Responsible Business and Leadership Through Crisis podcast series

Leading the way

The Responsible Business podcast series is produced with the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD). In this series, our host Professor Veronica Hope Hailey (the Dean of the Business School) and Katie Jacobs (senior stakeholder at the CIPD) speak with business leaders to explore the revolutionised responsible business movement and the topics that have influenced this change. Designed to guide, inspire and inform, we’ll hear from experts across a number of fields.

Meet our host

Our responsible business expert Professor Veronica Hope Hailey hosts conversations with business leaders, facilitated by co-host Katie Jacobs.

Host: Professor Veronica Hope Hailey

Professor Veronica Hope Hailey is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and inaugural Dean of the University of Bristol Business School. Veronica is mainly known for her research on Trust and Trustworthy Leadership. For the last 30 years Veronica has worked all over the world to deliver leadership development at the most senior levels in the private, public and third sector. Her latest research, conducted in collaboration with CIPD, focused on responsible business and leadership through crisis (published November 2022).

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Facilitator: Katie Jacobs

Katie Jacobs is an award-winning business journalist and editor specialising in the world of work, HR, management and leadership. She is also senior stakeholder lead at the CIPD, responsible for the CIPD’s HR leader network. Katie regularly speaks about trends in the world of work and HR and chairs panels, events, webinars, and conferences. She is the co-host of the popular What If podcast from the CIPD’s Work magazine. Katie is the co-author with Professor Hope Hailey of the Responsible Business Through Crisis research series.


The CIPD has been championing better work and working lives for over 100 years. It helps organisations thrive by focusing on their people, supporting our economies and societies. It’s the professional body for HR, L&D, OD and all people professionals – experts in people, work and change. With almost 160,000 members globally – and a growing community using its research, insights and learning – it gives trusted advice and offers independent thought leadership. It’s a leading voice in the call for good work that creates value for everyone

Find out more about CIPD   Read the thought leadership article