What were you thinking? – A Big Tent podcast

Former political advisor Laura Round speaks to politicians, opinion formers and business people to find out about the experiences, people and places that have inspired them.

What motivates them? Why did they decide to do what they do? What are the most memorable and surprising situations they have found themselves in? The answer is often unexpected.

What Were You Thinking is in partnership with the Big Tent Ideas Festival, the non-partisan festival of politics, culture, technology and fresh thinking.

“If you’re interested in big ideas and different points of view, then this podcast is for you!”

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About Laura Round

Laura Round is Associate Director at freuds where she works on purpose campaigns and the SDGs. Laura was Special Adviser in the Ministry of Defence, the Department for International Development and the Government Equalities Office where she advised the Secretary of State on the Department’s policy and communications strategies. In government, she helped put the environment and climate change at the heart of the aid budget. She was also a strong advocate of the role that the private sector can play in sustainable development, including through ESG and purpose-led strategies. Laura sits on the Advisory Council of the Coalition for Global Prosperity.

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Episode one: Nick Timothy on life in 10 Downing Street and visiting the White House

Episode two: Jess Phillips MP on tribalism and the need for women in power

Episode three: Tom Tugendhat MP, on Diplomacy and His Time in Afghanistan and Iraq

Episode four: Rt Hon Lord Jack McConnell, On Scotland and and the Future of the Union

Episode five: Dominic McVey on why Doing Good is Good Business

Episode six: Nimco Ali OBE on on Feminism and the Myth of the African Superwoman

Episode seven: Rt Hon Rory Stewart OBE on why he entered and left politics

Episode eight: Ruth Smeeth on championing free speech, Cancel Culture and fighting anti-Semitism

Episode nine: Iain Dale on the modern media

Episode ten: Matt Forde on getting drunk at number 10

Episode eleven : Anthony Mangnall MP – Parliament, the Next Generation

Episode twelve: The Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP – on COP26 and Fighting Covid-19