Leadership Guest Practices S03E12: The football club bringing male allyship to the beautiful game

Gender-equal Lewes FC blows the whistle on misogyny and VAWG

(Violence Against Women and Girls) 


Special Guest:

Karen Dobres

Elected Director, Lewes Football Club

Karen Dobres has a unique voice on the Lewes FC Board as she had no interest in football before encountering the club’s equality initiative in 2017. Since then, she regularly gives talks at business and sports conferences on equality in football and its effect on driving gender equality in the wider world.

Karen has also created the club’s SisterShips programme which is building a network of women’s organisations keen to support the club in solidarity with its equality stance, whilst the club promotes the member organisations’ work in return.

Karen is a writer and trained counseling therapist, including creating and managing an internal counseling service for PolyGram Records (now Universal). Prior to this Karen has also worked as a fashion model.

A co-owner of the Club since 2010, Karen leads on the board for ‘Impact on the World’.


Joe Vines

Assistant Manager Lewes FC Men’s 1st Team

Joe joined Lewes FC Men’s 1st Team as Assistant Manager in 2021, with Tony Russell who became team Manager. This heralded Joe’s return to the Lewes FC family, having been an ex-player for the team.
Joe also had an extensive playing career with Cray Wanderers in the Kent League, Isthmian Premier, North, South and South-East. His move into management for Cray happened in 2017 when he became became Russell’s right hand man at the club.

Joe is also the Director of Talent Operations at Boosta, a specialist talent consultancy that helps technology driven organisations acquire the best talent in the market. Joe’s 20 years+ experience in recruitment comes with roles with some of the leading names in Consulting, Investment Banking, Retail Banking, Insurance, Telecoms, Digital Agencies and around the Internet of Things.


Connect with Karen on:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-dobres-07a54b176/

Connect with Joe on:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joevines/

Find out more about the club: https://lewesfc.com/

Become an owner of Lewes FC!  https://lewesfc.com/become-an-owner/

Find out more about Lewes FC’s #CallHimOut campaign: https://lewesfc.com/news/callhimout/

Leadership Guest Practices S03E11: Empowered leadership at all levels: Lessons for business from the British Army


Special Guest:

James Cross

As a Design Director at Duke CE, James assists with the design and delivery of innovative developmental and educational solutions for a variety of global clients. He plays a pivotal role in collaborating with Duke CE’s faculty and teams to manage the client relationship, instructional design, budget and operational direction of customised leadership development programmes. Prior to joining Duke CE, James served as an Officer in the British Army for over 16  years. He has undertaken six operational tours in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Iraq and most recently in Afghanistan. Before transitioning into Financial services for 5 years.

Connect with James on:

Visit Duke Corporate Education here: www.dukece.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-cross-2ba7762b/


Leadership Guest Practices S03E10: Leaders: Your Success is Within! Cultivating the leadership mindset for our times


Special Guests:

Payal Nanjiani

Payal Nanjiani is a Globally Acclaimed Leadership Expert, Executive Coach and New York Award-Winning Author. She has been recognized by the TIMES Group as one of the most influential personalities in leadership speaking and executive coaching, globally.

As the CEO and Founder of The Payal Nanjiani Leadership Company, she is known to inspire & help people become transformed leaders and achieve a leadership breakthrough.
As an Executive Coach, she has coached some of the world’s leading CEOs , Government Officials & Executives to become ICONIC in their field and get to their next level.

Payal is also the #1 international authority on Success Is Within leadership, the title of her best-selling book and topic for this episode. As such, Payal has been featured extensively on America’s Fox 50 news channel, Mumbai Mirror, global magazines, & multiple worldwide media for her work in leadership.

Connect with Payal on:

Official Website  www.payalnanjiani.com

Contact: success@payalnanjiani.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/payalnanjiani/

Success is within book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08QZ8RZDX?ref=KC_GS_GB_GB


Leadership Guest Practices S03E09: Is your finger on the social pulse? If not, it should be!


Special Guests:

Divya Prashanth

Divya is a leading global data scientist, consultant, contributor to financial publications including Nasdaq and Benzinga, CEO, and Co-Founder of My Social Pulse.  Her work has spanned across the fields of finance, compliance, media, marketing, and research.

Divya’s passion lies in applying and unleashing the power of data and the latest technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) to solve real world problems. She specialises in the development of technology which focuses on the human experience. This form of research taps into the continuously evolving conversations, opinions, emotions and views of employees, customers, brand competitors, and diverse groups.  It’s nothing short of real-time, supercharged research!

Connect with Divya on:

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/divya-b4427912a/

Email: info@mysocialpulse.com

Website link: www.mysocialpulse.com

Twitter: twitter.com/mysocial_pulse

YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCefqbQBU1mYyCCj5CxVdmJw/videos


Leadership Guest Practices S03E08: Leaders! Take command of digital transformation… or risk catastrophic failure


Special Guests:

Tony Moroney

Tony is the Founder and Managing Partner of Beta Digital, a specialist strategy and digital transformation advisory firm. He is also a Co-Founder of The Digital Transformation Lab, Cork University Business School, a Think-Tank comprised of experts from industry, academia and consulting. In addition, he is the Programme Director for Digital Leadership at the Irish Management Institute.

Tony has extensive executive and line-management experience, complemented by both non-executive and advisory roles. His career has spanned both industry and consulting and he has advised numerous boards and executive teams over the past decade.

Connect with Tony on:


Twitter: @BetaMoroney

Tony’s services: https://www.betadigital.net/

Visit the Digital Transformation Lab: https://dt-lab.ie/


Leadership Guest Practices S03E07: Calling all male allies – Become active gender diversity ambassadors in your organisations!


Special Guests:

Mette Johansson

Mette Johansson worked in leadership roles across Asia and Europe for multinational corporations for over 15 years before she founded MetaMind Pte Ltd, a training consultancy, which provides learning programmes in leadership, people and communication skills. MetaMind has received multiple awards and is regularly featured in media. Clients include large organisations such as Citibank, Microsoft, UPS, Barilla, GE and Zalora. Mette is very active in the area of Diversity and Inclusion, not least as the founder of the global not-for-profit Women KeyNote Speakers directory, which is on a mission to bring more diversity to speaking stages.


Axel Johansson

With a background of over 20 years working for a multinational company in Japan, Singapore and Germany, Axel Johansson is an experienced Marketing and Sales leader. In 2016, Axel left the corporate world to focus on his passion: helping clients to enhance their performance and guide them through transformation processes such as career changes. As a ICF certified coach, he has gained the trust of senior leaders across many industries by navigating them through challenging situations and to promotions. As a consultant, he is supporting corporations in evaluating M&A opportunities, as well as new digital technologies.





Leadership Guest Practices S03E06: What to wear?! Are clothes your secret superpower for the new normal?


Special Guests:

Andy Boothman

Andy Boothman is the founder of Busy as AB digital marketing agency and DressCode Shirts, a company designing and producing shirts that celebrate technology. Andy is passionate about the power of clothing, and strives to create the next generation of clothes, making them ‘smart’ in every sense of the word. For example, DressCode currently produce the World’s 1st contactless payment shirt, the CashCuff®.

In addition Andy’s mantra is to innovate and create technology enabled clothing that helps people in many aspects of daily life including health and wellbeing. Both Andy’s businesses are virtual, adopting #digital to #innovate and change perspectives, while maintaining a strong human touch. It’s all about #TechForGood

Connect with Andy on:


Find out more about Andy’s businesses:   



Suzie Rice

Suzie Rice is an unconventional, passionate image consultant who helps ambitious professionals look the business, by making their confidence and style sizzle, without the headache of endless shopping trips! Instead, Suzie takes them and their wardrobes on a life changing journey to Style Heaven.  As Suzie says: “You’ll look like you, only better.”

So, If you want to get ahead and ‘stand out from the crowd’ but have little need for ‘suited and booted’ then you’ve come to the right place, Suzie specialises in snappy, dynamic dressing for business.

Connect with Suzie on:


Find about more about Style Heaven:




Leadership Guest Practices S03E05: Mentoring for the future – Stories from Sierra Leone


Special Guest:

Rasie Bamigbade

Rasie Bamigbade is a business leader, entrepreneur, coach, author and speaker. Rasie was born in Sierra Leone, moved to The Gambia and is now living in Vancouver, Canada.

Leading her teams during her employment at McDonalds, Starbucks, HMShost and more, her leadership role was challenged frequently, and this kept her moving and impacting lives for the better. Her passion for people development, paving the way for the next generation of leaders, will always be her driving force.

Now, Rasie is a passionate leadership coach helping corporate leaders and business leaders lead their teams more effectively through their self leadership.
Rasie wrote and published her first book – ‘Lead In Your Truth’ in 2021 and has inspired more leaders to take action to lead their lives and teams more effectively. Now available on Amazon.

Rasie has never forgotten her roots and actively supports and mentors young people across Sierra Leone. In fact, she is an active supporter of one of the non-profit organizations started by and led by young people in the country: The Youth Movement For Sustainable Development Sierra Leone (YoMSuD-SL).

The main goal of YoMSuD-SL is to establish a foundation and create grassroots links to vulnerable youths, children, the disabled and seniors in Sierra Leone and across Africa through advocacy schemes, women empowerment, childhood poverty, sustainability in the environment and availability to clean, safe and sufficient water supply in rural communities.

Rasie has never forgotten that her own leadership journey started when she first had to deal with the hardships of civil war. Following that, being supported as a youth herself and given new opportunities to  play sports and be part of the Girl Guides movement, Rasie learned the value of adult mentors combined with youth opportunity.  She is proud to give back to the youth today, using her own experiences as a powerful start point.

Connect with Rasie on:


See more about Rasie’s business RB Jumpstart Coaching  https://pages.rbjumpstartcoaching.com/work-with-rasie


Please support us and get involved with The Youth Movement for Sustainable Development Sierra Leone (YoMSuD-SL).

The movement currently has a fulfilling and rewarding project (Business Skills Training and Support) for rural youth online and is accepting donations. Donations are used for poverty alleviation and employment support for 40 unemployed young people who are within the programme.

Find out more about our activities and community through our Facebook page:   https://www.facebook.com/yomsudsl for more of our activities in communities.


Leadership Guest Practices S03E04: Business needs our humanity now!


Special Guest:

Samie Al-Achrafi

Samie is recognised as one of the world’s leading voices on values and culture change, and has won a host of accolades including Most Visionary Business Transformation CEO, Game Changer of the Year, and Most Influential CEO of the Year.

His career spans six continents, working with governments and organisations around the world to create high-performance cultures underpinned by values. In 2019, Samie presented a TED talk on Why Business Needs Our Humanity, and the following year authored the bestselling book #Time4Humanity.

As the founder and CEO of Marmalade Fish, Samie leads a team of world-class facilitators and coaches to bring humanity to business, reaching over 1 million people in 2020. Marmalade Fish was the first certified B Corporation in the GCC, and has been named Best Organisational Change Consultancy and Change Management Company of the Year. Samie is also a partner at ELEPHAS Paris® – the first beauty brand in the world dedicated to elephant conservation.

Connect with Samie on:





Leadership Guest Practices S03E03: Calling all Millennials : Unlock your dream self and be what you want to be


Special Guest:

Danielle M. Asah

Danielle M. Asah is an entrepreneur, author of the book ‘Becoming Your Dream Self: 7 Keys to Own and Control Your Life as a Millennial’, marketer, and the founder of the Creative Dream Academy in Cameroon; newly renamed and rebranded Digital Dreams (DiDreams). As a millennial marketer and entrepreneur operating locally and across Africa, she brings a unique understanding of how millennials perceive products and how they make purchasing decisions.

In recent years, her book: has found a new niche amongst other Millennials. Her versatile background means she is now in high demand to build leadership and entrepreneurial skills in others, across Africa and wider, through speaking engagements, seminars and workshops. Her aim in these is to educate, inspire and empower students, as well as to promote the spirit of entrepreneurship in young people everywhere in their personal, professional, academic and community lives.

Connect with Danielle on:

https://linktr.ee/danielleasah  |  danielleasah@didreams.com

https://didreams.com/  |  https://dreamsapart.com/