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The Convex Conversation

Inspirational life-stories with journalist Helen Fospero.

As a journalist, l’ve reported on and presented a wide-range of TV programmes and continue to meet incredible people – a podcast series offered a fantastic new challenge with no shortage of ideas for guests. With such a simple brief to work with, I knew I could introduce a natural mix of inspirational people, business leaders, celebrities and find a home for those without necessarily a high profile but with interesting lives worthy of airtime.

  • #130 – George Duffield

    Published May 5, 2023

    lue Marine Foundation’s co-founder and former award-winning British film-maker George Duffield explains how overfishing is destroying the ocean’s biodiversity and its ability to store carbon yet is one of the world’s most solvable problems. George hopes robust data gleaned from Blue’s partnership with scientists from Exeter University and Convex in the five-year Convex Seascape Survey…

  • #129 – Nick Hall

    Published April 3, 2023

    Herbert Hall Winery in Kent produces just 20,000 bottles of English sparkling wine a year but can be found in some of the most prestigious places, including Fortnum & Mason, and King Charles’ Highgrove collection. Herbert farmed in Marden at the end of the nineteenth century. His great-grandson Nick explains why the land is perfect…

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  • #128 – Michael Cleveland

    Published March 28, 2023

    Hot on the heels of his exciting new album release, Grammy winning Bluegrass fiddler Michael Cleveland wows Helen with his breathtaking playing, live from his studio in Indiana. Michael was born blind and is partially deaf, yet has risen to the absolute top of his game, collaborating with music legends such as Alison Krauss, Bela…

  • #127 – Belinda Raphael

    Published March 22, 2023

    Wim Hof Instructor, Belinda Raphael, explains the health benefits and compelling science behind the famous Wim Hof Method and shares stories from a recent expedition to Poland with The Iceman himself. Belinda accidentally discovered cold-water therapy after suffering chronic pain following a severe attack from a patient in her role as a critical care nurse…

  • #126 – Jimi Daodu

    Published March 6, 2023

    The Metaverse is predicted to be a fast growing trillion-dollar industry by 2030, but how much do we know about it or understand how it might enrich our lives? Vault Hill Founder/CEO Jimi Daodu and his team are building the first human centric virtual world designed to enhance human experiences. Jimi takes us on a…

  • #125 – Gamal Turawa

    Published February 27, 2023

    The Black Cop, winner of Best British Short Film at last year’s BAFTAs, is the story of Gamal ‘G’ Turawa’s life growing up with a white foster family in Kent, abuse by his biological parents and his experiences in the Metropolitan Police. Despite the racism he suffered in the force, ‘G’ is proud to have…

  • #124 – Theresa Patricios and Cam Parker

    Published February 20, 2023

    Theresa Patricios, Head of Investments at Convex Insurance, and life-long friend Cam Parker talk about the mental and physical challenges of their upcoming 2,800-mile row across the Pacific, raising funds for mental health charity Mind. Their ambition? To become the first re-insurance team to tackle an ocean. As part of an organised race, their four-man…

  • #123 – John Hajdu

    Published February 13, 2023

    Holocaust Survivor John Hajdu describes life as a small boy in Budapest as Jews were rounded up, killed and taken to concentration camps during World War 2. He describes the fear of hiding in a dark cupboard at age 4, living in a cramped ghetto with little food, dead bodies on the streets, being forced…

  • #122 – Paul Johnson

    Published February 9, 2023

    Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies and Economist, Paul Johnson, explores the state of Britain’s economy and explains what’s needed for recovery and vital economic growth. Paul – who writes a column for The Times newspaper – says the absolute priority is for inflation, currently at a 40-year high, to come down and be…

  • #121 – Chris Levine

    Published January 30, 2023

    Light Artist Chris Levine takes us behind the scenes on his sittings at Buckingham Palace to create the first holographic portraits of The Queen and explains how Her Majesty embraced his innovative and complex techniques. Lightness of Being captures the Queen with her eyes closed wearing the Diadem she wore to her Coronation, while Equanimity…

  • #120 – Hazel Findlay

    Published January 23, 2023

    Hazel Findlay has been climbing for 27 of her 33 years and tells Helen how tackling the most difficult, vertical, steep rocks is what motivates her most and shares her joy of sleeping in a makeshift hammock hanging from a sheer rock face. On a recent expedition to Greenland, Hazel made two ‘first ascents’, climbing…

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    #119 – Andy Merry

    Published January 17, 2023

    More people have been to space than have been Yeoman Warders at The Tower of London – a role created by King Henry V11 after the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. Former Royal Marine Commando Andy Merry talks about the Yeoman Warders’ role in modern day history, giving us a behind the scenes look…

  • #118 – Kamran Bedi

    Published January 16, 2023

    Mindset Coach Kamran Bedi on how to create our own anxiety antidote In our first podcast of 2023, Mindset Coach Kamran Bedi talks about how to deal with the overwhelming feelings many people have as a new year dawns, and how to achieve a positive mindset and live more in the present. Kamran – author…

  • #117 – Margo Marrone

    Published December 22, 2022

    Margo Marrone – co-founder of The Organic Pharmacy – shares her successful business journey Entrepreneur and pioneer Margo Marrone reveals how she grew her business from a shop in London’s Kings Road 20 years ago – at a time when there was a lot of scepticism about ‘organic’ – into a global brand with a…