Join Bina Mehta, Chair of KPMG in the UK, as she chats to fellow Chairs and business leaders about how to grow successful businesses in today’s challenging and unpredictable environment, that delivers to the needs of people, planet, and profit. Bina and her guests will discuss why sustainable growth is at the top of business leaders’ agenda and share their insights on how to achieve it.


Episode 7 - William Vereker, Chair, Santander UK

In this episode of 'Pull up a Chair', Bina welcomes William Vereker.

William Vereker is the Chair of Santander UK and also on the board of the fast-growing tech unicorn, Celonis.

William is not only one of the best-known names in the City, with a first-class track record in banking having held positions at JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, and UBS, but he has also spent time at the top of government.

As former Prime Minister Theresa May’s business envoy, William was focused on strengthening the relationship between government and the City at a time of seismic change in the UK economy.

08 March 2023, Listen now (34m 07s)


Episode 6 - Andy Haldane, Chief Executive, the RSA

In this episode of 'Pull up a Chair', Bina welcomes Andy Haldane, Chief Executive of the RSA.

During his time as the most senior economist at the Bank of England, Andy was widely cited as a leading expert on financial stability as well as being named by Time magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people.

Andy also led the government’s taskforce for Levelling Up and is currently the Chair of the Levelling Up Advisory Council, which he described as ‘one of the biggest economic and social challenges of our time’, and is a passionate advocate for improving numeracy across the UK.

22 February 2023, Listen now (40m 46s)


Episode 5 - Baroness Dambisa Moyo

In this episode of 'Pull up a Chair', Bina welcomes Baroness Dambisa Moyo.

Dambisa is a pre-eminent economist, named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The author of four New York Times Bestselling Books - including her most recent: ‘How Boards Work’, which explores how boards can work better in a chaotic world, Dambisa has an incredibly strong influence in the strategic investment and public policy spheres.

Date: 8 February 2023, Listen now (46m 47s)


Episode 4 - Sir John Kingman, Chair, Legal & General

In this episode of Pull Up a Chair, Bina is joined by Sir John Kingman, Chair of Legal & General, covering how his experiences in positions at the very top of government and business have shaped his perspectives on investing for sustainable growth, and attracting Global talent.

As former Second Permanent Secretary to HM Treasury, he was at the heart of the UK government’s response to the 2008/9 financial crisis, managing the resolution of Northern Rock and negotiations around the refinancing of UK banks.

Sir John was also the first Chair of UK Research and Innovation, overseeing government science funding of more than £8bn per year, and his eponymous review of the Financial Reporting Council in 2018 recommended the wholesale reform of audit and accounting regulation.

Date: 25 January 2023, Listen now (26m 24s)


Episode 3 - Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is one of Britain’s most decorated Paralympian athletes, winning 11 gold medals, four silvers, and one bronze over five Paralympic Games. Tanni is established as one of the most gifted and courageous sportswomen of her generation.

In 2010, Tanni became an independent peer in the House of Lords, and since this time has continued to act as a prominent and vocal advocate for disability rights, welfare reform, and inclusion.

She talks to Bina about the role of Boards in making a cultural change in organisations, how businesses can support more disabled people into employment and what it means to be an inclusive leader.

Date : 11 January 2023, Listen now (34m 30s)


Episode 2 - Dominic Barton, Chair, Rio Tinto

For the second episode of ‘Pull up a Chair', Bina welcomes Dominic Barton, the Chair of Rio Tinto, to the podcast.

Dominic was a Global Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company between 2009 and 2018. He also served as Canada’s ambassador to China, before joining Rio Tinto as Chair earlier this year.

He joined Bina to talk about his career, planning for the long-term, why culture drives everything and, of course, that big question of how to deliver growth in a responsible way, that meets the needs of people, the planet, and profit.

Date: 21 December 2022, Listen now (42m 29s)


Episode 1 - Sir Jon Symonds, Chair, GSK

In the first episode, Bina talks to Sir Jon Symonds, the Chair of GSK.

Sir Jon has led large organisations through times of seismic change, including the global financial crisis in 2008, and more recently the global pandemic, in which pharmaceutical organisations like GSK found themselves at the centre of the world’s attention while the industry worked at pace and scale to develop a vaccine for COVID-19.

He joined Bina to talk about the impacts and lessons from the pandemic, the power of purpose, and much more.

Date: 7 December 2022, Listen now (28m 51s)