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Gousto turned five years old in April 2017. At the end of that month, it was named as one of the UK’s most exciting fast-growing companies in City AM’s Leap 100 2017. It’s been an incredible journey for the UK’s leading recipe box company and for Gousto’s founder, Timo Boldt. Cambridge graduate Timo turned his passion for entrepreneurship and food into a business when he started packing-up fresh ingredients and recipe cards in his own kitchen, to send to the first customers.

In 2015, Gousto tripled its staff headcount to 150 and recruited a powerful board. This brought some big challenges around team and director communication for Timo as CEO. “Amanda helped me to tackle problems head-on, by being a sounding board and giving me the tools to understand difficult situations better,” he says.“Her impressive business acumen and life experience mean that she quickly grasps demanding team and board dynamics. By asking the right questions she got me to recalibrate my leadership style and skills, enabling me to design solutions that were actionable and added value to the company.

These sessions taught me the importance of developing effective communication skills... of allowing time to think even harder before I act, and to be more mindful of other people’s positions and responses – and how I engage. Amanda has real gravitas, and I’ve learnt from her on that, too. The result is that I now far better understand the viewpoints of my board and management team members and interact appropriately.”

Timo Boldt, CEO and founder, Gousto

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