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Perspectives from the Top Podcast

Perspectives from the Top is a leadership and business podcast that enables any leader or potential leader gain insights and ideas for action to be more successful.

Chris Roebuck, Leadership Speaker

About Perspectives from the Top

Guests include current and former global CEOs, top public service leaders, from mass transit to cyber security, Nobel Prize winners, Prime Ministers, global investors, entrepreneurs & founders, senior military officers, leading media figures, athletes and world record holders, the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross and Archbishop of Canterbury amongst others.

Perspectives has listeners in over 70 countries and is highly ranked globally. Guests’ insights and ideas for action have delivered real benefits to listeners across the world. Here’s an example:

“I have just started my MBA and your podcast provided some invaluable inspiration during my application. It definitely played a role in helping me to secure my MBA Scholarship – thank you! I look forward to listening more during 2023…” — Jon C, Operations Director, UK

It is also used by some global MBA programmes for “background listening” and classroom discussion and some in C suite have used it to help developing leaders in their organisation…

Here are the amazing guests who have contributed so far. The first year’s series of guests concluded end of 2022 and series 2 will launch in late 2023. Guests for this next series will be shown here as “future guests” as they join the team. Back soon!

Latest Podcast Guest

Leading Through Complexity, Creating a Community

Tony joined Etihad as Group Chief Executive Officer in January 2018. He has over 30 years of international leadership experience in transportation, infrastructure, and government sectors. He joins Etihad Aviation Group from the UK’s Ministry of Defence, where he served as CEO of the Defence Equipment and Support department, managing a budget of US $25 billion a year. Tonys achievements are even more significant given that he left school at 16 to work on the motor industry shop floor and grew his leadership skills from there.

Previously, he was CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports Company and Abu Dhabi Ports Company, and in UK he held senior positions with airport operator British Airports Authority (BAA), and Chief Operating Officer and Group Chief Executive designate of Laing O’Rourke. His roles under BAA included Managing Director of the Heathrow Terminal 5 construction project, Group Supply Chain Director, Group Technical Director, and CEO of Heathrow Airport.

Tony holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Lancaster in the UK.

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Stockholm

Bob Lefkovitz has reached the pinnacle of scientific achievement. But he defines himself not by his Nobel prize but by the failures that got him there and the people he’s been able to connect with and support along the way.

Bob Lefkowitz is best known for his groundbreaking discoveries that reveal the inner workings of an important family of cell receptors inside our bodies which essentially makes 30% to 50% of prescription drugs work, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry. He’s currently James B. Duke Professor of Medicine and Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry at Duke University, and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Bob has been conducting his research and mentoring research trainees for nearly 50 years.

Winners Never Quit

Jack is a commando trained member of the British Army Royal Engineers. Over 111 days he rowed 4,500 nautical miles (8,334km) from Portugal to South Florida. During the day he rowed for about 15 hours, breaking to eat freeze-dried meals and snacks. He kept motivated with audio books and music. At night a parachute anchor held the boat in position, allowing him approximately four hours to sleep. He is believed to be the only person to ever attempt this particular route across the Atlantic Ocean, and is a Guinness World Record holder.

Jack joined the British Army at 16 and quickly built his leadership skills, passing the commando course and by 20 leading 7 others commandos. His interview sets out his views on leadership, dealing with success and failure and having the determination to keep going. His motto is simply “Winners Never Quit”. Which is the name of his inspiring podcast. Learn more about his ongoing achievements and challenges.

From Civil Service to Cyber Security

Ciaran founded the UK’s world-leading National Cyber Security Centre and headed it for the first four years of its existence. The International Telecommunications Union now ranks the UK as the #1 country for cybersecurity because of the NCSC’s work. Ciaran is also a 23-year veteran of the UK Government, working directly with five Prime Ministers having held senior positions at HM Treasury and the Cabinet Office as well as GCHQ.

In 2020 he was appointed CB, a senior recognition award, by Her Majesty The Queen and has received a range of awards domestically and internationally in recognition of his cybersecurity work. Ciaran is Professor of Practice in the Management of Public Organisations at Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government, advises several private sector organisations on cybersecurity strategies and is one of the leading global authorities in the field of cyber security.

Leadership Lessons from a Global Journey

Spriha Srivastava is the London Bureau Chief and the International Executive Editor for Insider, overseeing over 100 journalists across the UK and Singapore newsrooms delivering leading news service covering business, politics and life.

Prior to joining Insider, Spriha was the Deputy Digital News Editor for CNBC International in London. She helped manage a team of reporters for and regularly wrote and edited market-moving, fast-paced business news stories. Previously Spriha worked at the Financial Times’ Money Management magazine covering personal finance, where she won an award for her work and at Thomson Reuters where she was one of the moderators for Global Markets Forum, a 24×7 live forum for traders and market professionals.

Spriha has won a number of awards for her work. In 2015 she was  a runner up in newcomer of the year category in Santander Media Awards. In July 2020, Spriha won Women Economic Forum’s “Iconic Women Creating A Better Tomorrow” award, September 2020 was also shortlisted for the Asian Women of Achievement Award in media category. She was recently also included as one of the Top 50 leaders in the UK recognized for kindness in leadership.

Collaboration, Conviction, and Caring

Justin Welby gives his perspectives on leadership gained in his career which includes working in the oil industry for 11 years, 5 in Elf and becoming Group Treasurer to Enterprise Oils Exploration business focused on development of West African and North Sea fields. Justin then changed career to become a curate in the Church of England and his progression to Archbishop of Canterbury and leading the Anglican Church of 80m+ globally.

His insights into business and its approach to ethics and society are frequently sought by Governments, professional bodies and major organisations. His deep personal experience of the tougher end of the world of business in the oil industry gives him a perspective few others in such theological roles have.

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