15 Jul Representation Matters…Joel Blake OBE
Joel is a multi-award-winning businessman and public speaker, with a passion for driving business growth, through financial technology and entrepreneurial leadership. Joel is the Founder & CEO of www.gfaexchange.com an award-winning B2B FinTech company, that uses machine learning to benchmark, rate and monitor the portfolio of financial lenders.
He is the former Executive for Access to Finance and Growing Business for the GBSLEP, and advises professional and public sector bodies, on business support models and strategies. Joel is also the Vice-President of the Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce, National Ambassador for the Institute of Leadership and Management, and a Fellow of the National Centre for Entrepreneurs.
He was awarded an OBE for Services to Business Support and Enterprise in 2016.
Joel joined our host Nikki Tapper on The Equal Group’s podcast ‘Representation Matters’ to share his stories and expertise.
1 ) Joel’s early life and his un-ease at being in the corporate world yet still wanting to be in the community
2 ) Starting his own consultancy which led to others businesses and now CEO of GFA Exchange finance
3 ) The role of being Diversity advisor for the governing body of the sport, Golf and his thinking on Tiger Woods
4 ) Recognising the commercial asset of people, and of how EDI is essential for company growth
5 ) His setting up of the CSR summits to aid companies’ involvement with communities and why it made commercial sense to companies
6 ) The impact of COVID 19/lockdown and the opportunity this offers to businesses to look at EDI as the most important thing to consider, as they have to manage the change to a new normal
Host: Nikki Tapper
Guest: Joel Blake OBE
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