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Episode 15 - Prioritising mental health & wellbeing | Breakfast with Boots & Mel Cunningham

Episode 15 - Prioritising mental health & wellbeing | Breakfast with Boots & Mel Cunningham

October 9, 2020

For the final interview of my 10-part series, we decided to switch things up and turn the interview spotlight on Becca Boots. Becca is the host of Breakfast with Boots and the founder of Siendo, a company invested in promoting positive health and wellbeing. 

During this podcast, we talk about everything; from the need for greater investment in mental health to the importance of taking a proactive stance towards your own wellbeing. 

Among many nuggets of gold, Becca explains that long-gone is the day when people used to see mental health and physical health as separate entities. Our mental health and physical health are in one constant feedback loop and it doesn't just make sense for people to prioritise their mental health, but it makes financial sense for business to prioritise it as well. 

Actual figures for discussed statistics are: 
* 91 million working days lost in the UK due to Mental Health, £30 billion cost each year. These figures do not include those that self-report incorrectly, or those who are off work due to physical health conditions that may be a result of mental ill health. 
* Then, the aggregate UK cost of presenteeism (reduced on-the-job productivity) associated with mental health problems is estimated at £21.2 billion in 2016/17. An increase of 40% on the corresponding figure for 2006, which was calculated at £15.1 billion.
* 18,000 inpatient adult Mental Health beds in England & Wales, and just 2,000 inpatient beds for young people. 

Campaign Mentioned:

* Sign the petition to make Mental Health First Aid a legal obligation within companies:


So, who is Becca Boots?
Until recently, Becca worked within the corporate banking world as a Business Manager, but her love of people, human behaviour and personal development led her to re-train as a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructor, Yoga Teacher, Personal Development Coach and Public Speaker.

Over the last decade it has become abundantly clear to Becca that prevention and early intervention is the cornerstone for a mentally and physically healthy society. All Siendo's services, therefore, come from a place of exactly that; giving people the confidence and knowledge they need to support their own wellbeing, at every stage of their lives.

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Episode 14 - Lessons from life on duty | Breakfast with Boots & John Sutherland

Episode 14 - Lessons from life on duty | Breakfast with Boots & John Sutherland

September 10, 2020

For the 9th of my 10-part series, I am thrilled to be joined by John Sutherland. John has had an extraordinary career where he served as an officer in the metropolitan police for over 25 years, rising in the ranks to Chief Superintendent before leaving on medical grounds in 2018. Now as a writer and public speaker, he shares his incredible stories and experience.

During this podcast, we talk about everything; from the need for long-term societal solutions to domestic violence, to the compound impact of repeated exposure to extreme trauma within the police force.

Among many nuggets of gold, John explains that because of the way we live, we are always asking for faster reforms, for faster solutions but, actually, we need to be thinking longer term. We discuss how the intergenerational effect of abuse, poverty and maltreatment has culminated over years and years of repeated behaviours being passed through generations and as a result - short term, easy solutions are not the answer.

A fascinating podcast from the man who has so many lessons to share from a life on duty.


So, who is John Sutherland?

John Sutherland is a father of three, who lives with his wife and children in south London. John served as an officer in the Metropolitan Police for over 25 years, rising in the ranks to Chief Superintendent before leaving on medical grounds in 2018.  

Since leaving the police force, John has focused primarily on speaking and writing about policing issues. You can learn more on his blog, listed below. On top of his writing and TV / radio appearances, John has also authored two captivating books; ‘Blue: A Memoir’ and 'Crossing the Line: Lessons from a Life on Duty'. John's first book, Blue, was a Sunday Times bestseller. It tells the stories of his policing life and of his slow recovery from the serious nervous breakdown that led to his early retirement from the police force.

As if that isn't enough - John is a sought-after public speaker whose TEDx Talk 'Every contact leaves a trace' has had nearly 23,000 views.


Find more about John

Books Authored: 'Blue' & 'Crossing the Line'



TEDx Talk: Every contact leaves a trace | John Sutherland | TEDxLondon

Episode 13 - The union of mind & body for health & happiness | Breakfast with Boots & Julian Daizan Skinner

Episode 13 - The union of mind & body for health & happiness | Breakfast with Boots & Julian Daizan Skinner

August 27, 2020

For the 8th of my 10-part series, I am joined by Julian Daizan Skinner, the founder of Zenways. Daizan has lived an extraordinary life; after deciding to become a full time Monastic Zen in 1989, he subsequently spent 20 years of his life living in monasteries and temples, learning from the great teachers of Zen Buddhism.


Prepare to be zenned out by his relaxing tones as he talks about his journey and his life-long mission to find eternal truth. You will learn about our ability to heal ourselves, when - rather than turning away from pain - we turn towards it, without an agenda or desire to fix.


Among many nuggets of gold, Daizan discusses the importance of learning to let go; "When we learn to let go, we are able to let come. As we let go, something new arises."


A podcast you do not want to miss.


So, who is Julian Daizan Skinner?

Julian Daizan Skinner is the first Englishman to go to Japan and become a Roshi or Zen Master in the rigorous Rinzai tradition of zen. Over twenty years ago, he gave up a promising career as a scientist in the pharmaceuticals industry, sold his house, gave all the money away and entered a zen monastery.


Over many years of strict training, in Japan and the west, Daizan Roshi received Dharma Transmission and permission to teach in both the Rinzai and Soto lineages of Zen. He has also undergone training as an enlightenment intensive master with Lawrence Noyes, leading student of the creator of enlightenment intensives, Charles Berner. Daizan Roshi received inka from Shinzan Miyamae Roshi of Gyokuryuji, with whom he continues to study (see below).


Upon returning from Japan in 2007, Daizan Roshi went on walking pilgrimage up the centre of the island of Britain from the south tip of the Isle of Wight to the north tip of Scotland, living solely on alms food. He met many of his students from different parts of the UK during this time. Daizan Roshi currently offers sanzen (‘interviews’ or training encounters with his students) at Yugagyo Dojo (Zen Yoga) in London as well as using Skype for remote students. Together with his students, he has established, “Yugagyo Dojo”, a Zen training place in London. Daizan Roshi was teaching at The Buddhist Society, the oldest non-sectarian Buddhist Society in Europe, until his retirement from the post in December 2011.


His Zen study incorporated yoga practice. He has also studied yoga in Europe, America and Asia. He brings this wide range of yoga experience to sharing a practice that combines physical challenge with mental and spiritual development. He is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour level and is registered with the Independent Yoga Network as a Yoga Elder with more than 5000 hours of successful teaching experience. Daizan trains yoga teachers to find an expression that is authentically their own and will bring them success when they teach. His knowledge and training in Zen gives him the background to guide you on your spiritual journey.


Find more about Daizan & Zenways



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Episode 12 - Supporting your employees through COVID-19 | Breakfast with Boots & Meg Fenney

Episode 12 - Supporting your employees through COVID-19 | Breakfast with Boots & Meg Fenney

August 14, 2020

For the 7th of my 10-part series, I am joined by the wonderful Meg Fenney, the founder and CEO of HRDownload. Meg, who has a wealth of experience in HR, shares how businesses can support their employees during this time of huge change and uncertainty. Among many nuggets of gold, Meg talks about the importance of being able to communicate openly with your staff in a way that not only offers reassurance, but also encourages them to get on board with the company's goals and vision - a skill that is often a lost art in today's business world.

So, who is Meg Fenny?

Meg Fenney, founder and CEO of HRDownload, has over 17 years' experience in HR. She is a fun-loving mum and wife and gains her work energy from helping leaders do what they didn't realise they were capable of doing. Meg has a natural flair for creating people strategies that develop strong, profitable growth for her clients and puts her dynamic and progressive stance at the heart of HRDownload's approach. 

Throughout her career, she has worked for numerous blue-chip companies, including Shell, Air Products, MAG, Elior, HM Prison Service and The Christie Hospital Trust, NHS. Meg's experience across this broad range of sectors gives her a unique perspective and invaluable commercial awareness.

In 2019, Meg founded HRDownload with a real passion making high-end people solutions at affordable prices. This fits in with her belief that everyone should enjoy their work. 

Valuing people is a powerful way of improving motivation and creating positive people experiences; this combination enables freedom to do great work and drive organisational profits. Alignment of your people strategy to both your business strategy and values is a vital ingredient in achieving this, so taking the time to understand what you do is the foundation of the approach. HRDownload gets to know your business both personally and statistically, generating a data-based strategy that yields real results. To enhance the stickiness of the work done, technology is used helping further develop leadership capabilities within your organisation.

Get in touch and see what she could do for you - Meg would love to hear from you


Find more about Meg & HR Download:




LinkedIn - Meg Fenney:

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Episode 11 - Establishing connection in this new virtual world | Breakfast with Boots & Mel Cunningham

Episode 11 - Establishing connection in this new virtual world | Breakfast with Boots & Mel Cunningham

July 17, 2020

For the 6th of my 10-part series, I am joined by Mel Cunningham, a vivacious photographer who shares with us the power of acknowledging the person behind the photo and the important steps that we can take to establish more effective human connection in this new virtual world. Among many nuggets of gold, Mel also talks about the importance of caring about something outside of yourself and the power of immersing ourselves within nature, both in and outside our home.

Who is Mel Cunningham?

“People assume I’ll be watching them intently to get that precisely, perfect photograph. I’m listening for the lift of joy in your voice… soon you’ll be laughing into your smile.”

Mel is a photographer specialising in events, professional headshots, personal brand images for your website. As if that isn't enough, Mel has also created a motivational photography program called "I am my change". This program helps you to break-free from the yo-yo cycle we so often find ourselves in.  'I am my change" is about capturing you creating your alternative future where you commit to being active, because you made a different decision

If you hate being photographed or you hate seeing photographs of yourself, you are Mel's favourite type of client. Really? Yes - genuinely! It’s Mel's personal mission to replace those "ickie" images in your head with images that show you the beauty she can see in you. And then you’ll see for yourself how beautifully you CAN be photographed!

Not only that, Mel loves capturing an atmosphere. While your guests are enjoying themselves, Mel listens out for the lift in someone’s voice, for the punchline reaction. Be it a new product launch, a science fair, a charity fundraiser, a networking group, or an awards ceremony; you will see that every photo has the vivacious stamp of animated joy.

Get in touch and see what she could do for you - Mel would love to hear from you. 




Episode 09 - Weaving emotional intelligence into your company culture | Breakfast with Boots & Jon Treanor

Episode 09 - Weaving emotional intelligence into your company culture | Breakfast with Boots & Jon Treanor

June 11, 2020

For the 4th of my 10-part series, I am joined by Jon Treanor, psychotherapist and emotional intelligence expert who, with 40 years of business experience under his belt, shares with us the importance of emotional intelligence and how it plays into the world of business. Among many nuggets of gold, Jon shares how your level of emotional intelligence is a critical factor in how you experience this period of change and uncertainty that we're currently moving through, and what you can do today to improve your emotional health and awareness. An episode you do not want to miss.

Who is Jon Treanor?

Jon has over 40 years business experience from being amongst the ranks of the entertainment and technology business elite. He’s held senior positions for SONY, PARAMOUNT Pictures, MGM/UA, Universal Studios and Philips NV. 

He has evaluated over 600 business concepts across the world for large investment and government consortiums through his Conduit business; he has lived in Japan, USA, Turkey and Greece. He successfully raised over £209 million in investments for early stage businesses.  
Jon started his working life as a trainee chef working his way up through sales and marketing in to become recognised as an expert in managing and motivating people. Jon is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership Management (ILM) and Fellow of the (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). He was Ernst and Youngs ‘Entrepreneur of the year’ winner in 2002.
Now semi-retired Jon spends his time between the UK with EiPEOPLE a business he co-founded and his beloved sailing yacht ‘HINENI’ in the Greek Islands. 
He practices a few days a month as a psychotherapist and advises businesses on emotional resilience for people performance, motivation and wellbeing as an Emotional Intelligence expert. He is a member of both the UKCP and British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists; Jon mentors young people for the Princes Trust and is a fund raiser for the charity ‘Save the children’.

Additional Content mentioned:

Fear, Masks and Shadows - by Jon Treanor (out soon)

Home Grown Club Zoom Series: How to learn from Adversity

Find out more about Jon:





Episode 08 - Keeping mentally and physically fit during lockdown | Breakfast with Boots & Ali Bell

Episode 08 - Keeping mentally and physically fit during lockdown | Breakfast with Boots & Ali Bell

May 21, 2020

For the 3rd of my 10-part series, I am joined by Ali Bell, a qualified Boxercise, HIIT and Circuits Instructor who, amongst many things, shares with us the importance of taking care of your physical health during lockdown. We discuss the connection between physical and mental health and the power of just moving, in a way that makes you feel good. 

Who is Ali Bell?

Ali's passion for Boxercise and keeping fit emanates from her; it is clear to see that she loves changing how people feel about exercise.  As a personal trainer for 12 years, Ali has found that Boxercise is an amazing way to de-stress and get fit.  In July 2019, Ali became a licensed Boxercise instructor and ever since has been running classes in her local area for adults, and is also branching out to deliver Boxercise in-house for local businesses.

Due to the incredible physical and mental benefits associated with Boxercise, Ali has now expanded her work into schools with a new initiative for kids holiday workout sessions and workshops. Taking care of our wellbeing and keeping fit is essential for all of us, no matter how old we are.

In Ali's classes, you will receive clear instructions on both your stance and punch technique, with all the necessary equipment provided for you.  Classes can be simply boxing, drills or circuits – she has found that variety is key to keep everybody interested, alongside the banging tunes. 

One of Ali's feel-good factors with teaching is being able to watch an individual’s reaction to Boxercise as they realise they can hit, hard if they would like to, not hurting anyone.  The stress drains away as a smile lights up their face. 

As if this wasn't enough, Ali also provides Virtual Support to SMEs (admin, marketing etc)... taking care of all the important backstage bits, allowing you to focus on your business. Ali loves to cycle, travel and spend time with her family and friends and adores walking her chocolate Labrador, Cleo! 

Find out more about Ali:

Ali’s Boxercise Thame on Facebook: @AlisBoxerciseThame

Watch Ali bust out some moves here: 

Or alternatively, if you have any queries, Ali would love to hear from you. Contact her on:

Episode 07 - Creating lasting change for future generations | Breakfast with Boots & Sam Moinet

Episode 07 - Creating lasting change for future generations | Breakfast with Boots & Sam Moinet

May 7, 2020

For the 2nd of my 10-part series, I am joined by Sam Moinet from Student Breakthrough who, amongst many things, shares with us the importance of providing both an emotional and academic education to young people through using simple and effective coaching tools and strategies to help students believe in themselves. It is a podcast you do not want to miss!! So many nuggets of gold coming your way!


Who is Sam Moinet?

Sam is a speaker, student life coach, teacher and founder of Student Breakthrough.


Having been a teacher for half a decade, Sam witnessed many challenges that young people face; such as anxiety, low motivation and students who under performed. Sam found there simply wasn’t the right type of emotional support for students or enough time to help them reach their full potential. 


Sam founded Student Breakthrough which uses revolutionary coaching methods to provide young people with the tools, vision and techniques to succeed in all areas of their lives. In 2019 Student Breakthrough helped over 400 students across the world to become happy, successful and confident. 


Sam now provides training for inspirational teachers to deliver the 3B Programme of Boost, Believe and Breakthrough in order to bring coaching to more students and help more young people worldwide.


Sam’s aim is to revolutionise emotional support for young people and create lasting change for future generations.


Books mentioned:

13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do: Raising Self-Assured Children and Training Their Brains for a Life of Happiness, Meaning, and Success - Amy Morin


Find out more about Sam:





Episode 06 - Finding happiness throughout your life | Breakfast with Boots & Pete Mols

Episode 06 - Finding happiness throughout your life | Breakfast with Boots & Pete Mols

April 23, 2020

For the 1st of my 10-part series, I am joined by Pete Mols from Outside Ideas who, amongst many things, shares with us the importance of focusing on the right things in both your business and life and how, through doing this, you can make monumental change to find true happiness.


Please keep in mind, Pete is enjoying the lovely sunshine in his garden throughout this podcast, so at times you may hear birds, lawnmowers and the wild wind blowing through the trees. But never fear, the background noises do not detract from the powerful messages shared throughout this podcast, so sit back and relax with Pete in his lovely garden.


Who is Pete Mols?

Pete Mols; Proud Dad, Loving Husband and supportive friend.


Pete's a RAVING FAN of people and businesses that deserve it.


A family man, lover of nature, the outdoors, nice food and international adventures. He has a passion for entrepreneurship, spotting opportunities, dreaming big & connecting great people. He always looks for Win/Win/Win.


Pete works with business owners, who struggle to juggle the adventures of life with the excitement and challenge of running a great business; often they haven't quite got the balance right.


Pete's clients build brilliant, profitable businesses and maintain epic relationships with the people they love.


Books mentioned:

The Miracle Morning - Hal Elrod

E-Myth - Michael E. Gerber

Think and Grow Rich! - Napoleon Hill

Win Friends & Influence People - Dale Carnegie


Video Mentioned:

I had a black dog, his name was depression:


Important note: during this interview, Pete mentions going 'cold turkey' from his medication and although this may have worked for Pete; if you are considering stopping your medication for whatever reason, please consult your doctor.

Episode 03 - Healthy habits for optimum wellbeing

Episode 03 - Healthy habits for optimum wellbeing

February 12, 2020

In this episode, we talk about the incredible things your body does for you, each and every day and we start to dispel the negative perceptions that are held around being healthy. We will look at four main factors that can hugely affect your wellbeing and, as always, these main factors are those that are largely under your control.

Important to note: this podcast is intended as a source of information to help guide you in supporting your wellbeing. It is not as a substitute for the medical advice of your doctor.

Although we’ll be discussing how you can improve your wellbeing in this podcast, if you’re concerned that you need support in improving your health, then please do consult your doctor.

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