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Let Me Introduce You to Dr Helene Roberts , FTSE 500 CEO and Listed as One of Cranfield's top 100 women to watch.

Season 2, Ep. 14

Helene is the CEO of Robinsons PLC, one of only 5% of the UK' s FTSE 500 CEO' s who is female .

  • When I first met her she had established herself in the packaging industry and was sharing insights about good packaging on a judging panel for food awards.
  •  For many years she was at M&S latterly as head of food and drink packaging , and she really valued her foundations learned  there in ethical supply chains something she has taken with her to every role since. 
  •  She then stepped onto the Supply side and is now using all her knowledge gleaned in retail as the customer , in her role as CEO of Robinsons , to help them keep focused on customer needs.
  • Cranfield University highlighted her as one of their top 100 women to watch, she is acutely aware that she is one of a very small number of FTSE 500 female cEO's nd thinks it is important for women to see people doing roles they may aspire to.
  •  She relishes her role a CEO which allows her to help give opportunities to others in the business and prepare them for roles they will go onto in Robinsons, or elsewhere
  •  Her interest in people, hearing their stories, how she can help them and help their careers is a common thread in every role she has done and loved.
  • If she has any spare time it is spent with her family and dog and she also enjoys running and being outdoors.

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Let Me Introduce You To Francis Gimblett, author of the Gimblett's Guide to The Best of British Cheese, and Co-Owner of Taste of the Vine, an Interactive Food and Drink Events Business. ,

Season 3, Ep. 3
Let Me Introduce You to Francis Gimblett, Author of Gimblett's Guide to the Best of British Cheeses, and co Owner of Taste of the Vine, an interactive food and drink event company.Francis and I met in Spring 2021 when I joined one of his monthly Friday evening meet the cheesemaker tasting sessions. I learned so much and loved meeting the cheesemakers. I told other people and very quickly was joined on screen by 10-12 friends each month ....My copy of Francis book , Gimblett's Guide to the Best of British Cheeses has become very well thumbed and through it i have tracked down cheesemakers around the UK and even found a cheesemaking course in Tottenham, London inspired by him.He is a great story teller so i know you will enjoy hearing about :his journey in food and drinkpeople who have inspired or encouraged himhis French mother's cooking and how that added to his food journeyhow he has for many years, resisted repitition and always desired change, t learn or to reinvent things BUT how possibly now after almost 2 years of constant change, he my just be happy for a little more predictability for a while we talk about work life balance and partnering in business with his wifeabout the importance of understanding your P&L and planning for your business right from Day 1 we also get a hint or two about his next taste adventure....I cannot wait