in History, even Jay-Z Wanted In!
In this podcast, Deputy Lieutenant and CEO of Nachural, Ninder Johal discusses his upbringing and education in a religious family, and how he broke through the traditions associated with this. He talks about how the education system needs to keep up with digital innovation. Ninder also explains his journey into music and entrepreneurship.
Episode 3 - How Jenny Coughlin became Paralympian Gold and Silver Medallist
At Oxbridge, we love speaking to people with stories to tell. Jennifer Coughlin definitely meets the criteria of having an interesting story to tell too! From how she became a Paralympian swimmer to re-entering the workforce as a paramedic, find out all about Jennifer’s journey in this months podcast.
Episode 2 - How Birmingham Entrepreneur Matt Jones is Revolutionising the Education Industry
In the latest episode of "How did You Get Here?", we talk to our very own Matt Jones, Oxbridge founder and EdTech trailblazer. We covered it all, from how Matt launched one of the UK's leading online colleges, to creating the right office culture, and how to become an effective leader. If you've ever wondered how to cultivate the mindset of an entrepreneur, you won't want to miss this! Visit our website: https://oxbridge.uk/