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"Diversity & Inclusion"

'Anatomy of a Crisis, Life Goes On' 

S04 Ep06 

With Olivia Sinfield, Associate Director at Osborne Clarke.

Aired 15 October 2020

Olivia joins Tom to discuss the impact Covid-19 has had on our Diversity and Inclusion strategies, how to bring it back on to our priority lists and practical tips on putting ideas in to action.

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Legal Sector


'Anatomy of a Crisis, Life Goes On' 

S02 Ep03 

With Beverley Sorsby, HR Director at Ropes & Gray LLP.

Aired 03 September 2020


We spoke to Beverley about how her and her team successsfully launched their exciting new recruitment platform amidst a pandemic. Hear the challenges they overcame, how they adapted to the crisis and what the rest of the year has in stall for them.

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HR Leaders


'Anatomy of a Crisis' 

S01 Ep17 

With Jonathan Kohler from MS Amlin and Brian O'Donoghue from Marie Curie.

Aired 30 July 2020

We rounded up this epic series and invited back some of our favourite speakers to hear how things have changed since we last spoke, and to reflect as a group on what the future may hold.

This final episode comes ahead of the launch of our new series "Anatomy of a Crisis, Life Goes On" starting Thursday 06 August at 10:00.

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Hospitality & Training


'Anatomy of a Crisis' 

S01 Ep14 

With Beth Aarons, Global Director at Dorchester Collection Academy

Aired 02 July 2020

Dorchester Collection has luxury hotels worldwide and the academy is a new business aiding with the training of the hospitality industry. In a significantly hit industry, this refreshing conversation focuses on how they have stayed loyal to their company values through the crisis. Speaking on the importance of their customers and their employees, they have managed to create and implement new processes which keeps in-line to their customer-centric values and brand.  

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Legal Sector


'Anatomy of a Crisis'

S01 Ep11 

With Kevin Hogarth, Global Head of People & Culture at Norton Rose Fulbright

Aired 11 June 2020

We are delighted to welcome Kevin Hogarth, Global Director of People and Culture at Norton Rose Fulbright; a top 20 global law firm with over 4000 lawyers in more than 50 cities worldwide. Quite the challenge in a global pandemic!


Kevin has 30+ years’ experience leading HR functions in businesses including National and Provincial, Santander, EY and Freshfields.

With a particular strength and interest in organisational change and the attraction, retention and development of world class talent, Kevin shared the positive impact that the crisis has had on the business, including increased productivity, and the challenges of managing and engaging employees situated all over the world.

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'Anatomy of a Crisis'

S01 Ep09 

Rupert McNeil, Government Chief People Officer for the Civil Service

Aired 28 May 2020

As Government Chief People Officer, Rupert is responsible for delivery of the Civil Service People Strategy, which sets out what the Civil Service needs to do to attract the most capable and public-spirited people, and build a culture and ways of working that are as good, if not better, than anything on offer anywhere else. He provides leadership on the full range of people issues including talent, capability, inclusion, capacity, leadership, pay, performance, employee relations, culture and behaviours.


We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to speak with Rupert who shared how their preparations for EU Exit meant the Civil Service was ready to reorganise and stay ahead to cope with the current crisis.

Anatomy of a Crisis webinar with Rupert McNeil, Government Chief People Officer for the Civil Service

Financial Services


'Anatomy of a Crisis' 

S01 Ep06 

With Janet Thomas and David Williams

Aired 07 May 2020

David Williams, Partner at Kemp Little, as back to share practical challenges and insights around returning to work from a legal perspective. We were also joined by Janet Thomas, who has fascinating views on the economic and political factors that will shape how businesses re-plan for the future.

Anatomy of a Crisis webinar with Janet Thomas and David Williams

Business Psychology


'Anatomy of a Crisis" 

S01 Ep03 

with Anton Fishman

Aired 16 April 2020

Friend and member of the Business Psychologist Group, Anton Fishman, joins Tom in this episode of Anatomy of a crisis.

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Business Psychology


'Anatomy of a Crisis'

S01 Ep01

With Becky Statham, Principal Consultant at Veran Performance

Aired 02 April 2020

om Holmes, our Founding Director, speaks to industry experts to help us recognise the anatomy of a crisis. In this first episode, Tom is joined by Business Psychologist enthusiast and colleague, Becky Statham.

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Wealth Management


'Anatomy of a Crisis, Life Goes On' 

S04 Ep05 

With Kate Griffiths-Lambeth, Director of HR at Charles Stanley.

Aired 01 October 2020

Kate and Tom discuss adapting to meet the needs of our customers, the business considerations when taking on new starters and graduates, and how the digital age might hide our body language and reactions.

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Cultural Relations & Education


'Anatomy of a Crisis, Life Goes On' 

S02 Ep02 

With Chaitali Hireker, HR Transformation Director, and Janet Huckvale, Progamme Manager at the British Council.

Aired 20 August 2020


Our very own Becky Statham spoke to Chaitali and Janet about the highs and lows of the crisis, how the business went live with Recruitment despite budget changes and resource limitations, and how they are keeping on target with their plans to go live with more modules later this year.

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'Anatomy of a crisis'

S01 Ep16 

Harvey Francis, Executive Vice President and Chief HR Officer at Skanska UK

Aired 16 July 2020

Harvey speaks of how company values, technology and consistent communication with all employees has enabled Skanska UK to remain stable and positive. throughout the crisis.  Understand how the team have prepared themselves for the future and perhaps even the "second wave" that is in the current news.

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Estate Agency


'Anatomy of a Crisis' 

S02 Ep13 

With Sarah Mason, Chief People Officer at Foxtons

Aired 25 June 2020

Renowned for their Mini Cooper's and cafe-style offices, we spoke to Sarah Mason who has been Cheif People Officer at Foxtons for the last 2 years. Sarah shares how Foxtons have taken extra measures with health and safety to reassure both their customers and their employees, and how their employee engagement survey showed a consistent and positive result.

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Beauty & Retail


'Anatomy of a Crisis' 

S01 Ep10

With Bola Ogun, Head of Reward at Natura &Co

Aired 04 June 2020

Bola is an innovative HR Leader who has spent his career creating agile, sustainable and transformational reward and talent management frameworks. Having led teams in some of the largest and most successful companies in the world including Dell/EMC, Reckitt Benckiser and Visa, Bola is now excited and humbled to be leading the Reward function across four iconic beauty firms: Avon, Natura, The Body Shop and Aesop, which together, are Natura &CO.


Bola joined us for the 10th Episode of Anatomy of a crisis, to discuss the practical challenges of Furlough and Returning to Work in a global organisation where each country is so different, and how the crisis has impacted their triple bottom line; People, Planet, Profit.

Anatomy of a Crisis webinar with Bola Ogun, Reward Leader from Natura & Co.

Charity Sector


'Anatomy of a Crisis' 

S01 Ep08 

With Debbie Coulson & Brian O'Donoghue at Marie Curie

Aired 21 May 2020

Our two friends and HR leaders at Marie Curie share the impact of the crisis on the charity sector and how they adapted to ride out the storm.


Brian O'Donoghue, Director of People, talks about the impact on the organisation from the strategy through to the daily operations. Debbie Coulson, People Transformation Lead, shares how the charity has re-framed yet continued their inflight HR transformation programme.

Anatomy of a Crisis webinar with Brian O'Donoghue and Deborah Coulson, HR Leader's from Marie Curie

Clothing & Retail


'Anatomy of a Crisis' 

S01 Ep05 

With Hayley Standen, Head of HR at Office Shoes

Aired 30 April 2020

Tom Holmes speaks to Head of HR at Office Shoes, Hayley Standen, about their approach to handling the crisis.

Anatomy of a Crisis webinar with Hayley Standen, HR Director from Office Shoes

FS & Legal Sector


'Anatomy of a Crisis'

S01 Ep02 

With David Williams, Partner at Kemp Little

Aired 09 April 2020

Friend and co-founder of the FS HR & Compliance group, David Williams, joined us to bring his views on the crisis from his his professional and personal perspective. David is Head of Employment and Partner at Kemp Little, a boutique technology-focused law firm.

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HR Senior Leader on the Crisis


'Anatomy of a Crisis, Life Goes On' 

S04 Ep04 

With Ralph Tribe, previously Chief People Officer at Ascential Plc and Sky UK & Ireland.

Aired 19 September 2020

This highly energetic podcast hears Ralph and Becky discuss everything from youth employment, career development, working locations predicting the death of the city, through to unemployment driving entrepreneurialism, and how the crisis has highlighted the good and bad managers and management styles.

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Civil Service


'Anatomy of a Crisis, Life Goes On' 

S02 Ep01 

With Sheridan Whalley, Deputy Director Civil Service HR at the Department for Education.

Aired 06 August 2020


Moving forward, businesses are keen to understand how to get going again with their activities. Sheridan shared how the Department continued with the implementation of the new Payroll software during the crisis and her top tip for anyone thinking about implementing a new HR, Payroll or Finance system. 

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Legal Sector


'Anatomy of a Crisis'

S01 Ep15 

With Caroline Ward, Head of Culture & Communications at Slater and Gordon

Aired 09 July 2020

Caroline, Head of Culture & Communications speaks of the trust people have for their business, even more so than the Government for updates and guidelines. In the conversation, she also discusses the principles Slater and Gordon have agreed to enable ‘Smart Working’ for the future. Take a listen to learn how they are preparing for future work.

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'Anatomy of a Crisis'

S01 Ep12 

With Jonathan Kohler, Head of Change, Control & Governance at MS Amlin.

Aired 18 June 2020

We spoke to Jonathan Kohler to find out how a leading insurer and re-insurer with 1700 employees across 7 countries has adapted to meet the challenges the crisis presented.

Jonathan is responsible for the HR team's management meetings and programme of work, as well as HR's overall change portfolio. An interesting position to be in during a crisis!

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HR Director

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Continuing Compassionate Leaders post-Covid19  | with Tali Shlomo

Aired 01 June 2020

Our lived experience through the pandemic has brought to life the impact that ‘Leading with Compassion’ has in the workplace. How will we sustain this new way of leading and what role do we all have in leading with compassion?


We spoke to Tali Shlomo, an internationally recognised HR Director, Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) and Wellbeing thought leader whose achievements were recognised in the 2020 Insurance Business Global 100 Influential People for creating inclusive workplace cultures.

We explored examples of compassionate leadership observed during the crisis and the challenges and opportunities that exist for all HR professionals in preserving this refreshing way of motivating and supporting each other, not just leading from the top.

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TV & Production


'Anatomy of a Crisis' 

S01 Ep07 

With Faran Johnson, Chief People Officer at Channel 4

Aired 14 May 2020

As the lockdown continues, the demand on broadcasting channels becomes more competitive. We are joined by Chief People Officer at Channel 4, Faran Johnson who has been re-planning for the future of Channel 4 for the past six weeks and is on a mission to keep the country entertained. As a forward thinker herself, Faran will be shared her thoughts on the short and long term impact on people leaders, teams and the wider world of work.

Anatomy of a Crisis webinar with Faran Johnson, Chief People Officer from Channel 4.

CEO & Leader


'Anatomy of a Crisis' 

S01 Ep04 

WithPaul Devoy, CEO of Investors in People

Aired 23 April 2020

Tom catches up with CEO of Investors in People, Paul Devoy to find out how he thinks companies are reacting to the crisis.

Anatomy of a Crisis webinar with Paul Devoy, CEO from Investors in People

HR Leadership

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'Adapting HR in a Crisis' 

by MyHRCareers Extra! featuring

Becky Hogan and Victoria Evans

Aired 07 April 2020

We have been spending time talking with HR Leaders to understand how they are adapting and supporting their businesses during the crisis. We shared two perspectives with our community. 

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