The Leadership Academy is back again for the third episode in our Leaders in Pyjamas series and we've got a treat for you this week. As our conversation in this episode's recording was just too good to chop down, we've split 'I'm a Director, Get Me Outta Here' into two parts, so you don't miss anything.

Hosted by our usual host Dianne Sharp, for this episode we're joined by Chris Soley, director and general manager of Camerons Brewery, Sally Hart, partner and operations director at George F.White and Atul Malhotra, operations director at Malhotra Group Plc. In the first part of the episode we dive into how COVID-19 has affected the hospitality and property industries in particular, as well as getting things back on track from July onwards. 

In part 2 we'll be moving onto Brexit, so make sure you check back on Friday to continue the conversation with us. 


The Leadership Academy is back for the second episode of its Leaders in Pyjamas podcast and we've got a new theme tune! A big thank you to the Carey Blyton family for allowing us to use the Bananas in Pyjamas song.

In this episode we are discussing whether the change brought on by the coronavirus has been a good thing. For this we've spoken to those who have really grasped COVID with both hands and in the face of adversity have pivoted their businesses completely to survive.

Joined by Donna Arkley & Helen Collinson of women’s ‘size-free’ fashion retailer, Bou-chique, Rob Hammal, managing director of Sunderland’s oldest manufacturing business Speedings Ltd and Eric Murphy, managing director cycling café, mobile pizza, mobile coffee and event space Pedalling Squares, we delve into what impact the coronavirus has had on retail, manufacturing and hospitality. 

Due to recording remotely we have some slight issues on the audio for this episode but please bear with us, there are some fantastic thoughts from three great regional businesses that have continued to thrive during this time.


In the first episode of our ‘Leaders In Pyjamas’ podcast series we delve into how the world has been forced to adapt to working from home - specifically when it comes to leading and managing a team. 

Hosted by Dianne Sharp, CEO of DKS Straightforward and The Leadership Academy, episode one welcomes Jason Wainwright, managing partner of North East commercial law firm Muckle LLP, Neil Robbins, CEO of performance marketing agency Silverbean and SEO & Paid agency AGY47 and Peter Joynson, CEO of cloud technology specialists Synergi, to discuss how they’ve handled the situation so far.  

In 40 minutes we cover client experience, team relationships, opportunities for the future and so much more. 

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