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White Swan: Being at the centre of a political crisis

|April 01, 2021
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A crisis can come in many forms. But whatever it looks like, one thing is certain: businesses need to be prepared. White Swan: The Crisis Podcast showcases host Gavin Megaw and guest Gary Cleland, both of Hanover Communications, our sister company in the United Kingdom, and Karen White of our Halifax office to talk with a special guest to look at crises from all angles to explain how senior business leaders stay on top of things during those tense, headline-making moments.

Each episode of White Swan features an in-depth conversation with a senior figure from the world of business, who tells us about their crisis experiences and gives you the lessons you need to hear.

In episode 5, Gavin Megaw speaks with David Davis MP, former Secretary of State for Exiting The European Union and member of parliament for Haltemprice & Howden.

In a wide-ranging, open and honest conversation, host Gavin Megaw talks with David about how the Government has got its approach to the COVID-19 crisis wrong by focusing on how to cope with the impending problems of the pandemic, rather than how to solve them.

David tells us about his career in politics, and how his seventeen years at Tate & Lyle helped inform his political career. He talks us through the difference between slow motion crises and quick moving crises, and his three-step approach to dealing with a crisis: gather information, gain insight, take action.

It’s a fascinating insight from how someone who has been at the centre of many of the political crises that have unfolded in the last 30 years has managed to cope.