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BONUS EPISODE: The Best of The Lens Season 3

Season 3, Ep. 14

What a year it's been!


Many thanks to all our listeners all over the world, to Fujitsu and McCann for their generous support of this podcast, to One Young World, to our Business In The Community member companies and of course, to our inspiring guests: the senior and future leaders making the world of business more responsible, illuminating new perspectives and leading by example.


Thank you for listening and tune in for Season 4.



Our Guests 



Ann Pickering, Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief of Staff, O2 on returning to work: interview tips, authentic support and what inclusion really looks like.


Olivia Cramer, Deal Crafter, The Craftory discusses challenger brands, rebellious entrepreneurs, green energy and cause-driven business. 


Jan Gooding, Chair, Stonewall talks about community, communication and inclusion in these uncertain times


Joe Gilbert, Cloud Native Engineer, Fujitsu explains how to be a better ally and the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on his own life, as well as those of colleagues and friends.


Dr Siobhan Gardiner, Climate Change and Environmental Lead, Deloitte explores the future of plastic and her mission to bring the value of science to those who need it most.


Carlotta Giacché, Associate, Coordinating Ambassador UK, One Young World on risk, opportunity and sustainable finance


Sheree Atcheson, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Monzo Bank explains how transparency and connectivity play a key role in diversity and inclusion.


Steve Murrells, Chief Executive, The Co-op on business with purpose and what it means to be a social enterprise


Emily Rose Jenkins, Geotechnical Engineer, Transport for Wales on the future of housing, the future of travel, and how the two might combine


Claudio Gienal, CEO, AXA UK and Ireland talks about how cutting edge technology connects with tough business problems, how to make any business more innovative and how the future of healthcare will involve new forms of collaboration.


Ivan Kayima, CEO and Founder, Spiela on mentoring, taking risks and equality


Anne Boden, Founder and CEO, Starling Bank on why standing for something is integral to business success, the difference between for-profit and profit-driven and using technology for good.


Chris Conway, Group Chief Executive, Translink on the role of transport in building a cleaner and greener economy, infrastructure and future


The Lens Podcast



Powered by Fujitsu, supported by McCann and in partnership with One Young World, The Lens represents the breadth, diversity and priorities of the responsible business agenda. From gender equality to zero hours contracts, learning on the factory floor to activist businesses, The Lens covers a range of topics from a host of varying perspectives. 



Each episode brings together a business and future leader to foster disruptive conversations and fresh connections. Innovators and CEOs join Oli Barrett in the studio for a unique conversation covering their journeys, lessons learned, advice, insight and of course, the inspirational person they’d most like to meet for coffee. 



Business in the Community is The Prince's Responsible Business Network. We convene a unique network of purposeful leaders to share insight, expertise and create innovative programmes that deliver impact. Together our ambition is to make the UK the world leader at responsible business. 



Don’t forget to follow The Lens on Instagram and to rate, review and subscribe on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. instagram.com/thelenspodcast

More Episodes

5/25/2021

BP EUROPE AND UK: Innovation to secure a sustainable future

Season 4, Ep. 3
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4/13/2021

SIEMENS UK: Education, the role of mentors and how business can collaborate better with education to inspire the future workforce

Season 4, Ep. 2
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3/11/2021

SALESFORCE: Responsible leadership, digital connectivity and access to technology

Season 4, Ep. 1
This month our host Harjot Singh is joined by Gavin Patterson, President and Chief Revenue Officer at Salesforce and Chair of the Prince's Responsible Business Network – Business in the Community. Also joining the conversation is Dara Latinwo, One Young World and Manager at Deloitte.In this episode, Harjot and his guests explore responsible leadership, digital connectivity and access to technology. They talk about making valuable connections, closing the digital skills gap and the importance of having a strong sense of purpose.Our GuestsGavin was appointed President and Chief Revenue Officer, Salesforce on August 1, 2020. He is responsible for worldwide sales and distribution of Salesforce products and services. Patterson joined Salesforce in August 2019 and served as Chairman of EMEA Advisory Board and President and CEO International.Prior to Salesforce, Gavin served as Chief Executive of BT Group from 2013-19 and a board director from 2008-19. During his tenure at BT, he completed the UK rollout of the superfast fibre and started the deployment ultrafast fibre. He led the £15 billion acquisition of EE, launched BT Sport, expanded BT’s cyber security practice and championed BT’s social purpose agenda. He joined BT in 2004 as MD Consumer and joined the board as CEO BT Retail in 2008. Prior to BT, he spent four years at Virgin Media latterly as MD Consumer and nine years at Procter & Gamble in various brand management and marketing roles.In January 2021, Gavin Patterson became chair of Business in the Community - the Prince’s Responsible Business Network.Gavin is a Non-Executive Director at Elixirr Consulting, the APAX backed AI business Fractal and EQT backed Delta Fiber. He served on many boards including British Airways plc and as a Trustee at The British Museum and acting as an advisor for many tech start-ups. He graduated from Cambridge University with an MEng in Chemical Engineering.Dara is a Manager within Digital Transformation & Innovation at the global firm Deloitte, with particular areas of focus being Digital Acceleration, Workforce Transformation and Leadership Development. She is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and currently sits on the ICAEW’s Sustainability Committee.Having lived and worked across four different continents, she is passionate about rethinking and redesigning the paradigm within which organisations operate, such that sustainability - economic, environmental and societal - sits at the heart of solutions and strategies proposed for the future.The Lens PodcastSupported by McCann and in partnership with One Young World, The Lens represents the breadth, diversity and priorities of the responsible business agenda. From gender equality to zero hours contracts, learning on the factory floor to activist businesses, The Lens covers a range of topics from a host of varying perspectives.Each episode brings together a business and future leader to foster disruptive conversations and fresh connections. Innovators and CEOs join Harjot Singh in the studio for a unique conversation covering their journeys, lessons learned, advice, insight and of course, the inspirational person they’d most like to meet for coffee.Business in the Community is The Prince's Responsible Business Network. We convene a unique network of purposeful leaders to share insight, expertise and create innovative programmes that deliver impact. Together our ambition is to make the UK the world leader at responsible business.Don’t forget to follow The Lens on Instagram and to rate, review and subscribe on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. instagram.com/thelenspodcast