The Lens on community, communication and the impact of COVID-19

Join Oli Barrett MBE for episode three, series three of The Lens podcast

This month our host Oli Barrett MBE is joined by Jan Gooding, Chair of the LGBT+ advocacy organisation Stonewall, and Joe Gilbert, a Cloud Native Engineer at Fujitsu and a representative for Fujitsu Pride Network. 

Oli and guests discuss community, communication and inclusion in these uncertain times and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their own lives, as well as those of their colleagues and friends. Jan and Joe also share their experiences of first jobs, identity at the intersection between self and career and insights on how to be a better ally. 

Our host asks both Joe and Jan who they would most like to meet for coffee and which books they will be adding to The Lens reading list.

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About the guests

Jan Gooding has worked with the likes of Aviva, British Gas and BT, and has been managing partner of two successful marketing consultancies; antennae and BLUEdOOR. She is chair of PAMCo (Publishers Audience Measurement Company), an executive committee member of WACL (Women in Advertising and Communication London) and a Fellow of the Marketing Society. In 2015, Jan was ranked 16 in the Top 100 Outstanding in Business list published in the Financial Times. She holds an MA in economics from Girton College, Cambridge. 

Joe Gilbert is Graduate Cloud Native Engineer at Fujitsu UK. With a degree in Business and IT from Sheffield Hallam University, Joe is passionate about community and communication. He is a representative for the Fujitsu Pride Network and works within the company to offer a strong professional support network to colleagues across Europe.

About The Lens

The Lens is a Business in the Community podcast. We aim to create an open and unscripted conversation between current and future leaders and to challenge the way we all think about responsible business. 

Hosted by Oli Barrett MBE, The Lens creates a space for leaders to convene, always with one eye on the future. Our guests’ conversations cover anything from climate change, the unintended consequences of AI and automation and access to ‘good work’, through to topics such as inclusivity, surveillance and diversity in the workplace.

Our host, Oli Barrett MBE, is a serial entrepreneur who enjoys making useful connections between people and ideas. He is the creator of Tenner, the UK’s largest schools enterprise challenge, Co-Founder of social venture Volunteer It Yourself (VIY) and Founder of TOTS (Turn on the Subtitles), the children’s literacy campaign.

In 2011, Oli co-founded StartUp Britain, launched by the British Prime Minister and funded by the private sector. The campaign led to the creation of PitchUp Britain with John Lewis and Sainsbury’s and PopUp Britain, with the opening of shops across the UK.

Oli is on the advisory boards of Tech London Advocates, One Million Mentors and Troubadour Theatres, and is a Fellow of impact incubator and business builder Zinc. His latest venture, The Connector Unit, founded in 2016, forges valuable and creative connections across a range of sectors and industries.

“I love making useful introductions,” says Oli. “I believe that creativity and problem solving are fuelled by connections between often wildly different people and ideas, and I want to help create projects which embrace this.”

Generously powered by Fujitsu and supported by McCann, The Lens also partners with One Young World and Bright Network to connect with future leaders around the world. Each month a global business leader sits down with an emerging leader who is already making their mark to foster disruptive conversations and fresh connections. Innovators and chief executive officers join Oli in the studio for a conversation covering their journeys, lessons learned, advice, insight, controversy and the inspirational person they would most like to meet for coffee.

The Lens represents the breadth, diversity and priorities of the responsible business agenda. From gender equality to zero-hours contracts, learning on the factory floor to activist businesses; The Lens covers a range of topics from a host of varying perspectives.

Business in the Community is The Prince’s Responsible Business Network. We convene a unique network of purposeful leaders to share insight, expertise and create innovative programmes that deliver impact. Together our ambition is to make the UK the world leader at responsible business