School for CEOs prepare business leaders for senior roles - purposefully, pragmatically and personally. We do this by discussing the unique insights of our Faculty of over 90 senior leaders at our programmes, who share their personal experiences and challenges as CEOs, Non-Executive Directors and Chairs. This podcast is designed to share some of those stories with you, inviting a diverse range of speakers from CEOs of some of the UK's most successful businesses, to elite sportspeople and military leaders.

Episodes are released on the first Monday of each month. Earlier episodes have featured School for CEOs Managing Partner, David Sole, Faculty members Craig Donaldson, Shaun Kingsbury CBE and Rosemary McGinness, Inclusion & Diversity specialist Sue Pascoe, former Royal Marines Officers Peter MacDonald and Martin Smith CB MBE, Scottish Rugby legend Doddie Weir OBE, Chef Proprietor Tom Kitchin, Olympic prospect Katherine Douglas and Charity leader Helen Rippon. Our eleventh episode featuring School for CEOs Chairman, Patrick Macdonald.

Having qualified as an engineer, Patrick worked in atomic energy and built war ships for the Royal Navy in his early career. In business, he worked for one of the World's most famous CEOs, Jack Welch, before carving his own path as a Chief Executive, leading a number of listed and private equity backed businesses. This interview explores his experience of dealing with the demands of the top job.

You can also listen to the podcast on Spotify or iTunes.

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Author Bio: Gemma Sole

Gemma is the School for CEOs' lead Partner on Inclusive Leadership and was recently listed in Business Insider's 35 Rising Stars of Scottish Business under 35 for her work supporting inclusion in organisations.