MDE 14: Helping people convert their purpose and passion into pay, Shannon Houde founder of Walk of Life Consulting

 PODCAST: In this episode of Mission Driven Entrepreneurs I interview Shannon Houde who left a stellar career in corporate America, NGOs and sustainability to go after her mission of getting the right people into the right jobs to advance their careers and create a more sustainable world. Looking at her background she is perfectly placed to advise people on the very world she has worked in for many years. Her partnerships with leading recruitment companies in the UK and USA also give her first…


MDE 13: Promoting Africa on a world-wide stage, Rex Idaminabo of African Achievers

PODCAST: In this episode of Mission Driven Entrepreneurs I interview someone who asked to link to me on linkedin. Now as you know if you have ever been in one of my workshops I don't link to just anyone!  But Rex was clear about why he wanted to link to me and he had an interesting background so I was keen to talk to him to understand his mission in setting up some of the organisations he has been involved with. Rex set up the African Achievers Awards and is on a mission to celebrate and…


MDE 12: From Corporate to Radio Show Host, Viv Oyolu, Founder of Dream Corner

PODCAST: In this episode of Mission Driven Entrepreneurs I interview Viv Oyolu who hosts 'Dream Corner', a radio show that interviews inspiring women. So often the same celebrity names are touted around as 'successful' and while this might meet some people's definition of success, for many it can feel unobtainable. In contrast Viv interviews ordinary women aiming high and going after their dream. We follow Viv's fascinating journey from a background in marketing to completing a MBA at Durham…


MDE 11: From Surveyor to winning the World's Leading Green Tour Operator Award 2014, Paul Easto, co-founder of Wilderness Scotland

PODCAST: In this episode of Mission Driven Entrepreneurs I speak to Paul Easto who along with his co-founder set up Wilderness Scotland, based in the Cairngorms National Park. I have to admit I am a massive fan of Wilderness Scotland so I was very excited when Paul agreed to be interviewed. I went on a beginners kayaking holiday with the company a couple of years ago. It was such a memorable trip, majestic views, amazingly clear water, great food and a lot of laughs. I talk to Paul about his…


MDE 10: Serial entrepreneur with a passion for sustainability, Chris Langwallner, co-founder of NamZ

PODCAST: In this episode of Mission Driven Entrepreneurs I speak to Chris Langwallner whose international career in the food industry led him to launch his own business manufacturing flavourings for big food manufacturers such as Frito-Lay. He exited the business and moved with his family from Shanghai to Singapore where he then worked in a senior corporate job again before setting up a new company focussed on sustainably sourced natural flavourings. I talk to him about his entrepreneurial…


MDE 9: Shoes with soul, Sven Segal, CoFounder of Po-Zu

Podcast: In this episode of Mission Driven Entrepreneurs I talk to Sven Segal who has made it his mission to manufacture beautiful shoes that are not only comfortable but also limit the impact they have on our planet. In this session you'll hear Sven's take on: The challenges of competing with huge brands The importance of a unique appearance or concept to support your brand The buying public's attitude to ethically produced products Thinking outside of the box - or should that be just…


MDE 8: From Baby Loves Disco to Youth and Social Responsibility advocate, Naomi Timperley

PODCAST: In this episode of Mission Driven Entrepreneurs I talk to Naomi Timperley who went from running a company that organised discos in nightclubs for babies and toddlers to becoming a youth and social responsibility advocate, in amongst a whole lot more! She talks to us about her business journey and her social media success. In this session you’ll find out about:  As a business mentor, the common mistakes she sees entrepreneurs make - and how to avoid them! What she loves about being an…


MDE 7: Launching a sustainable holiday park from a garden shed, Sam Hardwick, CoFounder of Mantes

In this episode of Mission Driven Entrepreneurs I talk to Sam Hardwick who decided to set up a sustainable holiday park called Bivouac in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. To raise the money to do this he lived with his wife and baby in his father in law’s shed. He talks candidly about the challenges of setting up this businesses, his learning points and offers some solid advice for those who are thinking about taking the plunge. Why shed living gave him the springboard to do his own thing How…


MDE 6: Health challenges that led to creating Snack Food business, Sarah Dembitz, Founder of Saviour Snacks

PODCAST: In this episode of Mission Driven Entrepreneurs I speak to Sarah Dembitz who, after being advised to change her diet for health reasons, realised there was a market for a snack delivery service where the products had been checked by a nutritionist and actually tasted good - as "so many 'healthy snacks' taste like cardboard!" Her words and mine! I talk to her about how she grew her company Saviour Snacks, which is now a supplier of healthy snacks to Easy Jet,  the ups and downs of…


MDE 5: From a lucrative career in IT to a successful Skincare business aligned with her values, Sandra Blackburn of Pure Lakes

PODCAST: In this episode of Mission Driven Entrepreneurs I speak to Sandra Blackburn, who left a lucrative career in IT to move with her husband to the Lake District in the North of England in search of a more fulfilling life. Initially they threw themselves into tourism and bought a gift shop and tea room. Then Sandra's chemistry background helped her develop an interest in developing cures for the various ailments of people in the village where they live. I talk to her about launching her…