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George Magrath: 'Connecting with patients keeps things in perspective'
George shares what his clinical background taught…
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Stuart Jackson, CFO, Octopus Energy: "Let things go and see what flourishes"
Stuart Jackson, CFO and co-founder of Octopus…
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Andy Boteler, CFO, Riverford: 'Net zero is a chance to say yes'
Andy Boteler, CFO at Riverford Organic Farmers,…
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Simon Collins: 'Leaders of large organisations are like conductors of an orchestra'
Here, Simon shares his views on the value of…
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Harriet Green: “Speed rather than elegance.”
One of Radio 4’s 100 most powerful UK women and…
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Eve Henrikson on organisational agility: “Learning what will drive you forward often necessitates learning what won’t.”
Eve is the general manager for Uber Eats EMEA and…
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Julie Pomeroy: 'Ask the naïve questions; it's likely others are thinking the same thing.'
Here, Julie shares lessons learned from her…
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In Conversation With Christiana Figueres
Christiana shares her insights as chair of the…
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Governance Game Changers: Spotlight on Muriel Thorne
Read our latest blog featuring Muriel Thorne,…
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Saker Nusseibeh: "The market can't solve problems without social cohesion"
Saker Nusseibeh is CEO at Federated Hermes…
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Interview with Adam Banks, NED & former CIO of Visa & AP Moller Maersk
Adam reflects on the moments that shaped his…
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Board Intelligence and The IoD Inquiry: Governance and Innovation
Board Intelligence have provided research support…
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Andrew White: "To deliver any kind of transformation, you need to put people at the heart of the process."
Andrew White is a senior fellow in management…
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Tim Ward on organisational agility: “Governance itself doesn’t do anything, but it allows people to be their best.”
Tim Ward is the former CEO of the Quoted…
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Bridget Rosewell: “Most CEOs tell me they have more experiences of boards that complicate things than of boards being effective.”
Bridget is chair of Atom bank and M6 Toll.
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Paul Polman: ‘being less bad’ isn’t good enough anymore
Paul Polman, who helped develop the UN Global…
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Simon Devonshire on organisational agility: “Right now, the biggest risk for corporates is the risk of being boring.”
Simon is is a serial entrepreneur, the chair of…
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Serge Krancenblum on organisational agility: “The key isn’t asking ‘How do I make the right calls?’, it’s ‘How do I give others the right support for them to make the right calls?’”
Serge is the founder of IQ-EQ, one of the world’s…
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In Conversation with Clare Holt on organisational agility
Clare Holt, head of corporate strategy at St.…
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Graham Singleton: “For the regulator, board packs ballooning with compliance can be seen as a canary in the coal mine.”
Graham Singleton is the CEO of National Friendly,…
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Neil Hayward on organisational agility: “Innovation shouldn’t need to seek permission.”
Neil is a NED with a track record in agile…
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What unexpected joy can be found from shorter board papers?
Shorter papers may be good for the board, but…
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Orna NiChionna: “Boards remain the ultimate arbiter, but the frequency of their meetings has stopped being what determines how fast decisions can be made.”
Orna is SID of Burberry and Saga, and is a…
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The ExCo’s Guide to Shorter Papers: Spotlight on Rachel Turk, Group Head of Strategy, Beazley
Rachel Turk, group head of strategy at Beazley,…
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Gavin Hayes: “Nearly a quarter of boards do not even articulate the kind of culture they want.”
Read our conversation with Gavin Hayes, , Head of…
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Michael Jary: “Chairs are rightly praised for developing collective purpose and building consensus, but if taken too far these inhibit challenge of the norms.”
Michael is chair of Duchy Originals and Itad, and…
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Ruth Handcock: “Having the discipline to talk about all stakeholders is not easy, but eventually it becomes second nature.”
Ruth is the CEO of Octopus Investments — a B Corp…
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The ExCo’s Guide to Shorter Papers: Spotlight on John Tonkiss, CEO, McCarthy Stone
John Tonkiss, CEO of McCarthy Stone, shares how…
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Hanneke Smits: “You can’t react quickly enough if your modus operandi is just to escalate problems all the way to the board.”
Read our conversation with Hanneke Smits, CEO of…
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Gavin Patterson: “As board information evolves, so will board members.”
Gavin is the president and chief revenue officer…
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Danuta Gray: “One of the biggest changes has been the increased breadth of topics that must be discussed by the board.”
Read our conversation with Danuta Gray, chair at…
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Vindi Banga: “People make or break your organisation, and they should be discussed every time you meet, not once a year.”
Vindi is the chair of UKGI and Marie Curie, as…
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Ed Warner: “You need the right motivations to chair a sporting governing board”
Read our conversation with Ed Warner, Chair of…
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Mark Winlow: “Nobody is nobody. How you interact with people is important.”
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Sir Jan du Plessis: “If anyone at board level still thinks it’s not their job to tackle the tough questions asked by society, they’re delusional.”
Read our conversation with Sir Jan du Plessis,…
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Susan Hooper: “If you’ve learned how to succeed in business, you’re capable of learning how to deal with this. So just get on with it.”
Susan is a co-founding director of Chapter Zero:…
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Sir Michael Rake: “You have to be violently calm during a crisis.”
In this interview, Sir Mike Rake shares his…
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Conversation With Andrew Kakabadse, Governance & Leadership Professor
In this interview, Professor Andrew Kakabadse…
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David Roberts: “I want directors who bring their best self at board meetings; not just their smartest self.”
Read our conversation with David Roberts, chair…
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André Zerafa: “Disagreeing isn’t the same as challenging.”
André is the managing partner of Ganado Advocates…
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Sir John Parker: “To effect change, the important thing is planting the flag.”
Read our conversation with Sir John Parker, chair…
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David Kelly: “A lot of businesses don’t know what their ESG north star is.”
David Kelly is chair and non-executive director…
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Richard Meddings: “When you sign up to a board, you sign up for the challenges.”
Richard is the chair of TSB Bank, a NED of Credit…
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Tom Ilube: “Diversity and inclusion aren’t issues to tackle and forget, they’re tools to hone so you can win.”
Tom is the CEO of Crossword Cybersecurity, a NED…
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Sir Andrew Likierman: What independent judgment truly means for boards
Sir Andrew Likierman reveals how boards can…
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Jane Hanson: “Each individual contribution may be good on its own, but put them all together and it becomes a great symphony.”
Jane is the chair of the Reclaim Fund as well as…
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Matthew Westerman: “Good mentors know how to listen — and, just as importantly, to teach that skill.”
Read our conversation with Matthew Westerman, ,…
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Sir Peter Gershon: “Beware the shadow you cast in a senior role.”
Read our conversation with Sir Peter Gershon,…
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Terri Duhon: “In a ‘K-shaped’ recovery, you need to know which part of the ‘K’ you’re on and how you got there.”
Terri is chair of Morgan Stanley Investment…
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Lynne Berry: “Reports have a natural tendency to hide the warts, and that’s a fundamental misunderstanding of what the board does.”
Read our conversation with Lynne Berry, CBE,…
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Tom Colraine: “The chances of black swans don’t disappear, they just jostle for attention in our minds and agendas.”
Tom is chair of Marsh UK & Ireland.
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John Allan: “Resist the urge to rush through the agenda — especially when the solution looks obvious.”
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Keith Skeoch: “As chair, you’re the person that has the last vote — but it’s a failure if you have to use it.”
Read our conversation with Keith Skeoch, chair of…
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Sir Anthony Habgood: “You need everyone to take board meetings seriously, and your board material should reflect these expectations.”
Sir Anthony is chair of Preqin — a provider of…
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William Harris: “Leaders who manage with compassion get better results, it’s scientifically documented.”
William is president and CEO of Space Center…
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Manon Antoniazzi: “A good board meeting is one that charts a path.”
Manon is chief executive and clerk of the Senedd…
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Improvements in the boardroom create a ripple effect felt far and wide
Read our interview with Jonathan Klahr, Managing…
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Lord Victor Adebowale: “When plans go flying out the window the way they did in 2020, all that’s left to guide you are your values.”
Lord Victor is chair and co-founder of…
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60 Second Interview With Mark Humphries, Chair and NED of Vendigital
Read our interview with Mark Humphries. “It’s the…
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Wrapping Up 2020
Inspiring insight from leaders in a strange year.
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Alison Munro: “It’d be a waste to simply go back to old habits.”
Read our 60 second interview with Alison Munro,…
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Angela Lockwood: “You can’t simply tell managers, ‘From Monday on, you’ll trust your staff more.’”
Angela is CEO of North Star Housing Group, as…
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Paul Lester: “If you’ve been thinking of trying something new, this is the time to do it.”
Paul is chair of McCarthy & Stone and Essentra,…
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Helen White: “Why are we here in the first place?”
Helen is CEO of Taff Housing Association, as well…
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“Boards shouldn’t be waiting for Government to tell us what to do.”
Read our 60 second interview with Douglas van den…
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Martin Gilbert: “The days of autocratic leadership are over.”
Martin is chair of Revolut and senior independent…
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60 Second Interview With Justine Campbell
Read our interview with Justine Campbell, Group…
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“We must move from incremental solutions to exponential ones.”
Read our 60 second interview with John Elkington.…
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Glen Moreno: “Confident chairs aren’t afraid to tell management ‘You’re not providing information, just numbers.’”
Glen is a director and former CEO of Fidelity…
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Golden Rules From the Charity Boardroom
Charity chairs share the rules they live by.
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60 Second Interview with Sharon Thorne.
Read our interview with Sharon Thorne as she…
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60 Seconds with Matthew Parker, CEO of Babble.
Read our interview with Matthew Parker, CEO of…
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David Bennett: “When boards don’t articulate the value their businesses bring to stakeholders, the world ends up not seeing it.”
David is chair of Ashmore Group, the investment…
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Martin Temple: “My first priority is ensuring the board gives the executives the resources to get the job done.”
Martin is chair of the Health and Safety…
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60 Seconds With… Stuart Layzell
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Phillip Ullmann: “Businesses need to generate profit, that’s obvious, but we have to ask: ‘To what end?’”
Phillip is chief energiser at Cordant Group, the…
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60 Seconds With… Jenny Davies
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60 Seconds With… Andy Bord
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60 Seconds With… Jon Andrew
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60 Seconds With… Robert Welch
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60 Seconds With… Baroness Patience Wheatcroft
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60 Seconds With… Mike Walsh
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Strategic Adviser: Kerry Porritt
Kerry Porritt is Group Company Secretary and…
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60 Seconds With… John Handley
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60 Seconds With… Lord Karan Bilimoria of Chelsea
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60 Seconds With… Hamish Middleton
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60 Seconds With… Sir Douglas Flint
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60 Seconds With… Sir Brendan Barber
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60 Seconds With… Paul Franks
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The Role & Value of Board Meetings in PE-Backed Businesses — London Roundtable
Along with Blackwood Group, we gathered a small…
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60 seconds with… Major General Paul Nanson & Brigadier Bill Wright
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60 Seconds With… David Hall
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60 Seconds With… Liz Kelly
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60 Seconds With… Calum Paterson
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60 Seconds With… Adrian McGlynn
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60 Seconds With… Bill Priestley
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60 seconds with… Alison Kay
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60 Seconds With… Barnaby Lenon
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60 Seconds With… Sue Murphy
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60 Seconds With… Murray Steele
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60 Seconds With… Jocelyn Stuart-Grumbar
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60 Seconds With… Chris Hopson
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60 Seconds With… Margaret Casely-Hayford & Christian Weaver
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60 Seconds of… Chairs Golden Rules
A selection of inspirational and actionable…
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60 Seconds With… Christopher Rodrigues CBE
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60 Seconds With… Mark Hoban
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60 Seconds With… Sir Win Bischoff
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60 Seconds With… Martin Leuw
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60 Seconds With… Sir Brian Bender
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60 Seconds With… Vagn Sørensen
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60 Seconds With… Dean Godwin
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60 Seconds With… Sarah Bates
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60 Seconds With… Penny Hughes CBE
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60 Seconds With… Jonathan Ruffer
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60 Seconds With… Sir John Parker
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60 Seconds With… Jamie Hambro
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60 Seconds With… Dame Gill Morgan
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60 Seconds With… Mike Evans
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60 seconds with… Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett
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60 seconds with… Dennis Holt
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60 seconds with… Daniel Godfrey
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60 seconds with… Lady Barbara Judge CBE
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60 seconds with… Sir Laurie Magnus
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60 seconds with… Paul Drechsler CBE
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60 seconds with… Robert Walker
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60 seconds with… Debbie Hewitt MBE
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60 seconds with… Sir Howard Davies
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60 seconds with… Frances O’Grady
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60 seconds with… John Barton
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60 seconds with… Shami Chakrabarti CBE
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60 seconds with… Jonson Cox
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60 seconds with… Paul Walsh
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60 seconds with… Sir Nicholas Montagu KCB
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60 seconds with… Sir Sandy Crombie
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60 seconds with… Tim Melville-Ross CBE
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60 seconds with… Steve Varley
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60 seconds with… Sir Roger Carr
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60 seconds with… Sir Peter Gershon
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60 seconds with… Christopher Baker MBE
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60 seconds with… Charles Gurassa
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60 seconds with… Sir Malcolm Williamson
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60 seconds with… John Timpson CBE
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60 seconds with… Robert Swannell
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60 seconds with… Vice Admiral Peter Dunt CB DL
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60 seconds with… Dame Clara Furse
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60 seconds with… Charlie Mayfield
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60 seconds with… Baroness Hogg
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60 seconds with… Lord Bilimoria
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60 seconds with… Clare Spottiswoode CBE
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60 seconds with… Baroness Howe of Idlicote
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60 seconds with… Sir Andrew Likierman
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60 seconds with… Sir John Egan
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60 seconds with… Lorraine Baldry
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60 seconds with… Lord MacLaurin
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60 seconds with… Baroness Prashar
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60 seconds with… Judith Greensmith CBE
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60 seconds with… Sir Stuart Rose
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60 seconds with… Sir John Chisholm
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60 seconds with… Dame Helen Alexander
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60 seconds with… Charles Gregson
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60 seconds with… Mike Wilson CBE
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60 seconds with… Alison Carnwath
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60 seconds with… Jonathan Davie
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