Through the compelling stories we share, Crisis What Crisis? aims to provide practical guidance and advice for anyone facing adversity in their life, whatever the cause. We believe fundamentally in the power of non-judgemental, reasonable but entirely authentic conversation. 

Now in its seventh series, CWC is now available to watch on YouTube or listen to on AppleSpotify or Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts.

We have been lucky to learn from guests including music legend Nile Rodgers, Lord William Hague, BBC’s International Editor Jeremy Bowen, poet and author Lemn Sissay, TV presenter Richard Bacon, businesswoman Baroness Martha Lane Fox and former Chancellor George Osborne. They have all shown that crisis does not have to mean hopelessness. Indeed that crisis can often lead to a life that is better than before.

Your Host

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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.