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.
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 also shares stories of her ten years in the film industry within the set dressing and props department.
Island Influencer Jo Overty
For the past three years Jo Overty has been the project officer for the UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man.
She oversaw the creation of the first ‘local’ strategy, complementing the three global aims and ambitions of Biospheres benefiting the Island’s economy, environment and community. In 2020 she gained an intensive qualification in Biosphere Management.
Jo demonstrates amazing resilience, is a Test cricket and football fan, keen amateur photographer, music lover and Radio 4 addict!
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.
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 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 those around it.
Island Influencer David Doricott
David Doricott has a great love of the outdoors.
In 1976 David read Forestry at Bangor University and during his degree course. This led to David, in the early 80s, starting a computer business in Scotland called AFD Software Ltd.
In 1997, David moved the business to the Isle of Man.
David has pioneered a 25-acre site as a multi-use technology park, known as Mountain View Innovation Centre (MVIC), one of the most resilient technology parks in the world.
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.
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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.