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Sep 1, 2017



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In this episode Steve Kuncewicz is joined by Paul Barnes (My Accountancy Place), Jonathan McNamara (RetroFuzz), Jo Leah (Little Big Agency), and Roy Wilding (PushON) in front of a live studio audience at Prolific North Live to discuss the challenges of being a company director, and lessons learned from their time in charge.


Topics covered in this episode:


  • The myriad of challenges that come with being a director.
  • Their first interactions with the legal side of running a company.
  • Experiences with non-executive directors, when and why they come in useful, and how they fit into our panelist’s companies.
  • The value of getting agreements between shareholders in writing, and managing differences in opinions.
  • Failing well – the lessons learned from mistakes made when starting out as fresh-faced directors.
  • Culture - what it means in a business, and how it can be developed and disseminated.  
  • Promoting diversity, and the difficulties in engineering a diverse workplace.
  • Giving back through charity projects.
  • Who to go to when it all goes really pear shaped.



Guest BIOs


Paul Barnes

Paul Barnes - Paul is MD and founder of My Accountancy Place, the UK’s leading provider of outsourced accounting and finance services to digital creative businesses. Paul and My Accountancy Place offer advice, tools and support on how to build a profitable and healthy agency.




Twitter: @myaccountancypl



Jonathan ‘J’ McNamara


Jonathan ‘J’ McNamara – J McNamara is CEO and Founder of RetroFuzz, a digital agency creating user experiences that connect brands with consumers. Increasing engagement, improving conversion, inspiring growth.




Twitter: @MrJMcNamara



Jo Leah


Jo Leah - Jo is a communications specialist who has led awesome, award winning  teams at Weber Shandwick for over two decades . Famous for pulling in Aldi Supermarkets and then helping grow the account  for Weber in the USA and Australia.

Previous founder and owner of LawsonLeah Communications which grew with no outside investment, to win accounts like Domino’s Pizza and was sold to Weber in ‘97

Ranked as one of the UK’s top 100 Most Influential PR people, Jo was previously  MD of Paragon Communications and did a stint as journalist for the Guardian Media Group in the days of note pads not iPads.

She has an unwavering work ethic, is a straight talker, clear thinker and someone who lives her business life with integrity, guts and heart.




Twitter: @joLeah1



Roy Wilding


Roy Wilding - Roy Wilding is Creative Director at PushON, one of Manchester’s leading full service eCommerce Agencies. Having been one of its founding Directors in 2005, PushON has drawn national recognition as a result of its commitment to integrity and clear results for its impressive client roster (including Nottingham Forest, Ryman and LiverpoolOne) and its commitment to the sector through engaging with local Universities and the wider sector, helping to launch SAScon, one of the UK’s most highly-regarded Search, Analytics and Social Media conferences.




Twitter: @RoyWilding ­­


Presenter BIO


A journalist and broadcaster for nearly 30 years, Andy runs his own media consultancy in Manchester working with clients like Weber Shandwick, the NFU, and the Institute of Directors.

Andy started in print before 17 years as a BBC presenter & reporter, appearing on BBC Breakfast, Five Live & the Today programme. For five years Andy presented the award-winning BBC1 current affairs programme Inside Out, travelling across

Europe making documentaries on terrorism, the smuggling of illegal guns into the UK and the Manchester IRA bomb. He also made films with Sir Bobby Charlton, Yoko Ono, Lord Heseltine and Johnny Marr.


Find out more about Andy’s media consultancy:


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Next Episode


The next episode will be from Prolific North Live, with guests Stuart Brown and Erica Ingham who will be discussing what a buyer looks for in an agency. Want to get inside the head of your next potential client? Listen in!

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