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A series regarded amongst the most inspiring and honest conversations with elite world class performing men and women across a broad genre covering the issues, opportunities and challenges confronting them. Gregory Robinson, Managing Partner at Blenheim Partners Executive Search and Board Advisory firm discovers the influences that have shaped their destinies, unlocking crucial insights into each guests core character, their motivation, broader thinking, strategies and approach they have taken to succeed. In a thought provoking show that breaks with the status quo, the guests and “first among equals”, reveal their secrets, triumphs and disappointments with rare personal insight and learnings that you may wish to adopt in today’s rapidly changing and competitive global landscape.

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A series regarded amongst the most inspiring and honest conversations with elite world class performing men and women across a broad genre covering the issues, opportunities and challenges confronting them. Gregory Robinson, Managing Partner at Blenheim Partners Executive Search and Board Advisory firm discovers the influences that have shaped their destinies, unlocking crucial insights into each guests core character, their motivation, broader thinking, strategies and approach they have taken to succeed. In a thought provoking show that breaks with the status quo, the guests and “first among equals”, reveal their secrets, triumphs and disappointments with rare personal insight and learnings that you may wish to adopt in today’s rapidly changing and competitive global landscape.

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No Limitations

Latest release on Sep 16, 2020

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A series regarded amongst the most inspiring and honest conversations with elite world class performing men and women across a broad genre covering the issues, opportunities and challenges confronting them. Gregory Robinson, Managing Partner at Blenheim Partners Executive Search and Board Advisory firm discovers the influences that have shaped their destinies, unlocking crucial insights into each guests core character, their motivation, broader thinking, strategies and approach they have taken to succeed. In a thought provoking show that breaks with the status quo, the guests and “first among equals”, reveal their secrets, triumphs and disappointments with rare personal insight and learnings that you may wish to adopt in today’s rapidly changing and competitive global landscape.

Rank #1: It's a Marathon Not a Sprint | Kate McKenzie

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In Episode 18, “It’s a Marathon Not a Sprint”, Blenheim Partners‘ Gregory Robinson is delighted to speak to Kate McKenzie, Chief Executive Officer of Chorus Ltd.
Greg dials across the Tasman to speak to Kate and discusses how by 2022, 87% of New Zealanders will have access to high speed fibre broadband and how the premise of wanting to keep New Zealand ahead of the curve has promoted a climate of innovation and digitisation. “Our vision is to keep New Zealand new and our purpose is to make New Zealand better”. The build is on time and on budget, giving people access to affordable and high quality broadband, which in turn is assisting in the growth and evolvement of the economy.
Kate also discusses the increasing influence that the internet has on our lives and shares with us the opportunities and challenges she faces at Chorus. In particular, the benefits of co-operation and innovation between company and state as well as the responsibility that comes in having to deal with cyber criminals.
As Chief Executive Officer, Kate shares her thoughts on leadership, the importance of personal character traits of optimism, curiosity, and courage. She also puts forward her thoughts on executives having at least one external role, a definition of diversity and the need to engender confidence in the up and coming executives.

May 21 2019

46mins

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Rank #2: Redefining Leadership... A Higher Purpose | Georgette Nicholas

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In Episode 10, “Redefining Leadership… A Higher Purpose”, Gregory Robinson is delighted to speak with Georgette Nicholas, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Genworth Mortgage Insurance Australia Ltd.
Greg and Georgette converse on a number of topics including the redefinition of leadership, the importance of values, a broader approach to diversity and inclusion, the higher purpose to work, and how difficult it is for a female to get ahead. Georgette shares her personal experience in the face of adversity, highlighting that diversity and inclusion is much broader than just gender and that leadership is far more than the “last out the door” approach to work.
Georgette discusses the fundamental difference in business between Australia and the United States, emphasising how the United States culture is more willing to take risks. She highlights the challenges around short-termism, the need for the Board and the Executive team to be firmly aligned to the strategy, the conversation around remuneration and impact and asks are you living the values of the corporation and yourself. Ultimately Georgette believes in passion, resilience, humility and leaving the world better than when she arrived.

Dec 11 2018

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Rank #3: A Leader is a Dealer in Hope |Vik Bansal

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In Episode 13, “A Leader is a Dealer in Hope”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson is delighted to talk to Vik Bansal, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd.
In an inspiring episode, Vik lays the groundwork for what makes success. He reinforces this notion by sharing his own story and how the risks he took which others declined, ultimately spring boarded him on a global career. His enthusiastic and relentless drive has established him as a leader of the highest degree.
Vik brings a spirited approach to leadership, his deep thinking and front facing style to the “moments of truth” is evident throughout Greg and Vik’s discussion. Sustainability is at the forefront of Vik’s agenda, he states “there is nothing Cleanaway does every single minute, every day, which does not help the planet”.
He explains that he and Cleanaway are at the “pointy edge” of something critical for the human species and shares his belief that a clear national waste and climate policy is needed to help cement sustainability in the minds of all Australian households, an opportunity worthy of pursuit.
Vik is concerned that leadership is highly underestimated in today’s society and needs to be encouraged. Vik puts forward the quintessential trait of a leader is humility and that honesty is the best medicine. In a thought provoking discussion, Vik forces us to really think and provides key insights to a philosophy which has allowed him to bring about unprecedented results in what most others felt was a lost cause.

Feb 13 2019

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Rank #4: Instinct - The Difference Between a Leader and a Follower | Fergus 'Gus' McLachlan AO

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In Episode 11, “Instinct – The Difference Between a Leader and a Follower”, Gregory Robinson is delighted to talk to Major General Fergus McLachlan, AO of the Australian Army.
Gus shares his thoughts on modern leadership in complex disrupted organisations through his lens as Commander of Forces Command, with responsibility for 36,000 personnel which equates to 85% of the Australian Army. Especially interesting are his insights into similarities and differences in leadership between business and the military, and the learnings that each can gain from the other.
In his role as Commander of Forces Command, Gus has a diverse set of responsibilities, comparable to many Chief Executives, but operating in a different context. Gus presents his insights as previous Head of Modernisation and Strategic Planning, where he had responsibility for developing the future operating concepts that are keeping Australia ahead of potential threat organisations. These initiatives can lead to $20-30bn investments over the life of major capabilities and may include the creation of a digital “internet of things” linking all elements of the organisation, a redesign of the Army structure to accommodate the growth of cyber and electronic warfare capabilities and the creation of an Army innovation system.
As Senior Campaign Planner Coalition Forces Afghanistan 2013, he had a key role for the multi-national coalition involved in the stabilisation of Afghanistan following the removal of the Taliban regime. The role spanned strategy development to provide force drawdown and force structure options to the President of the United States of America to the apportionment of development resources and mentoring of Afghan partner forces. The coalition comprised over 30 nations, each with different national objectives and planning was done in a dynamic and often lethal environment.

Dec 18 2018

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Rank #5: Going Beyond | Stefanie Loader

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In Episode 22, “Going Beyond”, Blenheim Partners‘ Gregory Robinson is delighted to speak to Stefanie Loader, current Non-Executive Director of St Barbara Ltd and Clean TeQ Ltd. Stefanie has previously been recognised as one of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of influence and is a mining industry executive with broad international experience. She has worked in exploration, project evaluation and development, mining and corporate roles across seven countries and four continents. Stefanie was most recently Managing Director of Northparkes Copper and Gold Mine for CMOC International.
In an open and thoughtful discussion, Stefanie reveals her story, one of an individual who has constantly gone against the grain in several aspects of life and has profited from doing so. Dialling in from country Australia, we learn how Stefanie commenced her career as a geologist, worked internationally, became the first woman Chairman of the NSW Minerals Council and now whilst pursuing a board career is also focused on the economic development of regional Australia.
Lastly, we cover societal expectations for young women and the need for more than a shift in chat.

Jul 23 2019

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Rank #6: The Board Dilemma | Graham Bradley AM

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In Episode 23, “The Board Dilemma”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson is delighted to speak to Graham Bradley AM, Chairman of GrainCorp Ltd.Having been a management consultant for 12 years it was on the day of his retirement from McKinsey when Graham was given an opportunity which would lead to his eventual appointment as Chief Executive Officer of law firm, Blake Dawson Waldron. This appointment spring boarded Graham into the corporate world and he has thrived ever since, becoming a Non-Executive Chairman for GrainCorp Ltd, EnergyAustralia Holdings, HSBC Bank Australia and Virgin Australia International Holdings. He is also a Director of HongKong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd, GI Dynamics, and Stilmark Pty Ltd.
With extensive experience on Boards, Graham shares his thoughts on what he feels is needed in today’s boards. Having been involved in the appointment of five Chief Executives he has a clear perspective on what he looks for, he states “We're not looking for the person who's going to be autocratic. We're not looking for someone who comes in with very fixed ideas about what's to be done and how to run the business. I think we're looking for someone who is a little more humble”.
Graham goes on to discuss in depth the current composition of Australian boards and highlights the pros and cons of the current framework of an Australian Board. Graham also shares with us his belief in what is crucial to improve the quality of Boards, a greater need for “cognitive diversity” which Graham feels is more important than gender and ethnic diversity. He explains cognitive diversity as people who “bring a different life experience and therefore a different perspective to the business issues, who have had experience in different walks of life. But that isn't to say you go out and say well we need a poet, we need a musician and we need someone who is you know from totally different backgrounds.”
Lastly, Graham touches on the real need for reflection and consideration around social license, and the need to consider long term consequences. He refers to the ASX guidelines revision draft and highlights the changing norms in today’s society in which companies are no longer solely judged by profit but by their social standing.

Aug 14 2019

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Rank #7: Failure Isn't Fatal | Rob Newman

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In Episode 21, “Failure Isn’t Fatal”, Blenheim Partners‘ Gregory Robinson is delighted to speak to Rob Newman, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Nearmap Ltd, a next generation digital content provider offering access to high resolution aerial imagery, city-scale 3D data sets and integrated geospatial tools.
Starting his first business whilst still at University, Rob had his entrepreneurial spirit implanted in him at a young age. Being fascinated by technology in his youth, he was encouraged by his father to use that fascination and mix it with business, laying the foundations for his future endeavours.
Rob highlights the fact that Australia “hasn't created a culture and a belief that we can be commercially successful with technology”. He believes that Australians have the capacity to excel in creating technology, but falter in our knowledge of how to market and sell technology. Instead, Australian’s either license, sell-out and go offshore too early. This leaves most of the value and experience offshore, robbing Australia of the opportunity to build a sustainable technology industry.
In this very upbeat and passionate discussion, Rob offers a piece of advice for the Government regarding technology, “get out of the way”. He believes the continual shift in policy regarding innovation by the Australian Government is a huge detriment to the survival and growth of the industry. He states what is needed is for the Government to disassociate itself from start-ups and allow for free-enterprise to take hold.
Lastly, Rob comments on understanding the importance of failure in future success. The numerous trials and tribulations he has gone through his career have left a distinct impression on him in which he understands without risk there can be no reward.

Jul 09 2019

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Rank #8: Expect Success |Kathryn Fagg

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In Episode 20, “Expect Success”, Blenheim Partners‘ Gregory Robinson is delighted to speak to Kathryn Fagg, Chair of Boral Ltd and Director of Incitec Pivot Ltd, Djerriwarrh Investments Ltd and CSIRO.
Kathryn is one of those rare executives who has broken with tradition and worked across a range of industries and been highly successful. She commenced her career as a petroleum engineer for Esso Australia in what was a girl’s adventure in a man’s world before pursuing her interest as a problem solving junkie with McKinsey & Co. Wanting to further test herself, she then joined ANZ Banking Group in the roles of General Manager, Retail Banking, New Zealand leading over 5000 people, and later Managing Director, Banking Products. Kathryn then chose to return to her industrial roots and joined BHP Steel which became BlueScope Steel, becoming President of the Asia division, including Chair of Tata BlueScope Steel in India. She eventually returned to Australia and helped Linfox turnaround a division before making an earlier than expected career transition to the Boardroom. Kathryn has since built an impressive NED career serving on the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Chairman of Breast Cancer Network Australia and most recently was President of Chief Executive Women.
Greg and Kathryn discuss a myriad of topics including business optimism in Australia, the composition of Boards, the need for more effective R&D, fear of innovation and what is real diversity. Kathryn expresses concern of the lack of females in executive roles, what needs to change and what numbers she would expect in the next ten years. She puts forward her concerns over the gap between the high numbers of educated females to the low number of females pursuing senior careers and poignantly questions the waste to the nation and the time for decisive leadership.
Lastly and importantly, Kathryn shares with us her thoughts on taking risk and not being one of those disappointed with how things turned out. With her infectious confidence, Kathryn is “absolutely driven and expects to be successful” whilst at the same time taking the approach of “giving it a shot and if it doesn’t work out you’ll get another job”, a lesson for us all.

Jun 26 2019

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Rank #9: Breaking Down Conventional Wisdom | Tim Sims AM

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In Episode 24, “Breaking Down Conventional Wisdom”, Blenheim Partners‘ Gregory Robinson is delighted to speak to Tim Sims AM, Managing Director and Founder of Pacific Equity Partners.
In an open and fascinating discussion, Tim shares with us his story. From an early age he has been on the move, living in several poverty stricken nations and being exposed to much more than most and ultimately was determined to one day have the means to help those who are socially disadvantaged.
Tim has had a distinguished business career, commencing in management consultancy with LEK before becoming the Chairman and Managing Director of Bain & Company's Australasian and African operations and a member of Bain & Company's Global Executive Committee. Advising many CEO’s, Tim shares with us some unique insights and encourages us to question some long held business principles as he discusses his transition to private equity and reveals the precepts of PE and dispels the myths.
We explore the climate of the market, the significance of the board configuration in determining company performance, the opportunity to release the full potential of organisations from the bonds of the current model and the willingness to break down conventional wisdom to achieve so much more.
Lastly, we cover Tim’s deep passion and obligation to help others through his philanthropic initiatives and how he has applied his expertise from the world of private equity into helping those in need.

Aug 26 2019

1hr 26mins

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Rank #10: The Death of Trust And Its Resurrection | Ian Elliot

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In Episode 9, “The Death of Trust And Its Resurrection”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson is delighted to speak with Ian Elliot, one of Australia’s leading marketing minds.
Ian learned the marketing ropes from the ground up. He began as a mail boy in Australia’s biggest advertising agency, George Patterson, and progressed to be its Chairman and CEO. Along the way he helped create some memorable and valuable brands like the Optus ‘YES’ campaign. Ian retired at just 48 years old, before transitioning to senior ASX listed NED and Chair roles.
The informative and highly entertaining interview with Ian covers not just his personal and career journey but touches on some very important and prescient topics. He hits the high points of his best-selling book ‘Stop Bitching, Start Pitching’.
Trust is at the heart of brand building and business success. Ian outlines examples of how he believes we are living in a period where trust has never before been breached on so many fronts. The potential commercial, economic and social implications are far reaching and disturbing. His references to the recent Royal Commission pulls no punches. Ian cements his views on trust by sharing his own stories of his experiences around the world in which trust can be earned in the most subtle of ways, whilst also presenting his proprietary formula for measuring trust expressed as a mathematical equation.
‘Creating Wow Moments’ for clients is another topic Ian maintains is the key to successful profits. ‘I’m more interested in traction than transaction’ he says, ‘because repeat purchases by sticky loyal customers is the key to margin growth’. How he develops these outstanding moments of truth is fascinating.
EVERYONE who hears this podcast will make a note of The Elliot Trust Formula and use it to measure the trustworthiness of those they need to rely upon. From staff to employers, to suppliers to shareholders, friends and extended family members. Most importantly he asks us to judge our own score for trustworthiness and use that to embark on a journey of continuous improvement.

Nov 28 2018

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Rank #11: Aspirational Ambition | Mike Smith OBE

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In Episode 12, “Aspirational Ambition”, Gregory Robinson is delighted to talk with Mike Smith OBE. Mike Smith has had a distinguished career in the banking sector and shares the lessons he has learned whilst climbing his way up the executive ladder.
Mike discusses his early career working at HSBC where an invitation to play a game of rugby led to him getting a job at the Hong Kong branch of HSBC. Initially uninformed about banking Mike rallied and went on to lead a team of 200, at the age of 22.
Mike also recalls his time working in Argentina where he took it upon himself to investigate corruption which led to an attempt on his life whilst driving home. Understandably an event like this would send most people packing but as a testament to his character, Mike decided to stay in Argentina, saying that “It’s a question of if I was ready to give in, and I was not ready to give in”.
Mike also discusses how a shared vision of the opportunity to expand into Asia led him to become the Chief Executive Officer of ANZ. He highlights the intricacies of what it was like to be the Head of a multinational bank and highlights the difficulties in opening up ANZ to the Asian market. Ever the contrarian, Mike pushed ahead with his belief in expansion into Asia.
Greg and Mike also deliberate on the current economic conditions that the world today faces. Issues such as Brexit, China and President Trump come to light as well as how society as a whole is changing today, especially the dramatic increase in the influence of social media, with Mike stating that “we pander to issues which create noise on social media”.

Jan 30 2019

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Rank #12: Aerotropolis - The Future of International Airports | Graham Millett

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In Episode 16, “Aerotropolis – The Future of International Airports”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson is delighted to talk to Graham Millett, Chief Executive Officer of WSA Co. Graham has been given the monumental task of being at the reins for the construction of Western Sydney Airport. Graham brings extensive experience in the aviation industry as well as being a qualified pilot.
Graham discusses the importance of looking outwards at other international airports in gaining a perspective of what elements create the perfect airport. He shares with Greg his plans on opening a carbon neutral airport with renewable energy, low wastage levels and plenty of recycling.
Graham discusses the technologies he wants to completely immerse into the new Western Sydney airport with newer more advanced technologies than currently available at Kingsford Smith Airport which will ultimately help create a more relaxed and leisurely experience upon arriving at the airport. He shares with us his plan on working with Uber Elevate to create what sounds like “flying cars” to assist with congestion as well as time. Adding to Uber Elevate, he shares his vision of the airport having a strong public transport presence which again, will help lessen congestion and reduce pollution.
He also stresses the importance of an airport being more than just an airport, his key goal is to create an Aerotropolis, which he defines as an aviation city. Graham and his team hope to create an airport which combines residential, commercial and industrial types of facilities, essentially becoming a hub of not just air travel but a hub of business.

Mar 27 2019

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Rank #13: Cyber War: The ADF's New Battleground | Major General Marcus Thompson AM

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In Episode 19, “Cyber War: The ADF’s New Battleground”, Blenheim Partners‘ Gregory Robinson is delighted to speak to Major General Marcus Thompson AM, Head of Information Warfare at the Australian Defence Force.
In what is arguably recommended listening to all, Greg and Marcus discuss the disturbing increase of emerging cyber technologies, the significant impact an attack can have and what needs to be done to curb the heightened threat of cyber-attacks on Australia. Marcus stresses the importance of cyber security and reinforces the fact that everyone is at risk of cyber-attack.
Business and social engagement is increasingly being conducted over network connected devices and as a result, so too has the scale of intrusion and threat. Marcus highlights the rewards of cyber-crime have become so great that Cyber criminals are often highly professional and very sophisticated, drawing on the resources of organised crime or rogue states with both businesses and individuals as their highly tempting targets.
Marcus puts forward a worst case scenario in which he describes an attack which comes “at scale”. Explaining, “If a large scale attack can currently hit critical infrastructure, then we would be at serious risk, essential infrastructure such as air traffic control, financial systems and telecommunication services would all be severely hampered and cause a break down in society. What would happen if we couldn’t use our credit cards for a week, call, text or transfer funds?”.
Lastly, Marcus highlights the effectiveness of a cyber-attack sharing an example of a team of only five cyber operators, five intelligence officers and two lawyers were able to unpack an entire force of soldiers performing war games by using their social media activity against them. Within less than 48 hours, the team had determined the unit names, the unit locations in the war game, in some cases unit intent and had seized the initiative and helped change the course and outcome of the hypothetical war.

Jun 12 2019

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Rank #14: You Can't Survive Unless You're Disciplined | Michael Byrne

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In Episode 15, “You Can’t Survive Unless You're Disciplined”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson is delighted to talk to Michael Byrne, Managing Director of Toll Group.
Michael brings to light an honest appraisal of not only himself but the business environment in which he is in. Michael speaks frankly about his role and the necessities and tough decisions that come with it and how as a leader you must be able to do two things, “think extremely long term and be in the absolute minutiae of the detail”.
Beginning his career in logistics, Michael supported his mother’s transportation company which has led to a distinguished career working for well-known companies such as Mayne Nickless, Westgate, Linfox and now Toll. He explains how his near “monastic” life has helped him navigate his career in which he states that “he always wanted the job no one wanted”. Like most leaders, Michael is never happy with what he has achieved. He believes that it is the role of the Managing Director to continue to encourage others to break the barrier and continue to push boundaries and stay ahead of the continuously unpredictable world.
Michael declares that he understands that “not everyone is going to agree with you” and wanting to please the 44,000 people who he leads at toll is counterproductive, instead it is his responsibility to pick those few around him who he deems fit to act as “acolytes” to help him move forward. Looking back at his time at Linfox he drives home the importance of “investing in people”, reinforcing this with his experiences with the Fox family who invested heavily in him leading to “enormous opportunities” and due to their well-placed confidence in him, has led him to the position he is in today.
Lastly, Michael speaks frankly on how strategy is regarded in the mind of today’s businesses. He emphasises that strategy takes years to execute, two years at minimum, so to change strategy every year only hurts a business and consequently blurs any real long term objective and subverts strategy to tactics.

Mar 13 2019

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Rank #15: The Culture of Innovation and Embracing Change |Barry Irvin

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In Episode 14, “The Culture of Innovation and Embracing Change”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson is delighted to talk to Barry Irvin AM, Executive Chairman of Bega Cheese Limited.
Barry’s story is inspiring. To say Barry has faced challenges is an understatement. In this very personal and illuminating discussion, Barry shares with us the human side of an ASX Chairman and how culture and innovation come from all parts of life and are not what is necessarily found in the business textbook or hung as the company mantra on the office walls.
Through curiosity, hard work and as a result of difficult personal circumstances he found himself getting better acquainted with the Bega dairy Co-Op and soon realised it may be the avenue for his business career. Within a short period of time Barry became Chairman of Bega Cheese, and through his outstanding leadership has taken an organisation in very difficult circumstances, through a transformational journey that has seen it cemented as a powerhouse in the dairy industry where it holds 15% of the Australian retail cheese market exported to over 40 countries.
Barry shares insights into his first day as leader of Bega Cheese and his first strategy meeting knowing that the competitors were circling saying “the competitive advantage we have is that we have no competitive advantage. Everybody will underestimate us. We will be on everybody's list to disappear”. Barry’s passion and willingness to take calculated risk comes through as does his ability to share his dream with competitors and question the status quo.
In 2017 Bega announced a $460 million deal with Mondelez International to acquire most of their grocery and cheese business in Australia and New Zealand which included the iconic Australian product Vegemite as well as the license to manufacture Kraft branded cheese and peanut butter. These acquisitions add over $310 million in annual revenue and has moved Bega Cheese from a dairy-based company to a diversified consumer goods company.
Today Barry is a central figure in the Australian Dairy and consumer goods industry and is not sitting back but wants to take on the global markets with Australian ingenuity and smarts.
Barry has also played a key role in the development of Giant Steps, the charity that seeks to provide support to families, to improve understanding of autism in the wider community and to develop best practice among carers and professionals.

Feb 28 2019

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Rank #16: The Go Gene | Lindsay Partridge AM

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In Episode 17, “The Go Gene”, Blenheim Partners‘ Gregory Robinson is delighted to speak to Lindsay Partridge AM, Managing Director of Brickworks Ltd.
A rare case in any part of the world, Lindsay Partridge has been at the helm of Brickworks for 20 years. Inheriting “five factories in two states”, Brickworks under Lindsay’s tenure has grown significantly in terms of size and profitability as its operations have become not only Australia-wide, but international, with its product range extending beyond bricks to roofing tiles, pavers, masonry, precast panels, timber products and activities expanding into property development.
Lindsay and Greg discuss the current climate of business conditions within Australia, which Lindsay claims as “toxic” and that the path we are continuing down will lead to businesses taking manufacturing elsewhere due to an ever increasing cost of production. He shares how Brickworks has continued to grow through innovation and seizing new strategic opportunities, highlighting the ambitious growth strategy in the United States and the recent $151 million acquisition of Glen-Gery, America's fourth-largest brick manufacturer.
Lastly, Greg and Lindsay discuss what makes a great CEO and the need for the “go gene”.

May 08 2019

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Rank #17: Open for Debate | John Fraser

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In Episode 41, “Open for Debate”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to John Fraser, Chairman of AMP Capital Holdings Ltd, Director of AMP Ltd, Judo Bank, the Future Fund and Advance. John served as the Secretary to the Australian Treasury from 2015 to 2018 and before that was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of UBS Global Asset Management based in London. He was previously a Member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Australian Council of Financial Regulators, as well as the Chair of the G20 Global Infrastructure Hub and the Victorian Funds Management Corporation.
In this insightful conversation, John shares with us his unique perspective on the path to recovery as we deal with the economic and social consequences of the pandemic, the incoming shifts in global markets, particularly China and the United States, as well as Australia’s vital role in addressing key geopolitical matters. Greg and John discuss the importance of open and constructive debate, which in times has been marred by unhealthy, zealous political correctness.
John gives us a rare glimpse into the corridors of power, spanning from Canberra to Washington, D.C., where he had postings at the International Monetary Fund and the Australian Embassy, from London to the Middle East, in his roles with UBS Global Asset Management and UBS Saudi Arabia, and from Presidents to Prime Ministers.

May 20 2020

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Rank #18: This Too Shall Pass | Mehrdad Baghai

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In Episode 40, “This Too Shall Pass”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to Mehrdad Baghai, Chairman of Alchemy Growth, a strategy advisory firm, and Global Chief Executive Officer of High Resolves, a not-for-profit organisation focused on immersive citizenship education programs for young people in Australia, Canada, the United States, Brazil and Mexico.
Mehrdad is the author of New York Times bestseller As One, as well as international bestsellers The Alchemy of Growth and The Granularity of Growth. Mehrdad was previously an Executive Director of the CSIRO and worked at McKinsey and Company as a partner and co-leader of their worldwide Growth Practice.
Greg and Mehrdad discuss leadership during a crisis, the difficult decisions that have to be made and dealing with the delicate topic of trust, especially now as we are in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Mehrdad also brings to light the unique growth opportunity brought about by a crisis; by looking within and asking the tough questions, we can rise with renewed maturity from this collective wakeup call.
We hear about Mehrdad’s upbringing, and how his family moved from Iran to Canada to escape persecution. Drawing from his experiences, he had a keen interest in collective action, went on to study at Harvard University and worked with Nobel laureate Thomas Schelling. Mehrdad stresses the importance of messaging to inspire collective action, especially with the extraordinary circumstances we currently face.

May 13 2020

1hr 17mins

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Rank #19: Challenge to Greatness | Naomi Simson

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In Episode 39, “Challenge to Greatness”, Blenheim Partners' Gregory Robinson is delighted to speak to Naomi Simson, Founder of the leading online experience retailer RedBalloon and Co-Founder of The Big Red Group. She is also a Member of The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Business and Economics Board and a Governor of The Research Foundation of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Naomi is the author of the best-selling books Live What You Love and Ready to Soar and was one of the Sharks in the television program Shark Tank Australia.
Naomi talks us through beginnings of her business and brand, after biding her time in the corporate world, she started RedBalloon at home with a second hand computer and eventually became a household name and media personality. Last year, the Big Red Group delivered $850m worth of economic value to the community and looking forward, aims to serve an experience every second, somewhere on earth, by 2030.
Greg and Naomi discuss the changes we are going through, from the evolution of technology to new working arrangements. In these times, Naomi presents us with the challenge to greatness: how we, as one community, can rally and support one another to bounce back stronger than ever.

May 06 2020

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Rank #20: Life Is Walking Through a Door | Michael Hawker AM

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In Episode 38, “Life Is Walking Through a Door”, Blenheim Partners‘ Gregory Robinson speaks to Michael Hawker AM, Non-Executive Director of Macquarie Group Ltd, Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Co. Ltd, BUPA Global Board, BUPA ANZ Group and Rugby World Cup Ltd. He is also a Board Member of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.
Michael was previously the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Insurance Australia Group Ltd and Chairman of Australian Rugby Union. He represented Australia in rugby union, wearing the green and gold 25 times as well as being Vice-Captain of the Wallabies.
In an engaging discussion, Michael takes us through his journey from being an elite athlete to the challenges he faced as CEO of one of Australia’s most respected organisations. He talks to us about the changing landscapes in global perspectives and the complexities and disruptions at play through the lens of an international Board Director.
Michael and Greg discuss leadership, particularly in a time of crisis and ambiguity, the conviction required in making the difficult decisions and stepping up when presented with the opportunity. Michael recalls the important moments in his career and why life is walking through a door.
Note: This podcast was recorded on 19th March 2020.

Apr 29 2020

1hr 19mins

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The Battle for the Soul of America | Stephen Loosley AM

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In Episode 53, “The Battle for the Soul of America”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to Stephen Loosley AM, who served as Senator for New South Wales in the Australian Parliament during the Hawke and Keating Governments, where he chaired both the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade and the Senate Regulations Committee. He is now the Deputy Chair of Thales Australia and a Director of O’Connell Street Associates. He has served as Chair of the Woomera Prohibited Area Advisory Board and is the immediate past Chair of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, where he is now a Senior Fellow.
In today’s discussion, Stephen will help us navigate the upcoming US election, in what many argue will possibly be the most divisive of campaigns and one of the most important elections in our lifetime. He takes us through the state of play, the candidates and their respective parties, their platforms and policies and where it will be won and lost.
Looking forward, there will be a second part to the conversation after the election, to review the key moments, where it was ultimately won, what the future of America will look like and what this means to Australia and the world.
Please note that the views and opinions expressed by Stephen Loosley in this podcast are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of the organisations he is involved with

Sep 16 2020

1hr 9mins

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Selfish Happiness | Simon McKeon AO

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In Episode 52, “Selfish Happiness”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to 2011 Australian of the Year, Simon McKeon AO. Simon is currently Chancellor of Monash University and Non-Executive Director of National Australia Bank Ltd and Rio Tinto Group. He previously served as Chairman of AMP Ltd and CSIRO and was Founding President of the Federal Government’s Australian Takeovers Panel. Simon has had a long and passionate involvement with non-profit organisations, including serving as Chairman of MS Research Australia, Independent Schools Victoria, In2Science, Summer Housing, South East Melbourne and the Australian Industry Energy Transitions Initiative.
In a candid conversation, Greg and Simon discuss the fast-forwarding of change brought about by COVID-19, from the banking sector to education and how young people can adapt and thrive in the new era. An avid sportsman, Simon translates lessons from the fast-paced arena of sailing, where he held the outright world sailing speed record for many years, to the Boardroom, in embracing innovation and the power of diversity. Finally, Simon brings to the fore why selfishness and philanthropy go hand in hand and he shines a light on the champions of the non-profit sector, whose passion and devotion in making a positive difference to people’s lives make them our unsung heroes.

Sep 02 2020

1hr 31mins

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That's the Game! | Marcus Blackmore AM

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In Episode 51, “That’s the Game!”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to Marcus Blackmore AM, former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman and currently Executive Director of Blackmores Ltd. Under his leadership, Blackmores has grown from a small range of natural remedies to become the number one natural health company in Australia. The Blackmores Group is now home to seven brands sold in 17 markets and recognised across the Asia Pacific region as the most trusted in natural health.
An alumnus of Harvard Business School, Marcus is also an honorary trustee of the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia, an Honorary Fellow of the Heart Research Institute and an honorary Chief in Samoa.
In an engaging discussion, Marcus shares with us his experiences that have influenced him and led to his success. From his time in the army in Vietnam, the big decisions which ultimately shaped Blackmores, to the challenges corporate Australia face, he does not hold anything back. Finally, Marcus talks about his passion for life and people, the spirit of entrepreneurship and how to win a customer for life.

Aug 26 2020

1hr 25mins

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Perfect or Possible | The Hon Joel Fitzgibbon MP

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In Episode 50, “Perfect or Possible”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to The Hon Joel Fitzgibbon MP, Member for Hunter, Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Resources and member of the Australian Labor Party. After being elected in 1996, Joel has represented his electorate for the last 24 years. He was previously Minister for Defence and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. He has also served as Chief Government Whip and Chaired the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade.
The son of former Member of Parliament Eric Fitzgibbon, Joel shares with us his upbringing and how the principle of equality of opportunity was instilled in him and continues to drive him to this very day. He gives us a unique look into the life of a politician, from its rigorous demands to the satisfaction derived in serving the people that put their faith in him. He also talks about the current state of the Labor party; its leadership, the challenges in finding the right balance and how they can once again form Government, with Joel having spent 18 of his 24 years in Parliament in the opposition.
In a fast-paced discussion, Joel offers his frank views on the important issues we face as a nation, from climate, energy and industry debates, the pragmatism and possible compromise required in transitioning to renewable energy and the reality facing his constituents in the broader conversation about Australia’s relationship with China. He also calls on the business community to step up and demand from the Government the policy reforms needed for Australia to succeed . Lastly, Joel reminds us that in our capacity to drive change, we should never let the perfect get in the way of the possible.

Aug 19 2020

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The Big Challenge | Dr Martin Parkinson AC

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In Episode 49, “The Big Challenge”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to Dr Martin Parkinson AC, the Chancellor of Macquarie University. Martin served in the Commonwealth Government for almost 40 years, most recently as the Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet from 2016 to 2019 and Secretary of the Australian Treasury from 2011 to 2014. He was also Secretary of Australia’s inaugural Department of Climate Change between 2007 and 2011.
Martin is currently a Non-Executive Director of Worley Ltd, North Queensland Airports and Male Champions of Change, and is a member of the Northern Territory Economic Reconstruction Commission. He previously served on the Boards of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Orica Ltd and the German Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce and was Chair of the Australian Office of Financial Management.
In this insightful conversation, Martin shares with us his views on a myriad of topics, from the inner workings of Government, the difficult task of bringing everyone together on climate policy, the impact of the pandemic on our third largest export, education, and the current dynamics in play in foreign policy. Martin and Greg address the big issues – what do we want as a society, what is important, where we are headed and the big challenge ahead.

Aug 05 2020

1hr 37mins

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Innovation Is Just Hard Work | Sam Riggall

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In Episode 48, “Innovation Is Just Hard Work”, Blenheim Partners‘ Gregory Robinson speaks to Sam Riggall, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Clean TeQ Holdings Ltd, an Australian and Canadian listed technology company focused on the development of resources to service new energy and materials markets. He previously held senior global roles with Rio Tinto Group and Ivanhoe Mines Ltd, where he led a successful negotiation with the Mongolian Parliament of a 50-year investment agreement for the Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine.
In a very thought-provoking episode, Sam challenges us to consider where we are as a society, highlighting that the world is at a tipping point, especially with the technological advances that await us. As the leader of a technology company that could help revolutionise renewable energy and the automotive and aerospace industries, Sam also recognises the organisation’s potential in providing safe drinking water and basic sanitation to almost a quarter of the world’s population.
Sam takes us on a journey that covers the chemistry in mining, social issues in the Congo, the chessboard on which geopolitical power brokers manoeuvre in, the hope of the entrepreneur and the realisation that Elvis lives on in Rural Australia. Finally, he sheds light on the meaning behind how the rule book is being rewritten and those who succeed will be ones who adapt fastest.

Jul 22 2020

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The Wake Up Call | Kate Carnell AO

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In Episode 47, “The Wake Up Call”, Blenheim Partners‘ Gregory Robinson speaks to Kate Carnell AO, the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman. She previously held the position of Chief Executive Officer for The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which represents more than 300,000 businesses across Australia, Beyond Blue, the Australian Food and Grocery Council, the Australian General Practice Network and the National Association of Forest Industries. Kate was also the Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory from 1995 to 2000.
A pharmacist by profession, Kate ran her own small businesses for fifteen years, and went on to become the first female to become the National Vice-President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. In 2006, Kate was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for her services to the community through contributions to economic development and support for the business sector, knowledge industries, the medical sector and medical technology advances.
In a powerful conversation, Kate brings to light the reality small businesses have to face as they try to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Addressing the constant ambiguity and the confronting issues, from hidden unemployment, mental health, to battles with landlords, we discuss how the time has arrived for us to wake up and seize the opportunity, as a nation, to cut the red tape and come together, embody the spirit of the entrepreneur and support the bedrock of the Australian and global economy.
Please note the podcast was recorded on 25th June 2020

Jul 08 2020

1hr 19mins

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The Show Must Go On | Sophie Galaise

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In Episode 46, “The Show Must Go On”, Blenheim Partners‘ Gregory Robinson speaks to Sophie Galaise, Managing Director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO). She is also on the Board of Symphony Services International, a member of the Advisory Council of the Harvard Business Review, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the CEO Institute in Australia.
Starting her career as a principal flautist in Germany at the age of 17, Sophie went on to become the Artistic Director of the Orford Arts Centre in Canada, Executive Director of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, and the Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Sophie was named as one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in 2015 and 2019.
Sophie shares with us how the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is working to break the mould and create a new DNA. By expanding their engagement with the community, they have transcended from being a traditional orchestra to capturing new audiences and winning hearts, through partnerships with sport and film, and crossovers with the likes of Elton John.
Finally, Sophie talks about the performing arts industry, arguably one of the most adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and calls for radical change to ensure its survival. She brings to light how the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has adapted, by being inventive, embracing technology and preparing for a different future, to broaden their reach to over five continents and keep the music playing.

Jun 24 2020

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Desire to Deliver | Marnie Baker

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In Episode 45, “Desire to Deliver”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to Marnie Baker, Managing Director of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. She has been with the organisation since 1989, an Executive since 2000 and was appointed Managing Director in 2018. Marnie provides us with an insight into her baptism of fire, being at the helm during some of the most challenging times in the industry and the country.
Marnie and Greg discuss the big picture of the Australian banking industry, the transition into a cashless society and the importance of a level playing field to ultimately provide customers with access to more competitive products. They delve into digitisation and the advances in technology made through partnerships; Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has always been at the forefront of innovation. In its 162-year history, it was the first to bring to market some of the services we use every day.
Furthermore, Marnie talks about leadership in a time of crisis, from the importance of effective communication to the improved speed of decision making. She talks about the opportunity surrounding infrastructure investment in regional Australia and how the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the weakness of having the majority of the population living in metropolitan areas. Lastly, Marnie talks about the desire to deliver on a purpose and changing the way people think about banking.

Jun 17 2020

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Focus on What's Important | Sam Weiss

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In Episode 44, “Focus on What’s Important”, Blenheim Partners‘ Gregory Robinson is delighted to speak to Sam Weiss, Non-Executive Chairman of Altium Ltd and 3P Learning Ltd. Elected as Chairman of Altium Ltd in 2007, Sam has been instrumental in the expansion and outstanding growth of the company, currently with a share price of about 33 times as it was when Sam’s tenure commenced.
Sam shares with us his journey across various industries from the United States to Australia, which included a fascinating period in Europe with the sporting giant Nike. He vividly recalls his encounters with legendary athletes, such as Michael Jordan, Michael Schumacher, Cathy Freeman and the Brazilian footballer Ronaldo.
In a very insightful conversation, Sam and Greg talk about the technology industry, including trends on the global stage and what can be done in Australia to transform it from a society that predominantly consumes tech products into an environment conducive to developing and producing technology. Sam draws on his experiences, particularly with Altium, and imparts his knowledge and wisdom to current and aspiring Directors on how they can achieve the goal of generating value for shareholders.

Jun 10 2020

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Down the Line | Ian Pollard

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In Episode 43, “Down the Line”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to Ian Pollard, Chairman of RGA Reinsurance Company of Australia and Director of Milton Corporation Ltd and the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists. He was also the Chairman of Billabong International and Managing Director of Development Finance Corporation. Ian coaches CEO’s and Senior Executives and authored numerous books on corporate finance, self-help and human capital.
In these challenging times, Ian shares lessons on how to cope with pressure, highlighting his experience at Billabong International, where the Board had to meet around a hundred times in a period of one year. He provides valuable insight and words of wisdom to new and aspiring Directors to enable them to leave a mark on the company.
Ian talks us through his fascinating youth as a Rhodes Scholar, Captain of the Australian Junior Davis Cup team where he faced an up-and-coming Bjorn Borg and being appointed Chair of a company at 25 years of age. An actuary by background, Ian’s early career was in investment banking. He also founded the investment company Development Capital of Australia and is a pioneer of Australian corporate finance.

Jun 03 2020

1hr 8mins

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Picking Up Sticks | Mick McCormack

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In Episode 42, “Picking Up Sticks”, Blenheim Partners‘ Gregory Robinson speaks to Mick McCormack, former Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of APA Group. Under Mick’s fourteen-year leadership, APA Group grew from 30 employees and assets worth $1.3bn to 3,000 employees and assets of $24bn and delivered a compound rate of return to shareholders of over 17% per year.
The big vision coupled with the resilience instilled in him growing up on a farm, we hear of Mick’s journey from hard hats and steel caps to leading an ASX 50 Company. Mick shares his views on authentic leadership, decision-making and setting the culture that are crucial to an organisation’s success.
In a candid conversation, Greg and Mick discuss energy infrastructure in Australia and compare it to the standards overseas, a high point of topic as all nations examine how gas supply will help stimulate an economic recovery. They delve into Mick’s motivations, the causes he is passionate about and the changes he looks forward to seeing in the country. Lastly, we hear of the mum test, which has proven to be a reliable tool Mick calls upon in helping him focus and bring things to perspective.

May 27 2020

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Open for Debate | John Fraser

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In Episode 41, “Open for Debate”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to John Fraser, Chairman of AMP Capital Holdings Ltd, Director of AMP Ltd, Judo Bank, the Future Fund and Advance. John served as the Secretary to the Australian Treasury from 2015 to 2018 and before that was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of UBS Global Asset Management based in London. He was previously a Member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Australian Council of Financial Regulators, as well as the Chair of the G20 Global Infrastructure Hub and the Victorian Funds Management Corporation.
In this insightful conversation, John shares with us his unique perspective on the path to recovery as we deal with the economic and social consequences of the pandemic, the incoming shifts in global markets, particularly China and the United States, as well as Australia’s vital role in addressing key geopolitical matters. Greg and John discuss the importance of open and constructive debate, which in times has been marred by unhealthy, zealous political correctness.
John gives us a rare glimpse into the corridors of power, spanning from Canberra to Washington, D.C., where he had postings at the International Monetary Fund and the Australian Embassy, from London to the Middle East, in his roles with UBS Global Asset Management and UBS Saudi Arabia, and from Presidents to Prime Ministers.

May 20 2020

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This Too Shall Pass | Mehrdad Baghai

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In Episode 40, “This Too Shall Pass”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to Mehrdad Baghai, Chairman of Alchemy Growth, a strategy advisory firm, and Global Chief Executive Officer of High Resolves, a not-for-profit organisation focused on immersive citizenship education programs for young people in Australia, Canada, the United States, Brazil and Mexico.
Mehrdad is the author of New York Times bestseller As One, as well as international bestsellers The Alchemy of Growth and The Granularity of Growth. Mehrdad was previously an Executive Director of the CSIRO and worked at McKinsey and Company as a partner and co-leader of their worldwide Growth Practice.
Greg and Mehrdad discuss leadership during a crisis, the difficult decisions that have to be made and dealing with the delicate topic of trust, especially now as we are in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Mehrdad also brings to light the unique growth opportunity brought about by a crisis; by looking within and asking the tough questions, we can rise with renewed maturity from this collective wakeup call.
We hear about Mehrdad’s upbringing, and how his family moved from Iran to Canada to escape persecution. Drawing from his experiences, he had a keen interest in collective action, went on to study at Harvard University and worked with Nobel laureate Thomas Schelling. Mehrdad stresses the importance of messaging to inspire collective action, especially with the extraordinary circumstances we currently face.

May 13 2020

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Challenge to Greatness | Naomi Simson

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In Episode 39, “Challenge to Greatness”, Blenheim Partners' Gregory Robinson is delighted to speak to Naomi Simson, Founder of the leading online experience retailer RedBalloon and Co-Founder of The Big Red Group. She is also a Member of The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Business and Economics Board and a Governor of The Research Foundation of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Naomi is the author of the best-selling books Live What You Love and Ready to Soar and was one of the Sharks in the television program Shark Tank Australia.
Naomi talks us through beginnings of her business and brand, after biding her time in the corporate world, she started RedBalloon at home with a second hand computer and eventually became a household name and media personality. Last year, the Big Red Group delivered $850m worth of economic value to the community and looking forward, aims to serve an experience every second, somewhere on earth, by 2030.
Greg and Naomi discuss the changes we are going through, from the evolution of technology to new working arrangements. In these times, Naomi presents us with the challenge to greatness: how we, as one community, can rally and support one another to bounce back stronger than ever.

May 06 2020

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Life Is Walking Through a Door | Michael Hawker AM

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In Episode 38, “Life Is Walking Through a Door”, Blenheim Partners‘ Gregory Robinson speaks to Michael Hawker AM, Non-Executive Director of Macquarie Group Ltd, Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Co. Ltd, BUPA Global Board, BUPA ANZ Group and Rugby World Cup Ltd. He is also a Board Member of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.
Michael was previously the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Insurance Australia Group Ltd and Chairman of Australian Rugby Union. He represented Australia in rugby union, wearing the green and gold 25 times as well as being Vice-Captain of the Wallabies.
In an engaging discussion, Michael takes us through his journey from being an elite athlete to the challenges he faced as CEO of one of Australia’s most respected organisations. He talks to us about the changing landscapes in global perspectives and the complexities and disruptions at play through the lens of an international Board Director.
Michael and Greg discuss leadership, particularly in a time of crisis and ambiguity, the conviction required in making the difficult decisions and stepping up when presented with the opportunity. Michael recalls the important moments in his career and why life is walking through a door.
Note: This podcast was recorded on 19th March 2020.

Apr 29 2020

1hr 19mins

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The Risk of Not Making Change | Tim Salt

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In Episode 37, “The Risk of Not Making Change”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to Tim Salt, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of GWA Group Ltd. Tim was previously the Managing Director for Diageo Australasia. He also held senior roles in various fast-moving consumer goods companies in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia, including Unilever, Lion Nathan, Campbell Arnott’s, Pepsi and Tetley Tea.
In a world where competition is ruthless, Tim brings to light the importance for leaders to make bold decisions to stay ahead of the pack, drawing on his international experience and intense customer-focused DNA. Tim talks about his journey, the early days as an ASX-listed company CEO, walking the walk and seizing opportunities in the once traditional commercial and residential building market that is now undergoing significant shifts.
Tim and Greg have a very open discussion about management theory versus reality and the need for leadership to communicate a clear and aligned purpose. Tim emphasises the importance of having the right people, the “game changers” on the bus, and how GWA’s cutting edge efforts in water solutions and sustainability are leading the world, so much so that they are saving the equivalent of Sydney Harbour’s volume of water each year.

Apr 23 2020

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Onwards and Upwards | Adrian Turner

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In Episode 36, “Onwards and Upwards”, Blenheim Partners‘ Gregory Robinson speaks to Adrian Turner, a technologist and successful entrepreneur who was the Co-Founder of Borondi Group and Mocana Corporation, a smartphone and Internet of Things security company based in Silicon Valley. He was also the Founding CEO of CSIRO’s Data61, Australia’s largest data innovation network, and is Co-Chair of The Australian Cyber Security Growth Network. Adrian was the Chairman of Australia’s expat network, Advance.org, helping it grow from just over a thousand Australians in New York City to a network of 24,000 across 83 countries. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Digital Economy. A person who makes things happen, Adrian is currently working with Andrew Forrest and the Minderoo Foundation and leads the Minderoo Wildfire and Disaster Resilience Program.
Adrian gives us a rare insight into his Silicon Valley experience and how it all came together, sharing stories about the challenges of raising capital, bootstrapping a company to move forward, and the beginnings of tech giants and their founders who are now household names. We learn about the speed of decision making, the incredible spirit of entrepreneurship and the acceptance of failure as part of the journey. Greg and Adrian discuss his return to Australia armed with ideas, the desire to pay it forward and the tremendous success of Data61.
Adrian’s forward-thinking attitude has made him a pioneer in his industry, and in this discussion, we hear about his vision: his next venture and the new industries about to emerge. We also find out more about his role in the Minderoo Foundation to lead the development of a globally-relevant national blueprint for fire and disaster resilience, having fought the fires up close and how a crisis can be an opportunity in disguise.

Apr 15 2020

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It's All About Survival | Richard Goyder AO

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In Episode 35, “It's All About Survival”, Blenheim Partners‘ Gregory Robinson is delighted to speak to Richard Goyder AO, Chairman of Woodside Petroleum Ltd, Qantas Airways Ltd and the Australian Football League Commission. He is also the Chair of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Australia, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the Channel 7 Telethon Trust. Richard was previously the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Wesfarmers Ltd and the Chairman of the B20 Summit held in Australia.
Richard and Greg discuss the big issues facing business, government and all members of society. We learn about the art of leadership, being bold in placing the big bets and why Richard considers surviving as his greatest achievement. In this candid conversation, he shares with us his experiences from growing up in country Western Australia, taking the helm at Wesfarmers and building a world class team, to the challenges of disruption and complexity facing Directors in the Boardroom.
Richard talks about his long-term view on energy and his proud involvement with Qantas, the AFL and the Indigenous community. We also step back and hear of Richards drive across the Nullabor, his trips to the Kimberley, as he imparts advice to current and aspiring leaders and reminds us all not to lose sight of what is important in life.

Apr 08 2020

1hr 8mins

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Unlocking Australian Grown Data Scientists

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In this special episode, “Unlocking Australian Grown Data Scientists”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to Peter Clare, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of RoZetta Institute. Formerly the Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre (CMCRC), RoZetta Institute is one of the world’s premier collaborative research centres. RoZetta Institute offers world-leading research infrastructure, data science and analytical expertise to global markets by bringing together industry participants and PhD students in Australia. With competitive costs, the organisation has the ability to translate questions into academic scientific inquiry, and then provide an answer in business terms. Since its inception in 2001, RoZetta Institute have answered over 2,400 significant business questions involving data.

Apr 02 2020

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