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Are you interested in how Australia’s best leaders grew into the professionals they are today? The journey from University (Books) to Leadership positions (Boardroom) can take many different forms. Listen in as we interview CEO’s, CFO’s, and Executives, on how they ascended to leadership positions, made critical career choices, and overcame adversity throughout their career. The Books To The Boardroom podcast is co-hosted by Sumith Dissanayake, a CFO turned Business Owner based in Brisbane, Australia, who is fascinated by all things leadership and career development.

Are you interested in how Australia’s best leaders grew into the professionals they are today? The journey from University (Books) to Leadership positions (Boardroom) can take many different forms. Listen in as we interview CEO’s, CFO’s, and Executives, on how they ascended to leadership positions, made critical career choices, and overcame adversity throughout their career. The Books To The Boardroom podcast is co-hosted by Sumith Dissanayake, a CFO turned Business Owner based in Brisbane, Australia, who is fascinated by all things leadership and career development.

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Australia

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Are you interested in how Australia’s best leaders grew into the professionals they are today? The journey from University (Books) to Leadership positions (Boardroom) can take many different forms. Listen in as we interview CEO’s, CFO’s, and Executives, on how they ascended to leadership positions, made critical career choices, and overcame adversity throughout their career. The Books To The Boardroom podcast is co-hosted by Sumith Dissanayake, a CFO turned Business Owner based in Brisbane, Australia, who is fascinated by all things leadership and career development.

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English


Episodes

In conversation with Ross Thompson, CEO of PeopleIN

5/18/2022
Mentoring is super important for leaders because, put simply, it brings the best out of the people you lead. Mentoring generates confidence, inspires trust and fast-tracks team development. A big part of your own leadership development is determining what sort of a leader you want to be. In today’s podcast, we welcome Ross Thompson, CEO of PeopleIN. Since the beginning of his career, Ross has been leading teams in corporate, sporting and military environments. He has built profitable and...

Duration:00:49:18

In conversation with Shankar Kotha, Chief Commercial Officer of Arise Hotels & Apartments

3/10/2022
Good leaders are hard to come by. They never stop learning and continually work on developing their skill and character to become an even better role model for others. However, a great deal of leadership development comes from overcoming difficult and uncomfortable situations. In today’s podcast we welcome Shankar Kotha, Chief Commercial Officer of Arise Hotels and Apartments. After studying hospitality in uni, Shankar was fortunate enough to land a job with Addison Hotels before taking on...

Duration:00:39:39

In conversation with Rob Balmer, CEO & Executive Coach at Executive Central

3/9/2022
Who needs a coach? What does executive coaching look like? How does it work, and does it work for all? These are just a few questions Rob Balmer, Executive Coach and CEO of Executive Central answers on today’s episode of Books to the Boardroom. Rob shares his experience of his first introduction to executive coaching and how it ultimately transformed his performance as a leader. We hear about how a performance review became his "wake up call" and his appreciation for constructive feedback....

Duration:01:07:47

Taking Risks in Leadership with Allan Cooney, CEO of The North Australian Pastoral Company

2/23/2022
In today’s podcast, we welcome Allan Cooney, CEO of The North Australian Pastoral Company. Allan has been leading teams and taking risks from the young age of 28 when he took over his family’s farm. He has since been involved in all sorts of top level management roles across a diverse range of industries. Some of his experiences include working alongside the Chief Minister in the Northern Territory to a year and a half expedition in Antarctica with the Australian Antarctic Division. Listen...

Duration:00:54:49

Passionate Leadership with Calvin McDonald of BrewDog

2/17/2022
In today’s episode we welcome Calvin McDonald, Head of Australian Operations at BrewDog. This BrewDog “lifer” shares experiences from his 14-year career on how he went from working as a part-time bartender during his economic degree to dropping out and pursuing his newfound passion for craft beer. We explore Calvin’s journey of how he was able to overcome challenges of expanding into new markets and how his passion for beer and the BrewDog brand enabled him to become the passionate leader he...

Duration:00:59:40

In Conversation with Sonia Chadburn, Chief Executive Officer of NAK Hair

2/9/2022
This is the first time Sonia Chadburn, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NAK Hair, shares her story of how she transitioned from a Chartered Accountant in London to a renowned CEO of a leading international hair care company. As a mom and executive, she talks about how she manages her everyday life, as well as juggling three young children. Sonia discusses the importance of emotional intelligence and how having a trust-building leadership style has helped her become the leader she is...

Duration:00:54:13

In Conversation with Josam Watson, Chief Risk Officer of Tyme

1/19/2022
Josam Watson is Chief Risk Officer (CRO), of digital banking company Tyme. Having an exceptional life starting in Zimbabwe where he couldn’t afford shoes as he was growing up, Josam has grown into an exceptional leader over the course of his career. This podcast details that journey. We talk about: And Much More. This podcast episode was co-hosted by Jack Ferguson and Sumith Dissanayake.

Duration:01:16:59

In Conversation with Peter Wolff, Managing Director of Wolff Coffee Roasters

12/16/2021
On today’s episode we are speaking to Peter Wolff, Managing Director of Wolff Coffee Roasters. It seemed he was always meant to build a business in coffee as Wolff is spelled with two ‘f’s, like how coffee has two ‘f’s. In this episode we speak about: Peter is full of fun anecdotes, wisdom, and leadership advice. This episode was co-hosted by Sumith Dissanayake and Jack Ferguson.

Duration:01:03:59

In Conversation with Dr Glen Richards, Investor and Director at The Richards Group

12/8/2021
Today we are very fortunate to have a shark on the show. That shark is Dr Glen Richards, Investor and Director of The Richards Group, Ex-CEO of Greencross, and an investor on Shark Tank Australia from Season 2 - 4. He chatted to us about all things entrepreneurship and leadership. As you can imagine, Glen is a wealth of knowledge and was very generous with the insights he shared and the stories he told on this episode. We talk about: Jack Ferguson and Sumith Dissanayake co-hosted this...

Duration:01:04:13

In Conversation with Ben Flintoff, COO of QTM Energy

11/30/2021
Today we are speaking to Ben Flintoff, COO of QTM Energy Having just moved on from a successful tenure as GM of Baskin Robbins, a well-known brand, Ben speaks about why he made the move into a completely different industry and what to think about if others are thinking of doing the same. It might appear like an unusual decision on the surface but we take the time to really unpack what it’s like to make a big change after you are already established in your career. We also speak...

Duration:01:07:54

In Conversation with Sharyn Williams, CFO of G8 Education

11/24/2021
Today’s guest is Sharyn Williams, CFO of G8 Education. In this episode you will hear how Sharyn was impacted by Covid. G8 Education is a company that runs a number of childcare centres around Australia, so this past year and a half has been very difficult. We speak about that at length. Other topics we discuss include: And This episode was co-hosted by Sumith Dissanayake and Jack Ferguson.

Duration:00:41:53

In Conversation with Michael Hentscher, CFO of The Scooter Group

11/3/2021
Today's guest is Michael Hentscher, CFO at The Scooter Group. Michael tells us about growing up in Outback Queensland and some of the culture shocks you can expect when coming to work in the city. Beginning his career in the city, Michael shares valuable insights as to what those first few years were like. Michael shares his experience watching those who get promoted to management positions based on their technical proficiency, and not necessarily their management skills. We cover this...

Duration:00:49:30

In Conversation with Toni Hawkins, CFO of Armour Energy

10/20/2021
Today’s guest is Toni Hawkins, CFO of Armour Energy. Toni’s interest in leadership started very young, and we go back to her school days to discuss how this interest came to be, and how that set the grounding for her career. We cover a range of other topics in this episode including: And Sumith Dissanayake and Jack Ferguson co-hosted this episode.

Duration:00:54:47

In Conversation with Thomas Mackie, Financial Controller of Imaging Solutions

10/13/2021
Today we are speaking to Thomas Mackie, Financial Controller at Imaging Solutions. As someone who has worked in the Medical industry for his career, Thomas speaks to us about what that decision has meant for him, and what challenges it presents. Having taken a non-typical path, Thomas didn’t pursue a job in the Big 4 and got into Senior roles when he was very young. We talk about what the implications were for that including managing people much older than him. He’s worked for a wide...

Duration:00:57:21

In Conversation with Finance Professional, Michelle Cooper

10/6/2021
Today we are speaking to someone who has had an extensive career in Finance, Michelle Cooper. Bucking the trend for Finance Professionals, Michelle has a passion for life and adventure. You can find her skydiving and motorbike riding on the weekends. But this isn’t the only uncommon aspect to Michelle’s story. She talks to us about how she made a career change away from Finance early on and why. She shares with us her lessons around leadership, and what she learned from one particular...

Duration:00:52:11

In Conversation with Mark Tobin, CEO of Followmont

9/28/2021
This episodes guest is Mark Tobin, CEO of Followmont. Followmont is a Family Business in the Transport industry, and Mark shares some of the effects Covid had on Transport. He talks about how he communicated with his team throughout Covid and lead the business through the pandemic. Mark talks about how talent is moving in Australia and how he has built and kept the best quality team regardless. This episode involves an extensive discussion about how to surround yourself with the right...

Duration:00:43:52

In Conversation with John Livesey, Director of Finance at Wesley Mission Queensland

9/15/2021
Today’s guest is John Livesey, an established professional who is passionate about healthcare. John is the Director of Finance at Wesley Mission Queensland, and this organisation like many were affected by Covid. We speak about the challenges and pivots he had to make when Covid arrived. We speak about his philosophies in leadership and how he gets the best out of his team and those around him, and specifically how to delegate with trust. John has worked for the same organisation for...

Duration:00:46:39

In Conversation with David Delaporte, CFO of Drifta

9/1/2021
Today’s guest is David Delaporte, CFO of Drifta. Drifta was a company affected by Covid and we speak extensively about the challenges he had when the borders shut. Having a business that relies on freight and logistics, it wasn’t easy. We cover a range of topics in this episode including: Sumith Dissanayake and Jack Ferguson co-hosted this episode.

Duration:01:11:28

In Conversation with Scott Richards, Partner at Beyond The Numbers

8/25/2021
Today’s guest is Scott Richards from Beyond The Numbers. Scott has a story that takes us from starting a business and advertising in the Yellow Pages through to working in Kenya, this episode has it all. Scott talks about his first business and how difficult it was to promote himself when he wasn’t accustomed to doing that. We talk about the composition of teams and getting the right mix of high performers and lower performers in a team. We discuss mental models and how they can help...

Duration:01:03:05

In Conversation With Andrew Evans, CFO of Redpath Australia

8/18/2021
Today’s guest is Andrew Evans, CFO of Redpath Australia. Andrew describes himself as 'Not your typical Accountant.' As you listen to his career and story you will be able to see why. Having navigated much of his career through feel and gut, Andrew explains how he has made important decisions and his philosophy around leading others. We also talk about: And Sumith Dissanayake and Jack Ferguson co-hosted this episode.

Duration:01:11:29