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.
Adam talks to Asesh Sarkar, CEO of Salary Finance a fin-tech company that helps employees access tools to improve their financial health. They discuss research that shows that money doesn’t mean happiness as more people earning over £100k were more stressed than those earning less. They explore ways to improve financial and mental well-being that don’t necessarily mean simply earning more.
Adam talks to Mark Stephen Pooler a professional public speaker and coach who became a drug addict in his teenage years as a result of bullying throughout his childhood. Mark shares how a near death experience when he was clinically dead for a few minutes became the wake up call he needed to pursue a life on stage in the industry of professional speaking. Mark shares how people can fight through nerves and find their voice and why public speaking is an important skill for people from all backgrounds.
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.
Adam talks to lifestyle transformation coach Joey Romeu about why busy people tend put their health on the backburner and the consequences. Joey explains how to start small and build habits that are sustainable rather than unrealistic goals. They discuss why diet is so important and that it’s not necessary to be perfect when it comes to health and fitness.
Rachel Kellett has worked in strategic planning and within education throughout her career, and is working on the new T-levels (technical levels) being rolled out from 2020. She is Head of Qualifications and Product Development at the Association of Accounting Technicians. She urges people not be afraid of ‘scaring to fail’, or who might be watching in favour of a bolder approach to career change. She’s also a keen equestrian who harbours an ambition to be a dressage judge.
Adam talks to Douglas Vermeeren, a serial entrepreneur, speaker, film maker and author about his mission to interview 400 of the most successful business people across multiple industries. Douglas was so inspired by the book Think and Grow Rich that he emulated the approach used by Napoleon Hill and updated it for the 21st century. Douglas shares key insights on delegation, finding and keeping talent, marketing and focus in an insightful conversation that will be invaluable to business owners and entrepreneurs.
Adam talks to coach and mentor to millennials Ich Loch about the challenges facing young people in career and business. They discuss the challenges facing those under the age of 30 and the huge opportunities available. They explore whether the attitude of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) is leading to a lack of focus and commitment which could impede millennials from being successful in business.
Tayo Dada was introduced to computing when he was child, on an old Commodore 64. In his teens, he was a hacker, who started out hacking his friends’ Sony Walkmans, before successfully hacking into Citibank and Lloyds of London. He was offered a role with KPMG to set up the UK’s first ‘ethical hacking’ team. He is now a leading cybersecurity expert, working with FSTE listed companies and latterly, specialising in private equity.