Rachel Roche, founder of multi-award-winning Roche Legal, has joined World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst to explain how leadership has helped their very different careers.

Rachel Roche, whose legal firm has offices in York and Harrogate, and Sir Geoff Hurst, the England 1966 World Cup final hat-trick hero, took part in the latest podcast produced by The Leaders Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, answering questions about leadership and the role it has played in their careers to date.

The Leaders Council, whose chairman is former Home Secretary Lord Blunkett, is currently in the process of talking to leadership figures from across the nation in an attempt to understand this universal trait and what it means in Britain and Northern Ireland today

Rachel Roche told the podcast: “I believe I am fairly relaxed as a leader and it is really important to inspire and get the team board. I find leadership a continuous learning curve and have tried to adapt my style as the business has changed over the last six years and you do really have to dive in at the deep end when you start. There could be more emphasis on business skills when it comes to training in the law.”

Asked about leadership in football today, Sir Geoff Hurst praised Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, although he viewed former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson as” the best example of management we have ever seen. I don’t think anybody will see the like of that leadership again. It is absolutely astounding.”

Podcast host Matthew O’Neill commented, “Hosting a show like this, where you speak to genuine leaders who have been there and done it, either on a national stage or within a crucial industry sector, is an absolute honour.”

Lord Blunkett said, “I think the most informative element of each episode is the first part, where Matthew O’Neill is able to sit down with someone who really gets how their industry works and knows how to make their organisation tick. Someone who’s there day in day out working hard and inspiring others. That’s what leadership is all about. “

You can listen to the podcast on the Leadership Council YouTube channel.

You can also discover more about both Rachel Roche and Geoff Hurst on the Leadership Council website.

Note to editors: Rachel is available for interview and can be contacted on 01904 866139 or through Chris Jones Media on 07774 772820/ 07738 005133.