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29 minutes | 7 days ago
Island Influencer Nicola Bowker
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 businesses and individuals. Along with her small and loyal team, Nicola offers a realistically priced personal service to each client. Nicola also acts as a director for a few select clients who need a closer relationship and more guidance for the board than a typical accountancy practice can provide. Nicola clearly loves what she does! Should Nicola have any downtime, she loves being out and about on the island. Either cycling on or off the road or running, from Saturday morning park runs to half marathons, and in 2019 she completed the Manx Mountain Marathon. Here's this week's conversation with Nicola Bowker in episode 48 of Island Influencers.
38 minutes | 14 days ago
Island Influencer Sue Cook
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 people gain the essential skills they need when they leave full-time education. Sue has lived and worked in the Isle of Man since 1997, holding senior posts on the Island and the UK. She has previously worked for more than 20 years in the recruitment industry. Sue joined the Junior Achievement team in October 2009. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Anyone who has met Sue will know that she is very passionate about helping young people get their first steps on the career ladder. With her wealth of experience in the local job market, she provides an essential link between education and employment. Sue has experienced first hand how the work of Junior Achievement can help transform lives and believes that it is who you meet that can make a difference. Here's this week's conversation with Sue Cook in episode 47 of Island Influencers.
51 minutes | a month ago
Island Influencer Paul Craine
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 decade of education, but he is on the cusp of retiring for the 2nd time! Paul was born and raised on the Isle of Man. He left the island to study Geography at Liverpool University, where he met his wife and then returned to raise his own family. Paul is incredibly passionate about Population, Climate and International Development and is also a Methodist lay preacher, leading over 900 services so far. Paul loves playing with maps and exploring data and has written and produced The Isle of Man Population Atlas. Through more than 130 imaginative maps and graphs, he has captured and presented the Isle of Man's population, offering an authoritative commentary on a wide range of population issues. He has attended nine consecutive Island Games and shares some fascinating stories of his time growing up and his predictions for the future in this week's conversation, episode 46 of Island Influencers.
63 minutes | a month ago
Island Influencer David Talbot
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 involvement in Manx and Overseas to his third sector leadership in the church. Plus the Patrick Commissioners and, most recently, the successful launch and running of the Manx Credit Union. The Manx Credit Union is a mutual, community-based operation set up on the Isle of Man. Credit unions are non-profit member-owned financial co-operatives who exist to help their members with financial services. David loves politics, ManU and chocolate brazils! Here's this week's conversation with David Talbot in episode 45 of Island Influencers.
39 minutes | 2 months ago
Island Influencer Stefanie Kerwin
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 Man); she has attracted many clients worldwide. Stefanie has lived with significant health issues since birth. She is a living example of her work. With a particular interest in mental health, female health and complex conditions, Stefanie focuses on bringing traditional wisdom and evidenced-based medicine together. She uses proven effective prescribing to help her clients meet and manage their health needs. Stefanie also has a particular interest in 'getting back to basics', strongly advocating that stress management, food as medicine, safe and effective detoxification and obtaining and maintaining an optimal pH balance is fundamental to health. She loves inspiring her clients to live healthier and more joyful lives. Stefanie is the creator and operator of two busy Natural Health Businesses. Aurora Wellness which she co-owns with her husband, Paul Kerwin, an Acupuncturist, and 18 Day Cleanse. Her three Naturopathic Cleanse Programmes, including the more recent 18 Day Cleanse, have benefited thousands of people around the world. These programmes harness all the basic naturopathic principles of cleansing techniques, lifestyle choices, dietary guidance, self-care and include world-class naturopathic medicines to support safe and effective detoxification and rebalance a stressed system. Stefanie also provides mentorship to Nutritionists and Medical Herbalists throughout the UK. Here's this week's conversation with Stefanie Kerwin in episode 44 of Island Influencers.
45 minutes | 2 months ago
Island Influencer Will Draper
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 then the British National Madison championship on the velodrome when he was 16. For many years Will loved racing his bike. However, Will started to feel like he never felt like he got what he was working for. So at the end of the 2017 season, Will took a step back. He looked at where he was; and where he wanted to be over the next 2 – 10 years. That’s when he decided to become a triathlete. In 2019 Will won the under 21 - Sportsman of the year in the Isle of Man. Will is now in his second year racing as a triathlete and not a cyclist. It is also the second year Thornton Chartered Financial Planners have supported him. Everything still feels very new, in an ever-changing environment! but Will is confidently moving forwards towards his ambitious career aspirations. Here's this week's conversation with Will Draper in episode 43 of Island Influencers.
51 minutes | 2 months ago
Island Influencer Roy Moore
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 with ambitions to be a gardener, Roy’s life along with the race track has taken many twists and turns. Along with his wife of 46 years, he has raised two boys and his love of the Isle of Man is obvious. Roy shares some fabulous memories from across the decades. For all you TT fans out there. Listen out for some special TT commentary coming to you from Roy Moore at Ramsey Hairpin on lap 3 of the lockdown. Here's this week's conversation with Roy Moore in episode 42 of Island Influencers.
58 minutes | 2 months ago
Island Influencer Carol Glover
Carol Glover in her own words is a Manx born, ginger, punk-inspired, Disruptive Leader, Speaker, Coach, Mentor, Podcaster and Edutainer. Carol is passionate about helping leaders and founders live their best lives, she co-creates with them, to build confidence to set free the talents, superpowers, and potential they were born with. Via her Maverick Maker business she Coaches and Mentors, Founders, Leaders, Boards, Teams and Businesses to lead in turbulent times, thinking differently, increasing personal and business productivity and creating opportunity out of challenge, change and connections. Ultimately Carol is unlocking their "Leadership Mindset for Success". As a CEO, Board Member and generalist leader in a range of dynamic, forward-looking organisations, sectors and roles, Carol's past corporate career means she already "wears the shoes" of so many of her clients. Recently, she co-created "Encoded Potential" working with some of the world's biggest businesses helping emerging leaders and entrepreneurs unleash world-class latent skills and potential for themselves and their teams. She has also produced the Entrepreneur Development Strategy for IOM Chamber of Commerce. Generating over 150 small business members and more importantly, a strong and growing mutually supportive community on the Isle of Man. Here's this week's conversation with Carol Glover in episode 41 of Island Influencers.
41 minutes | 3 months ago
Island Influencer Laura McCoy
Laura McCoy is a Curator of Natural History at Manx National Heritage, Isle of Man. After acquiring a Bachelors and Masters in biological and ecological sciences at university and working in field ecology, Laura McCoy retrained in museum conservation, specialising in natural science collections. Laura shares her fascinating life story with Sharon. She started her career at The Natural History Museum in London. She has worked in several institutes in the UK and abroad, including South Africa and Israel. Laura moved to the Isle of Man in 2017 to take up the post of Natural History Curator. She feels fortunate to work in a field that sees her learning something interesting every day and thoroughly enjoys sharing her passion with others hoping that they will be encouraged to save and repair this small blue dot we call home. Here's this week's conversation with Laura McCoy in episode 40 of Island Influencers.
33 minutes | 3 months ago
Island Influencer Ealish Greggor
My guest this week is Ealish Greggor, an independent specialist speech and language therapist working with both children and adults on the Isle of Man. Having grown up taking a caring role within the family for her brother, Ealish has always been driven to provide a service that brings best practice and provides a compassionate and listening ear to families and carers without judgment. Whilst shadowing an inspiring mentor at college Ealish knew then that she wanted to be a speech and language therapist, but initially, she faced several barriers getting into university. Since the age of 18, Ealish has been working in care settings building up such a wealth of knowledge and experience. She has always been enthusiastic about supporting each individual to reach their potential and be treated with dignity and respect. Do listen to Ealish's inspirational story of how she found her pathway to providing such an essential and valued service in the Isle of Man. Here's this week's conversation with Ealish Greggor in episode 39 of Island Influencers.
46 minutes | 3 months ago
Island Influencer Debbie Scrimshaw
This week’s Island Influencer is Debbie Scrimshaw, a Director/Owner of Paragon Recruitment and Workology.im - Employment, Careers & Outplacement Specialists. Debbie and her family moved to join her grandparents on the Isle of Man when she was five years old. Having left school at the age of 15 and told that you have to work in a bank to succeed in life, so kitted out in her two Etam suits, that is what she did! Her substantial career in financial services, hospitality, and recruitment has taken her off the island and back again! Debbie was able to buy her first house at 21. She had her own 'side hustle' businesses at 27. Then at 34, she grabbed the opportunity to buy Paragon Recruitment with a clear concept of how she and her business partner wanted a company to run—dictating their mission and purpose today. In Lockdown one, Debbie saw a requirement for a different approach on the island. She has created 'Workology.im' an outplacement business specifically designed for the Isle of Man marketplace, providing career change and transition support for individuals and businesses, delivering much needed practical, emotional and financial support. Most recently, Debbie began work with the coordination and delivery of services under the Manx Restart Scheme. The Manx Restart Scheme has been developed as part of the Government's Economic Recovery Programme to help individuals on the Isle of Man who have been unemployed for three months or more and support businesses who wish to grow to take on new staff. What is evident in Debbie's story is that both a personal and professional pleasure for her is to have the opportunity to make a difference to individuals from school leavers to senior executives. Here's this week's conversation with Debbie Scrimshaw in episode 38 of Island Influencers.
63 minutes | 3 months ago
Island Influencer Simon Collister
Simon Collister is entrepreneurially spirited, an accomplished marketing and communications strategy consultant for high-profile global businesses and organisations. He is a trusted advisor, commercially minded, with expertise informed through long-term client engagements delivering high impact work – from energy to logistics; aviation to HNWI; counter-extremism to humanitarian aid. Simon has published papers and edited collections on a range of topics, from brand, marketing and communications strategy – mainly focusing on digital transformation – and lectured at universities in the UK, Europe and US. He also devotes his time to be an advisory board member at DigVentures, the world's first crowd-funded, archaeology organisation. Simon is also a valued member of The Future Foundation, a think-tank providing fresh ideas and a new impetus for public policy in the Isle of Man. Here's this week's conversation with Simon Collister in episode 37 of Island Influencers.
55 minutes | 4 months ago
Island Influencer Neil Taggart
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 years to study Rural Estate Management at University and then gaining a wealth of experience including his Chartered Surveyor qualifications working for an industry-leading national property firm. In 2004 Neil was lured back to the island and returned to Chrystals where he undertook his work experience/Saturday job at 14 years old! Neil is always keen to help clients achieve the best from their property and has a great passion for the Isle of Man's success. We recorded this episode in December 2020, just a few days before his uncle Geoff Taggart's untimely death. Our condolences to the family. Here's this week's conversation with Neil Taggart in episode 36 of Island Influencers.
39 minutes | 4 months ago
Island Influencer Kevin Furlong
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. Kevin's story starts growing up on a farm in Ireland and then in 1989 he visited the Isle of Man for a holiday and decided to stay! His engineering and gym machine maintenance background coupled with his athletics gave him a great understanding of the mechanics of the human body and how to train for optimal performance, injury prevention, and injury rehabilitation. Kevin and his business partner Stefan set up Elite Fitness seven years ago. They know every one of their members by name and along with their team provide advice and guidance to help them reach and maintain their goals and realise their health and fitness ambitions. Here's this week's conversation with Kevin Furlong in episode 35 of Island Influencers.
63 minutes | 4 months ago
Island Influencer Neil Morris
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 Records Committees. Neil graduated from Bristol University with BSc (Joint Hons) Botany and Zoology, after which he pursued a marketing career with the National Trust, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). A job opportunity for his wife coupled with a desire for a change of life came at just the right time and Neil and his young family moved from London to Qatar, where he indulged his passion for nature conservation, photography and ornithology in the desert. Luckily for us, he then moved to the Isle of Man in 2014, and we truly benefit from his knowledge, expertise and passion. Listening to Neil's life and business lessons should set us all on the right path for 2021! Here's this week's conversation with Neil Morris in episode 34 of Island Influencers.
23 minutes | 5 months ago
Island Influencers - 2020 Highlights (Part 2)
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 Influencers stories. I wasn’t too sure what to expect when I set out on this podcast journey. I knew I would be aiming to talk to lots of people about all aspects of their life and how great it is living on the IOM! It's certainly true that I have chatted to a diverse group of people, successful business owners, experienced professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders all with so much knowledge, many memories, all passionate about what they do and the life they live. 2020 highlights - Episode 1 focused on Covid 19 and the significant impact it has had on the Isle Of Man; and included some of my guest's fantastic snippets of their personal stories/life-changing moments that have got them to where they are today. This week's episode highlights some of my guests business and life tips and their earliest memories of money. The more conversations I had, the more it became apparent, we spend a lot of our time on this planet working so we should try and enjoy it! All of my guests had their own unique story to tell so do listen to the Island Influencers podcast series in full if you can at https://www.thorntonfs.com/podcasts/ or search for Island Influencers in your favourite podcast player. Here's this week's episode of Island Influencers - 2020 highlights (part 2)
20 minutes | 5 months ago
Island Influencers - 2020 Highlights (Part 1)
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 wave goodbye to 2020. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to look at all the conversations I've had and share with you some highlights. Several themes pop up that are central to many of my conversations. In this week's episode, we talk about Covid 19 and the significant impact it has had on the Isle Of Man; it's businesses and its people (not forgetting our mental health). Charities started collaborating where they never had before, and the community came together to help each other. We all have a personal story that has got us to where we are today. Other than Covid 19 have you had a life-changing moment? My guests share some of theirs. All of my guests had their own unique story to tell so do listen to the Island Influencers podcast series in full if you can at https://www.thorntonfs.com/podcasts/ or search for Island Influencers in your favourite podcast player. Here's this week's episode of Island Influencers - 2020 highlights (part 1)
47 minutes | 6 months ago
Island Influencer John Shakespeare
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 & facilities management consultancy, Gatehouse Management Limited. An enthusiastic and engaging manager and tour guide at Visit Mann Tours (qualified Blue Badge driver) and most recently the role of domestic event fund coordinator for the business agency of the Department for Enterprise. Listen to John taking Sharon on a bespoke "John Shakespeare entrepreneurial life tour." Sharing his school day stories as a friend of Jeremy Clarkson to building an ice cream van/mobile shop empire (and his colossal VAT bill!), racing rally cars and creating an entire Viking village. John's passion for the Isle of Man and its opportunities is evident. Here's this week's conversation with John Shakespeare in episode 33 of Island Influencers.
34 minutes | 7 months ago
Island Influencer Gail Yeowell
Welcome to the latest episode of Island Influencers. My guest this week is Gail Yeowell, the Owner and Managing Director of Smart HR Solutions Limited (SmartHR). Since setting up SmartHR in 2010, she has developed a reputation for being an award-winning, leading provider of multi sector HR consultancy, outsourcing and Training Solutions. Gail is a highly experienced HR professional with 25 years’ combined HR management consultancy experience. Gail talks to Sharon about growing up in a hotel, how passionate she is about her business, family, rugby, volunteering and much more. Here's this week’s conversation with Gail Yeowell in episode 32 of Island Influencers.
38 minutes | 7 months ago
Island Influencer Conor Cummins
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, learning at a very young age the value of money and how a strong determination has kept him going. Conor has applied many lessons learnt from his professional motorbike racing to becoming an entrepreneur, opening his coffee shop and pizzeria business. He loves racing bikes, he loves coffee, and he loves pizza - a winning combination! Here's this week’s conversation with Conor Cummins in episode 31 of Island Influencers.
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