Welcome to the first series of the Impact podcast. Through my career as an athlete, broadcaster, business advisor and investor I get to meet a huge amount of people, from all walks of life. There are so many private conversations that I think are worth making public, putting a spotlight on people and organisations that have a pioneering spirit, and are motivated to make positive change. Having a catalogue of these conversations also appeals to the documentarian in me, so we can look back in years to come and see what these ambitions have gone on to become. Impact is primarily a business podcast, and is the sister series to the Endurance podcast series, which focusses on my athletic interests.
The Impact podcast is supported by a business which I am proud to be a partner in, Eos Advisory, who back early-stage innovation in science, engineering and technology, mainly in Scotland, businesses that are answering some of the worlds big questions around healthcare, renewables, food and water security and climate change.
Episode 6 - Mark Bamforth
After growing up in Glasgow, Mark Bamforth worked in the oil and whisky industries before starting his entrepreneurial journey in biotech, with a series of highly successful businesses in the United States, where he has been based for many years. Mark Beaumont has known Mark Bamforth for over a decade through his support for Entrepreneurial Scotland and passion for backing careers and businesses. This conversation covers a range of topics from the personal attributes needed to step out in business, his current work in area of the microbiome and changes in healthcare over the decades, and also Scotland's place in the world when it comes to creating impact.
Episode 5 - Matt Willcocks
Matt Willcocks is the co-founder of Propel, whose tagline is to ‘change the world one personal best at a time.’ Focussed on sports-tec, they are helping build an inspiring ecosystem of businesses that are focussed on getting people active, improving wellbeing and improving athletic performance.
Episode 4 - Andy Lothian
Almost three decades ago, Andy was working in investment banking in London. He knew that he wanted to come back to his hometown of Dundee, Scotland and to make real difference in the world. Just about the same time, his father Andi was considering his next venture, and so together they established Insights. They haven't looked back, and are extremely proud that their now-global business still has its roots in Scotland. Contributing to the local economy means is a huge passion for Andy, as you will hear in this conversation.
Episode 3 - Shailesh Maingi and Andrew McNeill
Shailesh Maingi is the Founder and Chairman of Kineticos, an award-winning organization supporting Biopharmaceutical and Precision Medicine firms. Andrew McNeill is the Managing Partner of Eos Advisory, who support this podcast series – and who back early stage businesses that impact the world in science, engineering and technology. There is a new trans-Atlantic partnership between these organisations that Mark has been involved in creating.
Episode 2 - David Farquhar
David Farquhar is the CEO of Intelligent Growth Solutions, an agritech innovator, focused on vertical farming technology and smart building technologies. The business vision is to deliver commercial viability to the vertical farming model by improving productivity whilst dramatically driving down the cost of power and labour. Food and water security is one of the big global issues of our time, and it is fascinating to understand the future of farming that David is imagining.
Episode 1 - James Mitchell and Carolina Larrazabal
James Mitchell and Carolina Larrazabal are the founding couple behind BuildX Studio, based out of Nariobi, Kenya. ‘Building a radically better tomorrow’ is their company tagline and the best way of defining their lifes work. With backgrounds in architecture and design, James, Carolina and their team are trail blazing with new materials in construction, new ways of doing business with their Design-Build model and bringing more women into the construction industry, through the BuildHER program. Whilst their work is focussed in Africa, their ways of working have global application.