Renew Normal
Martha Lane Fox

Martha Lane Fox

June 19, 2020

What does the Covid-19 crisis mean for the future of the digital sector? What digital inequalities have been exposed? Is tech the solution to all of our newfound challenges? In this first episode, Polly Mackenzie is joined by businesswoman, digital guru, and crossbench peer, Martha Lane Fox, to discuss what the future of tech should look like after Covid-19, and how we should tackle the digital divide. 

Martha Lane Fox co-founded Last Minute, and from 2009 to 2013 she was Digital Champion for the UK and helped to create the Government Digital Service. Martha is also currently Chancellor of the Open University.

Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Baroness Morgan of Cotes

July 2, 2020

Polly Mackenzie chats to Renew Normal Commissioner and Conservative peer, Nicky Morgan, former Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and for Education. They discuss what the Covid-19 crisis has meant for community spirit and loneliness, and the impact it could have on the future of the education system and our cultural institutions.

Mike Clancy

Mike Clancy

July 7, 2020

What does the Covid-19 crisis mean for the future of our working lives? What have we learnt about our welfare system? What does a new deal for self-employed people look like when this is all over? 

Polly Mackenzie chats to Mike Clancy, General Secretary of Prospect trade union and Renew Normal Commissioner, about the impact that the Covid-19 crisis could have on jobs and the future of the welfare state.

Josh Hardie

Josh Hardie

July 9, 2020

Polly Mackenzie is joined by Renew Normal Commissioner and Deputy Director-General of the CBI, Josh Hardie. They discuss the many challenges businesses and employers have been facing since the Covid-19 outbreak, and what a positive future could look like for skills, infrastructure and the workforce.

Vidhya Alakeson

Vidhya Alakeson

July 20, 2020

What infrastructure do communities and our town centres need to thrive? What have we learnt about how communities respond in times of crisis? And how do we hold on to the community kindness in the long-term?

 

Polly Mackenzie chats to Renew Normal Commissioner and Chief Executive of Power to Change, Vidhya Alakeson, to discuss the lessons we've learnt from the Covid-19 crisis, and how we should move forward. Power to Change is an organisation supporting and developing community businesses in England.

Nick Timothy CBE

Nick Timothy CBE

July 24, 2020

Polly Mackenzie chats to former joint Chief of Staff to Theresa May, author and Renew Normal Commissioner, Nick Timothy. They discuss how the pandemic has affected loneliness, the future of taxation and digital infrastructure, and the role of community in how we build back from the Covid-19 crisis.

Ndidi Okezie

Ndidi Okezie

July 30, 2020

Polly Mackenzie is joined by the Chief Executive Officer of UK Youth and Renew Normal Commissioner, Ndidi Okezie. They talk about the impact that Covid-19 has had on the lives of young people, and how we tackle the biggest challenges facing this generation - such as unemployment - going forward.

Professor Donna Hall CBE

Professor Donna Hall CBE

August 11, 2020

Polly Mackenzie is joined by local government guru and Renew Normal Commissioner, Professor Donna Hall CBE. Donna is Chair of the New Local Government Network and former Chief Executive of Wigan Council.

They discuss the vital role local government have been playing during the Covid-19 pandemic, and what the future of local government should look like as we build back from the crisis.

Anna Severwright

Anna Severwright

August 14, 2020

Polly Mackenzie talks to co-chair of the Coalition of Collaborative Care and Renew Normal Commissioner, Anna Severwright. They discuss the impact of the lockdown on people with disabilities, and how we can turn this into a moment to make a real difference to those living with long term health conditions and the care industry as a whole.

Andrea Sutcliffe CBE

Andrea Sutcliffe CBE

August 20, 2020

Polly Mackenzie chats with the Chief Executive of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and former Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care on the Care Quality Commission, Andrea Sutcliffe CBE. They discuss how the pandemic has affected those in the care industry, and how we can improve how carers are treated by society.

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