SteelCast
Rolling with the punches

Rolling with the punches

October 23, 2020

Chief Technical Officer for Tata Steel Europe, Ernst Hoogenes, reflects on the many challenges steelworkers have faced and overcome since the start of the pandemic, and talks of his confidence in the steel family to adapt again and make the very best of any upturn that the steel markets might provide in the coming quarters.

A monumental effort

A monumental effort

October 16, 2020

Executive Director HR, Tor Farquhar talks about the journey that Tata Steel’s people have been on during the pandemic, the monumental efforts that they have made, and the challenges of ‘Our New Workplace’, both from a physical and a people perspective.

The nuts and bolts of recovery

The nuts and bolts of recovery

October 9, 2020

Construction Marketing Manager Paul White shares his experiences of dealing with the ups and downs of the pandemic for the Tata Steel’s largest market sector.

High-value, branded products have again proved their worth, but the sector is changing faster than ever—some of that as a result of the pandemic and the lifestyle changes that are resulting from it.

Not quite in top gear yet

Not quite in top gear yet

October 1, 2020

Sector Head Automotive Kevin Edgar tells the tale of how steel demand for the automotive supply chains fell off a cliff in March, how the sector is recovering and changing, and the challenges it still faces from the pandemic and Brexit.

Women of Steel S1 E6 - Joanne Lane

Women of Steel S1 E6 - Joanne Lane

July 27, 2020
Joanne Lane has seen 25 years in steel. Starting as a junior buyer in 1993 she is now Director of Procurement and Stores across Tata Steel's UK sites. But how did Joanne reach the leadership position she's in?
 
Taking the lessons learned from her family to her workplace; hard work, commitment and dedication.
 
Joanne's grounded viewpoint and positive outlook has enabled her to develop a strong team who give back to the steel communities they serve. 
 
Joanne has enjoyed a successful career, but it hasn't been without its challenges. Navigating motherhood and career made her re-evaluate everything she thought she wanted. 
 
An inspirational conversation with a woman who see's leadership as her greatest learning opportunity. Leading with integrity, confidence and humility. 
Women of Steel S1 E5 - Carol Hughes

Women of Steel S1 E5 - Carol Hughes

July 20, 2020
Starting her career with what was then British steel in her late teens in Corby, the daughter of a furnace-man Carol Hughes had steel in her blood.
 
In her first role as a record clerk, Carol was able to see what else the company had to offer and was keen to join the buzz and energy of the commercial team – working hard to finally to get a role in the team she had longed to join after a few years of trying.
 
Surrounded by alpha males, sales was exciting, but not without its challenges. Carol traveled the world with the company, returned to education and climbed the career ladder to manage a commercial team of 12. 
 
An inspirational conversation with a woman who demonstrates that working hard and being respectful of others can lead to a fulfilling career, having fun along the way as well. 
Women of Steel S1 E4 - Lyndsay Penn

Women of Steel S1 E4 - Lyndsay Penn

July 13, 2020
As the first female Technical Manager and one of three women on the Tata Steel Colors (Shotton site) management team, Lyndsay Penn is ambitious and driven, but what inspired her to pursue a career in manufacturing?
 
After enjoying an immersive 'Girls into Engineering' week while at school, Lyndsay later went on to study Process Technology & Management degree in Loughborough, but it was during her sandwich year at uni she really discovered her passion for manufacturing in particular the operations side.
 
Lyndsay's career to date, is an example of the power in finding out what you enjoy, not being held back by the assumptions placed upon you because of gender and taking the opportunities offered.
 
Insightful and inspiring, Lyndsay is a true #womanofsteel
Women of Steel S1 E3 - Deirdre Fox

Women of Steel S1 E3 - Deirdre Fox

July 6, 2020
In this week's episode we talk with Deirdre Fox, Director Strategic Business Development for Tata Steel.

Deirdre joined the business as a HR graduate and little could she have imagined the journey her career would take her on. A senior leader, in a male dominated environment, Deirdre is uplifting and motivational. Talking about the challenges that came with being a woman working and living alone abroad, how she faced up to the 'boys club' mentality across the industry and how she has been able to develop a career on her own terms.

 
A successful working mother, Deirdre appreciates the power in diversity across the board in business and makes a compelling argument for a flexible workplace that will benefit us all. 
 
Deirdre really is a woman of steel. Optimistic about the future, and determined to succeed. 
Women of Steel S1 E2 - Dr. Laura Baker

Women of Steel S1 E2 - Dr. Laura Baker

June 29, 2020
In this episode we speak to Dr Laura Baker, a steel veteran with 19 years of experience under her belt.
 
Laura is currently head of product management and development for Tata Steel Strip Products. She was the first female president of the metallurgical society in Swansea, heavily involved in the Institute of Materials, minerals and mining (IOM3) and a staunch advocate for women in industry – Laura takes her position as a senior leader in steel seriously.
 
Laura talks us through her career in steel, what motivates her, the importance of "finding your gang" and believing in the value we each can bring to the table.
 
Women of Steel S1 E1 - Rosie, Ruth, Beth and Clover

Women of Steel S1 E1 - Rosie, Ruth, Beth and Clover

June 22, 2020
According to the Women’s Engineering Society, only 12% of engineers in the UK are women. Yet during schooling girls across the board do better than their male peers at STEM subjects (not including chemistry). So why is it that young girls, who have the capability to achieve, choose not to enter a career with high earning capacity and diverse opportunities across a number of sectors? Is it all to do with gender?

In discussion with four recent graduates and relative newcomers to the steel industry, the podcast explores what it means to be a young woman in a traditionally male workplace, the barriers young girls face in choosing a career outside of the 'norm' and how being a women can have its advantages.
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