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How to Create Better Lives

In this exciting new podcast series, Sir Tom Hughes-Hallett (@SirTomHH) interviews founders of charities, social businesses and social movements, highlighting the wonderful work being done right here in the UK.

After a successful business career, Tom left the financial sector to become Chair of Marie Curie. He has led the government review on charitable giving, founded two successful charities and backed many others, some of which failed. The charity founder he admires most is his wife – founder of Smart Works.  

Working with four of the country’s leading charitable foundations, The National Lottery Community Fund, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Fore and Suffolk Community Foundation; The Change Makers identified fifty founders from eighteen year old to eighty year olds, from north to south, from health to ornithology.  

Listen to find out – Why did they do it? What skills do you need? Will your obsession cause you happiness or great pain? Can you afford to do this? Will the state be your friend? Are funders saints or exasperating? How do you hand on your charity to somebody else? Do you need a business plan? Should you fly solo or find a friend as your cofounder who has complimentary skills to your own? 

These and many other topics form the basis of fascinating, serious, and often humorous stories.

You will enjoy whoever you are, but if you are thinking of starting to create social change, you can listen to those who have been there before you – pitfalls are flagged and handy tips shared. We hope you enjoy the ride.

THH portrait

In this episode we meet our host Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett who will talk with Lady Juliet Hughes-Hallett, his wife and inspiration; co-founder of Smart Works, a UK based charity that provides high quality interview clothes and

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Change Maker: Nicola Goldie, Aldermore Bank

Change Maker: Nicola Goldie, Aldermore Bank

As part of the Change Makers initiative, Mortgage Solutions spoke to Aldermore’s head of strategic partnerships and growth Nicola Goldie (pictured) about her work on diversity, exclusivity and equity and how she feels to have been nominated as a Change Maker.

Goldie is head of strategic partnerships and growth at Aldermore Bank, a position she took up in June this year. Prior to that, she was with Virgin Money for seven years, rising to the rank of head of national accounts. She has also held senior management position at both Lloyds Banking Group and HBoS.

She has worked tirelessly to improve diversity and equality in the mortgage industry as well as being vocal in her support of greater female representation in the sector, leading to her nomination as a Mortgage Solutions Change Maker.



What initiative or project saw you nominated as a Change Maker?

I was nominated for my work with the AMI Viewpoint D&I report and worked on the initial report into the mortgage industry to create a benchmark from which to start to create positive changes. Since then, I have been part of the AMI steering group and the taskforce activity that was a result of the findings alongside leading the IMLA I&D Group.

Why did this project mean so much to you?

I believe that everyone should be able to bring their whole selves to work and that everyone should be given fair opportunities to shine and develop in their roles and careers. This industry has so many great things about it but in terms of true diversity, equity and inclusion, there is still a long way to go to really reflect the communities and customers we serve.

I am passionate about moving our industry to be one where people can look

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