Clive is a former director at KPMG, and following an infamous dismissal, founded Hyman Capital 14 years ago. He’s a science graduate of Cambridge University; later scored (almost 100%!) marks in his accountancy exams. He’s a keen sportsman and has recently branched out into film financing. His big tip is to listen to the customer, whatever your business. His other claim to infamy is that he was run over once by Professor Stephen Hawking.
In this episode, Adam Cox talks to fashion sustainability expert and founder of Nothing to Wear, Cyrine Joaristi. Cheap production lines and social media influencers have created a perfect storm of fashion waste, resulting in 10 billion pounds worth of clothes sitting unworn in British wardrobes. With the clothing industry now sitting in second place for most polluting industry in the world, the consequences of throwaway fashion are real and damaging. How can we as consumers help turn the tide?
Thanks to the internet and social media, we are more connected than ever – so why is it that loneliness remains a growing issue? Joining Adam Cox to discuss this is leading psychologist, Dr Linda Papadopoulos. Could it be that modern technology is actually to blame for rising feelings of solitude and inadequacy – and could “old” media, like radio, be the cure?
With small businesses spending £11.6 billion each year on litigation fees, what is the psychological and emotional cost of litigation for small businesses? In this episode, Adam Cox is joined by Olena Gulyanytska and Tom Cadman from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Together they explore the other avenues available to small businesses for settling legal disputes, which can often have much more satisfying outcomes for all parties involved.
Andy Clements is the CEO at the British Trust for Ornithology. He discusses his love of birdwatching (naturally!), an eclectic range of musical memories from many different stages of his life, and his recent foray into rowing; as well as his time spent helping to set up Natural England before joining the BTO in 2007.
Adam talks to Dario Cucci, an International Speaker and founder of the Ultimate Entrepreneur event which takes place in London on the 9th and 10th. They discuss the pressures and challenges facing modern entrepreneurs and whether its more challenging compared to previous generations. Dario explains that there are more skills for a business owner, particularly at the start up stage to learn covering areas such as accounts, marketing, PR, sales and health. Dario highlights that information isn’t enough and sometimes the quickest way to learn is to meet the people that have produced the results or have the skills required. Free tickets to the event are available here.
Alistair McQueen is head of Savings and Retirement for Aviva plc. He's been with the organisation in its various incarnations since joining the then Commercial Union as a graduate trainee. He's a self-confessed savings geek, and urges us all to start on a pension plan if we haven't already. He's happy to confess his big business bloopers in this edition (sending confidential information in 'all-staff' email by accident!). Away from the business, he's a keen singer and runner.
Adam is joined by coach and speaker Palma Palmer about how definitions of masculinity and boundaries are changing directly as a result of the MeToo movement. Palma talks candidly about her early years and her need to deal with predatory men and what lessons can be learned by those who need help to make their boundaries clear. They also discuss whether men and being confused or diluting masculinity as a result of public opinion changing.
Adam talks to Haleema Nawid, a mental health advocate who experiences severe mental health issues to the point of suicidal thoughts and clinical depression. Heleema even found herself homeless and on the receiving end of ambivalence and prejudice as a result of her mental health issues. She now campaigns to educate and inform people about their options regarding mental health and where they can find their voice.
Jose Hernandez is a specialist in crisis management and compliance, and has ‘rolled up his sleeves’ countless times to repair the reputations and business integrity of organisations around the world. He counts a former director of the FBI amongst his close friends and associates; he’s worked for top firms such as PwC; and loves to travel – for business and pleasure. Now a Netherlands national, he’s originally from El Salvador and has recently written of putting together ‘Broken Business’. Listen as he talks about how reputational damage and crisis can occur in plain sight.