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It is with pleasure that I, Kate Cousens, invite you to listen to my podcast ‘Ladder Down’ where we chat all things business and career.

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 co-founder of a UK based firm called DICE which stands for 'Develop, Inspire, Create and Embed', summarising what I do to help 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 and connect with me at:  

Mar 18, 2021

In this episode Kate chats to an old school friend, Mark Fielden! Mark is the Founder of ‘Chords Crush Cancer’ which he started as a fundraiser for his Mum Margaret back in 2016 when she was sadly diagnosed with cancer.

Mark was so touched by the care she received from the Shropshire charity, The Lingen Davies Cancer fund, that he organised a music event which started as a one-off and has grown into an annual event that has raised over £10,000 in memory of his Mum who sadly passed away in 2017.

Mark has attracted some big names to support the event over the years including Chris Ramsey, Sir Tom Jones, Brian Adams, The PDC, Manchester United to name just a few. He was given an award by the charity for his fundraising efforts and on top of this, he also released a music album in the first lockdown to raise money for the NHS!

He also has a day job as a store manager for one of the UK's favourite shops – Home Bargains. Connect with Mark and find out more at: or on Twitter @ChordsCrush