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Pride and the pandemic: a remote recording special

Season 3, Ep. 3

These are troubling times, both personally and professionally. Now more than ever, support for one another is needed. We hope that this episode and past episodes of The Lens will provide insight, support and a welcome distraction, wherever in the world you are. Stay safe. Let’s get to the conversation... 


Introducing Season 3 Episode 3 of The Lens: This month our host Oli Barrett MBE is joined by Jan Gooding, Chair of the LGBT advocacy organisation Stonewall, and Joe Gilbert, a Cloud Native Engineer at Fujitsu and a representative for Fujitsu Pride Network. 

 

Oli and our guests discuss community, communication and inclusion in these uncertain times and the impact of the Corona Virus pandemic on their own lives, as well as those of their colleagues and friends. Jan and Joe also share their experiences of first jobs, identity at the intersection between self and career and insights on how to be a better ally. 


And of course, our host asks both Joe and Jan who they’d most like to meet for coffee and which books they’ll be adding to the famous Lens Reading List.

 

Our Guests

 

Jan Gooding has worked with the likes of Aviva, British Gas and BT, and has been managing partner of two successful marketing consultancies; antennae and BLUEdOOR. She is chair of PAMCo (Publishers Audience Measurement Company), an Executive Committee member of WACL (Women in Advertising and Communication London) and a Fellow of the Marketing Society. In 2015, Jan was ranked 16 in the Top 100 Outstanding in Business list published in the Financial Times. She holds an MA in Economics from Girton College, Cambridge. 


Joe Gilbert is Graduate Cloud Native Engineer at Fujitsu UK. With a degree in Business and IT from Sheffield Hallam University, Joe is passionate about community and communication. He is a representative for the Fujitsu Pride Network and currently works within the company to offer a strong professional support network to colleagues across Europe.


The Lens Podcast


The Lens is a Business in the Community podcast. We aim to create an open and unscripted conversation between current and future leaders and to challenge the way we all think about responsible business. 


Hosted by Oli Barrett MBE, The Lens creates a space for leaders to convene, always with one eye on the future. Our guests’ conversations cover anything from climate change, the unintended consequences of AI and automation and access to ‘good work’, through to topics such as inclusivity, surveillance and diversity in the workplace.

 

Our host, Oli Barrett MBE is a serial entrepreneur who enjoys making useful connections between people and ideas. The creator of Tenner, the UK’s largest schools enterprise challenge, Co-Founder of social venture Volunteer It Yourself (VIY) and Founder of TOTS (Turn on the Subtitles), the children’s literacy campaign.

 

In 2011, Oli co-founded StartUp Britain, launched by the British Prime Minister and funded by the private sector. The campaign led to the creation of PitchUp Britain with John Lewis and Sainsbury’s and PopUp Britain, with the opening of shops around the UK.

 

Oli is on the advisory boards of Tech London Advocates, One Million Mentors and Troubadour Theatres, and is a Fellow of impact incubator and business builder Zinc.His latest venture, The Connector Unit, founded in 2016, forges valuable and creative connections across a range of sectors and industries.

 

“I love making useful introductions” says Oli. “I believe that creativity and problem solving are fuelled by connections between often wildly different people and ideas, and I want to help create projects which embrace this.”

 

Generously powered by Fujitsu and supported by McCann, The Lens also partners with One Young World and Bright Network to connect with future leaders around the world. Each month a global business leader sits down with an emerging leader who is already making their mark 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, controversy and of course, the inspirational person they’d most like to meet for coffee.

 

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.

 

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

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Season 3, Ep. 7
This month our host Oli Barrett MBE is joined by Openreach Northern Ireland Director, Mairead Meyer and Sheree Atcheson, former Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Monzo Bank.In this episode our host Oli Barrett MBE gets an understanding of how transparency and connectivity play a key role in diversity and inclusion.And of course, our host asks both Mairead and Sheree who they’d most like to meet for coff­ee and which books they’ll be adding to the famous Lens Reading List.Our GuestsMairead is Director of Openreach in Northern Ireland. With over 12 years of experience working in the leading communications company, Mairead is responsible for over 800 members of staff including large engineering teams and she also engages with major customers and stakeholders. Proud to invest in its people, Openreach has an impressive training programme where its key aim is to keep staff motivated and happy. It also has a popular apprenticeship programme, helping to engineer the future workforce with quality training and real career prospects. Prior to this position, Mairead has held senior management roles across Planning, Operations and Field engineering within BT and has taken a leading role in the completion of large scale fibre broadband delivery projects throughout Northern Ireland.Sheree is Global Ambassador at Women Who Code and former Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Monzo Bank. Listed as one of the UK's most influential women in technology, she is an international multi-award winning Diversity and Inclusion leader who is a global change maker in pushing for equality in industry. Monzo’s mission is to make money work for everyone by treating people fairly and being totally transparent. The challenger bank promotes an inclusive and empowering working environment to support every team member. Sheree has developed a wide range of training and resources at Monzo. Prior to this, she has held various roles on inclusion; including developing and implementing the Deloitte Inclusion Strategy.The Lens Reading ListMairead chose Trevor Noah's Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. A compelling, inspiring, (often comic) coming-of-age story of Trevor Noah, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.Sheree chose Better Allies by Karen Caitlin, a book about everyday actions that can help create inclusive, engaging workplaces; that helps you to learn to spot situations where you can create a more inclusive culture, along with straightforward steps to take.The Lens PodcastPowered 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