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Crisis What Crisis? launched in June 2020, in the midst of the global pandemic. The national lockdown may be over as the second series gets underway, but so much existential uncertainty remains. Crisis is still very much the shared experience.

It’s been an incredibly difficult time for so many with bereavement and illness, mental health challenges, but also economic uncertainty, housing worries, job losses and other knock on effects like the the rollercoaster of exam results. There’s also the fight for equality rightly taking its place in all areas of business and culture, and the climate crisis may have had a slight reprieve from the headlines since the beginning of the year, but it’s by no means gone away. 

So, surrounded by all this uncertainty Crisis What Crisis? will hopefully provide a few landing lights…some practical guidance to help anyone who is facing a serious problem in their lives, whatever its nature, find their way through.

Guests from the first series included the BBC’s Jeremy Bowen, digital entrepreneur Martha Lane Fox, presenter and producer Richard Bacon and economist Vicky Pryce. They showed that crisis does not have to mean hopelessness. Indeed, it can even lead to a better, happier and more meaningful life.

We always love to hear from listeners. Please get in touch with any thoughts on comments at [email protected].

Your Host

Image ©Licensed to Andrew Parsons / Parsons Media. 24/04/2019. Paris, United Kingdom. Coulson Partners Portraits Picture by Andrew Parsons / Parsons Media

Andy Coulson

As a creator, manager and survivor of crisis Andy is fascinated by everything it involves. He started the podcast to give a voice to those who have endured all manner of different challenges in their lives. “There are plenty of podcasts out there that tell the stories of the successful,” he says. “But there are far fewer that look hard into the world of the unravelled. I think there’s enormous value to be had by listening to those stories and that’s what Crisis What Crisis? is all about.”

Andy is Founder of Coulson Partners and trusted adviser to global CEOs, entrepreneurs and philanthropists. He was previously Downing Street Director of Communications, a lead strategist in the 2010 General Election and Editor of News of the World.


We’re proud to promote our guests’ favourite charities and causes, especially those that have helped them and others get through crisis: Bowel Cancer UK, Child Bereavement UK, Cornwall Air Ambulance, Help for Heroes, ICR Everyman appeal, Just For Kids LawOCD-UKThe ADHD Foundation, Tickets For Troops, Women in Prison and Working Chance.

The Music

The music featured in Crisis What Crisis? is Allies by Some Velvet Morning. See more about them at: www.somevelvetmorning.co.uk.