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Island Influencers

64 EpisodesProduced by Sharon SuttonWebsite

Welcome to Island Influencers, where we share stories of successful business owners, experienced professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders based or with influence in the Isle of Man.This podcast is brought to you by Thornton Chartered Financial Planners, because great Financial Planning ha… read more

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Island Influencer Steve Rodan

October 6th, 2021


Steve grew up in Glasgow; he had a keen interest in pharmacy so he studied it at university. Whilst studying, he admits, he was distracted by …

Island Influencer Sarah Comish

September 22nd, 2021


This week’s Island Influencer is Sarah Comish, the newly appointed General Secretary of the Manx National Farmers Union.

Sarah talks to me about life growing up on her family’s farm on the Isle of Man, her love of art, …

Island Influencer Jo Overty

September 8th, 2021


At 16 years old, Jo Overty lived independently, working nights in a print factory to pay bedsit rent and support herself through sixth form.

After a …

Island Influencer Tom Mazzone

August 25th, 2021


From BMX, to mountain biking, to road cycling, my guest today is Manx Professional Cyclist Tom Mazzone.

Fresh from racing in The Tour Series last week, Tom joined me to chat about his professional cycling career with …

Island Influencer Sarah Corlett

August 11th, 2021


My Island Influencer this week is Sarah Corlett, owner of Sarah Corlett Town Planning Consultancy Ltd. 

After recently retiring from the Isle of Man …

Island Influencer David Doricott

July 28th, 2021


David Doricott grew up in Blackburn with a great love of the outdoors. In 1976 David read Forestry at Bangor University and during his degree course, he discovered an unexpected understanding and interest in computing. …

Island Influencer Chris Quine

June 30th, 2021


Chris Quine set the Isle of Man 1500m record at the age of 20 and has been able to take part in nine Island Games.

Prior to retiring in April this year, Chris Quine was Sports Performance Coordinator at Isle of Man …

Island Influencer Laura Cretney

June 23rd, 2021


My guest this week, Laura Cretney, has pursued an academic and professional career specialising in Middle East politics and culture. She has lived, …

Island Influencer Dr Chloë Woolley

June 16th, 2021


Dr Chloë Woolley was brought up in Maughold and attended the Dhoon School and Ramsey Grammar School. She studied piano, singing and played violin in …

Island Influencer Katie Nicholson

June 9th, 2021


This week’s Island influencer Katie Nicholson (MBA), Director and Co-Founder of Founded Limited, was born on the island but then spent her early …

Island Influencer Veg & Vitality

June 2nd, 2021


Have you ever wondered if you’d be happier and healthier eating more plants? Josh and Ali owners of Veg and Vitality did too! 

After taking the leap …

Island Influencer Sharon Sutton

May 26th, 2021


To celebrate the Island Influencers podcast first birthday and the 50th episode, the spotlight has changed this week.

Adam Owen, Curriculum and …

Island Influencer Nick Preskey

May 19th, 2021


Nick has over 30 years of experience in the Isle of Man Financial Services industry, with more than 16 years at the senior management level. In his last six years, before taking up his appointment with the Isle of Man …

Island Influencer Nicola Bowker

May 12th, 2021


Nicola has lived and practiced on the Isle of Man since 2001 and runs a successful boutique firm of Chartered Accountants in Laxey, serving local …

Island Influencer Sue Cook

May 5th, 2021


This week's guest is Sue Cook, Chief Executive of Junior Achievement.

JA, as it’s known, is a Manx registered charity helping the Island's young …

Island Influencer Paul Craine

April 14th, 2021

This week's guest on Island influencers is Paul Craine, currently the Data Manager at Ballakermeen High School. He is currently working in his 6th …

Island Influencer David Talbot

April 7th, 2021


Sharon's guest this week on Island influencers is Manx Credit Union, Chairman/Treasurer David Talbot. 

Together with his wife Ravina of 50 years, David has been a leading light in the Manx community, from his business …

Island Influencer Stefanie Kerwin

March 31st, 2021


Today’s Island Influencer is Stefanie Kerwin, a Naturopath, Medical Herbalist and Homoeopath.

Stefanie has over 14 years of experience as a Naturopathic Clinician both in Australia (Brisbane) and Great Britain (Isle of …

Island Influencer Will Draper

March 24th, 2021


My Island Influencer this week is Will Draper, a professional middle distance Triathlete living and training on the Isle of Man.

Will started out as a cyclist winning the British National Championship when he was 12 and …

Island Influencer Roy Moore

March 17th, 2021


My Island Influencer this week is Roy Moore from Manx Radio TT fame, star of the Mountain Memories series and Isle of Man Golf Champion.

Starting out …

Island Influencer Carol Glover

March 10th, 2021


Carol Glover in her own words is a Manx born, ginger, punk-inspired, Disruptive Leader, Speaker, Coach, Mentor, Podcaster and Edutainer.

Carol is …

Island Influencer Laura McCoy

March 3rd, 2021


Laura McCoy is a Curator of Natural History at Manx National Heritage, Isle of Man.

After acquiring a Bachelors and Masters in biological and …

Island Influencer Ealish Greggor

February 24th, 2021


My guest this week is Ealish Greggor, an independent specialist speech and language therapist working with both children and adults on the Isle of …

Island Influencer Debbie Scrimshaw

February 17th, 2021


This week’s Island Influencer is Debbie Scrimshaw, a Director/Owner of Paragon Recruitment and - Employment, Careers & Outplacement …

Island Influencer Simon Collister

February 10th, 2021


Simon Collister is entrepreneurially spirited, an accomplished marketing and communications strategy consultant for high-profile global businesses …

Island Influencer Neil Taggart

January 27th, 2021


This week's guest is Neil Taggart, the co-owner and director of one of the Isle of Man's most iconic and long-established estate agents, Chrystals.

Manx man Neil grew up on a dairy farm moving off the island for a few …

Island Influencer Kevin Furlong

January 20th, 2021


Kevin Furlong, co-owner of Elite Fitness' passion has always been athletics. Since joining a local athletics team as a teenager, he represented the Isle of Man in the Commonwealth Games, UK Nationals and Island Games. 

Island Influencer Neil Morris

January 13th, 2021


Another lockdown, another new season of Island Influencers! This week's guest is Neil Morris, Managing Director of Manx Birdlife. In his spare time, Neil also continues to act as Secretary of the Qatar and Manx Bird …

Island Influencers - 2020 Highlights (Part 2)

December 16th, 2020


I wanted to take this opportunity – eight months on from launch, the end of a monumental year – to share some insightful moments from my Island …

Island Influencers - 2020 Highlights (Part 1)

December 9th, 2020


What a year 2020 has been! On top of the day job, I've had 33 conversations in 8 months for my podcast Island Influencers.

As December is here and we …

Island Influencer John Shakespeare

November 11th, 2020


Welcome to today's episode of Island Influencers, Sharon’s guest this week is John Shakespeare. John is a 'man of many hats', and if he isn't doing something, he is asleep! 

He is Managing Director of property & …

Island Influencer Gail Yeowell

November 4th, 2020


Welcome to the latest episode of Island Influencers. My guest this week is Gail Yeowell, the Owner and Managing Director of Smart HR Solutions …

Island Influencer Conor Cummins

October 28th, 2020


This week’s Island Influencers conversation is with Conor Cummins aka Conrod, motorcycle road racer of TT fame, barista and entrepreneur.

Conor talks frankly (over a delicious cup of coffee) about life on two wheels, …

Island Influencer Howard Parkin

October 21st, 2020


Welcome to today’s episode of Island Influencers, my guest this week is Howard Parkin, astronomer, teacher and director of the Manx Retirement Association.

Howard has been an astronomer most of his life, inspired by the …

Island Influencer Richard Reid

October 14th, 2020


Welcome to the latest episode of Island Influencers, my guest this week is Richard Reid, a highly-qualified psychologist, coach and author.

Richard …

Island Influencer Janna Horsthuis

October 7th, 2020


This week's Island Influencer is Janna Horsthuis, Managing Director of Robinson’s. 

Robinson’s, established in 1886 as a small market stall has …

Island Influencer Jackie Bridson

September 30th, 2020


Sharon's guest on the Island Influencers podcast this week is Jackie Bridson. Chief Executive of an independent Manx charity, Live at Home. Passionate about providing lots of ways for their members to live happily at …

Island Influencer Dr. Rachel Glover

September 23rd, 2020


Welcome to the latest new episode of Island Influencers, where Sharon's guest this week is Rachel Glover an experienced molecular and computational …

Island Influencer Gill Marples

September 9th, 2020


This week’s Island Influencers guest is Gill Marples.

After realising her beauty therapy aspiration wasn’t the path for her, Gill ultimately started …

Island Influencers Pippa & Miles Pettit of Noa Bakehouse

August 26th, 2020


My guests this week need little introduction. They are husband and wife team Pippa and Miles Pettit of Noa Bakehouse.

Noa Bakehouse is the sourdough baking, pastry shaping, doughnut filling, flat white slinging, coffee …

Island Influencer Chris Callow

August 19th, 2020


My guest this week is Chris Callow.

Chris is a former Isle of Man advocate, but a change of tack to include the running of a French ski chalet and …

Island Influencer Dawn Jones

August 12th, 2020


Welcome to Island Influencers, where my guest this week is Dawn Jones.

Dawn has been one of the most high-profile lawyers on the island, involved in …

Island Influencer Jane Prescott

August 5th, 2020


Welcome to the latest episode of Island Influencers, where my guest today is Jane Prescott.

Jane is a Chartered Landscape Architect and she's worked on various projects in the public and private sector over the years, …

Island Influencer Dr Breesha Maddrell

July 29th, 2020


Welcome to the new episode of Island Influencers, where my guest is Dr Breesha Maddrell, the Director of Culture Vannin.

Breesha works closely with …

Island Influencer David Roberts

July 22nd, 2020


Welcome to episode 19 of Island Influencers, where my guest is David Roberts.

David was born and raised in Guildford, Surrey. 

The son of a policeman …

Island Influencers Mark Noble & Chris Suitor

July 15th, 2020


Welcome to this week's episode of Island Influencers.

My guests on the podcast today are Northern Irishmen Mark Noble and Chris Suitor, who between them after what started as a bit of a joke about their combined names …

Island Influencer Dave McLean

July 8th, 2020


Welcome to this week’s episode of Island Influencers.

My guest this week is an entrepreneur and multiple business owner professional and also a …

Island Influencer Sarah Gartland

July 1st, 2020


My guest this week on Island Influencers is a local osteopath and business owner Sarah Gartland of Follan Natural Health Centre.

Sarah attended the …

Island Influencer Mike Boulton

June 24th, 2020


This week on Island Influencers, my guest is Mike Boulton, who many Isle of Man born and bred Northerners like me will no doubt know and remember …

PFS President Adam Owen on Island Influencers

June 17th, 2020


My guest on the podcast today is Adam Owen, Curriculum and Training Director at NextGen Planners in the UK.

Adam is currently President of the …

Island Influencer Leigh Morris

June 10th, 2020


Welcome to Island Influencers, where we share stories of successful business owners, experienced professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders …

Island Influencer Andy Cooper

June 3rd, 2020


My guest on the Island Influencers podcast this week is Andy Cooper.

Andy is originally from the North East of England and moved to the Isle of Man having been a General Brand Manager for Whitbread.

Sometime later, he …

Island Influencer Martin Hall

May 27th, 2020


Welcome to this episode of Island Influencers, where my guest today is Martin Hall.

Martin is one of the voices behind The M Word Podcast, the Manx Sports Podcast, offering listeners insights into the lives of the …

Island Influencer Colin Partington

May 20th, 2020


Welcome to this episode of Island Influencers, where my guest today is Colin Partington.

Colin is the owner and founder of Laxey Dental Surgery.

Island Influencer Jen Kneale

May 13th, 2020


My guest today on Island Influencers is Jen Kneale.

Jen is a highly experienced dinghy and keelboat racer, with a proven track record as a GBR Laser …

Island Influencer Paul Hotchkiss

May 6th, 2020


My guest today on the Island Influencers podcast is Paul Hotchkiss.

Paul is managing director of Hotchkiss Associates and is one of the founders of …

Island Influencer Dr Fenella Bazin

April 29th, 2020


Welcome to the latest episode of Island Influencers, where experienced professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders based on the Isle of Man are invited to share their stories with us.

I'm joined today by Dr …

Island Influencer Dr Richard Arning

April 22nd, 2020


Today I'm joined by Dr Richard Arning, Vice President of Business Development, and Director of Satellite Leasing Limited, part of SES, which is one of the world's leading satellite owners and operators.

I was curious to …

Island Influencer Martin Sewell

April 15th, 2020


My guest on Island Influencers today is Martin Sewell.

Martin is a Henley Management College and Templeton College, Oxford graduate. He's also a …

Caring & community, with Island influencer Ravina Talbot

April 6th, 2020


In episode four of Island Influencers, I speak to Ravina Talbot.

Ravina came to the Island in 1975, initially for two years, but ended up staying for 45 years (and counting!).

She's well-known in the online community …

Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce CEO Rebecca George, Island Influencer

April 1st, 2020


In episode three of Island Influencers, I talk to Rebecca George, Chief Executive Officer of the Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce.

Rebecca has been a beacon of light for many island business owners during this recent …

Beach Buddies founder Bill Dale, Island Influencer

March 25th, 2020


I'm delighted to introduce as my guest on episode two of Island Influencers, Beach Buddies Isle of Man hero, Bill Dale.

Is there anything this guy can't do?

If there's anyone who epitomizes where success comes from, …

Isle of Man trustee Bob Jeavons, Island Influencer

March 18th, 2020


I’m delighted to launch our new audio podcast series, Island Influencers, with a conversation with my first guest, Bob Jeavons.

Bob is a well-known businessman on the Isle of Man.

Until recently, the owner and chairman …

Welcome to Island Influencers

February 24th, 2020


Welcome to Island Influencers, our brand new audio podcast from Thornton Chartered Financial Planners. This podcast is all about telling the stories …

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