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#24: Colonel (Retd) Tim Wilson OBE - CEO MSI Global Alliance - The Power of Influence & Persuasion

Tim Wilson OBE is CEO of MSI Global Alliance, a 30-year-old association of 260 independent law & accounting firms in over 100 countries. He leads a small team based in London which facilitates networking opportunities worldwide for MSI’s members. Before becoming CEO of MSI, Tim worked in the charity sector. Before that was an Army officer serving on several operations worldwide, receiving an OBE for leadership in Iraq. He is married with 3 children and is a keen sportsman; he bob-sleighed...


#23: David Heron - Group CEO Wilton & Bain – Being a Team Player, and taking lessons from sport, into business

David was appointed Group CEO of Wilton & Bain in May 2017, following a Group-wide MBO in partnership with Beechbrook Capital. Prior to this, David spent 20 years, building, leading & pioneering highly successful interim management businesses aligned to the Global Technology & Digital markets. He has been regularly quoted in leading media (Forbes, Huffington Post, FT) for his opinions on the rise of interim management, gig economy and alternative consulting models. In his youth, David was...


#22: Colonel Garry Hearn OBE, Divisional Director Defence Academy - From Private Soldier to Colonel

Garry Hearn is running a Masters Programme for all mid-level Army Officer (Majors) – focussing on strategic leadership trends in the world. Gary is Inspired at 3 levels - strategically & personally by Nelson Mandela. Then inspired at an operational level by his CO Colonel Roger Thompson R Signals who led him during Falklands War, believed in him as a soldier & helped him become an Officer. Then tactically & personally inspired by one of his Majors on the course - John Parks who had a...


#21: Fiona Lambert - Creative Inspiring Leadership in the Fashion Industry

Fiona has had an amazing leadership upbringing & knew from the age of 11 she wanted to be a fashion designer. So after studying fashion at university she began working with George Davies at NEXT then moved with him to set up George at ASDA With a focus on Women’s fashion Fiona is now MD at Harpenne as part of the River Island Group. River Island caused a media flurry when it recently unveiled a new womenswear brand Harpenne, which aims to fill a gap in the market with 120 different...


#20: James Knight MC Royal Marines Officer & St James Place Financial Advisor - Leadership Lessons from Wartime Courage

James Knight is now a Financial Advisor with St James Place. Previously he served as a Royal Marine officer. One notable event was whist leading a 30-man platoon as a commander in Iraq with 1 PWRR. They got pinned down for 8 hours under constant fire - surrounded by a far larger force. They had small-arms, MG & rocket fire constantly in-coming, but held their cordon. The Military Cross (MC) award for gallantry was awarded to James in 2007 for the platoon working together & collaborating...


#19: Alison Hutchinson CBE - CEO Pennies

Alison Hutchinson CBE is the CEO of Pennies, an award-winning fintech charity making digital giving affordable, sustainable, and feel-good. Previously, Alison spent 15 years at IBM running a European consortium of banks & leading the global business for ecommerce solutions for the financial services sector. She next joined Barclays Bank where she was the first CEO for a small digital subsidiary joint venture with Accenture, & latterly Marketing Director at Barclaycard. Prior to Pennies,...


#18: Month 2 Review with Jonathan Bowman-Perks

Jonathan shares his review and learning from 8 inspiring leaders in the last month: Colonel Tim Collins OBE - CO R Irish, SAS Officer & Author Air Marshal Sir Graham Stacey KCB CB QCVS MBE RAF - Comd Brit Forces Cyprus Richard Fenning - Advisor & Former Global CEO Control Risks Nathan Newton-Willington - Fitness & Nutrition Jonny Gray - Senior Partner Global Head Sport & Major Events Control Risks + CEO Tennis Integrity Unit Paul Cleal - Former Board Member PwC Ashok Gupta - Chairman...


#17: Alex Knigge - Cultural Diversity in Emirates - Inspiring Leaders Growing Leaders

Alex Knigge is SVP Corporate Communications, Marketing & Brand (Digital) at Emirates Group. Alex brings a wide diversity of culture background and global experience. He is a passionate and experienced B2C Business Growth Leader with broad experience from building a start-up in Australia to helping large global brands building B2C capabilities. Alex is enthusiastic about building high-performing teams and about fostering cross-functional collaboration to achieve ambitious & transformative...


#16: Ashok Gupta - Overcoming Bigots & Discrimination - Successful Chairman in Tech & Insurance

Ashok Gupta- has accrued a wealth of experience as Chairman, CEO & NED to Insurance & Tech start-ups. He has played key roles in building several highly successful financial services businesses, both traditional (The Phoenix Group, Old Mutual Wealth, SJPC) and digital (EValue,, Rocketer). He has also been highly influential in the turn-around of several large organisations (Scottish Amicable, Old Mutual Asset Management). As a result, his expertise is increasingly drawn-on...


#15: PwC Main Board Partner & Portfolio Career - Diversity & Inclusive Leadership: Paul Cleal

Paul Monekosso Cleal acts as an advisor, board member or mentor to organisations and individuals who want to make positive change happen. He brings a wealth of experience in leadership and strategy gained from 30 years working in both private and public sectors. During 16 years as a partner at PwC, the global professional services firm, he held a range of leadership positions including at main board level in both the UK and Africa practices. He’s led and grown successful businesses within...


#14: Successful Leadership By Anyone’s Standards - Yet with Humility: Lt Colonel (Retd) Jonny Gray

Jonny Gray is a Senior Partner at Control Risks (one of the world’s leading business risk consulting companies) having had a fast stream, highly successful military career & left after commanding The 1st Battalion The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders with action in the Iraq War. As a result he was awarded the Queens Commendation for Valuable Service (QCVS) in 2004. He found that a lot of adjustment and learning was needed to transition from the military to a Professional Services Firm (PSF)...


#13: Nathan Newton Willington – Owner & Trainer at Ladies Only Studio

Nathan is a 30-year-old aspiring Entrepreneur in the fitness industry. He owns a gym in Grantham, Lincolnshire and has a passion for people, building relationships and creating or providing solutions. He has been a Personal Trainer for the last 8 years. This has given him experience working in large commercial gyms, small gyms and managing small fitness facilities. Nathan is the creator of the Ladies Only Studio - A Personal Training gym for Ladies that are put off by less...


#12: Richard Fenning - Advisor and Former CEO Control Risks

Richard Fenning is a Senior Adviser at risk consultancy. He advises a number of the firm’s long-standing clients and provides counsel to the firm’s leadership. He joined Control Risks in 1993 and was CEO from 2005 until 2019, when he was succeeded by Nick Allan. During his tenure as CEO, Richard oversaw the significant growth of Control Risks’ business, a substantial increase in the firm’s geographic footprint and a comprehensive enlargement of the range of services provided to an...


#11: Jonathan’s Review of the First Month

Episode 11 Jonathan’s Review of the First Month. Those interviewed so far: 1. Lt General Sir Nick Pope KCB CBE - Deputy Chief of The General Staff 2. Alison Nimmo - CEO Crown Estate 3. Major General Paul Nanson CBE - Commandant Sandhurst 4. Philippa Snare - CMO Facebook 5. Jorge Mendonca DSO - Exec Director Grosvenor Developments and successful Army Officer 6. Anna Hemmings OLY MBE Olympian 25 Nov 7. Alistair Kett - Adjutant 1 RRF & Partner PwC 8. Brigadier James Richardson MBE -...


#10: From Air Marshal to Business Leader - Learning from Success & Failure: Air Marshal Sir Graham Stacey

Air Marshal (Retd) Sir Graham Stacey KBE CB is a former Royal Air Force Regiment Officer. He was the Chief of Staff of NATO Allied Command Transformation until July 2018. Prior to that, in a series of major international appointments, he was the deputy commander of NATO Joint Force Command Brunssum, the commander of British Forces Cyprus and the UK Senior Advisor to US Central Command. Previously he was Director Joint Warfare at the UK Permanent Joint Force Headquarters (PJHQ) and for a...


#9: Colonel Tim Collins: From CO R Irish & SAS Officer to Business Leader

“If you are ferocious in battle, remember to be magnanimous in victory" Colonel (Retd) Tim Collins OBE delivered the now infamous speech to his troops of the 1st Royal Irish Battle Group on the eve of battle in Iraq, March 2003. Such was the notoriety of this particular address it is believed that a copy of the speech hung in the Oval Office of the White House. From the moment Tim Collins' speech in Iraq was made public, Collins became a hero and an inspiration to world leaders and...


#8: Meteoric Career - from Private Soldier to Brigadier to CEO: Brigadier (Retd) James Richardson

Born into a Military family and living and being educated in 8 different state and military schools around the globe. Brigadier James Richardson enlisted as a Junior Soldier aged 16 in the Army. Joining the Royal Corps of Signals in June 1978 at the Army Apprentices College in Harrogate he trained as an Electronics Technician. He graduated as a Lance Corporal and was assigned to 259 Signal Squadron stationed in Cyprus. At Harrogate he was identified as a potential officer and embarked on...


#7: Leadership Lessons from Military to Business: Alistair Kett – PwC Partner

Alistair Kett is one of PwC’s top Industrial Products Consulting Partners based in London. His 7 years of military experience as a British Infantry Army Officer, plus his 22 years commercial experience make a powerful combination. His PwC specialties are operations consulting expertise covering: cost-based transformation, operating model design and transformation; procurement and supply chain optimisation; complex transformation programme leadership and deal support/project financing....


#6: Anna Hemmings MBE OLY

RQ - Lessons on Resilience - Anna Hemmings MBE Olympian Anna founded Beyond the Barriers Training Consultancy in 2009 at the end of a glittering sporting career, where she won 6 World titles in marathon kayak racing and competed at two Olympic Games. Anna saw a great opportunity to use her experience at the highest level of sport to inspire people and help them overcome their own barriers and fulfil their potential; with this mission in mind, Beyond the Barriers was born. Since...


#5: Colonel Jorge Mendonca DSO MBE

Leadership Lessons: Army Colonel to Main Board Member Continuing the Inspiring Leadership series with Jorge Mendonça DSO MBE: Executive Director - Grosvenor Developments (Owner Duke of Westminster). As a Board member, Jorge is responsible for growing Grosvenor’s strategic land business, managing their developments outside central London and developing new business. Eighteen months after joining Grosvenor Britain & Ireland in 2013 as Operations Director, Jorge became the Portfolio Director...