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S2 E8 Lulu Interview

Well, friends….I promised we would be introducing you to some INCREDIBLE people….I can’t quite believe I am saying this, but this week for our last episode in season two, we introduce you to Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie….or as you may know her….LULU!!! Hear how this girl from Glasgow first found fame at the age of 14 and she has since sold thousands of records around the world, was awarded an OBE by Queen Elizabeth II and the time she was asked on a date by Eric Clapton! Sit back,...


S2 E7 Sir Peter Fahy Interview

What an utter privilege to welcome the former Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police and CEO of Retrak, Sir Peter Fahy who shares what it is like to manage one of the country’s largest police forces, how to maintain personal integrity and what it was like to experience two of his officers being executed. A powerful and challenging interview, this is one you will not want to miss.


S2 E6 Yardena Grifhorst Interview

When you think of the Netherlands, you might think of bicycles, clogs and tulips…but in this week’s episode we introduce you to one of the country’s most exciting exports, founder of Onshus, Yardena Grifhorst! Onshus now supply INCREDIBLE home furnishing all over the world and Yardena talks about starting the business, balancing being a mother and an entrepreneur, and learning to let go of control on the business she founded. You'll LOVE the incredible business, leadership and life lessons...


S2 E5 Simon Ward Interview

Simon Ward was formerly the Chief Operating Officer for the British Fashion Council and was responsible for London Fashion Week, the highlight of the British fashion industry calendar. He talks openly about the challenges of working in the fashion industry, the ethics of working practice, and how he developed a career after training as an opera singer. Join Ben, Tom, Ellie, and Gareth as they explore the inspirational journey of one of British fashion’s great influencers!


S2 E4 Rachel Ray Interview

Rachel Ray founded “Bright and Beautiful" after she decided she wanted to change the balance of her life. She identified a need among many working families to provide support, and make family life better. That business has since gone national and is now generating millions of pounds of turnover across hundreds of franchises. Hear Rachel’s incredible story of how she built a culture, recruited the right people and eventually sold the business to the right buyer.


S2 E3 Ram Gidoomal Interview

Ram Gidoomal CBE arrived in the UK as a refugee. Since then he has gone on to build a huge business, retire at 37 years old, be awarded a CBE by Her Majesty The Queen, and run for London Mayor. He has quite simply one of THE most extraordinary stories and we CANNOT WAIT for you to hear it.


S2 E2 Donalda MacKinnon Interview

From her roots on the remote Scottish island of Harris to becoming Director of BBC Scotland, Donalda MacKinnon has experienced an incredible career in media. In this wide-ranging interview, Donalda shares how she rose through the ranks, what she sees are the priorities for the BBC and how she is attempting to tackle issues of gender imbalance, pay inequality and corporate culture as part of her role. Join Ben, Gareth, Tom and Ellie as they explore what Donalda MacKinnon would say to her...


S2E1 Kriss Akabusi

Season two starts with a BOOM as we welcome former Olympian, TV personality, and all round legend Kriss Akabusi. Kriss joins the D26YOM team as he shares his incredible story from struggling with identity following a childhood in care homes, finding value in discipline through his time in the army, and how THAT ’91 World Championships relay gold shaped his thinking on strategy, taking risks and recognising what it takes to be a champion at whatever you do.


S1 E8 Vincent Vieugue Interview

Vincent Vieugue is a geophysicist who has worked for 25 years in the oil and gas industry. Despite being French, he has never worked in France but instead everywhere from Norway to Africa to New York and London. In this fascinating episode, Vincent shares how to maintain integrity in an industry that pushes the boundaries, how to start a new business and how to get the most out of the people around you. Also, Gareth talks about Vanessa Feltz. You won’t want to miss this one!


S1 E7 Andrew Burton Interview

Andrew Burton started the Thrifty Car Hire franchise in the UK, growing it to multiple locations across the country. Andrew has since bought and and sold the company TWICE before moving into a new industry. Find out about Andrew’s journey and the one piece of advice he gave Ben that transformed his thinking on leadership.


S1 E6 Gary Grant Interview

Gary Grant founded his first toy store with his wife Catherine in 1981. Little did they know, in the space of just over 30 years The Entertainer would grow to over 140 UK stores and 6 international locations. Gary’s life has been marked by risk, opportunity and learning what it means to lead in business. Join Ben and the team as they explore the fascinating journey of one the country's most talked about businessmen.


S1 E5 David Kinnaman Interview

David Kinnaman is the author of the bestselling books Good Faith, You Lost Me and unChristian. He is president of Barna Group, a leading research and communications company that works with churches, nonprofits, and businesses ranging from film studios to financial services. Since 1995, David has directed interviews with nearly one million individuals and overseen hundreds of global research studies. Join Ben and the team as they hear more of David’s story and the lessons he has learned...


S1 E4 Allan Gibson Interview

Having progressed through the ranks to become Commander and Assistant Commissioner at the Metropolitan Police (the UK’s largest police force), Allan Gibson holds a unique perspective on leadership and career development. Join Ben Cooley, Tom Lister and Gareth Russell as they explore Allan’s story and discuss trends from the world of business.


S1 E3 William Adoasi Interview

William Adoasi started his first business at the age of 19. The 27 year old Londoner has had four businesses to his name and has now built Vitae London, winning admirers from Richard Branson to Emeli Sandé. Vitae London now sells luxury watches worldwide, with every sale helping orphans in South Africa receive an education. Hear his incredible story and join Ben and the team in this unmissable episode of ‘Dear 26 Year Old Me.’


S1 E2 Peter Elson Interview

Peter Elson started his career overseeing bouncy castles and is now Chief Operating Officer for a FTSE 250 company. It’s been an incredible career trajectory but throughout his life he has learned a great deal about how to maintain integrity in the corporate environment, how to manage teams effectively and how to prioritise what really matters most in life. Join Ben, Tom, Gareth and Rose as they discover the inspiring story of Peter’s career, and discuss some of their own experiences of...


S1 E1 Tom Lister Interview

Tom Lister is currently playing the male lead, Julian Marsh, in the musical 42nd Street on London’s West End. Tom previously starred as Carl King on ITV’s Emmerdale for over ten years. During his career he has experienced the highs and lows of acting and has used his platform to raise awareness of issues of injustice around the world.