Joining Sue Dougan in the hot seat is Sarah Kelly, CEO of Stagecoach Performing Arts, for Stagecoach’s 30th anniversary since its inception in 1988. She discusses the importance of performing arts in helping children to develop well-rounded life skills for adulthood, as well as providing a safe space for self-expression and creativity – especially in the wake of a huge drop in Government funding for the creative arts in mainstream education. Sarah shares her earliest memories of visiting her father at his chain of butcher shops, and how she developed her strong work ethic from him – as well as never forgetting her mother’s saying, “Choose what you enjoy and you’ll always be good at it”. Plus, she talks about how her own experience of amateur dramatics as a teenager feeds into the way she approaches her CEO role now; why she thinks pushing boundaries and moving with the times is so central to successful business; and how failure is important for future success.
Sue Dougan is joined by former journalist Abigail Austen who looks back at her fantastic career and musical favourites, including Aretha Franklin and Sammy Davis Jr. Abi discusses her new book, Lord Robert's Valet, based on her unique experiences as a senior advisor to the US army; her wedding next year and how she's been a catalyst for change in the media.
Sue Dougan speaks to Rob Hallett, former president of international touring at AEG Live, who looks back at his journey in the music industry and his collaboration with a variety of artists including Michael Jackson, Duran Duran and Justin Timberlake. Now the CEO of Robomagic, a global network of independent promoters, who advertise national and international tours for A-list artists. Rob shares his favourite tracks, including David Bowie and Leonard Cohen, that paved his career in the music industry.
Sue Dougan speaks to Justin Urquhart Stewart, founder of Seven Investments about his career at Seven Investment Management. He looks over his career after 35 years of experience and discusses his favorite tracks, including Santana's 'Smooth'.
Sue Dougan speaks to Richard Gillingwater (CBE), Chairman of Henderson Global Investors and recently appointed Pro-Chancellor of the Open University. Together they look back at his life and career through his chosen tracks.