Wembley Park and Brent are full to the brim with talent and stories. The Yellow Podcast aims to shine a spotlight on everyday individuals who make a big difference in the community.
Episode 12: Tristan Baker
Tristan Baker, a prominent figure in the entertainment industry, is renowned for his multifaceted role as a producer at Runway Entertainment and Troubadour Theatre. With a passion for creating captivating experiences, Tristan's work spans far and wide with Tony and Olivier Award winning productions to the West End and Broadway including The Railway Children, In the Heights, and The Girl From The North Country to name a few. We speak to Tristan about how he has played a pivotal role in bringing innovative productions to Wembley Park
Episode 11: Rosemary Laryea
In this episode of The Yellow Podcast, we speak with Rosemary Laryea. Senior Creative Producer, Board Member, Arts and Culture Features Writer, and a Brent girl! Rosemary talks us through her wealth of experience gained from her time living in Brent and working in the TV and radio industry. We have a heartfelt conversation about community and diversity. The importance of raising children in communities that are multicultural. The positive impact that diverse environments like Brent can have on everyone. Rosemary also talks us through the challenges of working in the broadcasting industry, we speak about her struggles and triumphs.
Episode 10: James Saunders
In this episode, we speak with James Saunders. Appointed Chief Executive Officer of Quintain in October 2019 and since then has led the company through the Pandemic, during which Quintain achieved the biggest construction completion year in its 30-year history. We speak to James about his journey, the importance of community, the value of public spaces and the legacy that is being built.
Episode 9: Annie Ahmadi-Gestoso
In this episode, we speak with Annie, founder of Annie's Kids Club and Director of Kinspiration CIC. She talks us through her journey of how Kinspiration came about and the positive impact her workshops and classes have had on families in Brent. Annie talks from the heart about the challenges faced as a parent and the need for classes and workshops that are accessible to all.
Episode 8: Peter Higgin
Peter Higgin, Artistic Director and CEO of Punchdrunk Enrichment joins us to discuss the transformative power of engaging children with the arts. Hear how he's harnessing the power of imagination through Punchdrunk Enrichment's signature immersive experiences, sparking curiosity and unlocking our innate creativity.
Episode 7: Nadia Khan
We speak with the author, historian, and PR professional Nadia Khan. Nadia talks to us about her journey growing up in Brent, explaining how she draws her love of community from the experiences she has had within it. Working across sectors including housing, youth, and central and local government. Nadia also works with different faith communities in Brent to tackle climate change. Passionate about addressing issues of inequality and exclusion for socially deprived and minority communities, challenging racism and Islamophobia In 2020, Nadia founded Golden Threads which is a project that explores and documents shared histories across the Muslim world and beyond.
Episode 6: Lisa Rodio
We speak with Lisa Rodio, Strategic Partnerships and Special Projects Producer at Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Lisa talks us through how music can break down barriers. Through her work with the RPO, she hopes to enrich lives through orchestral experiences that are uncompromising in their excellence and inclusive in their appeal. Lisa also shares how the RPO will be making Wembley Park their NEW home and how that will have a positive impact on the local community, making the RPO even more accessible.
Episode 5: Josh McNorton
Canadian-born, UK-based Cultural Director for Wembley Park, Josh McNorton, talks to us about spearheading original cultural events and creative projects. Josh talks us through his natural talent for coalescing artists, venues, partners, and funders to achieve specific, ambitious goals. We get to learn about his up-and-coming event with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, WEMBAS dream.
Episode 4: Krupesh Hirani
In this episode, we speak with Krupesh Hirani who served on Brent Council from 2010 - 2022 and is now the London Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow. We take a deep dive into his unique perspective as someone who has spent his whole life living and working in North West London. Hear his trials, triumphs and unique take on the future of Brent and London.
Episode 3: Jo Gordon
In this episode, we speak with Jo Gordon, who has lived in Brent for over 30 years. A mum of 3 young adults with a love for hospitality, crafty stuff, and fun with friends and family, Jo Gordon is the founder and director of Daniel’s Den. A Yorkshire lady at heart, Jo came to London to be a primary school teacher but is now devoting her time to bringing about the vision of having a parent and toddler group within walking distance of every family in the UK. She has the vision, drive, and experience to make it happen. Jo and the work she does has had a lasting impact on all those who attend the Daniels Dens sessions.
Episode 2: Margaret Dillane
In this episode, we speak with Margaret Dillane. Margaret has had over 30 years of experience working in and running a Montessori Children's House called Happy Days in Wembley. We will discuss the need for alternative ways of learning and Margaret's own journey towards starting Happy Days.
Episode 1: Humera Khan
In this episode we speak with Humera Khan, we will discuss how Wembley Park and Brent have changed through the years and the positive impact Humera has had on the community. Humera is a freelance consultant and researcher on Muslim Affairs. She is a founding members and currently a trustee of the An-Nisa Society founded in 1985. With the organisation, she has been involved in setting up many projects and working with families, providing support and counselling on a broad range of issues.