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The books, films, music, ideas and motivations inspiring our Change Makers in lockdown.

Sheree Atcheson, Global Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Valtech

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Kenneth Cukier, Author & Senior Editor, The Economist

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Mary Ann Sieghart, Journalist, Broadcaster & Author

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Richard Curtis CBE, Screenwriter, Director & Campaigner

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Deborah Williams, Founder, The Women's Association

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Charley Boorman, Travel Writer & Presenter

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Nick English, Co-founder, Bremont

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Dr Scilla Elworthy, Peace Builder

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Revd Joanna Jepson, Anglican Priest, Campaigner & Author

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Lord Alf Dubs, Politician and Refugee Campaigner

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Lord William Waldegrave, Politician and Provost, Eton College

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Carl Scramm, Economist & Author

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Neeta Patel CBE, CEO, Centre for Entrepreneurs

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Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chair, Be the Business

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James O'Brien, Broadcaster & Author

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Beatie Wolfe, Musician

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Brigette Bard, Founder & CEO, BioSure UK

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Baroness Nicola Blackwood, Chair, Genomics England

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Rob Law MBE, Founder & CEO, Trunki

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Claire Warner, Co-founder, Æcorn

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Arizona Muse, Model & Activist

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Mark Cuddigan, CEO, Ella's Kitchen

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Paul Drechsler CBE, Chair, London First

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Dame Evelyn Glennie DBE, Percussionist

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John Rutter CBE, Composer & Conductor

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Bill Drayton, Founder & CEO, Ashoka

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Ara Kusuma, Ashoka Young Changemaker

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Richard Walker, Managing Director, Iceland Foods

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Amy Williams, Founder & CEO, Good-Loop

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Melanie Reid MBE, Journalist

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I. Stephanie Boyce, Vice President, The Law Society

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Lord Michael Grade CBE, Television Executive

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Colleen Amos OBE and Baroness Amos, Founders, The Amos Bursary

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Richard Butler and Daniel Nurse, The Amos Bursary

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Mark Gatiss, Screenwriter & Actor

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Joseph Galliano, Co-founder and CEO, Queer Britain

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Sir Michael Morpurgo OBE

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Yanis Varoufakis

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Lord Jim O'Neill

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Dr Pippa Malmgren

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Ryan C. Crocker

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Alison Goldsworthy

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Tamara Lohan MBE

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Anna Brailsford

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Professor Muhammad Yunus

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Jeremy Silver

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Sharmadean Reid

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Edeline Lee

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Lucy Cleland

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Charmian Love

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Holly Tucker

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General David Petraeus

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Sir Max Hastings

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Izzy Obeng

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Whitney Bromberg Hawkings

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Nana Badu

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Gavin Poole

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Poppy Jamie

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Mathieu Flamini

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James Chen

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Valerie Keller

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Maurice Ostro OBE

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Anne Sebba

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Justin Webb

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Matt Scheckner

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Baroness McGregor-Smith CBE

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Paul Lindley OBE

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Kerry Kennedy

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Benn Cunningham and Charlotte Ansbergs

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Rory Bremner

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Eileen Burbidge MBE

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Sir Anthony Seldon

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Natalie Campbell

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Margarete McGrath

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Dayne Turbitt

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Cephas Williams

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Kate and Ella Robertson

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Russ Shaw

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Wayne Hemingway MBE, Co-founder, Hemingway Design

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Caroline Casey, Founder, The Valuable 500

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Will Butler Adams

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Renée Elliott

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Stephen Welton

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Lord Bilimoria CBE DL

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David Richards

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Sheree Atcheson, Global Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Valtech

What are you watching at the moment?

The Handmaid’s Tale

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

I find inspiration in lots of different things – in small wins and in big successes. From a personal perspective, I am always inspired by Jackie Henry, my mentor. Jackie is the new People and Purpose Managing Partner at Deloitte and we’ve worked together for years. She gave me my first full-time D&I role many years ago. Her work is always human-centered and driven, and always gives results.

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

My new normal is different. It’s more relaxed and more laid back – less chaotic. My partner and I recently bought our first home, moving from London to Kent and it has been a wonderful experience to now spend time making a house our own home after years of renting.

What is your best tip for life?

Be realistic with expectations of yourself. We so often hold ourselves so high that we feel disappointed even when we should feel proud. I’ve been guilty of this in the past. Give yourself some breathing room to grow, and celebrate small as well as big wins, remembering that there’s no time limit on success.

A quote for life

Always consider everything outside of your own bubble.

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

  • Death Is Not Defeat – Architects
  • I’m Crazy But You Like That – Ashley Price
  • Friday – Riton, Nightcrawlers, Mufase & Hypeman, Dopamine
  • Papercut – Linkin Park
  • Block Out The Noise – Jonny Craig

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Kenneth Cukier, Author & Senior Editor, The Economist

What is a book that has changed your life?

Night by Elie Wiesel 

What are you watching at the moment?

The Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski (BBC, 1974)

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Robert Brewer Young

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

Giving everyone the benefit of the doubt and showing extra kindness: we’re all mentally hurt by the past year.

What is your best tip for life?

I don’t have one; I need one.

A quote for life

“We do not see things as they are; we see things as we are.” 

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

  • Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major
  • The Beatles – Tomorrow Never Knows
  • Nitin Sawhney – Nadia
  • Talking Heads – Naive Melody 
  • Vince Guaraldi – A Charlie Brown Christmas 

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Mary Ann Sieghart, Journalist, Broadcaster & Author

What is a book that has changed your life?

The book that most inspired me as a young adult was Herman Hesse’s The Glass Bead Game. This is pretty ironic as it has virtually no female characters! But when I spent a year recently as a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, a community of extraordinarily intelligent and interesting people devoting themselves to the life of the intellect, I realised I was experiencing the privilege of living out The Glass Bead Game in real life.

What are you watching at the moment?

I’ve recently finished the extraordinary BBC adaptation of Bleak House, first made in 2005, with a brilliant cast, including Anna Maxwell Martin, Carey Mulligan and Gillian Anderson. It doesn’t put a foot wrong. Luckily, the BBC has put it back on iPlayer, for those of us who missed it first time round.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Elizabeth I, who blazed her way through the prejudices of her time to become one of the best monarchs this country has ever seen.

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

Sitting at my laptop in my study, and occasionally gazing out of the window at the chaffinches, goldcrests, greenfinches, tits and – if I’m very lucky – great spotted woodpeckers pecking at the bird feeders strategically placed outside.

What is your best tip for life?

One thing leads to another. In other words, each time you meet someone new, they may open up an opportunity or introduce you to someone else, which could send your life down a different path. But you have to put yourself out there to allow this to happen.

A quote for life

“I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a King, and of a King of England too!” – Elizabeth I

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

  • Strange Fruit – Nina Simone
  • ‘Round Midnight – Ella Fitzgerald, from her Fine and Mellow album
  • Third movement of Schumann Piano Quartet No 2 in E-flat Major, Andante cantabile
  • Lacrymosa from Mozart Requiem
  • Good Times – Nile Rodgers and Chic (to get me dancing)

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Richard Curtis CBE, Screenwriter, Director & Campaigner

What is a book that has changed your life?

Bury The Chains by Adam Hochschild – a book about how slavery was abolished here in the UK

What are you watching at the moment?

I’ve been watching Schitt’s Creek and, like most of us, Line of Duty.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Sir Bob Geldof

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

I have basically become a zookeeper for all my partner Emma’s new animals.

What is your best tip for life?

To make things happen, you have to make things!

A quote for life

You can’t be happier than happy.

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

  • Husavik from the Eurovision: The Story of Fire Saga soundtrack
  • My Own Soul’s Warning – The Killers
  • Don’t Go To Strangers – Paul Weller & Amy Winehouse
  • Bound 2 – Kanye West
  • Ode To The Mets – The Strokes

 

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Deborah Williams, Founder, The Women's Association

What is a book that has changed your life?

 Who Says You Can’t? You Do – Daniel Chidiac

What are you watching at the moment?

Sweet Magnolias on Netflix

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Zion, my son.

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

Finding peace in the reality that some things are just out of my control.

What is your best tip for life?

Don’t let someone’s perception of you become your reality.

A quote for life

 Live, Love, Laugh

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

  • Lenu – Buju
  • Just a Cloud Away – Pharrell Williams
  • Homecoming – Kanye West
  • Memories – Maroon 5
  • Assurance – David O

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Charley Boorman, Travel Writer & Presenter

What is a book that has changed your life?

Ted Simon – Jupiter’s Travels

What are you watching at the moment?

I loved The Queen’s Gambit

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Barry Sheene

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

I have to say nothing much has changed.

What is your best tip for life?

If you say you’re going to do something then do it.  You’ll be much happier.

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

  • Mr Ritter – Stereophonics
  • Ghost Town – The Specials
  • Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones
  • Virtual Insanity – Jamiroquai
  • Boot Money – Tony Joe White

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Nick English, Co-founder, Bremont

What is a book that has changed your life?

The Lonely Sea and the Sky by Sir Francis Chichester

What are you watching at the moment?

Drive to Survive – the behind the scenes look by Netflix about F1. Gripping stuff.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My father, who sadly died in an accident with me in 1995.

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

My days now are now about all about efficiency. It seems possible to keep fit, have the necessary internal and external meetings and keep the troops at home happy, but this is twined with a huge desire to return to the best bits of normality.

What is your best tip for life?

Be half full. They are the best folk to be around.

A quote for life

You only live once, but once is enough if done with the right gusto.

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

  • Have You Ever Seen the Rain – Credence Clearwater
  • To Love Somebody – Bee Gees
  • La Grange – ZZ Top
  • The Emperor – Beethoven
  • Stay With Me – The Faces

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Dr Scilla Elworthy, Peace Builder

What is a book that has changed your life?

The Dream of the Cosmos by Anne Baring

What are you watching at the moment?

I don’t have a TV and I watch films like Our Souls at Night a film with Robert Redford and Jane Fonda; For Sama a documentary about the suffering of Syrian citizens under bombardment.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Nelson Mandela. When I listened to him at a meeting of The Elders, when he started speaking I got goosebumps, and when he finished speaking 25 minutes later I still had goosebumps. It took me a long time to realise that what I was receiving was the full force of the energy of this man’s integrity.

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

What will change for me is cutting air travel to max one European trip per year, continuing to work from home and conduct meetings via Zoom, and to devote all my energy to sharing ways in which people can change the world by using the skills of the Mighty Heart.

What is your best tip for life?

Lean in, pick it up and wrestle with it, make life out of it, and be grateful.

A quote for life

Develop a regular practice self awareness and self reflection.

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Revd Joanna Jepson, Anglican Priest, Campaigner & Author

What is a book that has changed your life?

The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr and Shameless by Nadia Bolz-Weber

What are you watching at the moment?

Unorthodox, for the third time.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Etty Hillesum. She was in her 20s working in a Jewish work camp and wrestled through all the degradation around her to be LOVE to those who were struggling. Her love even enabled her to recognise the humanity of the Nazi soldiers and she wrote about needing to pray for one of them. Such an astonishing woman. She lived with love and joy even to her last place; Auschwitz where she died at the age of 29.

 

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

Paying attention to the undulations and saying yes to the abundance of it all.

What is your best tip for life?

Lean in, pick it up and wrestle with it, make life out of it, and be grateful.

A quote for life

My Sandhurst Colour Sergeant bellowing: “Do the right thing, not the easy thing”, is one that I’ve found hard to shake off, especially as a parent. But the nuns I lived with used to say: “There are no shoulds and oughts in the Kingdom of God”, and my favourite, “Nothing is wasted in God’s economy.”

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

Who’s Yellen Now by Dessa; Sister by K.Flay;  Over the Hills by the Band and Bugles of The Rifles; Mozart’s House by Clean Bandit and, finally, this: https://open.spotify.com/album/35CNyoexp8Zy2xUchxazlu?highlight=spotify:track:7x1WulsQC3wgxveCaJJH0P 

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Lord Alf Dubs, Politician and Refugee Campaigner

What is a book that has changed your life?

Every book I read! I am reading War Doctor by David Nott at the moment, which is a life-changing book about a trauma surgeon who for 20 years has volunteered to fly out to disaster zones and conflict areas to treat people suffering from trauma. He also trains local doctors so they have the skills to treat the appalling injuries that war inflicts upon its victims. What an extraordinary man.

What are you watching at the moment?

Line of Duty. It seems corruption can be hidden out of view in the most unexpected of high places.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Sir Nicky Winton who saved my life and the lives of 668 other children fleeing Nazism.

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

I have a brisk walk every morning followed by a cup of decent coffee. In the few gaps I have in my working day I think longingly about hill walking.

What is your best tip for life?

Believe in yourself and your ability to change things for the better.

A quote for life

“No one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land.” – Warsan Shire

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

Smetana’s Vltava, anything by John Coltrane, Beethoven’s Third Ode to Joy, Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ in the Wind, Danny Boy

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Lord William Waldegrave, Politician and Provost, Eton College

What is a book that has changed your life?

The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell

What are you watching at the moment?

Call My Agent and Line of Duty

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My mother, because of her resilience.

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

New normal means very seldom wearing a whole suit, no regular train/ Bakerloo line journeys to the Coutts HQ at 440 Strand, and regular online bridge.

What is your best tip for life?

Do not equate applause with success.

 

A quote for life

“Life is not a rehearsal.”

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

  • Fats Waller – Ain’t Misbehavin
  • Bach – Goldberg Variations
  • The Kinks – Waterloo Sunset
  • Mozart – B minor mass
  • Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong – Summertime

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Carl Scramm, Economist & Author

What is a book that has changed your life?

Henry Steele Commager – The American Mind.  Through this I first saw how the history of ideas influenced everything from architecture to painting to law to literature to economic – the best intro to American intellectual history.

What are you watching at the moment?

Schitt’s Creek

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Henry Ford or Thomas Edison. Visionaries who built the future. I’m interested in genius… these guys fit. Ford, like Elon Musk, Jobs, Bezos and Juan Tripp, built out enormous companies to give life to their visions.

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

My new normal is much like my old normal but with a mask, and happily less and less so. Have lived a lot of the last few months in Florida, maybe that’s my new normal — go to where it’s normal.

What is your best tip for life?

Your first job is never your first job. In fact, your current job is your real first job.

A quote for life

“If you want to stay in it for the long haul, and lead a life that is free from illusions either propagated by you or embraced by you, then I suggest you learn to recognise and avoid the symptoms of the zealot and the person who knows he is right. For the dissenter, the sceptical mentality is at least as important as any armour of principle.” – Christopher Hitchens

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

  • Don’t Worry – Autograf
  • Gymnopedies – Eric Satie
  • St James Infirmary – Louis Armstrong
  • Fuare’s Requiem, especially In Paradisum
  • C’est La Luna – Lou Prima

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Neeta Patel CBE, CEO, Centre for Entrepreneurs

What is a book that has changed your life?

Many books have had an impact on me in different parts of my life journey. The ones that stick out are:

1. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie. I read it nearly 30 years ago but I still remember the vivid descriptions and writing of the story of Indian Independence and subsequent partition from Pakistan as told through the eyes of Saleem Sinai, the main protagonist. It captured my imagination and had me gripped for days. It’s a book that I re-read every few years and it never fails to move me. I think this is my all-time favourite book.

2. Becoming by Michelle Obama, which I read during the lockdown and was moved by her honesty and integrity of her life story. It’s well written and such a poignant account of her early childhood and also about her time in the White House. I actually heard her narrate it on audible and one felt that she was sharing her life with you personally.

3. I read a lot of business books but two are constantly on my bedside table as I re-read them frequently. The first is The Armchair Economist by Steven Landsburg which explains how economics can be summarised into ‘people respond to incentives’ and then goes on to show how economists propose policy and prove that successful policies are those where incentives are aligned. It looks at all aspects of interventions from employment policies to trade, transport, and everything in between. It was such an eye-opener for me who is not an economist and helped me understand the world of policymaking. The other is by the British Economist, Tim Harford also titled The Undercover Economist, which looks at the world of economics from a micro perspective and everyday decisions. The two books are complementary and look at world issues from slightly different issues.

What are you watching at the moment?

Like everyone else in lockdown, I binged on Netflix box sets. I generally don’t have time to watch much TV but I caught up on all the ones everyone has been talking about for ages. House of Cards, Designated Survivor, The Crown, Homeland, Queen’s Gambit etc. I am currently re-watching the first series of The Sopranos and about to re-watch the early series of Peaky Blinders, in advance of the new series being shown later this year.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

I have been lucky enough to have met so many inspirational men and women and I look to many of the women I have met for inspiration. These include Dorothy Hodgkins, the only British female Nobel Laureate, Helen Sharman, the astronaut, Baroness Daphne Park, an SoE spy, Dame Stephanie Shirley, Margaret Thatcher, Shirley Williams, and many others. Closer to home, my inspiration for many years was my boss at Legal & General. Her name is Margaret Smith and she inspired me to give ‘everything a go’. She is such a visionary and was one of the early pioneering women in technology, having started her career at The Woolwich tasked with developing the first cash machines (ATMs). She was always willing to swim against the tide and back crazy ideas and the people who had them, in the then very staid and old-fashioned and male-dominated world of UK insurance. She backed me with my idea, way back in 1995, of launching a website to service customers and supported me throughout. We became pioneers as this was the first personal finance website launched in Europe!  I thoroughly enjoyed my time working with her and have kept in touch ever since. Every time we meet, her first question is always ‘what new and exciting thing are you working on now?

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

It seems like the old normal, just working from home a lot more and seeing fewer people in person.

What is your best tip for life?

Apologies to Nike for borrowing their tagline but I really do live by the ‘Just Do It’ tagline. It’s something I ‘preach’ to every incoming NEF+ cohort. It is such a powerful line but it does take courage, resilience, self-belief, confidence, and an ability to bounce back after failure – I admire all those people who just do it.

A quote for life

I have several but the one I use is a combination of other people’s quotes. It is: “Everyone has the right to play but you have to choose to play and once you do, give it everything you’ve got.”

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

I haven’t really been listening to music as most of my free time has been listening to audiobooks or on Netflix! I only ever listen to music when in my car and the radio is generally tuned in to Magic FM. No particular track comes to mind.

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Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chair, Be the Business

What is a book that has changed your life?

Identity by Francis Fukuyama – it didn’t change my life but has helped me to understand some of the undercurrents that are shaping politics and society.

What are you watching at the moment?

Rotten – a documentary series on Netflix about the global food industry

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

People who get in and on in work. The workplace can be a vector for social mobility, perhaps the most potent and powerful one of all.

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

Balance and progress.

What is your best tip for life?

Embrace insecurity, it’s key to performance and drive.

A quote for life

“Nothing is ever as good or as bad as the first reports of excited men [or women].” – William Slim

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

  • Short Change Hero – The Heavy
  • Permanent Holiday – Mike Love
  • This Too Shall Pass – Jamestown Revival
  • Motherland – Natalie Merchant 
  • Rapper’s Delight – The Sugar Hill Gang

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James O'Brien, Broadcaster & Author

What is a book that has changed your life?

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

What are you watching at the moment?

Too Close

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My Dad.

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

“Try not to see anyone else as players in the drama of your own life and remember that they are all the stars of their own stories.”

What is your best tip for life?

To thine own self be true.

A quote for life

“Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.”

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

  • Esja by Hania Rani
  • It’s Quiet Up Town (Hamilton)
  • The Room Where It Happens (Hamilton)
  • No Body, No Crime by Taylor Swift (feat. Haim)
  • You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon

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Beatie Wolfe, Musician

What is a book that has changed your life?

Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks 

What are you watching at the moment?

I just watched Intelligent Trees which I highly recommend. I’ve been watching a lot of nature documentaries and then I’ve been enjoying Grace and Frankie as it reminds me of my dearest pal Allee Willis who was a good friend of Lily Tomlin’s also. Allee sadly passed away at the end of 2019. So I find that show very comforting. 

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Mother Nature. In the words of William Blake: “Nature is imagination itself.” 

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

I am not a big fan of normal!

What is your best tip for life?

Intention is everything 

A quote for life

“As you start traveling down that road of life, remember this: There are never enough comfort stops. The places you’re going to are never on the map. And once you get that map out, you won’t be able to re-fold it no matter how smart you are. So forget the map, roll down the windows, and whenever you can pull over and have a picnic with a pig.” – Kermit

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

  • Germ Free Adolescent by X-Ray Spex
  • Freedom of Speech by Devo 
  • Sunny Afternoon by The Kinks 
  • Tramp by Otis Redding & Carla Thomas  
  • Connection by The Rolling Stones 

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Brigette Bard, Founder & CEO, BioSure UK

What is a book that has changed your life?

My favourite series of books are the Philip Pullman His Dark Materials trilogy as I adore the main character of Lyra and her extraordinary bravery, but I think the book that has possibly had the most impact on my life is Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan, that I first read many years ago and it just helps me keep life in perspective – it’s all about the journey. Hans Rosling’s book Factfulness is also something that has had significant impact on how I think, especially being so immersed in the HIV epidemic and working in a wide range of low and middle income countries. It shines such a lens on how and why we think of the world and how we can be far more optimistic than the newspaper headlines would ever suggest. It’s a fantastic book.

What are you watching at the moment?

The Crown – third series. I am not a great television watcher, but I have really enjoyed this series. I absolutely adore Princess Margaret in the first two series.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

In all honesty its probably my grandmother, who played an enormous role in my childhood life. She taught me how it felt to be loved unconditionally and how to return that love. She also taught me that the only person you ever have to sleep with your entire life is yourself, so make sure you like who you are and can always sleep comfortably with yourself.

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

I think my life has been even more hectic in lockdown! With the exception of not travelling any more, life at BioSure has continued to race ahead.

 

What is your best tip for life?

Remember to breathe!

A quote for life

A very wise friend said to me: “It will be alright ion the end and if it’s not alright, it’s not the end.”

 

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra is my go to playlist, but one of my all time favourites is Lou Reed Perfect Day  

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Baroness Nicola Blackwood, Chair, Genomics England

What is a book that has changed your life?

Most recently Caroline Criado Perez Invisible Women had a huge impact on me. Still today women are missing from clinical trials data, get misdiagnosed and have poorer health outcomes. In March I chaired a conference on women’s health inequalities and will lead a year long report into improving global health outcomes for women with Public Policy Projects.

What are you watching at the moment?

I think I’ve finished all of Netflix. I loved The Queen’s Gambit, Lupin and Seaspiracy

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My Dad. He was working as a cardiologist in Soweto when I was born and scheduled a national rheumatic fever conference for the very day I was due (my mother was not amused). On the actual day I was born – two weeks early – he made national headlines speaking out about the pay of black doctors and overcrowding in the hospital. He went on to have a long and distinguished career in the UK as NHS cardiologist. All while being a kind and good father and teaching me so much of what I needed for life. He is still my first call.

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

Simplified – materially and mentally – I decluttered over lockdown which has been great but I’m definitely ready for a very messy night out.

 

What is your best tip for life?

Every relationship that matters – personal and professional – is based on trust. Do not break that trust, it is incredibly difficult to restore. Instead work each and every day to strengthen it.

A quote for life

“Never let the urgent crowd out the important” – Leo McGarry from The West Wing

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

Leonard Cohen – Dance Me to the End of Love

Master KG & Nomcebo – Jersusalema

Beyonce – Freedom

Peter Liesewetter – Tango Pathetique (Martha Argerich, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky)

From Copland, Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson: The World Feels Dusty – Barbara Bonney & Andre Previn

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Rob Law MBE, Founder & CEO, Trunki

What is a book that has changed your life?

The book that changed my approached to business – Good to Great by Jim Collins

What are you watching at the moment?

Adam Curtis’ Can’t Get You Out of My Head on iPlayer, 

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My twin sister who I lost when we were teenagers. I guess I’m living my life for both of us.

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

Groundhog day! Focusing on small steps to achieve business strategy, enjoying being in the kids’ world & exercise.

What is your best tip for life?

Focus on what you can control and don’t waste time and energy on what you can’t.

A quote for life

“Life’s too short to waste it, make the most of the time you have.”

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

They’re all songs that remind me of travelling:

Sometimes – James

Clint Eastwood – Gorillaz

Hopeless Wonderer – Mumford and Sons

Get Lucky – Daft Punk

Nevermind – Leonard cohen

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Claire Warner, Co-founder, Æcorn

What is a book that has changed your life?

There have been so many pivotal books in my life that have set me off on so many exciting paths that I can’t simply give you one book. I’m going to share three: While it’s not a fun read, Sweet Poison by David Gillespie really did change my life in so many ways. At the time (around 10 years ago) I had no idea how addictive sugar was, and that its secreted in so much of the food we eat. It made me totally rethink sugar, which lead me to not only change my own diet, but also changed the way I thought about everything. I removed it from the vodka we were producing, I spent a few years teaching bartenders about it and eventually, I started to explore the weird and wonderful world of flavour.

I then stumbled across the Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker which blew my mind and made me want to celebrate the power of nature through all-natural flavour. That journey led me to Ben Branson of Seedlip who shared one of his favourite books, Biomimicry by Janine Benyus with me (which I stole for a while!) I then spent a few years banging on about nature, before Ben offered me an outlet for all my passions, which is how Æcorn was born.

Books really can change your life! But, I would say that if you ever find yourself sat next to me at a dinner party, please don’t ask me about sugar, flavour or nature. I can very quickly get nerdy and boring!

What are you watching at the moment?

Nothing. I have officially completed Netflix.

In all seriousness, I am trying to watch less TV and read more.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

In a previous life, way before I came to the drinks industry I was studying law and I wanted to be a barrister, so Ruth Bader Ginsburg has always had a special place in my heart. She was the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and co-founder of the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union. She was the second woman to sit on the United States’ Supreme Court. She had an almost superhuman capacity for work throughout her life, famously supporting her husband who was battling cancer while they were both at Harvard Law School, taking notes for him, bringing up their first child while also holding down a post on the Harvard Law School. She was a fierce defender of women’s rights, LGBT causes and racial equality. She was an trailblazer, an icon and not only a force to be reckoned with at the bar, but also in the gym, continuing to train with her PT well into her final years. When I’m battling imposter syndrome, I often think of her quote ‘”Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.”

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

My dog is wondering when he’s going to get some alone time.

What is your best tip for life?

“Say yes and figure out how to do it later.”

So often we say no to great opportunities because we’re not sure we’ve got the right experience, or enough experience. I’m not sure who gave me this tip, but it has served me well. I’ve appeared on countless terrifying TV shows, jumped into exciting job opportunities and embarked upon a long distance relationship despite everyone saying they never work out (we’ve been married seven years and counting). Getting out of our own way is often the best way.

A quote for life

“We forgot how to know when we learned how to please.”

As a recovering people-pleaser, this quote by Glennon Doyle really stopped me in my tracks. It’s impossible to truly know the right path to take, or decision to make when you’re trying to keep everyone happy but yourself.

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

You’ve Got the Love – Frankie Knuckles remix (although I love the Candi Staton original and Florence cover too!)

Lizzo – Tempo

Taylor Swift – Lover

Grandma’s Hands – Bill Withers

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Arizona Muse, Model & Activist

What is a book that has changed your life?

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

What are you watching at the moment?

One Strange Rock on Netflix 

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Rachel Carson, the biologist who bravely started the environmental movement with her book Silent Spring.

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

My new normal is prioritising time with my family and living life as if each day could be the last. I strive to make every minute special, to be grateful for what I have and to consciously and consistently develop my relationship with this amazing planet we share. 

What is your best tip for life?

Grow. Whether you are developing yourself or nursing a houseplant – progression is immensely satisfying.

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Mark Cuddigan, CEO, Ella's Kitchen

What is a book that has changed your life?

Anthony Beevor – Stalingrad

What are you watching at the moment?

Small Axe

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Paul Lindley. He showed me that there is another way to run a company and he believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself.

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

Working from home more, being more present for myself and my family.

What is your best tip for life?

Work out what truly gives you deep fulfilment at work.

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

  • Teardrop – Massive Attack
  • Release the Pressure – Leftfield
  • Resolve – Audien
  • Can’t Hold Us – Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis
  • You Got the Love – The Source ft. Candi Staton (New Voyager Mix)
  • Younger – Seinabo Sey (Kygo Mix)

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Paul Drechsler CBE, Chair, London First

What is a book that has changed your life?

There are really two; my favourite Long Walk to Freedom is the most inspirational book about leadership, values and resilience, and caused me to think deeply about impact and making a difference. The other How Things Work: The Universal Encyclopaedia of Machines, was a great source of answers in my 20s for my curious nature and interest in solving problems.

What are you watching at the moment?

I loved The Queen’s Gambit, just finished Lupin and next up Call My Agent.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Most of all Nelson Mandela, who set a global standard for determination, humility, peace and reconciliation. However I am frequently inspired by words and actions of the next generation, most recently Amanda Gorman at the inauguration of President Biden; ‘The Hill We Climb’ – it says it all. But watch out in U.K. for Gabrielle Matthews and other young #iwill ambassadors for youth social action.

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

That has not arrived yet; my ‘transition normal’ is a lot of Zoom, more exercise, love of family at great distances, and enthusiasm to really build back better – yes we can.

What is your best tip for life?

Make a list of 50 things you really want to do. Writing each wish down is the first step towards their achievement.

A quote for life

“It is not whether you get knocked down. It is whether you get back up.” – Vince Lombardi

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

This for me was the hardest question by far – I love listening to music!

  • Living in a Ghost Town – The Rolling Stones
  • Wonderful Tonight, Eric Clapton (1991 Live Royal Albert Hall, 21 Nights)
  • Blinding Lights – The Weeknd 
  • Skin Deep – Buddy Guy
  • Purple Rain – Eric Clapton, Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019
  • I’d Rather Go Blind – Beth Hart

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Dame Evelyn Glennie DBE, Percussionist

What is a book that has changed your life?

The Organized Mind by Daniel Levitin

What are you watching at the moment?

Past videos of the great jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My dad because it was what he didn’t say that was important

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

My ‘new normal’ is letting my senses breath and allow them to guide the decisions I make.

What is your best tip for life?

Listen to yourself.

A quote for life

Listening is the backbone to everything we do in life.

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

  • Battle Cry by Evelyn Glennie and Michael Brauer
  • Switch by Michael Levine
  • Speigel im Spiegel by Arvo Part
  • Goldberg Variations by J. S. Bach
  • Dream by John Cage

 

 

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John Rutter CBE, Composer & Conductor

What is a book that has changed your life?

I have been changed by the sum total of all the books I’ve read, the experiences I’ve had, the people I’ve met – so, no one book in particular.

What are you watching at the moment?

McDonald & Dodds. At the end of a busy week, it’s a bit of comfort TV. I love the geometric beauty of Bath, and I can identify with Dodds.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Saint Cecilia – the patron saint of musicians, who (according to W. H. Auden) ‘appears and inspires’. She doesn’t always come calling when I’d like her to

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

The same as the old normal, minus the global travel when I’m conducting; composers work in isolation anyway, so we’re used to it.

What is your best tip for life?

Try not to waste time, but if you do, waste it enjoyably.

A quote for life

Try to leave something good behind you.

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

1. J. S. Bach: Complete Sacred Cantatas (Bach Collegium Japan, conducted by Masaaki Suzuki).

This 55-CD box set has been my constant companion since the pandemic began. An inexhaustible treasure house.

2. R. Vaughan Williams: Symphony no. 5

Written as World War II raged, this inspirational symphony pointed towards a world of peace and light. The London Symphony Orchestra under Simon Rattle performed it at the the 2020 Proms, and few eyes can have been dry as they heard it.

3. The King’s Singers and George Shearing: Get Happy

One of my favourite King’s Singers albums, they teamed up with my late friend Sir George Shearing, probably the greatest jazz pianist of his generation, for an album that is guaranteed to make the world seem a more cheerful place. I love to play it while I help my other half cook dinner.

4. Rodgers and Hammerstein: Oklahoma (1955 film version recording)

I haven’t needed to play this: the eternally captivating songs from this most optimistic of R & H musicals are always bouncing around in my head somewhere. Like the Vaughan Williams symphony, Oklahoma was written during World War II and gave American audiences a sense of the country, and the world, they were fighting for and looking forward to when the war was over.

5. Britten, Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (available on the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra website).

An extraordinary recording of this was made by my good friends the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra during last year’s lockdown. It was pieced together with huge skill and patience, instrument by instrument, by the orchestra’s vice-chairman Matt Knight, from individual recordings made by all the musicians in their own homes. The ‘conductor’ was Alexander Shelley, the rising-star son of my old school friend Howard Shelley. I don’t know how they all did it, but it’s a masterly performance of an orchestral classic. It stands as a symbol of what our fantastic musicians can achieve in the face of impossible circumstances.

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Bill Drayton, Founder & CEO, Ashoka

What is a book that has changed your life?

(a) Access to audiobooks (b) Gandhi by Lloyd and Susanne Rudolph.

What are you watching at the moment?

Satajit Ray’s classic Apu trilogy, The Battle of Algiers, Selma, Amazing Grace, The Grapes of Wrath, and much more!

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Mohandas Gandhi. He showed the world how to overturn all injustices by giving everyone the life power of being a giver.

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

Totally engaged! Spotting new ideas and design connections, including how-to’s, many times each day. Enjoying Ashoka’s extraordinary global community of the world’s best social (in it for the good of all!) entrepreneurs working together to ensure that everyone has the power to give – each one so powerful and so powerfully good. The mechanics aren’t that important.

What is your best tip for life?

A healthy, happy, good life comes from giving; and the greatest gift is that of giving the power to give.

A quote for life

“There is no better deal than to work for the welfare of the whole world.” – Ashoka, Sixth Rock Edict (third century BCE).

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

A sampling includes Si Khan’s Crossing the Border, movement music from Amazing Grace through Michael Row the Boat Ashore, Indian classical, especially Ali Akbar Khan, classical (all), and classic rock.

 

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Ara Kusuma, Ashoka Young Changemaker

What is a book that has changed your life?

Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi

What are you watching at the moment?

Our Planet and The Adventures of Merlin

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My mother. She respects and appreciates the slightest thing, which may be overlooked or underestimated by others, such as and especially her role as a mother and a housewife.

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

The new normal is… not-so-normal. But hey, what’s normal anyway?

What is your best tip for life?

Think of it as if you’re going to make a history – everyone has their own pace and path, but those who give up will never make one. How do you want to be remembered?

A quote for life

Mulya Sesarengan / For the welfare of all

Name your top five 'Lockdown Tracks'

  • Until the Last Moment by Yanni
  • Gunung Salahutu by Jaya Suprana
  • The Cello Song by The Piano Guys
  • Saint Honesty by Sara Bareilles
  • The Joke by Brandi Carlile

 

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Richard Walker, Managing Director, Iceland Foods

What is a book that has changed your life?

Eco Barons by Edward Humes. It recounts how successful businesspeople have used their wealth or platforms to drive positive environmental action.

What are you watching at the moment?

I don’t watch much TV at all, but have just been utterly absorbed by The Queens Gambit.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

I would have to say my Dad, who is a pretty unique and inspiring person!

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

Busy.

What is your best tip for life?

Never, ever, ever, ever give up.

A quote for life

Expect nothing; work hard; celebrate.

Name your top five 'Lockdown Tracks'

This Must Be The Place (Talking Heads), Praise You (Fatboy Slim), Zamilou (Bu Kolthoum), Living In A Ghost Town (The Rolling Stones), You’ve Got The Love (Florence + The Machine)

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Amy Williams, Founder & CEO, Good-Loop

What is a book that has changed your life?

Body and Soul by Anita Roddick is a truly fantastic read for anyone looking to get under the skin of an ethical-by-design business. Anita didn’t build the Body Shop with some self-conscious concept of ‘sustainability as a competitive advantage’ she simply built a business she was passionate about and proud of, one step at a time and it’s wonderful to be taken on that journey. In this book, she talks about the way they evolved the business to protect, educate and empower their workers and she reflects on the moment that she realised The Body Shop had enough influence to make meaningful change above and beyond the beauty products in her shop. 

What are you watching at the moment?

My TV comfort food is Parks and Recreation, it’s my favourite show of all time and Lil Sebastian never fails to pick me up when I’m low. 

I’ve also recently been devouring that new Channel 4 show It’s A Sin. It follows an eclectic group of friends growing up in London in the 80s. The show is a bizarre collision of youthful joy and complete sadness as we watch the gay community being ravaged by aids and alienated by the mainstream. It’s an important story that’s rarely told and I’m loving the show! 

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Rose Marcario CEO of Patagonia. She has reimagined capitalism, through a lens of kindness, civic-engagement and compassion and she brought it to life through Patagonia.

As the founder of an ‘ethical advertising’ company, I’m often torn between our mission to harness advertising as a force for good, and the fundamental truth that consumption is bad for our planet. Advertising ethically is complicated, some would even argue impossible, but then I’m sure people also said it’d be impossible for Patagonia to become a billion-dollar company whilst actively telling people “Don’t Buy This Jacket.” Rose is an activist who’s earned respect and influence within our ruthlessly corporate society, and I would be so honoured to hear about her journey.

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

Which pair of leggings has the fewest stains on? 

What is your best tip for life?

I have no authority to tell people how to live, but personally, I try to listen more than I speak, say yes more than I say no and sleep as much as humanly possible. 

Name your top five 'Lockdown Tracks'

  • Alabama Shakes – Sound and Colour 
  • Vulfpeck – 1612   
  • Janelle Monae – Pynk 
  • Sinkane – How we be  
  • Dolly Parton – The Grass is Blue 

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Melanie Reid MBE, Journalist

What is a book that has changed your life?

Books are my life. Impossible to name one that did all the heavy lifting. I loved Kipling’s Just So stories as a child.

What are you watching at the moment?

Unbelievable on Netflix. What crime really means for women.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My brother and sister, 11 and 13 years older than me, were my biggest influence

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

Much like my old normal; when you’re very disabled, you tend to stay at home and be fairly invisible

What is your best tip for life?

Do a lot of dancing.

A quote for life

“It’s the hope I can’t stand”

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I. Stephanie Boyce, Vice President, The Law Society

What is a book that changed your life?

There have been many books and authors that have had a profound effect on me, most notably and recently The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

I have a strong sense of justice and I was inspired to study law because of the injustices I saw unfolding around the world at that time.

The rule of law – which has come into focus in recent weeks because of clauses in the government’s Internal Market Bill, which break international law – has an impact on citizens and their right to self-determination, is important to me. 

The Law Society’s role as a guardian of the rule of law, means we have an important responsibility to ensure access to justice is available to all. 

I am inspired in a myriad of ways by Mahatma Gandhi – a great lawyer who inspired civil rights movements across the world.

He also demonstrated what forgiveness looks like – he walked with faith and not by sight. In addition, the man who took a long walk to freedom, Nelson Mandela, to the man who had a dream, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, to the lady who saw beauty in everyone, Mother Teresa. We are all benefactors of their work.

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

“You’re on mute!”

What is your best tip for life?

Every door is open if you PUSH, Persevere Until Something Happens.

Name your top five ‘Lockdown tracks’

Hope- Faith Evans and Twista

Have a Little Faith – Nicky Thomas

Heal It – This was sent to me at the height of the pandemic and I couldn’t listen to it without crying.

Giant – Calvin Harris ft Rag n Bone Man. This has been my ringtone since I was elected as deputy Vice President of the Law Society.

Three Little Birds – Bob Marley.

 

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Lord Michael Grade CBE, Television Executive

What is a book that changed your life?

The Diary of Anne Frank

What are you watching at the moment?

Billions

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My dad and his two brothers. Work ethic, honourable – I could go on and on…

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

Watching sport on TV between Zoom calls

What is your best tip for life?

Just be nice to everyone

Name your top five ‘Lockdown tracks’

Beethoven – Eroica Symphony; Puccini – Madame Butterfly; Tchaikovsky 6th Symphony; Mahler – Ruckert Lieder; Barbara Cooke And Samuel Ramey – Singing If I Loved You From Carousel; Brahms Intermezzi For Solo Piano

 

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Colleen Amos OBE and Baroness Amos, Founders, The Amos Bursary

What is a book that changed your life?

Colleen: How Europe underdeveloped Africa, Walter Rodney

Valerie: It’s hard to point to one specific book. Stuart Hall’s work had a profound impact on me including ‘Policing the Crisis’ and ‘Resistance through Rituals’. Toni Morrison’s work, particularly ‘Beloved’, and Angela Davis’s ‘Women, Race and Class’.

What are you watching at the moment?

Colleen: Brigerton and Tolkein

Valerie: Lupin

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Colleen: They are all connected: My parents and those of windrush generation of course my sister

Valerie: My parents – for being incredible role models, for teaching me about the importance of understanding where one has come from, for instilling curiosity, for hating injustice and believing in equality, for nurturing talent, and for being real. They understood the importance of family and community. They knew how to share, to be generous and enjoy life.

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

Colleen: My new NOW revolves around the use of technology to keep in touch with my entire family, work colleagues and friends – my garden, cooking and Netflix.

Valerie: Hours spent on and watching a small screen.

What is your best tip for life?

Colleen: Always remember you are, same as any, better than many, inferior to none.

Valerie: Know yourself and remember to laugh.

A quote for life

Colleen: “Education is not a guarantee of wealth but it is against abject poverty”, Michael Amos

Name your top five ‘Lockdown tracks’

Colleen: Gregory Abbott, Shake you Down; Lionel Ritchie, Once twice three times a lady; Sounds of Blackness, Optimistic; Bob Marley, War; Candy, Cameo; Pump me Up, Krosfyah

Valerie: Sam Cooke, A Change is Gonna Come; Angelique Kidjo, Mama Africa; Marvin Gaye, What’s Going On / Inner City Blues; David Rudder, Bahia Girl; Anita Baker, You Bring me Joy

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Richard Butler and Daniel Nurse, The Amos Bursary

What is a book that changed your life?

Richard: The Bible

What are you watching at the moment?

Daniel: I’m listening to more podcasts. One that I highly recommend is ‘Have you heard George’s podcast?’, it’s a brilliantly articulated blend of musical storytelling and important social commentary.

Richard: Lupin.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Daniel: It would be impossible for me to choose between Valerie and Colleen Amos so I have to include them both! Colleen has been instrumental in helping to realise the potential of a generation of young Londoners who may not have had the confidence or support to pursue further education. Valerie’s achievements on the world stage speak for themselves yet she remains so personable and always willing to offer advice to the leaders of tomorrow. Both inspirational in their own right.

Richard: Myself, constantly finding ways to make light of dim situations.

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

Daniel: My new normal is settling a daily target of 10 000 steps a day, achieving around 300 but still rewarding myself!

Richard: Nothing is normal.

What is your best tip for life?

Daniel: Stay curious and never stop trying to learn.

Richard: Work at what you can change for the better.

A quote for life

Daniel: Be the change that you wish to see in the world.

Richard: Variety is the spice of life!

Name your top five ‘Lockdown tracks’

Daniel: Labi Siffre, So Strong; Donny Hataway, Love, Love, Love; Bill Withers, I Can’t Write Left-Handed; Nao, Make it Out Alive; Anderson Paak, Lockdown

Richard: Rick Ross, Santorini Grece; Andre Bocelli, Caruso; WizKid, Essence; Maria McKee, Show Me Heaven; Malaika, Destiny

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Mark Gatiss, Screenwriter & Actor

What is a book that changed your life?

I suppose my very first was Great Expectations – which I got as a Christmas present when I was four! When I was finally old enough to read it, the twist made my head reel. I saw the power of story-telling right there

 

What are you watching at the moment?

We’ve just finished Series 3 of the brilliant French series Call My Agent – deliriously silly and joyous. Also The Undoing which was like a a HBO/ Sky thriller with big stars. Incredibly daft.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

I’d have to say Alan Bennett and Nigel Kneale. Between those two extraordinary talents lies my field of interest! Bennett has a beautiful ability to combine laughs and melancholy and uncanny eye for the absurdities of ordinary life. Kneale was a true visionary. A man who ‘could see round corners’. His speculative science fiction is just extraordinary. Yet he was also deeply rooted in the ordinary.

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

Mustn’t grumble

What is your best tip for life?

Never lose sight of your horizons. It’s important to move on, grow, develop. But it’s also good to know where you’ve come from and to keep looking back to it.

A quote for life

“Whatever it takes to have a nice day”

Name your top five ‘Lockdown tracks’

‘Chandelier’ – Sia

‘Golden’ Harry Styles

‘Real Groove’ – Kylie

‘Into each life some rain must fall’- Ella Fitzgerald and there Ink Spots.

‘Carol Symphony’- Victor Hely-Hutchinson

 

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Joseph Galliano, Co-founder and CEO, Queer Britain

What is a book that changed your life?

Like many gay men of a certain age, a copy A Boy’s Own Story by Edmund White round its way into my hands just when I most needed it. 

What are you watching at the moment?

Harlots

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Tom Robinson – I was a huge fan as a teenager, having been blown away by Glad To be Gay as a fourteen year old. It was the first time I’d heard the message that maybe it was OK that I was gay. Tom was the first gay role model who I could see myself reflected in and I’ve been lucky enough to have become firm friends with him and his family as an adult. 

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

My new normal is remembering that I have a husband and home life and getting to indulge my inner homebody.

What is your best tip for life?

Don’t let a fear of failure stop you acting: I’d rather fail than live with the knowledge that I hadn’t tried, for fear.

A quote for life

“And in the end, the love you take , is equal to the love you make” (The Beatles)

Name your top five ‘Lockdown tracks’

Tom Robinson – Glad to Be Gay; Gilbert O’Sullivan – Alone Again (Naturally);  Joni Mitchell – Carey; Paul McCartney – Summers Day Song; Tone’s and I’s – Dance Monkey

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Sir Michael Morpurgo OBE

What is a book that has changed your life?

The Elephant’s Child from Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling. My mother used to read this to me. She was an actress and read so beautifully. She would come to my brother and me at night and for 20 minutes she read to us, somehow becoming the animals in the story. It’s one of those wonderful stories, very funny and full of musical language. I used to love it, it made me giggle. It was the first story I ever loved and began my life with a love of stories.

What are you watching in lockdown?

I’ve been trying to watch uplifting things and the film Sunshine on Leith has comforted us through several evenings. A film that grows out of its music – music and songs by the Proclaimers – it is the story of the homecoming to Leith and Edinburgh of two Scottish soldiers during the war in Afghanistan. The hopes and expectations are high. They have survived. All will be well. But fortune and love are as fickle .

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

You’ll Never Walk Alone – Gerry & The Pacemakers

(I’m Gonna Be) 500 Miles – The Proclaimers

Days – Kirsty McColl

Farewell to Stromness – Peter Maxwell Davies

Handle Me With Care – The Travelling Wilburys

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Loving my isolation, rather than endlessly finding reason to escape it.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Clare, my wife, who first encouraged me to write, and still does. 

Robert Louis Stevenson, the storyteller, novelist, poet, traveller, the writer I most want to emulate. The silence of children wrapped up entirely in a story as they listen or read.

What is your best tip for life ?

Always look on the bright side of it.

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Yanis Varoufakis

What is a book that has changed your life?

Homer’s Odyssey as translated and re-worked by Nikos Kazantzakis.

What are you watching in lockdown?

Star Trek episodes of all vintages/ series, what else?

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

Poor People, by Alan Price

Merglys III, by Van der Graaf Generator

Adagio, T. Albinoni; Niotho Enoches, by Ble (Greek band of the 1990s)

Je chanterai pour toi, by Kalu James (contemporary Austin-Texas rhythm & blues band)

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

The end of normal – and of any interest in reviving it.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

A young anonymous woman whom I only glimpsed at during a mass picket outside Greece’s parliament in 2011. The picketers’ aim was to obstruct parliamentarians from entering the House to vote in favour of catastrophic austerity. An angry pro-government deputy, pushing past her with the help of riot police, asked her aggressively: “Who do you think you are telling me what to do?” She calmly responded with another question: “Who do I need to be?”

What is your best tip for life ?

Virtuous deeds are done for the hell of it – and they feel divine as a result.

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Lord Jim O'Neill

What is a book that has changed your life?

No one particular book, I wouldn’t say any book changed my life, but if really had to choose one, it would be my A-Level textbook on North America, that got me interested in the real world, and economics of the US, and travelling also. If I could answer a bit more laterally, the answer would have to be the Manchester Football Pink, which was published in my youth every Saturday night within 2 hours of matches finishing, and I couldn’t wait to get it and digest it thoroughly. My father even used to post it to me when I first moved to New York in 1985, so it was still going then. I think it ceased in the late 1980’s.

What are you watching in lockdown?

Queen’s Gambit, it is fantastic. Also watching the Steve McQueen five-parter on BBC1 on Sundays, but not quite sure about that! And I watched the whole of the Sopranos, finally, which I love, it is like a combination of Coronation Street and the Godfather!

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

I don’t have five lockdown tracks, in terms of new ones, I love listening to Paul Gambacino every Saturday, pick of the pops, running through the charts, for some reason, he has especially homed in on 1979 which is the year I met my wife at Surrey when I started my PHD, as well as my last year at Sheffield, and was especially memorable for music, therefore. That said, I love Dua Lipa’s new song, Levitated, and the group lockdown song, “Times Like These”, I really like that, although it does make me a bit teary.

In one sentence, describe your new normal

In many ways, I have no new normal, much of what I do is the same as before, as I often work from “home”. But I make sure even more than before, I do quite a lot of outdoor exercise.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Not sure I have one in particular, but amongst most of the contenders, they all have something to do with Manchester United, any of, Sir Alex Ferguson, Dennis Law, George Best. Perhaps my secondary school geography teacher, John Doughty, who taught me the interest I developed in geography and indirectly, economics. I might be odd, but I don’t find any particular political figures as especially inspirational, although I thought it was quite cool when the US elected Obama. I have had the pleasure of meeting a number of presidents, prime ministers and leaders of other countries, past and present, and my usual reaction, is what on earth motivated them to become a national leader? In terms of economists, none either, although I do have fond memories of Rudy Dornbusch, who as well as being a great theoretician about international economics, seemed quite good fun, and didn’t take himself overly seriously.

What is your best tip for life ?

I have two. Firstly, as with my House of Lords motto, “always try your best”, and secondly, saying no to something is often the best answer to a request, so long as it is courteous.

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Dr Pippa Malmgren

What is a book that has changed your life?

The Golden Bough by Sir James Frazer

What are you watching in lockdown?

I am writing what I hope may become a Netflix Series, which is a huge adventure.

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

Don’t Hold Back by Bob Moses

I Asked by Snarky Puppy with Becca and Vasen

Have Love Will Travel by the Sonics

195lbs by Nightmares on Wax

Liquid by Robert Koch.

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Simple soulful sense making in my home life and my work life alike.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Heddy Lamar. She was a beautiful actress who was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame for her discovery of the frequency hopping that makes all our mobile devices today work.

What is your best tip for life ?

If you ever think “People don’t really get me” or they think I am something other than I am, then show them more who you really are. Always align the interior and exterior.

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Ryan C. Crocker

What is a book that has changed your life?

Thinking in Time, Neustadt and May

What are you watching in lockdown?

I very seldom turn the TV on.

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

Moody Blues – Talking out of Turn

Avenged Sevenfold – Almost Easy

Linkin Park – In the End

Puddle of Mudd – She Hates Me

Seether – Fake It.

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

I don’t get on planes anymore. I love that

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My mom – see Best Tip for Life below

What is your best tip for life ?

From my mom – Persevere. Never complain. Never give up. Shut up and march

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Alison Goldsworthy

What is a book that has changed your life?

Once in a House on Fire by Andrea Ashworth. I have also co-written a book, Poles Apart which is due for release in June 2021.

What are you watching in lockdown?

I’m about to start watching the latest series of The Crown and can’t wait. Other lockdown highlights have included the Norwegian/ French collaboration, Occupied and Will Ferrell’s Eurovision film.

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

Wham – Careless Whisper

Disturbed – The Sound of Silence

Girls Aloud – Sound of the Underground

Crazy World of Arthur Brown – Fire

Tori Amos –Cornflake Girl

In one sentence, describe your new normal

“Another night in is it?”

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

I don’t really believe in role models. If you put people on a pedestal, all they do is fall off.

What is your best tip for life ?

No one, and I mean no one, should have more control over how you feel than you do.

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Tamara Lohan MBE

What is a book that has changed your life?

100 Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I read this in my late teens and knew I had to explore South America. It led me to spend a year in Chile, Peru, Bolivia and Colombia, to study South American literature at university and I still feel a draw to that part of the world.

What are you watching in lockdown?

Lots and lots of nature, rewilding programmes, David Attenborough’s Witness statement, The Biggest Little Farm and as a family we love Ed Stafford’s First Man Out.

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

Feel Like I do – Disclosure Al Green – just a really cool toe tapping remix of the great Al Green that I’ve only recently discovered

Lonely – Dim Zach – disco-y vibe that’s actually really uplifting despite its lockdown title

Blinding Lights – The Weeknd – it’s just so damn catchy

Greentea Peng – Hum Man – thought-provoking lyrics for the times we live in

Wish I Didn’t Miss You – Angie Stone classic for all my friends!

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Changing plans continuously!

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

I think in these times this has to be my team at Smith. What they have managed to achieve and overcome over the last few months is incredible and they inspire me every day to keep fighting and to do better.

What is your best tip for life ?

Celebrate the highs and know you’ll always get through the lows.

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Anna Brailsford

What is a book that has changed your life?

Away by Jane Urquhart. After ten years this book still haunts me in the best possible way.

What are you watching in lockdown?

The Haunting of Blyth Mansion. It is loosely based on The Turning of the Screw and made me read Henry James again.

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

I Want To Break Free – Queen

La Traviata (The Drinking Song) Verdi,

Survivor – Destiny’s Child

The Bare Necessities – Jungle Book

Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow – Fleetwood Mac

Una Furtiva Lacrima – Pavarotti.

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Work, eat, repeat (to distract myself from craving human interaction and energy).

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Mum – need I say more?

What is your best tip for life ?

Instinct is queen.

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Professor Muhammad Yunus

Is there a book that inspired you/impacted your work?

Not any particular book. Have drawn inspiration from different books at different times.

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

Beethoven, symphony no 5.

Have a listen to the Change Makers Lockdown Playlist.

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

The pandemic has given us a chance to change the direction of the world from total annihilation to creating a new civilization of sharing and caring, and making the planet perpetually safe.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Nelson Mandela. For his commitment to people, rising above race, tribe, political affiliation. Holding on to love for people despite extreme political and physical risks.

What is your best tip for life?

Imagine the world you want to be in, and go for it, defying everything that tries to stop you.

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Jeremy Silver

What is a book that has changed your life?

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, published in 1992 – it foresaw the internet and the metaverse, provided the name for the Raft which was the first website I ever built for the label where I worked, Virgin Records in 1994 and which resulted eventually in me moving to LA in 1998 at the height of the first dot com boom.

What are you watching in lockdown?

Just finished watching Two Weeks to Live – which is a brilliant story of suburban misfits devious low lifes on a romantic mission of revenge and discovery. It’s like Pulp Fiction comes to Sunbury on Thames.

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

Take Four by the Juju Orchestra from their album Bosa Nova is not a Crime

Kokoro by Fatoumata Diaware from her album Fenfo (something to say)

Guaglione by Mario Marini from his album I Grandi Successi Orginali

Our Day Will Come by Waldeck from their album Ballroom Stories

I Feel Love by Hector Zazou, Barbara Eramo, and Stefano Saletti from their album Oriental Night Fever.

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

My new normal is Zoom, peppered with walks and yoga, and web surfing holiday porn.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Haruki Mirakami – because his novels render the magic of life’s mysteries into a readable prose  that seems so logical and obvious that the extraordinary dimensions into which his imagination reaches seem entirely plausible and sensible. I only wish I could read his work in Japanese and understand it even more fully.

What is your best tip for life ?

Never work on things that are boring, always have fun and when a tough choice comes – prioritise your instincts – they won’t lead you astray.

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Sharmadean Reid

What is a book that has changed your life?

Virgina Woolf – A Room of One’s Own. Aside from the delicious writing, it succinctly voiced everything I had felt about being a woman. I was just sad that it was about 100 years old and still relevant.

What are you watching in lockdown?

Interviews with Oprah. It’s easy to forget in a world of self help gurus and motivational quotes on Instagram that she is the OG influencer.

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

Why Don’t You – Cleo Sol

Good Life – Inner City

Freedom ’90 – George Michael

Let Forever Be – Chemical Brothers

Binz – Solange.

 

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Extreme productivity and extreme mooching.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

Oprah.

What is your best tip for life ?

Set your intention, know your values.

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Edeline Lee

What is a book that has changed your life?

Virgina Woolf – A Room of One’s Own

What are you watching in lockdown?

The Little Drummer Girl

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

Kaleida – Long Noon

Cigarettes After Sex – Apocalypse

Michael Jackson – Off The Wall

Tino Kamal – Culture; Rema – Dumebi

 

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

My working day starts and ends later now because we are trying to avoid peak travel in the studio.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My son – he always inspires me to see what is really important.

What is your best tip for life ?

Fear is not an option.

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Lucy Cleland

What is a book that has changed your life?

Sitopia by Carolyn Steel

What are you watching in lockdown?

Portrait of a Lady on Fire – although it’s the first film I’ve watched in months!

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

Soon You’ll Get better – Taylor Swift

I Have Nothing – Whitney Houston

Motherland – Natalie Merchant

Love – Lana del Rey

Me and Julio – Paul Simon

 

in one sentence, describe your new normal.

More fit yet strangely more fat… How does that work?!

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My best friends – for different reasons.

What is your best tip for life ?

Sometimes you only know where you’re going when you’ve got there – be open to the ride.

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Charmian Love

What is a book that has changed your life?

The Medici Effect

what are you watching in lockdown?

The Playbook

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

I See Gold, Good Lovelies

My Shot, Hamilton Soundtrack

Everything is Not Awesome, Lego 2 Movie

Viva la Vida, Coldplay

Turina

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Enjoying our home and deepening our roots in our community.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My husband. He is strong, calm, caring and the yin to my yang showing that the great love that comes from embracing difference.

What is your best tip for life ?

Always grow towards the sun.

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Holly Tucker

What is a book that has changed your life?

Tribes – Seth Godin.

What are you watching in lockdown?

The Social Dilemma.

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

Lianne La Havas – Bittersweet

Gregory Porter – Probably Me

Billie Eilish – My Future

H.E.R. play “Going” (Interlude) – from Tiny Desk

Dua Lipa – Be The One

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Is more efficient than ever, every minute of the day I am driving things forward.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

At the moment Thomasina Miers, the bravery she has shown having to shut down some of her restaurants has been phenomenal. To bringing in sustainability to the heart of her menu – she’s all-round brilliant!

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General David Petraeus

What is a book that has changed your life?

Andrew Roberts’ masterful biography of Churchill as the lockdown inspiration reading. And the inspiration for me during the Surge (and since) was Ulysses S. Grant (as portrayed in Bruce Catton’s “Grant Takes Command,” which I was reading (a few pages a night) in the early tough months of the Surge).

What are you watching in lockdown?

An iPad on which the Zwift digital cycling app is running – which inevitably spurs my competitive instincts into high gear as I peddle my road bike, with the rear wheel removed so that it is on a Wahoo trainer that works with the app.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Our children and their spouses – and, now, their children!  Our kids have made their own way in the world, despite endless moves while they were growing up.

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

One word – Zoom.  You can run but not hide from Zoom, and each day is full of sessions on it.  Beyond that,  more dinners at home in a row than ever in our 46 years of marriage – and, thankfully, custody of the family dog (our son’s, but usually with our daughter while he finishes a JD/MBA), with whom I enjoy multiple long walks each day in our hilly Arlington neighbourhood while doing calls.

What is your best tip for life ?

Life is a competitive endeavor, embrace that reality and compete – not just to be best overall, but the best you can be, including the best team player you can be.

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Sir Max Hastings

What is a book that has changed your life?

Winston Churchill’s My Early Life, which convinced me that having adventures, some of them on battlefields, was the way I wanted to fulfil myself. I didn’t grow out of that until I was 36, after the Falklands War.

What are you watching in lockdown?

Call My Agent for the third time.

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

Sinatra’s Come Fly With Me

Charles Trenet’s La Mer

Bruce Springsteen’s Thunder Road

Prokofiev’s music for the ball scene in the ballet of Romeo & Juliet

The duet towards the end of the First Act of Traviata.

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

It’s the same as my old normal in that I read and write all day and every day, with a bit of gardening, swimming and dog-walking in between, except that this year we’ve so far cancelled holidays in Sicily, South Africa, Malaysia, Scotland and now France.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My bank, because when I was a teenager I decided that I want to live as my father did, dining at the best restaurants in London on an overdraft that would impress Rishi Sunak, and the only way I could do that was on expenses from rich newspapers, or by writing bestsellers, or both.

What is your best tip for life ?

The first Duke of Wellington’s retrospective: ‘I always did the business of the day on the day’. Never procrastinate.

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Izzy Obeng

What is a book that has changed your life?

Homecoming by Yaa Gyasi

What are you watching in lockdown?

I don’t watch much TV (more of a podcast fan) but an avid Newsnight viewer

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

What’s Going on, Marvin Gaye

Don’t Rush, Young T & Bugsey

Psycho, Dave; Black, Dave;

Ja Ara E, Beyonce

Own It, Stormzy.

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Screen fatigue, being in lockdown in Africa and team members I’ve never met

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Michelle Obama – what she represented in her role as first lady and her impact on communities globally.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – her impact on African writing and feminism.

Afua Hirsch – her impact on journalism. Brit-ish was also a brilliant book.

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Whitney Bromberg Hawkings

What is a book that has changed your life?

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

What are you watching in lockdown?

I May Destroy You

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

Black Parade – Beyonce

Megatron – Nicki Minaj

Non Stop – Drake

Mood 4Eva – Beyonce

A God Like You – Kirk Franklin

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

My new normal is an attempt to find balance on an ever-changing, totally unpredictable and unstable foundation. For someone who likes stability and planning both at work and at home, this has many challenges.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My family inspires me to be the best version of myself that I can be.

What is your best tip for life ?

Feel the fear and do it anyway.

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Nana Badu

What is a book that has changed your life?

Leading by Sir Alex Ferguson.

What are you watching in lockdown?

SWAT

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye

Keep Your Head Up – 2Pac

Ye – Burna Boy

Aben Wo Aha – Daddy Lumba

Go Crazy – Chris Brown.

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Taking time to appreciate what is around me but striving for scale up and a new narrative.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

See the change in confidence about life, when people are inspired.

What is your best tip for life ?

“The dream is free, the hustle is sold separately.”

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Gavin Poole

What is a book that has changed your life?

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

What are you watching in lockdown?

Hamilton (on repeat!) or West Coast Customs…

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

Amarillo by Morning – George Strait

Where Is The Love? – Black Eyed Peas

Holocene – Bon Iver

Tennessee Whisky – Chris Stapleton

Shine on you Crazy Diamond – Pink Floyd

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Normal

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

All 12 of the original pioneering astronauts of the 1960s.

What is your best tip for life ?

Don’t look back, don’t go back, don’t get a dog!

(A point vigorously contested by his adorable Welsh Terrier, Pickles – not pictured)

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Poppy Jamie

What is a book that has changed your life?

The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom.

What are you watching in lockdown?

Not much – I am writing a book! But I did just enjoy Normal People.

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

Rather be You by Tom Gregory

Queen of Peace by Florence + The Machine

Dreamland by Glass Animals

Running Out Of Love by Jubël

Here Comes the Sun by SYM

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Spending a lot of time in nature and I love it.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Oprah.

What is your best tip for life ?

Move your body first thing.

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Mathieu Flamini

What are you watching in lockdown?

I like documentaries around health and sustainability: The Game Changer / What the Health / A Plastic Ocean / The Biggest Little Farm

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

Love you Better by John De Sohn and Rasmus Hagen

Burial by Seinabo Sey

Outro by M83

Control by Zoe Wees

La fin de l’ete by Christophe Maé

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Cut the superficial, and focus on what really count for you.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

I’m a big fan of David Attenborough – he brought the animal world into the life of millions of English people.

What is your best tip for life ?

Stay positive whatever happens.

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James Chen

What is a book that has changed your life?

Give Smart by Tom Tierney

What are you watching in lockdown?

Rising Phoenix on Netflix

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

The Prayer – Celine Dion & Andrea Bocelli

I Have Nothing – Whitney Houston

Cry Me A River – Diana Krall

When Will I Be Loved? – Linda Ronstadt

My All – Mariah Carey

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Living in a bubble world and hoping it deflates slowly and doesn’t pop.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

The Rockefeller family for their multigenerational family values grounded in a legacy of high impact philanthropy.

What is your best tip for life ?

Luck happens to those who are prepared.

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Valerie Keller

What is a book that has changed your life?

The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World by Jacqueline Novogratz. I’m also currently writing a book about my changing life. How I grew up in a cult and my journey to living my calling as CEO of IMAGINE.

What are you watching in lockdown?

I’m watching Unorthodox on Netflix – which in some ways mirrors my own journey.

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Harnessing the benefits of technology to bring together courageous CEOs in a virtual, safe space to form powerful collectives to positively transform the food, fashion and finance industries. 

Modern day technology truly has the ability to create an intimacy in connection and bring unity where there is a powerful purpose and inspirational ideas at play.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

My co-founder and Chairman of IMAGINE, Paul Polman. He is a true visionary in every way. A courageous CEO, who is 100% committed to walk the talk and who has dedicated his life to creating positive systemic change in the world. The good news is that he might be a dreamer but he’s not the only one. Lately I’m also inspired by the 27 Food and 67 Fashion CEOs we‘re working with — they seem to personally care deeply about the future of humanity and the world — and using collective power for bold moves to reverse climate and inequality. They’re what we call Space Transformers, thanks to Yoko Ono. 

What is your best tip for life?

As Mother Teresa said, “Life is a game. Play it.” Thinking about it that way takes a lot of the pressure off. It enables a lightness of being. It also dispels the myth that there is only one right way to do things.

Top 5 lockdown tracks

Imagine by John Lennon

Follow the Sun by Caroline Pennell

Make that Change by Sing in Thun

Resilient by Rising Appalachia

13 (There is a Light) by U2

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Maurice Ostro OBE

What is a book that has changed your life?

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M. Pirsig

What are you watching in lockdown?

Tiger King

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Zooming in smart casual attire (smart on top, casual on the bottom)

Who is your biggest inspiration?

My father. He showed more resilience than one could possibly imagine. He lived through the horrors of the Holocaust and still remained one of the most positive people I have ever had the honour of knowing.

What is your best tip for life?

Every time you take a knock, think that this too could be for the good.

Top 5 lockdown tracks

It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) – R.E.M

I’m Still Standing – Elton John

More Than a Feeling – Boston

Don’t Stop Believing – Journey

Despacito – Luis Fonsi

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Anne Sebba

What is a book that has changed your life?

Claire Tomalin’s biography of Nellie Ternan, The Invisible Woman because it revealed the importance to a great man of a hitherto unknown woman.

What are you watching in lockdown?

Mrs America… a brilliant evocation of American politics in the 60s a decade after the execution of the Rosenbergs, but still unable to treat women as equal

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

A one-hour bike ride at 7am through Richmond park with no cars! Magic

Who is your biggest inspiration?

My grandchildren because they focus me on the importance of the future.

What is your best tip for life?

You have to be able to live alone before you can live with other people

Top 5 lockdown tracks

Chopin – Cello Sonata

Peter Skellern – Still Magic and Love is the Sweetest Thing

Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel

Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly

Strauss Four – Last Songs (sung by Renee Fleming)

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Justin Webb

What is a book that has changed your life?

Elephant by Raymond Carver

What are you watching in lockdown?

Rugby from New Zealand

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Closer to the kids and dog, but longing for a Pret

Who is your biggest inspiration?

John Humphrys – indefatigable and fearless

What is your best tip for life?

Try stuff (not illegal stuff)

Top 5 lockdown tracks

David Bowie – Five Years

Elgar’s Cello Concerto

Leonard Cohen – Suzanne

Slade – Cum On Feel the Noize

Who Knows Where the Times Goes – Fairport Convention

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Matt Scheckner

What is a book that has changed your life?

Early on in my career I read Peter Ueberroth’s Made in America when that was a much less complex title and it was just a quintessential story about entrepreneurship and giving back, I have great admiration for Peter and later in my career got to meet him and he was terrific. The job he and the late Harry Usher did running the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games really made the modern-day sports business in so many ways.

What are you watching in lockdown?

Re-watching The Sopranos, turned out to be a great choice. 20+ years old and I don’t remember just enough to make it magical, again.

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Well, it’s a game of re-invention, re-imagination and it’s all remarkably invigorating. We, like so many others, have been challenged to fast track elements of our business that were lesser priorities; invent completely new components; and all the while stay true to our commitment to elevating the experience, irrespective of the medium.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

My kids. I’m adopted so the only true blood relatives I have are my son Benny and my daughter Eliza. Their resilience, positive spirit and heart are beyond inspirational.

What is your best tip for life?

Take care of yourself, or you are no good to anyone else. That’s actually being self-less, not the opposite. The real measure of a life is the impact we are able to make on others, a notion borrowed from Nelson Mandela. To achieve the most you can for others, you have to first put yourself in position to fire on all cylinders.

Top 5 lockdown tracks

Booker T. & the M.G.’s / Time Is Tight

Bob Marley & The Wailers / Zimbabwe

The Kinks / Waterloo Sunset

Peter Tosh / Pick Myself Up

Sam Cooke / Chain Gang

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Baroness McGregor-Smith CBE

What is a book that has changed your life?

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.

What are you watching in lockdown?

Netflix documentaries, the one that I found that really shook me was Athlete A

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

My new normal has not changed!

Who is your biggest inspiration?

The founder CEO at Serco, Richard White, who inspired me to do more with my career and believed in my capabilities.

What is your best tip for life?

Never take yourself too seriously and just keep going , whatever obstacles are put in your way, and keep learning

Top 5 lockdown tracks

Human – The Killers

Temptation – New Order

Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

Fix You – Coldplay

Friday I’m in Love – The Cure

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Paul Lindley OBE

What is a book that has changed your life?

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari – it raises all those challenges we are failing to address

What are you watching in lockdown?

A tipping point: as each of us decide if we change the way we live as we realise we live in consequential times.

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Hope, despair, hope, disappointment, hope, optimism, hope, belief, hope, action, hope, achievement: Repeat.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

Robert F. Kennedy – a ripple of hope, whose moral imagination fought injustice and who dreamt things that never were and asked why not.

What is your best tip for life?

Grow down: think like you did when you were a toddler and use the power of that imagination, free thinking, curiosity and self-confidence to do it. 

Top 5 lockdown tracks

Streets of London – Sinead O’Connor: There but for the grace of God go I.
Every Child’s Plate – Emmanuel Jal: I wrote the lyrics for this song (gulp). It still gives me energy in my role tackling child obesity. Listen to it and watch the video below!
War – Bob Marley and the Wailers: ‘We are confident in the victory of good over evil’.
Life on Mars – David Bowie: Creative perfection.
Bridge over Troubled Water – Artists For Grenfell version: We desperately need to find that bridge once again.

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Kerry Kennedy

What is a book that has changed your life?

Tattoos On The Heart by Greg Boyle

What are you watching in lockdown?

Hamilton

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Zoom in, Zoom out

Who is your biggest inspiration?

Robert F. Kennedy

What is your best tip for life?

The difference between a victim and a hero is that a hero takes action with a loving heart. Mandela, King, Malala, Maathai, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the kids from Margery Stoneham High school, Tony Fauci, Colin Kaepernick…

Top 5 lockdown tracks

It’s funny you ask- our house has become an eclectic mix of protests tracks from the sixties, 80’s dance, modern pop, and current rap- which inspires conversation around cultural influences during childhood, young adult and current years, what the culture of our country was 50 years ago, and how it’s different today.

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Benn Cunningham and Charlotte Ansbergs

What is a book that has changed your life?

Benn: ‘How to Survive a Plague’ by David France. It’s an incredibly powerful account of the AIDS pandemic and how gay and trans men and women stood up and literally fought for their lives in a world that simply didn’t care, against authorities that were content to let hundreds of thousands of people die without taking action, because they believed those people to be less than human. It’s a powerful reminder of what a community can achieve when it stands tall and takes action and, as a gay man, I found it hugely moving to learn more of the battles that were fought on my behalf by people who may well not have lived to see the result. 

Charlotte: I love reading, and this is such a tough question. No one book has changed my life, but Middlemarch is such a wise and thought-provoking book that it has stayed with me over the years.

What are you watching in lockdown?

Benn: Succession. I wouldn’t say I’m watching it, I’m more devouring it. It’s the most brilliantly written, brilliantly acted portrayal of some of the coldest, cruellest, most seductive narcissists I’ve ever seen. It’s usually true that the devil gets all the best tunes.

Charlotte: Little Dorrit (the 2009 BBC version). Dickens’ theme of money, having it, losing it, being able to earn it (or not), seems particularly pertinent at the moment. All the twists of fate that life can come up with are still with us today. I find this very reassuring.

And Wimbledon Rewind. Tennis is, for me, a fascinating sport to watch. It reminds me of musicians at the top of their game performing live. Years of dedicated training combined with concentration and flair in the heat of the moment.

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Benn: An anxiety-laced, amorphous period, interspersed with practise, exercise, food, alcohol and an ongoing attempt to do what I can for the future of my organisation and the wider performing arts.

Charlotte: A completely unexpected pause from normal life that sometimes seems a blessing and other times seems anything but.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Benn: Hard to pick one, as all sorts of people inspire me in different ways, but I seem to have a bit of a thing for powerful female tennis players! Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova both did so much for representation whilst being the most incredible sportswomen and I truly believe that Serena Williams is some kind of deity that has taken human form. I find her a breathtakingly powerful role model. 

Charlotte: My wonderful Grandma. She died last September aged 98 and I think of her a lot, particularly at the moment. She was an unstoppable person in her own quiet way, and rarely indulged in self-pity. She also took a lot of trouble to be kind.

What is your best tip for life?

Benn: I constantly come back to the serenity prayer and, as such, aim for the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.

Charlotte: Goodness what a question! Never say no to a cup of tea?!

Top 5 lockdown tracks

Benn: I’m such a fan of Desert island Discs on BBC Radio 4 but I’ve always thought how excruciating making a decision as to what my music selection would be. There’s just too much, of all genres! Still, here goes…

Sibelius Symphony 7: I can’t believe Sibelius was an actual, real-life human being who sat down with a blank sheet of paper and a cup of coffee in the morning and just invented this music. It seems far more likely to me that he somehow turned up the volume of some corner of the Universe where this music has always existed and just transcribed it. It’s insane!

Brahms 2nd Symphony: The first movement is pure sunshine and happiness and the slow movement is one of those rare moments in life I want to be a cellist, just to play that opening theme.

Loreen, Euphoria: You need a dance floor in lockdown and this is one of the great Eurovision bangers. Plus, the opening sound effect is exactly the sound my coffee machine makes when you turn it on, so it makes me smile every morning.

My Baby Just Cares For Me, Nina Simone: She was the most remarkable artist and the world treated her so appallingly. I know she hated this track, but it brings me joy.

Beethoven String Quartets Opus 132: It includes the most exquisite slow movement, which Beethoven wrote as a thanksgiving to God after recovering from illness. Spine-tingling.

Charlotte: 

Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso: Preferably played by Kyung Wha Chung or Maxim Vengerov. This is such an unashamedly violinistic show-off piece. Fantastic stuff. I was given a Decca cassette tape by my Mother when I was about eight called The World of the Violin and I longed to play all of the pieces on it. The Kyung Wha Chung recording (with, co-incidentally, the RPO) was track 3. (The only one left to learn is Le Vent by Vecsey. It sounds difficult…)

Mozart Violin Concerto no.5 in A major: Sadly not live in concert with Pinchas Zukerman and my RPO colleagues at the moment, but I love Anne-Sophie Mutter’s 1978 Von Karajan recording. The slow movement of this concerto is sublime.

Mendelssohn Piano Trio no.1 op.49: First learnt with my sister Elizabeth and a lovely pianist called Kate Feldschreiber many years ago on a summer school. Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis and Jeremy Denk have recorded a beautiful performance of the second movement in their own homes during lockdown.

Strauss Ein Heldenleben: (It was this or Elgar Symphony no.1.) An exhilarating piece to listen to and to perform.

Händel Aria Silent Worship from Tolomeo (with adaptation by Arthur Somervell): I can’t really articulate why I find Händel so satisfactory, but I want to listen to Händel or Purcell Arias when I am tired and nothing else will do. 

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Rory Bremner

What is a book that has changed your life?

Candide, by Voltaire

What are you watching in lockdown?

Boxsets, which include Money Heist, The Crown and After Life, plus Grayson’s Art Club and Gogglebox

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

The new normal is recalibrating the work/life balance – mostly in favour of life

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

John Bird, after working with him for so long, he taught me so much

What is your best tip for life?

I say this to my daughters – Do your best and be kind; Make the effort; If you fail prepare, you prepare to fail

Top 5 lockdown tracks

And The Healing has Begun by Van Morrison

Hey Laura by Gregory Porter

Life on Mars? by David Bowie

Vissi d’arte, Tosca sung by Maria Callas

Somebody’s Gonna Off the Man by Barry White

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Eileen Burbidge MBE

What is a book that has changed your life?

Perhaps because I’ve always been a bit of a bookworm — and read so much growing up and ever since, I can’t think of any single book that’s “changed my life”. I’m affected by lots of books and shaped by all of them. Ones I’ve particularly enjoyed include Anna Karenina, The Power of One and more recently and relevant to recent events, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race.

What are you watching in lockdown?

During lockdown I’ve enjoyed Sunderland Till I Die (particularly the transfer window), The Last Dance and now finishing Tiger Woods: Back

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

One sentence: I don’t think there is any such thing as a “new normal”. 

Ever since I had my first child I’ve had this theory (because you have a baby and you think it’ll be fine once we “get back to normal”, but in reality you just move and try to stay present as you progress from one state to the next (such as getting feeding sorted, to teething, to growth spurts, to solids and on and on). In life more generally, we’re just moving and hopefully growing from one state to the next.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

I don’t really think about any specific inspiration. I simply want to make my time “count” whether it’s with my family or at work. There are so many ways to spend my time, so if I’m going to spend it on anything, it has to matter and be worthwhile.

What is your best tip for life?

Treat others as you’d wish to be treated

Top 5 lockdown tracks

Surprisingly, this question has just led me to realise that I haven’t been listening to music that much during lockdown, but the two tracks that are frequently in my head are:

Roses (Imanbek Remix) by SAINT JHN

Kings & Queens by Ava Max.

Aside from that, I can tell you for sure that the one song I *always* switch off or change the station of is Drake’s “Tootsie Slide”!

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Sir Anthony Seldon

What is a book that has changed your life?

Falling Upward, by Richard Rohr

What are you watching in lockdown?

Selma

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Living life more fully

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My father; because he lived life.

 

What is your best tip for life?

Slow down; you will do much more

 

Top 5 lockdown tracks

a) Gimme Shelter

b) Shostakovich

c) Titanium

d) Rachmaninoff 2

e) Let It Be

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Natalie Campbell

What is a book that has changed your life?

I have two – Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and The One Minute Millionaire by Mark Victor Hansen & Robert Allen

What are you watching in lockdown?

I am actually avoiding TV at the moment and enjoying listening to music and the radio

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Running

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Puff Daddy, 1990s hip hop inspiration

What is your best tip for life ?

Know yourself, be yourself and look after yourself – from Clore Social Leadership

 

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Margarete McGrath

What is a book that has changed your life?

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

 

What are you watching in lockdown?

The Morning Show on Apple TV

 

 

What are your top five lockdown tracks?

Fleetwood Mac – You Can Go Your Own Way

Florence and the Machine – Dog Days Are Over

Emma Langford – Marianna

Taylor Swift – You Need To Calm Down

Bruce Springsteen – Waitin On A Sunny Day

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Fit, present and healthy

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

There are so many people who inspire me everyday, but my parents are the ones that are closest to me.

What is your best tip for life ?

Believe in yourself

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Dayne Turbitt

What is a book that has changed your life?

Moneyball by Michael Lewis and Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

 

What are you watching in lockdown?

Bosch

 

What are your top five lockdown tracks?

Cheerleader – Omi (Felix Jaehn remix)

Havana – Camila Cabello

Budapest – George Ezra

Feel It Still – Portugal The ManWhen Doves Cry – YNOT, Cosmo Klein

 

What is your best tip for life ?

Try not to worry about things that have yet to happen, focus on positive outcomes and plan accordingly.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Nelson Mandela – A man who was persecuted for his beliefs, locked away for most of his adult life and when released bore no grudge no did not seek revenge on those that had persecuted him.  Instead he chose to look forward and be positive.

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

I’ll do it in a word – “Zoomathon”

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Cephas Williams

What is a book that has changed your life?

My notebook

what are you watching in lockdown?

Society

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

I don’t have a new normal, I have an old continuous ‘Continue to be kind’.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

The person I know I have the ability to become

what is your best tip for life ?

I don’t have a ‘best tip’, but a tip for life that comes to mind at this moment is, ‘all we have is now, so make the most of each moment’.

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Kate and Ella Robertson

What is a book that has changed your life?

Kate: The Cloud of Unknowing, Julian of Norwich

Ella: The Great Escape, Angus Deaton.

What are you watching in lockdown?

Kate: The Last Dance, Netflix

Ella: Rewatching the entirety of Game of Thrones

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

Kate:

Nessun Dorma (Pavarotti)

Tiny Dancer (Elton John)

Something Inside So strong (Labi Siffre)

One Love (Bob Marley)

R.E.S.P.E.C.T (Aretha Franklin).

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Kate: Most people are really good and kind.

Ella: Coming up with new ideas and getting them to market as quickly as possible.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Kate: Bob Geldof & Jamie Oliver – changed the World before they were 30.

Ella: President Mary Robinson of Ireland, her tenacity and grace blow me away.

What is your best tip for life ?

Kate: Take your work seriously and enjoy it; take yourself with a dose of humour.

Ella: None of the big moments matter if you can’t stop and enjoy simple pleasures.

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Russ Shaw

What is a book that has changed your life?

‘I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings’ by Maya Angelou – an amazing autobiography 

What are you watching in lockdown?

A brilliant Norwegian drama called ’State of Happiness’ or ‘Lykkeland’ in Norwegian. It showcases the discovery of North Sea oil off the Norwegian coast and the impact it had on the town of Stavanger in the late 1960s

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

I’ve gone retro with some tracks from over the years!

‘You’re So Vain’ by Carly Simon – One of the first songs I recall everyone lip syncing to – and still sounds great nearly 50 years later.

‘Dreams’ by Fleetwood Mac – My favourite song of many gems on Rumours – frankly anything by Stevie Nicks has been on heavy rotation in lockdown.

‘Boys of Summer’ by Don Henley – I loved his songs with the Eagles but this single for me captures living in Los Angeles in the 1980s.

‘Control’ by Janet Jackson – The album had great tracks like ‘What Have You Done for Me Lately’ and ’Nasty’ but this is a fave.

‘Firework’ by Katy Perry – Whenever I hear this song, it makes me smile – so positive and confident.

Also a couple of bonuses for inspiration while running: ‘Got to Give It Up’ by Marvin Gaye and ‘Genius of Love’ by Tom Tom Club. 

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Zoom calls, outdoor running, home-cooked meals, social media, evening walks, and hearing planes land at Heathrow in the distance thinking it may be quite a while before I get on one.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

There is not one individual who has inspired me. People who have overcome great adversity or disadvantage in life from all backgrounds are an inspiration – when I think about how hard something might be, I remind myself that others have had more significant challenges to overcome.  

What is your best tip for life ?

Offer to help someone who might need it – you never know when you may want that person to return the favour one day.

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Wayne Hemingway MBE, Co-founder, Hemingway Design

What is a book that has changed your life?

You’re more likely to find me reading a newspaper than a book. The Guardian and FT Weekend are the two that particularly add to my life.

 

 

What are you watching in lockdown?

The news!

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

Carole King, You Got a Friend

Stevie Wonder, Black Man

Bobbi Humphry, Harlem River Drive (Album Version)

Lonnie Liston Smith, Expansions; Buzzcocks, Boredom

Also, have a listen to my lockdown playlists (more like DJ sets) as mentioned in the interview: https://www.mixcloud.com/hemingwaywayne/

 

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

4.30am start where I catch up on email; at 6.30 my grandkids get up and eat half of my chocolate cereal; then it’s Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, Zoom until 5 when I go for a run with grandkids and the dogs; at 7.30 all nine of us eat together, after which I play some records while catching up on more emails, before watching the news and fall asleep about seven minutes in!

What is your best tip for life ?

Get up early, run, eat, play, enjoy family, work.

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Caroline Casey, Founder, The Valuable 500

What is a book that has changed your life?

It was the Disney Film The Jungle Book that changed my life, but Emily Pine’s “Notes to Self” and Maya Angelou’s “Heart of a woman” led to a transformative moment at the beginning of this year for me.

What are you watching in lockdown?

The Godfather trilogy (first time!) and Normal People.

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

The soundtrack to Normal People and Carole King’s Tapestry are permanently played at the moment, with a lashing of super 80s tunes!

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Coming home; slowing down; going in. Becoming more gentle.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Anyone brave enough to truly be themselves at any cost

What is your best tip for life ?

You are defined by nothing. It’s not what you do, but who you are that matters most; you get a second chance every choice you make

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Will Butler Adams

What is a book that has changed your life?

Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee.

What are you watching in lockdown?

The Repair Shop.

Name your top five ‘lockdown tracks’

La Vie en Rose by Edith Piaf

I Dreamed a Dream by Ann Hatherway

Girl from Ipanema by Astrid Gilberto

Mamma Mia by ABBA

We’ll Meet Again by Vera Lynn.

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Impatient to bring something positive out of the tragedy of Covid by making towns and cities better places to live.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

David Attenborough – he has a passion to protect our planet, a hunger for learning, takes risks, has achieved more than most and above all is incredibly modest.

What is your best tip for life ?

Life is short, if you ever find yourself doing something you don’t enjoy….get the hell out!

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Renée Elliott

What is a book that has changed your life?

The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper.

 

 

What are you watching in lockdown?

Homeland

Name your top five ‘lockdown tracks’

Happy by Pharrell Williams

I Feel Pretty from Westside Story

Don’t Start Now by Dua Lipa

South of the Border by Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello & Cardi B

Higher Love by Whitney Houston & Kygo’s.

 

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Living the slower, sweeter, kinder life that champions wellbeing for me and my family.

 

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Anita Roddick, a passionate, dynamic, thoughtful woman who pioneered and campaigned for values-led body care.

What is your best tip for life ?

Trust your gut (not your head).

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Stephen Welton

What is a book that has changed your life?

Royal Road to Card Magic. Jean Hugard. Sparked a lifelong passion in magic which has served me well in many different parts of my life, both personal and professional.

What are you watching in lockdown?

Our Planet, Sir David Attenborough, Netflix. This is our future, and increasingly ours to lose…

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

Mahler 5th Symphony; Sibelius 5th Symphony; Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni); Beautiful Day (U2); So Far Away (Carole King) – seems appropriate in a socially distanced world!

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Embracing technology and all that it offers for remote working but not at the expense of old fashioned face to face engagement – new normal needs to be the best of the old world whilst embracing all of the new world.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My family. Keep me grounded and makes sense of what we do and why we do it.

What is your best tip for life ?

Always look on the bright side of life (thank you Monty Python!). I am inveterate optimist. I have to be as I spend all my time with entrepreneurs.

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Lord Bilimoria CBE DL

What is a book that has changed your life?

The Brothers: Rise and Rise of Saatchi & Saatchi by Ivan Fallon 1988 – I read this before I started my business and before my brother had started his own advertising business in Hyderabad, India.

What are you watching in lockdown?

The Last Dance

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now; Steppenwolf – Born To Be Wild; Lynyrd Skynyrd – Free Bird; Carmen – George Bizet; Rolling Stones – Start Me Up

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Zoom – personifying one of my mantra’s: “Adapt or Die!”

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My father, Lt. Fariddon Bilimoria who taught me so much I know about leadership and my great grandfather D.D. Italia who was an entrepreneur, and public servant, philanthropist, member of the House of Lords in India and who looked after his whole family. I have followed his footsteps, four generations later!

What is your best tip for life?

Aspire and achieve against all odds with integrity.

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David Richards

What is a book that has changed your life?

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking – I started reading it on a train as a twenty year old and was so engrossed I missed my stop…

What are you watching in lockdown?

Not watching – giving Netflix a rest. Listening to RadioLab’s Podcast “The Other Latif” – very, very good.

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

Africa – Toto; Voodoo Child – Hendrix: I Wish I Know How It Feels To Be Free – Nina Simone; Dagombas en Tamale – Residente; Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Everything is distributed: people, work, finance, retail.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Nelson Mandela – one has to actually visit South Africa to really understand what a truly incredible man he was.

What is your best tip for life?

Never give up. All the great sports teams don’t panic even if they are 2-0 down with a few minutes to go, they really believe they can recover from any situation.

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