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What were you thinking?

Former political advisor Laura Round speaks to politicians, opinion formers and business leaders 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.

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

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About the host

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 and is a member of the Big Tent Advisory Board.

All episodes
24 February 2021

What were you thinking? Episode twenty

Rt Hon Lord Benyon Former Environment Minister In the final episode of Series 2, Laura speaks to Lord Benyon, former MP for Newbury and Environment Minister. Richard spills the beans…
11 February 2021

What were you thinking? Episode nineteen

Caroline Lucas MP former Leader of the Green Party Laura speaks Caroline Lucas MP, former leader of the Green Party and MP for Brighton Pavilion. Caroline's route into politics was…
26 January 2021

What were you thinking? Episode eighteen

Dr Karin von Hippel Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute Laura speaks to Dr Karin von Hippel, Director General of RUSI. Prior to this Karin worked in the US…
21 January 2021

What were you thinking? Episode seventeen

Baroness Anne Jenkin Co-founder Women2Win Laura speaks to Baroness Jenkin who is considered a fairy godmother by many female Members of Parliament. In 2005 she founded Women2Win with Theresa May…
14 January 2021

What were you thinking? Episode sixteen

Alice Albright CEO of the Global Partnership for Education Laura talks with Alice Albright, CEO of Global Partnership for Education. Alice talks about the importance of education in lower income…
12 December 2020

What were you thinking? Episode fifteen

Baroness Sally Morgan Former Ofsted Chair and Political Secretary to Tony Blair This week Laura talks to Baroness Sally Morgan, Trustee of the Big Tent Ideas Foundation. She was Tony…
3 December 2020

What were you thinking? Episode fourteen

Preet Gill MP Shadow Secretary of State for International Development This week Laura talks with Preet Gill MP, Shadow of State for International Development. Preet shares how her dad and…
23 November 2020

What were you thinking: Episode thirteen

Sir Craig Oliver Former Director of Communications and  Politics to David Cameron This week Laura talks with Sir Craig Oliver, former Director of Communications and Politics to the Prime Minister,…