Rank #1: Business Leaders - Trevor Tasker
Trevor Tasker is the CEO and president of EMCS Industries. Established in 1955, the company invented the first marine growth protection system and provides anti-corrosion and anti-fouling solutions for marine vessels. Their clients include Princess Cruises, BC Ferries and the United States Coast Guard. In this in-depth conversation, he explains the value of anti-fouling technology in preventing critical systems from shutting down, argues there is an increasing demand for ships to be environmentally friendly by using frequency-based products that do not harm marine life – and shares how his experience of recording and selling his own album gave him a strong business acumen that he could apply to any industry.
Rank #2: Business Leaders - John Caudwell
John Caudwell is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. He founded Phones4u in 1987 during an emerging mobile phone market, and later sold the business in 2006 for £1.47 billion. The UK’s biggest taxpayer, John donates over half of his wealth to philanthropic causes through the Giving Pledge and his own charities Caudwell Children and Caudwell LymeCo. In this in-depth conversation, he reflects on his eyes being opened to an aggressive marketplace and rivalry early on in his sales career, which put him in good stead for his future, argues “spiritualism is more rewarding than materialism”, and discusses business being a double-edged sword that can be tough on your home life but “gives rewards for being the best”.
Rank #3: Business Leaders - Bruce Daisley
Bruce Daisley is host of the chart-topping ‘Eat Sleep Work Repeat’ podcast, and author of the best-selling book ‘The Joy of Work’, in which he shares practical insights into making our jobs more fulfilling. He is also European VP of Twitter, where he oversees anti-trolling, verification and overall business growth. In this in-depth conversation, Bruce reveals how better workplace culture starts with ‘getting to know each other as human beings’, discusses how changes to the way we work mean that managers have to fight the urge to value presenteeism over productivity, and recalls how his journey to discover the joy of work started when he realised his Twitter office was being destroyed by employee burnout.
Rank #4: Business Leaders - Robert A Jensen
Robert A Jensen is chairman of Kenyon. The private disaster management company provides services to governments, air, maritime and rail businesses internationally. He joined in 1998 after leaving the US military and has directed response efforts to mass fatalities including the 9/11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina and the Haitan Earthquake. In this in-depth conversation, he argues the biggest mistake businesses can make is not recognising the severity of an incident, describes how the news can desensitise people from the reality of disasters, and explains how being a leader is both a “privilege and a burden” with your decisions affecting both your colleagues and family.
Rank #5: Business Leaders - Martin Newman
Martin Newman is the founder of The Customer First Group. He has over 35 years’ retail experience working with brands including Ted Baker and Burberry. His latest book, ‘100 Practical Ways To Improve Customer Experience’, provides marketing strategies for every step of the retail journey. In this in-depth conversation, Martin argues why scaremongering over the death of the high street is “nonsense”, describes how providing a convenient and personalised experience allows companies such as Uber and Deliveroo to be disruptive, and explains how businesses can differentiate themselves by implementing a “can do” culture.
Rank #6: Business Leaders - Rob Vickery
Rob Vickery is co-founder of Stage Venture Partners, a seed venture capital fund that invests in emerging technology for B2B markets. During his career he’s helped companies such as Lloyds Bank to manage large scale digital investments. He has also served on a number of boards as the global ambassador for BAFTA Games and South Central Scholars. In this in-depth conversation, he explains his focus to fund individuals who are solving hard problems such as using AI to eliminate animal testing, compares an investor-entrepreneur relationship to a “marriage” – narrowing 1,500 pitches down to seven to find the right fit – and argues that, by being there “during the dark days”, an investor offers more than just money.
Rank #7: Business Leaders - Dan Rutstein
Dan Rutstein is president of Laduma. The company helps global brands such as HSBC, NFL and Samsung to incorporate VR technology and provide opportunities for growth. A former journalist, he also spent 12 years as a diplomat for the department of international trade promoting British businesses on the US west coast, which is where he is now based. He joined the company in 2018, and is responsible for leading global growth. In this in-depth conversation, Dan discusses how virtual reality has progressed from headsets and gaming to training heart surgeons, describes how working for the government has taught him significant life skills from leadership to value for money, and argues that building business relationships in America is easier with the “gravitas” that comes with a British accent.
Rank #8: Business Leaders - Simon Hayward
Simon Hayward is the founder and CEO of Cirrus. The firm advises international organisations in developing leadership skills. With over 25 years’ consultancy experience, Simon has helped businesses including Three and HSBC to become agile by evolving with technology and responding to customer demands. In this in-depth conversation, he describes the consequences of a workplace culture where staff are afraid to make mistakes, argues that a “my way or the highway” approach on Brexit has led to a lack of direction, and highlights the importance of self-reflection in thoughtful decision-making.
Rank #9: Business Leaders - Annastasia Seebohm
Annastasia Seebohm is global CEO of Quintessentially. The luxury concierge brand is a members-only service with an annual turnover of $100 million. Joining the company as business development director, she was appointed US chief executive two years later, tripling revenues within her first year. Promoted to her current role in 2018, Annastasia is responsible for more than 1,000 staff across 65 offices worldwide. In this in-depth conversation, she explains how “lifestyle managers” enable time-poor entrepreneurs and the wealthy to gain access to some of the world’s most unique places and experiences, discusses how she creates a collaborative and creative work culture using the “power of vulnerability”, and reflects on how a ‘two-way street’ attitude to mentorship benefits the mentor as well as the mentee.
Rank #10: Business Leaders - Miles Celic
Miles Celic is chief executive officer for TheCityUK. Set up in response to the global banking crisis almost 10 years ago, it is the representative body for UK-based financial and related professional services with nearly 200 members. Appointed in the midst of the EU referendum, Miles is a former broadcaster with a wealth of experience in public affairs and political engagement, including roles at Prudential and HSBC. In this in-depth interview, he describes the process of engagement with Parliament, regulators and international governments, discusses the challenge of improving public perception of the banking industry and gives an insider’s view of the impact of Brexit on UK Plc.