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52 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Dedication Beyond Comprehension | Anna Meares OAM
In Episode 77, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to Australia’s Team Captain and flagbearer from the 2016 Rio Olympics, two-time Olympic Gold Medallist, Anna Meares OAM in the latest episode of the No Limitations podcast, “Dedication Beyond Comprehension.”In an exciting conversation, we are treated to Anna’s tales of triumph, perseverance and overcoming adversity. She shares with us her fascinating career on and off the banked tracks of the velodrome: from the moment that ignited her quest for success to the tremendous dedication required to compete on the biggest stage. Despite the setback from a terrible accident early in her career, she defied the odds, recovered and continued her journey to the Everest of her sport. Finally, we hear about Anna’s endeavours after her stellar track cycling career and how she continues to inspire the coming generations.As the most decorated and successful female track cyclist in history, Anna is the first Australian athlete to win four individual medals at four consecutive Olympic Games. She also set world records and won numerous honours in World Championships and Commonwealth Games in her 22 years in the sport.
102 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
The Never-ending Pursuit of Excellence | Kieren Perkins OAM
In an Olympic special, “The Never-ending Pursuit of Excellence”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to two-time Olympic Gold Medallist Kieren Perkins OAM, President of Swimming Australia and Chief Executive Officer of Australian Unity Bank.Kieren takes us through his incredible swimming career, from the accident as a child that led to his passion for the sport, to his triumph at the 1996 Olympic Games, winning the gold medal in the 1500m Freestyle in lane eight, becoming the second Australian to defend an Olympic Championship. From the importance of key support systems and mentoring to endless training and dedication, Kieren gives us an insight into the mind of an athlete at the top of their sport and what it truly takes to succeed. Finally, he shares with us the difficulties of navigating retirement from an athlete’s perspective, his thoughts on the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games and what his life and career look like beyond the eight lanes.As a freestyle swimmer, Kieren competed and won multiple gold medals across three Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, World Aquatics Championships and Pan Pacific Swimming Championships. Prior to his appointment at Australian Unity Bank, he held leadership positions at National Australia Bank and has served as a Director of The Australian Sports Commission, The Sport Australia Hall of Fame, the Starlight Children’s Foundation, and the ANZAC Foundation.
90 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Forward with Courage and Curiosity | John Lydon
In Episode 75, “Forward with Courage and Curiosity”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to John Lydon, former Managing Partner, Australia and New Zealand of McKinsey & Company. He is currently a Senior Partner of the firm.We are treated to some fascinating stories from John’s distinguished career, hailing from the quiet and peaceful county of Lincolnshire to traversing the world, advising clients on decisions that impact communities and the greater society, ultimately leading McKinsey & Company in Australia and New Zealand. Following his term as Managing Partner, John took a sabbatical to truly explore how businesses can create more value for all stakeholders and society. Today, he shares with us his key learnings and reveals how true commitment to ESG, social impact and purpose can positively influence not only a business’s bottom line but also the future of the world and generations to come.During John’s tenure at McKinsey & Company, the Australia and New Zealand practice grew three-fold to over 450 consultants. He also founded McKinsey Implementation globally. He is also Chairman of Generation Australia, Co-Chair of the Australian Climate Leaders Coalition and a member of the University of Technology Sydney’s Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Board.
31 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Where to Now? | The Hon Joel Fitzgibbon MP
In Episode 74, “Where to Now?”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson once again speaks to The Hon Joel Fitzgibbon MP, Member for Hunter, New South Wales. In a sobering conversation, Joel reflects on the state of Australian politics, particularly of the Labor Party; the opportunities and challenges in progressing healthy political discourse to best serve not only the party’s base but all Australians. To reconcile a vision of the country with the actions of today, Joel offers a way forward to deliver job security and sustained prosperity.A member of the Australian Labor Party, Joel has represented his electorate for the last 25 years. He was previously Minister for Defence and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and has served as Chief Government Whip and Chaired the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade.
90 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
The True Ally Amongst Friends | April Palmerlee
In Episode 73, “The True Ally Amongst Friends”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to April Palmerlee, Chief Executive Officer of the American Chamber of Commerce Australia (AmCham).April transports us to Washington, D.C., into the world of American politics and foreign policy, with insights to figures including President George W. Bush, Secretary Colin Powell and Dr Henry Kissinger. We are taken across borders, from her time advocating for women’s issues on the ground during the War on Terror in Afghanistan to fostering United States business and investment relationships with Australia. From the innovative American entrepreneurial mindset to the challenges limiting greater business investment in Australia, April brings to light the endless possibilities available to Australia through its strong and unique alliance with the United States.With a quarter of all foreign direct investment in Australia coming from the United States, AmCham is one of the most significant international business organisations in Australia, promoting two-way trade and investment and standing up for business for over 60 years. April is also a Director of The Centre for Independent Studies and Georgetown University’s Centre for Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Studies and Founder of Pink Skirt Productions, an organisation that established easily accessible ultra-marathon races. She previously held roles at the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre, the Lowy Institute for International Policy, the Council of Foreign Relations, the United States Department of State, and worked closely with renowned couturier Oscar de la Renta.
68 minutes | May 25, 2021
Pressure Is a Made-up Word | Robert Millner
In Episode 72, Pressure Is a Made-up Word, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to Robert Millner, Chairman of investment house Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Co. Ltd. Having been listed in 1903, Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Co. Ltd is the second oldest publicly listed company on the Australian Securities Exchange and is one of the few companies that has been successfully managed by the same family from the outset, with Robert representing the fourth generation. He is also Chairman of Brickworks Ltd, BKI Investment Company Ltd, Milton Corporation Ltd, New Hope Corporation Ltd and a Director of Apex Healthcare Berhad Ltd, TPG Telecom Ltd and Tuas Ltd.In an open discussion, we gain insights and cover the experiences of one of the doyens of Australia’s investment industry and broader business landscape; from joining as a Director at a young age, upholding the family legacy and market reputation, and to never failing to pay a dividend to shareholders. With investments across manufacturing, property, mining, bulk handling, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications, Robert speaks about the savviness required to navigate different and complex business environments all over the world and affords us a glimpse into the mind of someone known for his ability to turn bargains into big returns.
72 minutes | May 12, 2021
Head, Heart and Soul | Emily Chang
In Episode 71, “Head, Heart and Soul”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to Emily Chang, Chief Executive Officer of McCann Worldgroup China, joining us from Shanghai. In a spirited and compelling conversation, Emily draws open the curtains and allows us a view into the breathtaking scale of consumerism in China and the dynamics at play. Talking through her international career spanning the East and West with some of the world’s most iconic brands, including her time looking after the Apple brand in China, Emily brings to our attention the realm of possibilities and relentless focus on creativity and innovation in capturing the hearts of the modern consumer. From mindsets and obstacles to the pace of competition, we are treated to a unique view into the revolution of commerce in China and what it could mean for the rest of the world.Emily also touches on the concept of social legacy with her recent book, The Spare Room, to inspire us to live and lead with renewed intention and authenticity, to break down walls and do extraordinary things.Prior to her role at McCann Worldgroup China, Emily held a variety of senior leadership positions at Starbucks, InterContinental Hotels Group, Apple, and Procter & Gamble. Emily is also on the Board of SOS Children’s Villages and the author of The Spare Room.
84 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
Think Without Barriers | John Rothwell AO
In Episode 70, “Think Without Barriers”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to John Rothwell AO, Founder and Chairman of Austal Ltd. As the world’s largest aluminium shipbuilder, Austal owns and operates industry-leading shipyards in Australia, the United States of America, the Philippines and Vietnam, with a joint venture in China and a global support network. John was also previously Chairman of the Australian Shipbuilders Association and the State Training Board of Western Australia.From two boats out of a backyard to leading Australia’s first ASX-listed shipbuilder, John gives us a view through the lens of an entrepreneur; the tenacity and thinking required to overcome obstacles, expanding and opening new markets offshore, and building a legacy. He also shares his views on the stark contrast between business conditions in Australia and the United States, and making deals in China. Finally, John imparts some advice to the entrepreneurs who see the world’s limitations.
75 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Comfort in Change | Ed McManus
In Episode 69, “Comfort in Change”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to Ed McManus, Chief Executive Officer of Deliveroo Australia. Deliveroo Australia has a network of over 8,000 riders and drivers and works with over 14,000 restaurants across the country. Previously, Ed was Chief Executive Officer of Meridian Energy Australia, the owner-operator of the Powershop retail electricity brand and a number of electricity generation assets. He also held a variety of roles with REA Group and GlaxoSmithKline after beginning his career as a medical research scientist.In an open conversation, Ed shares with us his fascinating story, one fuelled by curiosity, that has seen him work and lead across different industries. We hear of the COVID-19 experience in the food delivery sector, which provided a lifeline to restaurants all over, and the opportunities ahead. Eager for challenges and comfortable in change, Ed brings to light the real reform required to inspire confidence amidst ambiguity, from small businesses doing it tough to the world as a whole for generations to come.
80 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Never Get Comfortable | Mark Fitzgibbon
In Episode 68, “Never Get Comfortable”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to Mark Fitzgibbon, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of nib Group. Mark has been CEO of the group for over 18 years and led its demutualisation and listing on the ASX in 2007. He is also a Director of Private Healthcare Australia and previously held CEO positions for both the national and New South Wales peak industry bodies for licensed clubs and in local government.In an engaging discussion, Mark shares with us his journey that has seen him become one of the longest-serving CEOs in Australia in arguably one of the most complex and important sectors, instilling the ambition and mantra of world domination in teams he has assembled. He presents healthcare in a new light, against a backdrop of historical perceptions, providing us with a glimpse of the future, as we witness some of the most exciting changes in the industry.
77 minutes | Mar 7, 2021
Leading from the Heart | Ronni Kahn AO
In Episode 67, “Leading from the Heart”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to Ronni Kahn AO, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of OzHarvest. Founded in 2004, OzHarvest has gone on to become Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, with a model making its way around the globe. Recognised as Australian Local Hero of the Year in 2010, Ronni also serves in an advisory capacity to government, was the subject of the eye-opening feature film Food Fighter and recently published her memoir, A Repurposed Life.In a riveting discussion, Ronni shares the experiences which ultimately led to the founding and eventual success of OzHarvest; a journey of self-discovery, intrepid entrepreneurship and making a life-changing impact in society. With a mission to halve food wastage in Australia by 2030, especially during a time where food security and availability are continuously being tested, Ronni challenges us to shift our thinking and to take on a greater role in making a difference. Lastly, we are given a peek into OzHarvest’s upcoming release of an exciting world-first project.
91 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
The Search for Perfection | John Bertrand AO
n Episode 66, “The Search for Perfection”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks again to John Bertrand AO, international sportsman, Olympic medallist and world champion. John famously skippered Australia II to win the 1983 America’s Cup, which was voted as the finest team performance in 200 years of Australian sport by The Confederation of Australian Sport. He is currently Chair of The Sport Australia Hall of Fame and previously President of Swimming Australia.As we all look to leadership to help us navigate past the new normal, John returns to the show to share a glimpse into a world beyond the elastic limitations of the rules, with a particular focus on high performance – both as an individual and as part of a team. We learn what it takes to deliver on the biggest stage, from the thousands of hours of perfect practice to the mentality required to perform in the moment. In this inspiring discussion, Greg and John dig deep and discuss the profound impact of a true leader in lifting their team, their organisation and the country.
69 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Pushing the Boundaries | Michael Miller
In Episode 65, “Pushing the Boundaries”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to Michael Miller, Executive Chairman, News Corp Australasia, who oversees a portfolio of national, metropolitan, regional and community brands that include The Australian, Sky News Australia, Herald Sun, The Daily Telegraph and Vogue Australia. News Corp Australia also has significant investments in Foxtel, Fox Sports Australia and the REA Group, to name a few. Michael is also Chairman of the Premium Content Alliance and a Director of Foxtel. He was previously Chief Executive Officer of APN News and Media.In an open discussion, Michael shares with us his views on an array of topics; from his career journey, the evolution of journalism and the role of media, building trust, to the future of news and big tech. At an age where competition and content are plenty, he brings to the fore the importance of diversity in creative and constructive debate and what it means to innovate, to set the benchmark and push the boundaries.Please note the podcast was recorded on 28 January 2021.
92 minutes | Feb 10, 2021
The Great Spectrum of Opportunities | David Thodey AO
In Episode 64, “The Great Spectrum of Opportunities”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to David Thodey AO, Chairman of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Xero Ltd and Tyro Payments Ltd. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Ramsay Health Care Ltd. In 2020, David was appointed Commissioner for the National COVID-19 Coordination Advisory Board. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer of Telstra Corporation Ltd and of IBM Australia and New Zealand.In a forward-thinking discussion, David draws our attention to the multitude of opportunities in front of us, from how Australia can position itself favourably in the shift to renewable energy to tapping into the potential of the world-class biotech and broader technology environments in our own backyard. Mindful of the past, he also shares with us learnings from a career that has seen him traverse countries, on the move for two-thirds of the year, and at the helm of one of the country’s largest and most recognisable organisations.
74 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
Pink for Purpose | Holly Masters
In this episode, “Pink for Purpose”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to Holly Masters, Chief Executive Officer of the McGrath Foundation. Previously, Holly worked for Estée Lauder Companies where she held a variety of roles over 12 years including, Vice President General Manager of Clinique Asia Pacific. She has also led brands such as Jo Malone London, La Mer and Molton Brown across Australia and co-founded mission21, a marketing and communications agency in London.In a fast-paced discussion, Holly gives us a unique insight into the amazing work being done by the McGrath Foundation, from where it all started to how it grew, having supported more than 91,000 individuals and their families over the last 15 years. We hear of inspiring tales of the unsung heroes of the community, their relentless efforts despite the challenges brought about by the year that has passed and how the McGrath Foundation will paint Australia pink in the upcoming days.To find out more about the McGrath Foundation and to support the cause, please visit www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au.
83 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
Chance Favours the Prepared Mind | Professor Sir Edward Byrne AC
In Episode 62, “Chance Favours the Prepared Mind”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to Professor Sir Edward Byrne AC, President and Principal of King’s College London and Chairman of King’s Health Partners. He was previously University President and Vice Chancellor, and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences of Monash University and Vice-Provost (Health) of University College London. Ed was also a founding Director of the Melbourne Neuromuscular Research Unit and the Centre for Neuroscience and has served as Non-Executive Director for Bupa and Cochlear Ltd.In an insightful conversation, Ed shares with us his journey, which has seen him go back and forth between the United Kingdom and Australia, witnessing the significant breakthroughs in neuroscience and leading some of the world’s best universities. Greg and Ed cover the complex ecosystem that is higher education, its global nature, the challenges the sector faces during and even before the pandemic, and the similarities between universities in the United Kingdom and Australia and where they diverge. Finally, we gain a unique perspective into the current state of the United Kingdom and the intricacies associated with COVID-19 and Brexit.
108 minutes | Dec 3, 2020
Character Is the Foundation | Major General Jeff Sengelman DSC AM CSC (rtd)
In Episode 61, “Character Is the Foundation”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to Jeff Sengelman DSC AM CSC, a retired Major General in the Australian Defence Force. Jeff has had a distinguished career spanning almost 40 years, most recently as Special Operations Commander Australia, where he was responsible for all Special Forces and crucial national missions operating in the most dangerous environments across the globe. He has been a trusted senior advisor to both Government and the Chief of the Defence Force on security issues of national significance and a principal adviser on counter-terrorism. He is currently Chairman of Harvest Technology Group Ltd.In a revealing conversation, Jeff and Greg discuss character, loyalty and leadership under the harshest and most complex of circumstances and reflect on not just the individual, but the collective. Jeff shares his views on a number of current issues which go to the core of the Australian spirit and affect Australians the world over.Please note that the views and opinions expressed by Jeff Sengelman in this podcast are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of the organisations he is involved with.
66 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
The Battle for the Soul of America, Part 2 | Stephen Loosley AM
In Episode 60, “The Battle for the Soul of America, Part 2”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks again to Stephen Loosley AM, who served as Senator for New South Wales in the Australian Parliament during the Hawke and Keating Governments, where he chaired both the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade and the Senate Regulations Committee. He is now the Deputy Chair of Thales Australia and a Director of O’Connell Street Associates. He has served as Chair of the Woomera Prohibited Area Advisory Board and is the immediate past Chair of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, where he is now a Senior Fellow.In this fast-paced discussion, Stephen and Greg review the 2020 United States Presidential Election – the key moments, how events unfolded, what the future of America will look like and the ramifications for the world.Please note that the views and opinions expressed by Stephen Loosley in this podcast are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of the organisations he is involved with.
54 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
Do It for the Right Reasons | Mark Allison
In Episode 59, “Do It for the Right Reasons”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to Mark Allison, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Elders Ltd. He is also currently Chair of Agribusiness Australia, AuctionsPlus, the Agriculture and Natural Resources End-User Advisory Board of the SmartSat CRC, the Agrifood and Wine Advisory Board of Adelaide University, a Non-Executive Director of GrainGrowers Ltd and a member of the Rabobank Food and Agriculture Advisory Board. Previously, Mark was the CEO of GrainGrowers Ltd, Jeminex Ltd, Farmoz, Wesfarmers Landmark Ltd, Wesfarmers CSBP Ltd and CropCare Australasia.In a straightforward conversation, Mark, now in his seventh CEO position, shares his thoughts on real leadership and just running things properly. We gain an insight into one of the most successful turnaround stories in business. During Mark’s current tenure of just over six years, Elders has grown from a market capitalisation of $50m to $1.8bn. From the droughts to the bushfires, politicking to pragmatism and innovation to infrastructure, Greg and Mark examine the facts and get to the heart of the matter. Not only do we learn about creating a corporate culture that delivers, but we also get a peek into Mark’s creative process as a musician, which has yielded 144 songs across nine albums under the moniker “Mallison”.
83 minutes | Nov 12, 2020
Follow Your Instincts | Trevor Rowe AO
In Episode 58, “Follow Your Instincts”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to Trevor Rowe AO, previously Executive Chairman and currently a Senior Advisor of Rothschild & Co Australia. Prior thereto, he was at Citigroup Global Markets and held numerous senior positions within Salomon Brothers for over 23 years. He was previously Chairman of UGL Ltd, Resimac Group, Careers Australia Group, BrisConnections, Queensland BioCapital Fund Ltd, Gotalk Ltd, The World and the Queensland Investment Corporation. Trevor also served on the Boards of the Future Fund of Australia and the Australian Securities Exchange Ltd, and was a Member of the Australian Foreign Affairs Council during the Howard Government and the Australia-China High-Level Dialogue Forum. He was the Chancellor of Bond University from 2002 to 2009.In a candid conversation, Trevor shares a number of fascinating stories, from his interactions with Presidents, Prime Ministers, global CEOs and entrepreneurial giants to his journey in forging a successful international career. He touches on the importance of education and understanding other perspectives in managing relationships, be it in brokering deals or balancing on the tightrope of geopolitics. Finally, Greg and Trevor cover the international state of affairs, the global economy and the new world.Please note that this was recorded prior to the 2020 United States Presidential Election.
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