Pandemic Perspectives interview series
A series of fascinating informal chats with senior finance leaders working in organisations that have been impacted in different ways by the COVID-19 pandemic, sharing their reflections and unique perspectives on how they, and their organisations, have reacted to the unfolding crisis.
PD Ports, Jon Armstrong
Jon Armstrong head of Operational Finance at PD Ports is interviewed by Keith Proudfoot on how the port in Middlesbrough adapted and remained operational during the pandemic. Recorded 8 September 2020.
Imperial College London, Andy Roland-Price
Angus Farr, LSCA Business Board chair interviews Andy Roland-Price, Group Financial Controller at Imperial College London who gives insight into Imperial's response to the pandemic and the search for a vaccine, and how they have been managing the uncertainty around student numbers for the new academic yea Recorded 02 September 2020.
Biorbyt & the University of Cambridge, Qun Yang and Professor Chris Lowe
The founder of Biorbyt Qun Yang and Emeritus Professor of Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge, Professor Chris Lowe, talk about the effect of the pandemic from a scientific perspective. They give the global overview of the pandemic so far and the economic impact talking about antibodies, testing, modelling, treatments and the global response. Recorded 1 September 2020.
Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Keith Proudfoot
Keith Proudfoot, Finance Director of Tyne Theatre & Opera House talks to Chris Soan, Northern Society Deputy President on the impact of COVID-19 in the arts sector. From closing, to making use of the government support schemes and the impact of the cancellation of panto. Recorded 1September 2020.
University of Dundee, Carol Prokopyszyn
Carol Prokopyszyn, Director of Finance at University of Dundee, giving her perspective on the pandemic, and how the University has been impacted in different ways by the crisis. Recorded 27 August 2020.
Chester Zoo, Liz Carnie
Liz Carnie, Director of Finance at Chester Zoo was interviewed by Andrew Lovelady Past President of the Liverpool Society of Chartered Accountants on how the Zoo has coped in the pandemic and with a view to the recovery. Recorded 26 August 2020.
Deliveroo, Joanna Hacking
Deliveroo's Finance Director Jo Hacking speaks about the effect of the pandemic on the takeaway meals market, especially on a business such as Deliveroo that is reliant on restaurants, many of which were closed. Hear about how Deliveroo started delivering basic groceries, dark kitchens and the gig economy. Recorded 18 August 2020.
Ultimate Finance, Josh Levy
Description to go before video: Josh Levy, CEO of Ultimate Finance, is interviewed by London Business Board Member Angus Farr, on how their business has adapted their model during the recent pandemic - including how they ensure vital funding support continues to flow seamlessly to SMEs. Recorded 17 August 2020.
Venator, Stephen Ibbotson
Stephen Ibbotson is interviewed by Keith Proudfoot, Northern Society President on how the multi-national chemical company has coped through the pandemic. Recorded 11 August 2020.
Greggs plc, Richard Hutton
Keith Proudfoot, Northern Society President talks to Richard Hutton on how COVID-19 has affected the ‘food to go’ retailer. From loans to the introduction of the click & collect App. Recorded 4 August 2020.
Cambridge Building Society, Peter Burrows
Cambridge Building Society’s Chief Executive Peter Burrows speaks about the effext of the pandemic on the Financial Services sector in the light of the ultra low investment environment. He explains how the Building Society has transformed itself, the operation impacts and what the effect has been on both customers and the UK housing market. Recorded 4 August 2020.
East of England Co-Op, Doug Field
Doug Field, CEO of the East of England Co=Op, talks about feeding the nation through the pandemic from the initial panic buying through to reduced football and higher basket spend together with the measures to keep staff safe and customers safely shopping. In his capacity as Chair of New Anglia LEP (covering Norfolk and Suffolk) he goes on to talk about the economic impact on the area and how they are helping businesses to recover, survive and hopefully thrive. Recorded 21 July 2020.
Metnor Construction, Adam Langman
Adam Langman, Finance Director of Metnor Construction talks to Keith Proudfoot, Northern Society President on the impact of COVID-19 on the industry. From closing sites to making use of the government support schemes to keep the business going. Recorded 21 July 2020.
Addenbrookes Hospital, Lore Lippmann
Lore Lippmann, Associate Director of Financial Management for Cambridge University Hospitals talks about working for the NHS during a critical time. Lore speaks about the changes that the Cambridge University hospitals have had to make and the work they did to help to flatten the curve whilst the virus was at its peak. Recorded 7July 2020.
AstraZeneca, Gemma Yuill
Gemma Yuill, Senior Director of Financial Reporting speaks about the work of AstraZeneca during the crisis in terms of their agreement with Oxford University to help produce a vaccine for COVID-19 and also the challenges facing a large pharmaceutical company at a time of crisis. Recorded 23 June 2020.