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Kay Sidebottom is a lecturer in Education and Childhood at the Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University. Her specialism is teacher education (lifelong learning) and her background is in community and further education, where she has taught a range of subjects. In addition to teaching on Childhood Studies, Kay is involved in the delivery of the new Post Graduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring. Kay's current area of focus in research is the application of critical posthuman theory in teaching and learning. She is currently researching the ways in which educators can work with posthuman thinking in order to reimagine education for the 21st century and beyond. Other recent research projects include the use of restorative practice and Thinking Environments in education leadership; using interdisciplinary approaches (such as art and poetry) in teacher education, and employing philosophical enquiry as a pedagogical method for pro-social education. In this podcast we discuss... The privilege to speak our truth without fear...Black Lives Matter...Leeds and Whiteness Spinoza and from pain to joy Indigenous Leadership The architecture of the Civic Hall and its purpose Art Activist Barbie Why Me? Why Here? Why Now? De-centring the man from human and the human from everything else... Support this podcast
Anne Cooper had had a long and distinguished career as a nurse in the NHS and is now a non-executive Director at Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Clinical Director of (Ethical Healthcare). Until recently Chief Nurse at NHS Digital, Anne is immensely experienced and highly regarded figure within healthcare informatics. A national leader in driving the digital nursing agenda, she has experience in strategy and leadership development, requirements and design, clinical safety and deployment. As a T1 Diabetes patient, she is also a passionate advocate of ensuring the patients and citizens have an equal voice in the health and care system. Outside of both work and being a Twitter addict (@anniecoops) In this podcast we talk about the humaness of leadership, leadership as friendship (and what we do about bad friends), women only leadership development, matriarchy and patriarchy, slime making, and the nature of female only community - where Anne breaks the code! Support this podcast
In conversation with Emma Bearman of (Playful Anywhere) we talk about play, Leadership, being side by side rather than following someone who is in front. We talk about the power of provocation and discomfort, innovation and novelty. Playful Anywhere CIC is a Leeds-based social enterprise with a mission to catalyse creativity, inventiveness and playfulness, where we work, live and travel. They have a proven track record of delivering high-quality fun participatory events, programmes and activities. They have devised and delivered festivals, open space events, civic participation, networks, playful tech labs, young inventor programmes, building launches, panel events, team builds, place change activities, websites and community activities. They take care of the smallest detail, creating meaningful experiences whether it's a one to one or a huge family festival. They bring teams together to deliver high quality experiences, and have a long-standing reputation for excellence in culture and heritage, public art and realm, art and urban landscaping, fundraising, digital and social media engagement.  Blurring the boundaries between the physical and digital worlds, encouraging participants to get creative with all manner of media, from cardboard to code. Support this podcast
Lou Mycroft has been working nomadically for several years now, guided by an ethics of joy. She brings people together in community, to think, make decisions and implement plans which change cultures, choosing work based on Nesta UK’s 2018 definition of Good Help: “…enabling people to feel hopeful, identify their own purpose and confidently take action.”  She is a Thinking Environment facilitator, writer, public speaker and coach and her work translates well to online spaces. She is co-founder of the #JoyFE💛 movement and its influential ‘Ideas Rooms’. She has particular strengths around engagement, digital resilience and the creation of effective, bespoke culture change programmes. She tries to be joyfully militant in everything she does. She is very interested in wellbeing, particularly mental health and developing personal agency (her first career was as a Public Health Specialist). She is a member of the @MHFECrowd and is currently developing new thinking around health, wellbeing and empowerment, particularly for women. She has been nominated for an EduFuturist 2020 Award as a Staff Wellbeing Champion, even though she doesnt have a ‘staff’. Find her on twitter (@loumycroft) and on the net at Support this podcast
Compassion for all is Sal's guiding principle. She brings literature, particularly poetry, and play to the conversation in order to bypass habitual thinking and allow people to take themselves by surprise with their responses. Experiential learning, where we learn something through experiencing a shift, in our understanding, is more likely to help us find something new in ourselves than any amount of reading textbooks, attending lectures or seminars, and sitting tests or exams. It is also results in expanded appreciation of ourselves and others, and of how we can choose a new response in order to get a transformed result. Sal came to InterBe after; 20 years in education, an NLP Diploma, Practitioner, and two Master Practitioner trainings, coaching certification and a Narrative Coaching programme. All of her training has been in the form of experiential learning and has had a deep impact on her way of being. She is particularly inspired by literature and film; the pioneering work of Michael White; and, since 2006, by working with Mo and Simon at InterBe. Support this podcast
Minter Dial is an international professional and energetic speaker and a multiple award-winning author, specialised in leadership, branding and transformation. An agent of change, he's a three-time entrepreneur who has exercised twelve different métiers and changed country fifteen times. Minter's core career stint of 16 years was spent as a top executive at L’Oréal, where he was a member of the worldwide Executive Committee for the Professional Products Division. He’s author of the award-winning WWII story, The Last Ring Home (documentary film and biographical book, 2016) as well as two prize-winning business books, Futureproof (2017) and Heartificial Empathy (2019). His next book on leadership, You Lead, How being yourself makes you a better leader (Kogan Page) comes out in January 2021. He’s been host of the Minter Dialogue weekly podcast since 2010. He is passionate about the Grateful Dead, Padel Tennis, languages and generating meaningful conversations. @mdial /    His new book, You Lead, How Being Yourself Makes You A Better Leader (by Kogan Page), which launches Jan 3, is available at all fine etailers. Support this podcast
John Preston joined The Conservation Volunteers (then BTCV) whilst still at school, after a degree (geography and statistics) at St Andrews. He came to Leeds as a live-in Long Term Volunteer at Hollybush Conservation Centre. After 18 months in Doncaster with BTCV on Community Programme he came back to Leeds as a Project Officer. For 20 years he was the “Centre Manager” of Hollybush, leading its evolution into the busy inclusive environmental volunteering centre it is today. In 2018 he moved sideways to be Business Development Manager for TCV covering the North (Liverpool to Hull) this role has a strong Leeds focus as 15% of TCV nationally is Leeds.  He continues to contribute to environmental and general third sector forums.  Outside of work he is a volunteer recorder and speaker for the BTO and holds a private pilot licence.   Support this podcast
Aaron was appointed Chief Executive of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust in March 2018 after first joining in January 2014 as Director of Finance / Deputy Chief Executive. An experienced and motivated professional, Aaron’s previous roles include Director of Finance / Deputy Chief Executive of Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, and Director of Finance at Liverpool Heart and Chest NHS Foundation Trust. Aaron began his career in the NHS as a National Graduate Trainee in 2000 and has held a number of senior management positions in the acute and community provider sector during this time. More recently, Aaron was chosen to take part in the National Leadership Centre programme to improve public services, and has also had involvement in the Covid-19 national test and trace programme. Aaron also sits on the Integrated Care System (ICS) Digital Portfolio Board. Aaron has also held a number of national roles including chair of the Foundation Trust Network Finance Directors’ Forum and the Government ProcurementServices (GPS) Customer Board, as well as being a member of the National Procurement Council. Support this podcast
Chris Jones Chris is a qualified accountant with previous experience in public and private sectors, including the NHS. He spent 7 years as the principal and chief executive of Calderdale College, and is a former member of the Calderdale Safeguarding Children Board. He has a particular interest in leadership and governance, and the impact this has on service standards and organisational performance. He is a non executive director at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS FT and Director at Chris Jones Consultancy. He speaks here in a purely personal capacity. Support this podcast
Rachel and Dan are the founders of 15s30m. 15s30m (15 seconds 30 minutes) is a social movement to reduce frustration and increase joy in work. Co-founders Rachel Pilling & Dan Wadsworth encourage all staff, from chief exec to porter, to spend a few seconds on a task now, to save SOMEONE ELSE time and hassle later. It doesn’t take any set up costs, meetings or resources, just something you know will help other people, and patients. By doing one little thing, you can feel that you have made a difference to someone else, and that’s what brings true joy in work. Web; ( Email; Twitter; (@15s30m) Support this podcast
Charlie is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the NHS. In previous roles, he has worked in Older People’s Mental Health services, dementia services, and Employee Wellbeing services. He currently works in an Acute Hospital, where his role is to lead a clinical psychology service to support the quality of life of people with various long term health conditions. He is a dad to identical twin boys. Support this podcast
Dr Calvin Moorley RN, PhD is an Associate Professor in Nursing Research and Diversity in Care, Adult Nursing Department at London South Bank University, with a background in public health and diversity in care. His research focuses on the interplay of gender, culture ethnicity and health. Since graduating from the University of Essex as an adult registered nurse, Calvin has followed a clinical/academic career, remaining close to clinical nursing, particularly in the critical care environment, and currently works one shift a week in an inner-city hospital in central London. He supports clinical nursing at the point-of-care through his role as a link lecturer for Barts Health NHS Trust. Calvin has a keen interest in how health is theorized using social media platforms. He has published widely in nursing and social media and is developing an area on the use of social media to enhance research literacy of nurses. His most recent works include Knowledge, attitude and beliefs on sex among Black Africans; Psychosexual Experiences of FGM survivors and Experience of Stroke among Caribbean populations in the UK. Calvin is well recognised in the field and this can be seen in his esteem factors which include: Guest Editor for a special issue of Journal of Clinical Nursing on LGBTI Health 2017; the Mary Seacole Prize for Leadership in Nursing 2013/14 by the Royal College of Nursing, and various editorships including Evidence Based Nursing Journal and Journal of Transcultural Nursing. Calvin collaborates nationally and internationally including working with teams in Trinidad, Jamaica and Australia. He publishes widely in various nursing journals, and has a current H-index of 6 (Google Scholar 2019). Calvin further serves the nursing community on various panels such as the Nursing Times Student Nurses awards; Edith Cavell Awards and Health Service Journal awards. A key objective of Calvin’s programme of work is to reduce the gap in health inequalities through developing and improving cultural competence and health literacy. Support this podcast
Paul Jebb OStJ MA BSc(Hons) DipHE RN Paul qualified as a nurse in 1996 and worked in numerous posts within nursing, as well as a period in operational management, then in 2010 returned to nurse, then in October 2014, Paul undertook a secondment to the National Patient Experience team at NHS England as Experience of Care Professional Lead, leading on developing Always Events, aspects of the carers work stream and toolkit development to enhance experience of care. In December 2016 Paul returned to an NHS Trust and is now Associate Director of Nursing at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS FT and has recently completed a 13 month secondment as Deputy Director of Nursing at Southport & Ormskirk Hospitals NHS Trust. Paul has been involved and led on numerous quality improvement initiatives throughout his career, and has gained the extra mile award by the motor neurone disease Association, in 2012 Paul was winner of a national Patient Safety Award, and in 2014 Paul and his team won a national healthcare communications award for best engagement. In April 2016 Paul became an International Fellow of the England Centre for Practice Development at the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Canterbury Christ Church University. In February 2014 Paul was honoured to be offered an Honorary Senior Lectureship at the University of Central Lancashire. Paul is also a member of an NMC Professional Standards advisory panel, which aims to give strategic direction to the NMC Executive team and to improve the dialogue between the NMC and leaders in the professions and to ensure expertise, is brought to bear on NMC work. Paul was also part of the strategic group to refresh the NMC Education Standards. Paul has represented the Royal College of Nursing at local, regional, national and international levels, is a member of RCNi Editorial Advisory Board. Paul also judges several national nursing and health care awards. Paul has also been the Assistant Chief Nurse (Head of Workforce) for St John Ambulance (England & the Islands), and has held other voluntary roles. In 2012 he was honoured with the award of ‘Officer of the Order of St John’. Paul has developed his managerial skills and has completed an MA in Health Service Management. Paul also completed the Dept. of Health/RCN leadership Course for Nurses Working with Older People in 2005, and he was a Fellow of the NHS Institute Faculty of Improvement. And in 2016 completed the ‘Aspirant Executive Nurse Leaders’ sponsored by NHS Improvement at London South Bank University. Support this podcast
David is a rotational physiotherapist at the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust and a member of the Professional Committee at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. He has a passion for healthcare after his previous career in the Royal Marines was cut short due to serious injury. A thread that has run through his life is self-development and making a difference. He balances being an early career physiotherapist with being a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Professional Committee; where he provides expertise and insight on significant physiotherapy practice, learning and development issues. He also chairs the Armed Forces Committee within University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation which represents the armed forces community within the trust. He is passionate about servicemen and women having fulfilling careers after their service and how the NHS and Military collaborate to drive innovation. He graduated from the University of Nottingham with 1st Class Honours in physiotherapy where he researched student physiotherapists perceptions of using social media for learning. He is currently a Healthcare Leadership Academy Scholar and is working on a project around early-career leadership. He has interests in leadership, rehabilitation, healthcare policy and systems. Find David on Twitter @beardedPT I talk with David about how we might help people imagine a better future for health and care and find ways of self-organising to fight for it. We explore leadership and student leadership, universal basic income and the Enterprise Allowance amongst much else. Support this podcast
John Walsh is the Organisational Development; and 'Freedom to speak up' Lead for Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust. John has spent the last 20 years working on the streets of Leeds trying to offer support to homeless people. He was Leeds Community Healthcare's clinician of the year in 2013 and the Yorkshire and Humber NHS Leadership Academy Community Leader of the Year in the same year.  John currently works with Manraj Khela and Steve Keyes to grow a city wide systems leadership community of over 600 people in Leeds. We explore: The development of rational and intuitive wisdom and the role of teachers Gifts, potential, giving and receiving Seeing and giving our own gists and releasing the gifts in others as THE work of leadership The importance of vulnerability and getting it wrong Hafiz and Fromm New leadership for a new world Headwork, heartwork and handwork Slow philosophy and much more... Support this podcast
Over the last 20 years Cormac has worked in over 30 countries around the world. He has trained communities, agencies, NGOs and governments in ABCD and other strengths based approaches in Kenya, Rwanda, Southern Sudan, South Africa, the UK, Ireland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Canada and Australia. He is passionate about the proliferation of community-driven change and citizen-centred democracy, and has supported hundreds of communities to make ABCD visible through what he calls ABCD Neighbourhood Learning Sites. His motto, paraphrasing Benjamin Franklin, is: ‘When it comes to Community Building, well done is better than well said’. In January 2011 Cormac was appointed to the Expert Reference Group on Community Organising and Communities First, by Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society in the UK which he served on for the term of the Group. We talk about: Diligence - and holidays Compliance and tyranny in western institutions Associational and Institutional life When it comes to health might anthropologists be more useful than doctors? De-funding the police Triangles, circles, care and dominion Support this podcast
Chris is a coach who helps green changemakers get clear and focused. So they realise their true potential. Some run their own business, others are freelancers, or employed. What they all have in common is an appetite for change. They’re ready to try something radical to put more soul in their livelihood, and finally bring that big unrealised dream to life. In this conversation we explore a plate of smashed crabs - ideas that Chris wanted to explore as part of a conversation with me. But we spun off in all sorts of directions: Lessons from blue chip leaders Labels, boxes and people as pattern machines The difference between management and leadership and how we locate them in ourselves Spitfires, hypocrisy, the Tour de France and Welcome to Yorkshire The role of curmudgeons Echo chambers and tribalism Listening to our world And lots of reflections on human waste - Zizek and faeces Support this podcast
Anj is along standing friend and the Founder of Inspiring Women Changemakers (IWC), a global, inclusive movement of people who want to see the world become a safer, fairer place for women, wherever they live and whatever they do. She is dedicated to promoting the rights of women at all levels of business and society. She is also a lobbyist who has undertaken diplomatic assignments in employment and skills policy. She is multilingual (German, Punjabi, French, Hindi), speaker, writer and NED with international experience at Board level. With 20 years' experience in the field, her professional experience is grounded in a deep understanding of Good Governance, Employment Law and digital systems. As Chair of Freedom Studios and Governor of Leeds Arts University, she specialises in arts sector leadership. We talk about: Lockdown Disrupting poverty Leeds Migrant Access Project Skills and diversity in the boardroom, Roots, rootlessness, identity, anchoring and nourishment FGM campaigning and Masai Cricketers Sally Kohn and Emotional Correctness Privilege and Choice Head, heart AND Soul And being fully human... Support this podcast
Tom tells the story of his sister, Alison Bell, and her family's uncovering of the truth about what happened to her in the care of an NHS Trust. He describes the nature of the various investigations that were held into Alison's death and the role of the prevailing cultures within the public sector organisations they have dealt with; the NHS, Police, CPS and Regulatory Bodies. This true and ongoing story shines a light on the personal, emotional and financially costly impact that public sector service cultures can have on the lives of their service-users and their own bottom-line. Tom’s lived and current experience will help us to explore the implications for our own practice and the organisations we might seek to influence, manage and lead. If you would like to support Tom's efforts to develop honesty and integrity in public service then please visit You can also (join Tom and myself in a workshop )to explore the implications for our leadership development from his experience on October 22nd. Support this podcast
David Lumb - is an Independent Urbanist seeking redemption for having been an architect for most of his life. David moved to Chapel Allerton in 1969 and founded the Leeds Sustainable Development Group based on the Freiburg Charter. Having heard the episode with Tom Riordan, David was keen to have a natter. He talks about his activism around transport and pollution, his role in developing the Leeds South Bank including getting £23m from a certain Michael Gove to build a Free School in South Leeds and the ensuing big and little p Politics. We talk about housing policy - to buy or to rent? Rachel Unsworth's influence on us and the city, Bernard Hare, Urban Grimshaw and the Shed Crew... And the possibility of a more committed group to develop a dialogue on development in Leeds... Support this podcast
John works as an independent consultant / critical friend to individuals and groups working across all sectors but primarily with NGOs and public sector organisations. He has over 40 years of experience working in post 16 education. His particular passion is understanding and learning about collaboration from individuals learning together to organisations wanting to work in 'partnership'. He is attached to three UK universities and sits on the Global Advisory Board of the TELLAL Institute based in Dubai. In September 2020 he was due to be taking a train from Los Angeles to Orlando for a month to write about the conversations he has as the USA goes through the 2020 Presidential Campaign. He is co-editor of the Sage journal Teaching Public Administration and co-editor of an international book series for Palgrave on Community-University Connections. He is fascinated too by both what we learn when we collaborate as well as what we unlearn. In 2013 he was the Founding Director of Edge Hill's Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice (I4P) - now the Institute for Social Responsibility. I4P was set up to provide a bridge from the university to the outside world and to support connections going the other way. Imagined as a cross boundary multi disciplinary initiative it acted as a hub for shared learning and knowledge exchange. How we imagine such developments philosophically, intellectually, ethically as well as practically has, always, intrigued him. We talk about: American literature and politics, Manctopia/Mancmageddon and East Manchester regeneration under New Labour Obama, Trump and Hillary and Bill Cultural shifts (Clinton nearly lost the democratic nomination because of an affair - Trump builds an election campaign on the back of them) American Presidents and the Rapture... Personal Experience, Data or Science - what do we follow? NHS Improvement or Transformation - lessons from Covid Schools and Education - what do they actually teach? The role of imagination in transforming public service Words you don't see in public policy position statements Marmot and widening inequalities The role of interdisciplinary explorations and imagination How might we relocate power through networks and alliances of influence The post pandemic context and why we might not reach it Stranded in the strategic high peaks You can find John on twitter @ProfJohnDiamond Support this podcast
Mo originally trained as a clinical psychologist. He has a BA in Psychology, an MSc in Clinical Psychology and a second Masters degree in Creative Conflict Transformation through the Arts. For 25 years, Mo has worked with organisations to deliver innovative and professionally-rooted leadership development and coaching programmes. His main area of expertise is Organisational and Personal Transformation, with a particular focus on authentic leadership and narrative approaches to communication and conflict transformation. Mo works with InterBe. The name InterBe is inspired by The Order of Interbeing, founded by Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist. We share his belief in the interconnectedness of all. In our experience, no change ever occurs in isolation. When we change, we change the people around us. Similarly, when the people around us change, we inevitably change too. Our work with businesses and groups of people focuses largely on the importance of the relationships with those around us, which are created by the stories we tell and the conversations we have. InterBe’s work is influenced by many different thought-leaders, from ancient philosophies such as Taoism to modern day pioneers such as Sir Ken Robinson, Caroline Ellis, Warren Bennis and Michael White. Support this podcast
Tom Riordan talks about leadership and his career as a public servant including 5 years as CEO of Yorkshire Forward and 10 years as CEO of Leeds City Council. Mistakes? Proudest achievements - and why they are not on his official Council Bio, Mayors and why they are good and bad, climate, inequalities and what on earth do we do...? Can Kindness really be the answer? Support this podcast
Glasgow born and educated, David was the Chief Executive of GTG Training from 2004 until 2014 and a specialist adviser on Youth Training and Development to the Board of Arnold Clark Automobiles, the parent company of GTG Training, where he originally started work in staff development in 1999. Previous roles with Arnold Clark included Direct Marketing Manager and Sales Development Manager. Immediately prior to assuming his appointment at GTG Training he headed the project team responsible for the Arnold Clark Management Development Programme and subsequently championed the introduction of their highly successful Sales Academy in his capacity as head of Group Training & Development. David has been a member of the Goodison Group in Scotland since its formation in 2004 to bring together experienced people from the worlds of business, government and education to focus on particular themes to do with learning, skills and productivity and served on the Glasgow Employers’ Board/Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Youth Employment Advisory Group. He serves on ad-hoc advisory groups for Scottish Government initiatives such as the Scottish Business Pledge and is an assessor for business growth funding and support competitions such as Scottish Edge and the Unlocking Ambition Programme. Some within the Scottish Business Community may also recognise him as Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired) David Scott where his final appointment was as a Staff Officer at Brigade Headquarters prior to which he had been Commanding Officer of 51 (Scottish) Brigade’s Regional Training Centre, an Army Reserve establishment working to standards set and audited by the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Prior to 1999 David worked mostly in his own family-owned businesses in wholesale distribution to UK FMCG clients and his own retail outlets. He funded his early years in more junior ranks within the Army Reserve by employment within the Financial Services industry. When not working, studying or researching, David is a Marine Mammal Medic with British Divers Marine Life Rescue and a Level III trained specialist with their Large Whale Disentanglement Team. David has also served as a Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian with operational experience in Taiji, Japan, Seal defence campaigns around Scotland and as a member of Sea Shepherd UK’s covert operations team in the Danish Faroe Islands documenting illegal whale and dolphin massacres. Support this podcast
I met Ruby at the NHS Leadership Academy in Leeds where we both work on various programmes. Ruby is a talent and leadership developer an executive coach, facilitator speaker and pracademic - practitioner and an academic! We come from different generations, different backgrounds, different cultures, and different cities. In this podcast we explore what has shaped us and what continues to shape us in our leadership practice. We talk about doing and being, collusion, Born to Run, race, gender and what growing up taught us. We also talk about social mobility, straddling two worlds and the pain that can involve...   Support this podcast
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Mike Chitty
Podcast Status
Apr 10th, 2020
Latest Episode
Jan 13th, 2021
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