Leading for Business Excellence Podcast

Episode #3: Harnessing People & Process Excellence as a Blue-Chip Executive Leader with David Callaghan

In this month’s episode, we’re joined by David Callaghan, former Senior Vice President of Oracle EMEA, President of the British Quality Foundation until 2019, and B2B business leader in Executive and Non-Executive roles.

David describes his career in IT as a happy accident, but it’s quite clear that he’s thrived in the world of technology and enjoyed being part of the industry’s evolution over the last 4 decades. He talks with passion about the role of a leader, the need to listen, learn and improve.

Listen out for David’s thoughts on the importance of creating teams who will challenge you as a leader, and also of developing connections between business and the local community, because the benefits really are two-way.


Our Leading for Business Excellence podcast brings you inspiring stories from leaders who share their experiences gained around the globe and across a multitude of sectors.  Hear how Business Excellence is a key aspect of being a great leader, and how it has enabled our guests to achieve outstanding results.

David is a very effective and inspirational leader. He combines a rare mix of strategic insight and strong, pragmatic execution. His Chairmanship approach to business is all about developing and empowering a rich team that look well beyond immediacy.

Andrew Fenton, Chief Sales Officer for EMEA & APAC at Creatio
Andrew reported directly to David.

David’s leadership, clarity of vision and growth mind-set inspires people to achieve great things they didn’t believe was possible!

Sinead Bryan, Managing Director, Vodaphone Business
David worked with Sinead in the same group

David is an inspiring leader who marries vision with a healthy pragmatism and an eloquence and command of language that ensures his team relate and subscribe to his vision wholeheartedly.

Orla Ni Chorcora, VP Channel EMEA, Eqinix
Orla reported directly to David

A selection of organisations David has worked with, in both Executive and Non-Executive roles.

More ways to listen to: Harnessing People & Process Excellence as a Leader with David Callaghan

More resources that might interest you:

Hear from Christine North, Director of Group Efficiencies and Innovation at SSE, a leading UK energy provider with over 10,000 employees talk about what it means to practice business improvement.

Watch now – Room for Improvement Episode #1: Christine North, SSE

To create long-lasting change, people need to be motivated to work together – you can’t do it on your own!

Watch now – Building Great Working Relationships webinar recording

Listen to Estelle’s fascinating stories about the challenges she has applied business excellence tools and methodology to.

Listen now – Leading for Business Excellence Podcast episode #1: Rising to Business Challenges with Estelle Clark

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