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.
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Island Influencer Sean Moffatt
Axe throwing is taking the world by storm and has been brought right to the heart of the Isle of Man by this week’s Island Influencer Sean Moffatt.
Before axe throwing Sean was senior management at Barclays Wealth Management, and was at Lloyds Bank in various roles before that! So why an axe throwing business? Listen to this week’s episode with Sean Moffatt to find out!
Here’s episode 73 of Island Influencers!
Island Influencer Donna Thomas
My Island Influencer this week is Donna Thomas, the owner & founder of the Heavenly Beauty Empire.
Donna is one of six children who grew up on the island. She tragically lost her Dad when she was 15 years old and has worked incredibly hard to provide for her family ever since.
Heavenly Beauty is a family run business and has been established for over 11 years. She has made it her mission to make Heavenly Beauty a place of not only impeccable service but somewhere people feel part of her family.
She has recently added the beauty salon at Tynwald Mills to her business portfolio, it looks amazing.
Donna Thomas shares her wonderful life story in episode 72 of Island Influencers!
Island Influencer Sarah Ingrassia
Chatting to me this week on Island Influencers is Sarah Ingrassia, Managing Director at Boston Multi-Family Office.
Sarah left school with no intention of going back! She admits she fell into banking and shares her extensive experience in the trust and corporate industry, in a career spanning three decades with blue-chip companies such as Barclays Private Bank and Trust and Ernst and Young. Experiencing “many high highs and low lows” both professionally and personally along the way.
Listen carefully as Sarah drops in so many fantastic golden nuggets of insights throughout our conversation. From life as a working Mum (in a male-dominated environment) including top management tips to providing a wonderful positive viewpoint on battling breast cancer and much more.
Sarah admits she has learnt so much about herself and wants to help others by sharing her story as much as she can.
So do listen to this week’s conversation with Sarah Ingrassia in episode 71 of Island Influencers!
Island Influencer Ged Power
Our Island Influencer this week is Ged Power, owner of Isle of Man Golf Holidays and Powerwheels, tourism and private hire service.
Ged is also a specialist in cruise ship tours, farm tours, cycling holidays and other active pursuits. He lives in Port Erin on the Isle of Man. He says himself "life is a bit of a journey at times."
In this week's episode, he takes us on that "journey" with him. He shares some fascinating stories of his dedicated 25 years of service to the Isle of Man Constabulary.
Ged has suffered great personal losses but still remains upbeat and optimistic offering some really inspiring life tips throughout the conversation.
He loves “am-dram” and is a long time member of Rushen Players, having performed in several productions. Ged has even written his own original one-act play, 'Knot Guilty' and other pieces. He has also played golf at county level for the Isle of Man and Bolton Golf Association.
Here’s this week’s conversation with Ged Power in episode 70 of Island Influencers!
Island Influencer Dick Welsh
This week’s Island Influencer is Dick Welsh the Director of DW Maritime Limited - providing consultancy and registration services for one of the world's leading maritime centres - the Isle of Man.
Dick talks to Sharon/me about his lifelong career in Maritime. From a merchant navy cadetship to a serving engineer officer, he came ashore to study Mechanical Engineering and become a Marine Surveyor, where he worked in Liverpool, Denmark, and China before returning home to the Isle of Man to work for the Island’s growing Ship Registry.
After 25 years of developing the register to become one of the World’s most advanced and influential registers, he retired in 2019 and established DW Maritime Limited as a consultancy.
It draws on Dick’s experience and skills to provide services to the maritime industry on Flag State matters, maritime regulation and registration services; to assist the Isle of Man's maritime cluster and provide support services to the valued clients of the Isle of Man Ship Registry.
Dick is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institute of Directors. In the Queen’s New Year’s Honours in 2020, he was awarded an MBE for services to maritime.
Here’s this week’s conversation with Dick Welsh in episode 69 of Island Influencers!
Island Influencer Haafizah Hoosen-Charles
Sharon’s Island Influencer this week is Haafizah Hoosen-Charles, an experienced parasitology/education researcher and entrepreneur. She is the Co-founder and MD of Lyph Lab, providing evidence-based advice and support focused on health, wellness and nutrition.
Haafizah’s story starts in 2001 when she along with her parents and little brother moved from South Africa to the Isle of Man when she was just eight years old. She talks to me/Sharon about growing up on the island at this time, with a small Muslim community.
Haafizah explains how her life course took her off the island and in a completely different direction from events management in fashion design to completing her BSc in Biomedical Sciences in Leicester and studying parasites in Spain!
Haafizah is an incredibly brave and resilient woman who has faced some really challenging times. She encourages us to incorporate science and nature to be our best selves.
This is a conversation not to be missed.
Be inspired today by Haafizah Hoosen-Charles in episode 68 of Island Influencers!
Brilliant podcast showcasing local talent
Love this podcast - it’s so positive and uplifting, and I love how it showcases some of the brilliant people doing amazing things on our little island! Thank you Sharon for putting this together.
Island Influencers features a really diverse and Interesting mix of interviews, Sharon Sutton has a lovely and natural way of guiding an insightful and lively podcast. really loving the series
Thoroughly enjoy these podcasts.. fascinating information on how each person ticks and how they have got to where they are... Sharon is a very skilled interviewer who seems to get the best out of people.
Would highly recommend.