Crisis What Crisis? launched in June 2020, in the midst of the global pandemic.  That situation has improved for most of us but… we find ourselves confronted with more drama, not least the war in Ukraine, bringing another level of uncertainty in our ever-changing world. Crisis is still very much the shared experience.

As we move into our sixth series, we hope that together, through the compelling stories that we share – Crisis What Crisis? will provide a few landing lights…some practical guidance for anyone who is facing a serious problem in their lives, whatever its nature, to help find a way through.

We have been incredibly lucky to hear from some brilliant guests, including the legendary Nile Rodgers, Lord Seb Coe, BBC’s Jeremy Bowen, who has most recently talked to us from the crisis epicentre of Kyiv, Poet and author Lemn Sissay, business woman, philanthropist and public servant Martha Lane Fox, former US ambassador Sir Kim Darroch, presenter and producer Richard Bacon and celebrated chef and restaurateur, Mark Hix MBE. They showed that crisis does not have to mean hopelessness. Indeed, it can be the pivotal moment which leads to a better, happier and more meaningful life.

We always love to hear from our listeners so please get in touch with any thoughts or comments at [email protected] and you can always follow us on our FB or Instagram – @crisiswhatcrisispodcast for all the latest news.

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.