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Inside Silverstone podcast

Feb 15, 2024

In the last episode of the season, Episode 115, our resident coach, Fiona Pawley, talks with Aly King-Smith, Founding Director of Clearworks Coaching; A team of coaches offering bespoke leadership development and coaching for individuals, groups and teams in STEM, Biotech & Pharma.

Their mission to bring about more healthy, happy, high performing leadership confidence in the senior teams of STEM, Biotech and Pharma.

Listen as Fiona and Aly talk about how Clearworks supports senior leaders who are moving from their technical and scientific backgrounds into impactful senior leadership roles. The transition from smart technical expert into inspirational, charismatic leader is no mean feat. There’s a whole new world of skills and behaviours needed, to feel confident and balanced setting the vision and direction, and communicating that across a team. No longer do the measures of accuracy, fact and data work, once we’re leading people. Nothing that we measured ourselves upon, throughout our early academic career is relevant now, as we step up into the strategic and people-focused roles.

Good news the Lab to leadership™ solution addresses exactly this; supporting retention of emerging leadership talent, developing their confidence and enabling them to find their own leadership voice and style. Coming in spring 2024 is the Lab to leadership™ Podcast hosted by Aly and the Clearworks coaching team which will provide tools, inspiration and support for leaders within STEM organisations who have responsibility for developing talent.

Aly and Fiona also find time to talk about the interesting inclusion debate held at the recent Silverstone Technology Cluster Conference (link below*) and how limiting inclusion can limit innovation. Finally, the joys of driving their first cars; which Aly’s happened to be driving a Jago Jeep across the Cheshire salt plains.




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Chris Broome

Chris is first and foremost a big tech, motor-sport, and gaming fan. So the opportunity to host a podcast focusing on these topics was too good to turn down.

In his day-to-day life Chris is a Chartered Financial Planner and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Insurers.

His business, Longhurst, has a niche providing financial advice to clients and businesses who work in the tech, innovation, and engineering sectors.

Their head office is located on Silverstone Park, Northamptonshire.

'A business plan without a personal plan is pointless.' 


Fiona Pawley

Fiona brings a unique perspective to leadership and management, drawing from her personal motorsport experience to help people learn how to better tap into their personal power, improve relationships, and establish themselves as leaders in their industry.

With a focus on practical techniques and actionable strategies, Fiona’s coaching and training is a valuable resource for anyone looking to improve their leadership and management skills.

Her aim is to provide a bespoke and enjoyable coaching or training experience, tailored for personal and business needs, helping individuals unleash their potential and make the key changes they need.

Whether you’re a seasoned business owner or just starting out, the Inside Silverstone podcast is for you. So, tune in and let’s explore the world of business together.