December 11, 2020 / 24:25 min

Episode Description

In this episode, I’m in conversation with the hugely successful Gavin Bown, Vice President for Global R&D at the world’s leading chocolate and cocoa manufacturer, Barry Callebaut.

Join us as we discuss Gavin’s career in the FMCG industry, how to successfully manage a large international team whilst remote working and what great leadership looks like within high-performing organisations.

We talk through Gavin’s success within the FMCG industry and the traits and behaviours that helped him along the way. While talking about the importance of a continuous learning mindset, Gavin explains he is ‘allergic to his comfort zone’ and constantly pushes to further develop himself. He also provides some valuable knowledge on successfully managing an international team whilst remote working.

He stresses how vital it is to provide team members with clarity and purpose but also the freedom to make decisions (and mistakes), which he believes is crucial for their development.

In this insightful episode, we also navigate through conversations about the future challenges facing the industry, the importance of establishing a culture of trust and destigmatizing failure.


If you’d like to get in touch for any reason, feel free to drop me a message on LinkedIn:

Or, you can email me directly at

Previous Episode

December 04, 2020 / 34:41 min

Ep5. John Want, UK Sales Marketing and R&D Director at Rich Products UK

In this episode of The Leader Insights Series I'm joined by the truly remarkable John Want. John is the UK Sales, Marketing and R&D Director at Rich Products, the privately-owned premium global...