How to be a CEO


Lloyds Banking Group: Fiona Cannon OBE

Season 1, Ep. 14

Fiona Cannon is the director for Sustainable Business at Lloyds Banking Group, where she's responsible for inclusion and diversity. In this episode we talk about:

  • Why diversity in some companies hasn't hit the leadership levels yet
  • The importance of agile working in the post-lockdown era
  • What's being done to improve opportunities for minority groups
  • The importance of supporting those with mental health difficulties
  • The progress that's been made, and what's to come

The Evening Standard's hosting the Watercooler event at Olympia London on May 25th and 26th. More than 100 experts will be talking about workplace wellbeing. It's free, to register click here.

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Heathrow CFO: How my breakdown changed the way the airport works

Season 1, Ep. 59
In this frank interview, Heathrow’s Chief Financial Officer Javier Echave talks about the addiction to exercise and his mobile phone that contributed to a breakdown in 2016. Since then, he’s been pioneering efforts not just at the airport but across companies in the UK to improve workplace wellbeing policies. He’s on the Business in the Community group which represents around 600 companies and employs around 5.5 million people, and is working on raising issues like dealing with stress in offices. In this episode we talk about:  The factors that led to “the darkest moments” of his mental health Why 51 percent of BiC members don’t feel comfortable talking about mental health 12 percent say they can be demoted or disciplined if they talk about mental health problems Why everyone in the C-suite of a company should prioritise mental health wellbeing The four things companies need to do when changing workplace culture Why there shouldn’t be a “conflict between money and health” What the “mood lift” scale is, and how Heathrow uses it to check-in with manager’s health  Javier’s going to be appearing at the Watercooler event, which is taking place at the same time and the same location as our SME XPO – on the 25th and 26th of April at ExCel London. It’s going to feature more than 100 speakers on how to deliver a healthy workplace culture. For more info and free tickets go to