David Clive Price is a leadership coach and consultant, linguist, author and international speaker. He’s a specialist in cultural intelligence, working with CEOs across the globe. He’s worked and lived all over the world, working variously as a speechwriter, strategist and olive farmer. He says many leaders sit in isolation at the top of their organisation. "I have been privileged to travel, live, and work in many countries around the globe. I’ve had a rich variety of diverse occupations from Cambridge Ph.D. and academic to wine and olive farmer in Italy, to international speechwriter and strategist (for one of the world’s largest banks at the time of the handover of Hong Kong to China), to adviser for a variety of multinationals, especially in Asia, to published novelist – one of my novels ‘Alphabet City’ was set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan – and travel writer. Much of my work over the past two decades has been coaching and mentoring CEOs and business leaders – especially in the area of Cultural intelligence (CQ) and global leadership." - he says.
Dr Audrey Tang is an expert in bringing psychology techniques - particularly mindfulness teaching - into the workplace. She's worked with many prestigious corporations and individuals, and delivers talks and workshops on the topic. She's the author of 'Be A Great Manager' - Now and the new title, 'The Leader's Guide to Mindfulness'. She's TV presenter and a keen amateur performer, having once ruin her own theatre company and says you can learn a lot from being on stage - and directing those on it!
Richard Newman is an expert in communication and founder of corporate communications consultancy Body Talk. He helps coach a diverse range of individuals - celebrities for TV interviews through to political figures. He's won awards for his work, including the Cicero Grand Prize award for Best International Speechwriter - the most coveted award in the world of speech-writing. Two years later, he worked with UCL on scientific research in communication which was published by the Journal of Psychology. He's also the author of new guide 'You Were Born to Speak'. He says he realised the power of communication when he was forced to take part in a debate at an all-girls school when he 'froze on the spot.'
Julie Provino is a human resources specialist, who’s worked in the field for 20 years, and refers to what she does as being a specialist ‘in people’. She’s trained in mindfulness and NLP, and takes these disciplines seriously in her role people management and recruitment. She’s also just had a book published – ‘How Get What You Want In 7 Weeks’ – she admits this a bit tongue-in-cheek, but says it’s all about having plans and timescales in your development. She’s also CEO of her own human resources/training company and says ‘be thankful and grateful for all the lessons, and the lessons to come.’
Saira Khan featured on the original series of The Apprentice back in 2004, but came to the show already having had a successful career in business. Since then, she's launched a skincare range and built a successful media career, and remains an entrepreneur at heart. She believes in using 'every resource in life' to be successful in business (and life!) and being unafraid to ask for help.
Chris Dyer runs his own background and intelligence checking service in the US, and speaks and writes widely on company culture. He’s also a podcast host and a regular contributor to Forbes.com. As well as his deep interest in employee engagement, he’s also a musician. He says simply saying ‘thanks’ and showing your gratitude to a workforce in very small ways can boost morale and company confidence – but says it’s not all about the free perks at work and having a corporate Sabbuteo table!
Ronald (Ronnie) Miller is the CED at Paysend, the global card-to-card payment people. He's worked in the payments industry before with Paywizard, and in investment banking and venture capital. He originally trained in accountancy, says that once you're in post, 'you've got to get on with knowing and running the business.' He's a big music fan, likes his sport and says he's still a serial entrepreneur at heart.
Siddharth Shankar says he has unashamedly exploited the potential opportunities from Brexit by founding Tail’s Trading, a company opening up British SMEs to a mammoth Asian market. He realised, not far in to an engineering degree, that he’d rather work in finance and says he made the decision to ‘jump in’ (a method he heartily recommends!). He loves jazz music, reflected here in some of his musical choices, and cites Warren Buffett as a great business role model.
Alistair Gilfillan has recently been awarded the title ‘UK Young Banker Of The Year’, thanks to his innovative ideas around community banking. He works in market risk reporting for Lloyds Banking Group, having joined under the company’s graduate trainee scheme. He’s worked in youth work, guided by his strong Christian faith; he’s also had time in recruitment and almost became a K-Pop composer - something he may well have pursued had it not been for other commitments at the time! Some of his musical works have been published and that remains one of his big hobbies. He’s also a self-confessed numbers geek!
Lucy McCarraher has always worked in publishing, founding her first publishing house whilst she was still at university. She runs her own business-focused business, Rethink Press, and founded the Business Book Awards in 2017. She’s positive about about promoting women’s business writing; she admits to some bad days and bumps in the road in her own career! She’s also worked in television production, on series as diverse as ‘Go Wild’ for children and ‘The Lover’s Guide’ – a ground-breaking series on sexual relations.