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It is with pleasure that I, Kate Cousens, invite you to listen to my podcast show ‘Ladder Down’ where I chat all things business and career along with other people who do interesting things!

Sending the ladder down is the concept of someone sharing their success to help raise others up and, in this podcast, we will explore the ups and downs of climbing the career and business ladder.

This concept is one that is close to my heart as back in 2018 I wrote and self-published a book called ‘Ladder Climbing in High Heels’ where I shared a number of what I called ‘Ladder Lessons’ that I found useful during my 20+ year corporate career.

Since then, I have gone on to become an advisor, director and shareholder at a Chester based firm called HM bamboo helping owners and senior leaders with their personal development and business growth goals.

I love listening to people tell their story, and how they progressed in their career or got to run their own business. I hope that listeners will find these stories helpful and can apply the things they learn along the way in their own lives.

Please let me know what you think of the Podcast - I am a total newbie to it so we will be learning lessons together along the way....but hey, that's what life is all about! Connect with me: https://linktr.ee/katecousens  

Apr 15, 2021

In this episode Kate chats to Barry Leahey, MBE. Barry is CEO of Playdale Playgrounds Ltd who are the UK’s leading manufacturer and exporter of children’s playground equipment around the world.

Playdale has won several national Manufacturing and export awards for their work installing over 23,000 playgrounds in over 50 countries in the past 40 years! Barry personally received an MBE for services to International Trade on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2017.  

In 2018 Barry was named Institute of Directors ‘Global Director of the Year’ and ‘Cumbria Business Person of the Year’, featuring in the ‘Telegraph’s Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders’ and ‘The Manufacturer Top 100 people in Manufacturing’. He is past Chair of the Institute of Directors in Cumbria and a Honorary Professor at Lancaster University Management School. You can connect with Barry on Linked in or via the Playdale website.