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The future of plastic: responsible innovation and biohacking business

Season 3, Ep. 5

Introducing Season 3 Episode 5 of The Lens: This month our host Oli Barrett MBE is joined by Niall Dunne, CEO of Polymateria and Siobhan Gardiner, Climate Change and Environment Lead at Deloitte Ventures. 


In this episode our host Oli Barrett MBE meets a doctor on a mission to bring the value of science to those who need it most and CEO of the Tesla of plastic. Oli and our guests discuss how big business can learn from start ups and tech pioneers, the power of superbrands to shift from conspicuous consumption to conscious consumption and how the plastic of the future will have a sell-by date.. 


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


Our Guests


Niall Dunne joined Polymateria as Chief Executive Officer in January 2018 to tackle the global crisis of plastic waste and lead the company towards its mission of advancing science to help nature deal with plastic pollution. Niall is a passionate advocate of business aligning behind an inspiring purpose that can optimise its strategy, differentiate its brand and motivate its culture thereby enabling sustainable long term growth. 


A World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Niall has worked on WEF’s Global Agenda Councils on Sustainable Consumption and Climate Change where he has launched and led initiatives such as Collectively.org and 100percentsport.org. These initiatives have unified some of the largest businesses and NGOs in the world behind systems level transformations seeking to tackle some of the biggest issues we are facing. 


Siobhan Gardiner leads the work in Climate Change and Environment at Deloitte Ventures, having previously worked with Procter & Gamble and Unilever. A doctor of biochemistry and a passionate sustainability advocate, she is Women of the Future 2019 and InnovateUK Women in Innovation winner (+Industrial Strategy Robotics & AI cohort) and CWEIC Commonwealth Export Champion


Siobhan is also an ambassador for our podcast partner One Young World and represents the Institute of Economics & Peace. She is also the former Vice President of the BFWG. tech-leader on food security, supply chain and AI environmental technologies, she is a dedicated advocate of SDGs, STEM outreach and diversity initiatives.



The Lens Reading List


Niall Dunne chooses Superpumped – a book about Uber, culture and learning from failure by Mike Isaac. He also selects

Bad Blood, the story of Elizabeth Holmes, by John Carreyrou and Team of Teams by General Stanley McChrystal. ‘It’s the best book for leadership, not just for anyone in business but all people.’


Siobhan Gardiner mentions Melinda Gates’ book and the parallels between force multipliers and her own work with Deloitte. She also chooses Rob Dunn’s Never Out of Season. “Coming from a farm, studying plants, looking at mechanisms, crops, detrimental impacts, selective genetics, this book shows us in an accessible way the story of the scientists trying to solve problems.”


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

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Diversity – the how, not just the why

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