Achieving leadership excellence

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Creation Date January 9th, 2021
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Leaders need to be inspirational if they want others to follow them. And if they want to achieve excellence time and time again, it requires a relentless focus on improvement, discipline and being willing to go the extra mile. These five guests all display leadership excellence.
  1. Sue Stockdale talks to an award-winning British chef, Andrew Scott about what it takes to achieve and retain a Michelin star. Andrew was inspired to develop his career as a chef by his parents, who both worked in the hospitality industry. After winning a cooking competition at the age of 13, Andrew started working part time as a pot washer in the kitchens of his local hotel. Then following training at college, he was taken on by Simon Haigh at Mallory Court in Warwickshire,  England as an apprentice chef.After four years, he then worked under Simon Rogan at his acclaimed Michelin-starred restaurant - L’Enclume in the Lake District, before returning to Mallory Court where Andrew became head chef in 2010 retaining the restaurant’s Michelin star for three years running.  In 2012, he became Head Chef at the Curlew, in Kent, and in just under a year Andrew gained his first solo Michelin Star in the 2014 guide.  Following this Andrew joined Sudbury House in Oxfordshire overseeing Restaurant 56 which won a number of accolades, and during this time he appeared in the BBC TV series Great British Menu, representing the Central region.  Andrew's most recent role was as Head Development Chef for Miele.  To find out more about Andrew check out his LInkedin Profile a transcription of this podcast on our website Connect with us on social media via:Twitter  Facebook LinkedIn
  2. When it comes to women working in the cruise industry, they are in the minority – with women accounting for fewer than 2% of the mariners employed worldwide. Lauren Vaitkus is one of only two female cruise directors working for Celebrity Cruises who are leading the way in taking action to transform the numbers of women working in the industry. Lauren is an enthusiastic and dedicated leader, with responsibility for entertaining three thousand guests onboard a 122,000 tonne cruise ship plus a department of seventy entertainment staff who are charged with delivering a world class experience to guests every day. Lauren explains in the Access to Inspiration podcast how she progressed her career initially working in retail and hospitality management, but always with a long-term aim to attain the high profile and demanding role of Cruise Director. To find out more about Lauren follow her on Instagram @Lauren_seas_the_worldRead a transcription of this podcast on our website Connect with us on social media via:Twitter  Facebook LinkedIn
  3. Clive Steeper talks to Sue Stockdale about going fast in motorsport and business. Clive worked for Goodyear as a Tyre Engineer with F3, F2 and F1 teams, and was Team Manager for TWR Silk Cut Jaguar Le Mans team. He is an executive coach and co-author of four popular business books. To find out more about Clive Steeper www.clivesteeper.comRead a transcription of this podcast on our website Connect with us on social media via:Twitter  Facebook LinkedIn
  4. Barry Fudge understands what it takes for elite athletes to win...and keep winning, and has spent a decade with a front-row seat to the training of the world's best endurance runners. Barry talks to Sue Stockdale about what inspired him to work in elite sport, and the elements that enable the world's best endurance runners to deliver medal-winning results, time and time again.Barry is a highly motivated and experienced performance leader operating successfully in professional sport over a period of 4 Olympiads. He is globally recognised as a performance expert with multiple peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and speaking engagements. Barry holds a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Physiology and Sport Science as well as a PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Glasgow, UK.Most notably, Barry was Physiologist, Head of Science and the Head of Endurance at British Athletics for over a decade where he constructed a world-leading endurance program, supporting the best coaches and athletes in the UK by ensuring that when a British endurance runner stood on the start line they were the best-prepared athlete in the field. Barry’s current role is as founder of Lap 25, where he uses his considerable skills and experiences to support others to be the best they can be in sport, business and life. You can find out more about Barry Fudge: Lap 25 website Instagram Linkedin with us on social media via:Website including transcriptions for each episodeTwitter  Facebook LinkedIn
  5. Sue Stockdale talks to Major Becky Frater about her career as a military helicopter pilot and instructor, and discovers more about the focus and concentration that these roles demand.Becky originally joined the Army in 1998 after three years as a secondary school teacher in Bristol. After initial training at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst she was commissioned directly into the Army Air Corps and was subsequently awarded her Army Wings Flying Badge in 2001.She was posted to 659 Sqn of 4 Regt AAC as a Flight Commander after qualifying on both the Lynx Mk7 and Lynx Mk9. Deployments included Belize, France, Canada and ultimately OP TELIC (Iraq) after which she was awarded a GOC’s (2*) Commendation. She was then selected to undertake Qualified Helicopter Instructor training and was subsequently employed as a Flight Commander within 705 NAS of DHFS at RAF Shawbury.In 2007 Becky was appointed to 702 Naval Air Squadron (NAS), the Maritime Lynx Training Squadron, where she was awarded her Royal Navy Wings. After which she was appointed to 815 NAS as Flight Commander.  She was subsequently appointed to 702 NAS and responsible for instructing future maritime attack helicopter pilots  including maritime aviation and ship deck landings. During this time, she was also selected to lead the Royal Navy Black Cats Helicopter Display Team during the 2010 display season. She was promoted Lt Cdr during this appointment.Currently she is the Requirements Manager for the Army Wildcat until January 2021 after which she will be attending the Qualified Weapons Instructor Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance course at RAF Waddington.  Becky enjoys all sports but more specifically hockey having represented England, England Over 40s, England Universities and British Universities in the past and also received her Combined Services (Captain in 2006), Army and Royal Navy colours.Connect with us on the website or via social media on:Twitter  Facebook LinkedIn

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