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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 has the power to change your life.

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 has the power to change your life.


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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 has the power to change your life.






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Island Influencers Paul & Tiffany Kerruish

This week Sharon has a "gin wag" with Island Influencers Paul and Tiffany Kerruish, owners of The Fynoderee Distillery in Ramsey. The idea of starting up a Manx gin distillery had been with Paul and Tiffany Kerruish for several years. As enthusiastic and knowledgeable gin drinkers, they had become increasingly frustrated that there was no small-batch gin producer on the Island when the botanical landscape and biosphere is so well suited to producing an original and high-quality...


Island Influencer Steve Rodan

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 politics. Becoming a chairman of the Scottish Young Liberals and even standing for the general election as a Liberal candidate. Following his time at university, Steve managed a pharmacy in Bermuda and made many Manx friends while he was there who spoke highly of the Isle of Man. When his time in Bermuda was ending, he took a "bit of a gamble" and...


Island Influencer Sarah Comish

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, horses, walking, and Elizabeth Taylor! She explains how travelling extensively around India changed her life, encouraging her to be “more confident and less cautious.” Sarah shares stories of her ten years in the film industry within the set dressing and props department....


Island Influencer Jo Overty

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 couple of years working at an estate agent and a bank in Leicester, she followed her vocation and trained to be a journalist in Sheffield and benefited from tuition from national and regional newspaper editors. Winning the Esso Northern Young Journalist of the Year was a massive encouragement for this young reporter. The sunny April of 1988 a...


Island Influencer Tom Mazzone

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 SAINT PIRAN, Cornwall’s First Elite Cycling Team. Tom explains how he got into cycling and found an elite team to join, some of the challenges he needed to overcome in his career to date, and his big goal for next year. Here’s this week’s conversation with Tom Mazzone in...


Island Influencer Sarah Corlett

My Island Influencer this week is Sarah Corlett, owner of Sarah Corlett Town Planning Consultancy Ltd. After recently retiring from the Isle of Man Government as a Principal Planner, Sarah has established her own Town Planning Consultancy practice. Having been involved in literally thousands of development proposals - big and small - during her time as a planning officer with the Isle of Man Government, Sarah fully understands how a potential development can affect the quality of life of...


Island Influencer David Doricott

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. This led (after about seven years in Forestry and Horticultural management) to David in the early 80s, starting a computer business in Scotland called AFD Software Ltd. Then, in 1997, David moved the business to the Isle of Man. In 2015 David adopted the derelict Island Film...


Island Influencer Chris Quine

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 Sport Aid. Prior to that he worked for Zurich International (formerly Eagle Star) for 10 years. The Isle of Man Sport provides the Island's high performing athletes with the support, training and facilities necessary to realise their full potential. In 2009 they opened a...


Island Influencer Laura Cretney

My guest this week, Laura Cretney, has pursued an academic and professional career specialising in Middle East politics and culture. She has lived, studied and worked in the Arabian Gulf and speaks Arabic, Spanish and French. Laura is the Director and MENA Consultant at Al Ishara Consulting, an Isle of Man-based consultancy offering insight and expertise for organisations working in the Middle East and North Africa. Providing bespoke political and cultural advice, project management and...


Island Influencer Dr Chloë Woolley

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 the Manx Youth Orchestra. Chloë has a BMus in Composition and Performance from the University of Huddersfield and an MMus in Composition and Ethnomusicology from the University of Edinburgh. Chloe went on to study for a PhD at the School of Scottish Studies in Edinburgh and graduated in 2004 with her thesis, ‘The Revival of Manx Traditional...


Island Influencer Katie Nicholson

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 childhood in Cyprus. Her family circumstances changed, so she returned to the Isle of Man when she was nine years old. Katie has over 12 years of professional business development, marketing, and management experience, gained from working in digital and early-stage investment industries. In 2019, using her wealth of experience, Katie decided to go...


Island Influencer Veg & Vitality

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 and realising you could lose weight, feel more energised and help save the planet all at once, they set out on a journey to share this great feeling. They’ve teamed up to bring the Isle of Man community the flavours they want and the convenience they need. Their goal is to prove the best-tasting food is in fact grown in the ground. Chef Ali...


Island Influencer Sharon Sutton

To celebrate the Island Influencers podcast first birthday and the 50th episode, the spotlight has changed this week. Adam Owen, Curriculum and Training Director at NextGen Planners in the UK, agreed to interview Sharon Sutton, the host of Island Influencers. For those who don't know Sharon, here is a chance to get to know her a little bit, and for those that do know Sharon, here is an opportunity to discover a little bit more! Sharon shares some authentic childhood stories, explains what...


Island Influencer Nick Preskey

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 Government, Nick served as the Chief Executive Officer of a regulated Trust Service Provider. During his time on the island, his roles have included Banking, International Treasury Management, Box Management and Fiduciary Services. Nick is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute...


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...


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...


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...


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....


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...


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...