112 episodes

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 Influencers Sharon Sutton

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 34 Ratings

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 Boakesey Closs, the IXth Manx Bard

    Island Influencer Boakesey Closs, the IXth Manx Bard

    This week’s Island Influencer’s life story is nothing short of jaw-dropping. I am only scratching the surface with this introduction.
    Boakesey Closs, the IXth Manx Bard, embodies resilience in every word she weaves. Born amidst unexpected circumstances in London during her mother's return from Nigeria, Boakesey's life path defies convention from the outset.
    Raised in North Wales, she navigated a childhood marked by unique challenges. She exhibited remarkable intellect from a young age, mastering calculus and delving into Tolkien's epic tales in "Lord of the Rings" at a mere eight years old.
    Throughout the conversation, Boakesey candidly shares her experiences navigating through various trials, including caring for her grandmother battling Alzheimer's while embracing single parenthood and pursuing a degree in biochemistry.
    She speaks openly about her battles with mental and physical health, finding solace and healing through creative expression. A dedicated teacher, Boakesey finds joy in shaping young minds. She recounts personal stories of her students' successes and her own reading and watercolour painting pursuits.
    Despite facing financial hardships, Boakesey remains undeterred. She eagerly anticipates new projects and ventures as a writer and facilitator and is steadfast in her mission to uplift and support others.
    Join us in episode 109 of Island Influencers, where we celebrate the triumphs of the human spirit with Boakesey Closs. 

    • 56 min
    Sinead O’Connor, Head of the Regulatory and Compliance Services team at DQ Advocates, Isle of Man

    Sinead O’Connor, Head of the Regulatory and Compliance Services team at DQ Advocates, Isle of Man

    The wonderful Sinead O’Connor is my 108th Island Influencer, and she heads the Regulatory and Compliance Services team at DQ Advocates, based in the Isle of Man.


    Sinead is a seasoned professional in the compliance sphere, with a career spanning back to the mid-1990s. However, her credentials are not the only thing that sets her apart. 


    Born in Northern Ireland, she found her “freedom and sense of belonging” and home on the Isle of Man after two transformative summers spent on the island. Since then, Sinead has become integral to the regulatory landscape, serving as a beacon for best practices and compliance excellence.


    Sinead's contributions extend beyond the boardroom. With a heart for community service, she has been an active member of the Samaritans leadership team for over 12 years.


    And when she's not navigating the complexities of compliance or leading community initiatives, you might find her enjoying a leisurely walk with her cockapoo or diving into the pages of a compelling book.


    Here is episode 108 with Island Influencer Sinead O’Connor. 
    https://www.thorntonfs.com/island-influencer-sinead-oconnor


     

    • 49 min
    Island Influencer Fiona Fitzpatrick

    Island Influencer Fiona Fitzpatrick

    Welcome to episode 107 of Island Influencers!
    Chatting with Fiona Fitzpatrick, an esteemed International Business Development Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, and Speaker is my absolute privilege.
    With a wealth of experience, Fiona specialises in empowering food companies to achieve growth through strategic brand optimisation, people development, and innovative thinking.
    In this episode, Fiona shares her life story, beginning with her childhood in Dublin, where she reflects on the profound impact of her early Montessori education and the guidance of mentors who shaped her path.
    Delving into the transformative power of love, Fiona recounts how it brought her to the Isle of Man alongside her partner Juan. She candidly discusses her career trajectory, from her roles at Nestle and Premier Foods to her dynamic experience at Gü, where she played a pivotal role in business growth despite the challenges.
    Throughout our conversation, Fiona opens up about the highs and lows of her career, including her courageous battle with breast cancer and the resilience she discovered in the face of adversity.
    We also explore the unique challenges and opportunities present on the Isle of Man. Fiona looks ahead with optimism, eager to apply her extensive international expertise to foster growth and innovation locally.
    Here is episode 107 with Island Influencer Fiona Fitzpatrick.
    Useful links:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fionafitz/
    Website: https://www.fionafitzconsulting.com/
    Instagram: @brandgrowthheroes
    Podcast: https://www.brandgrowthheroes.com/
    Brand Growth Heroes Accelerator Programme: Overview | LinkedIn
    Book: All The Broken Places: The Sequel to The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas 
    Brand Growth Heroes is proud to be launching the Brand Growth Heroes mini MBA powered by Alantra. Running from April 29th to July 5th 2024, the mini MBA is open to ambitious founders of scaling challenger brands of consumer packaged goods products. To find out more about the mini MBA and apply for your place please click here.
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    Island Influencers is produced by Bear Content & Social KEWS
    Sponsored by Thornton Chartered Financial Planners

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Personal Trainer and Entrepreneur Juan Cheung, Island Influencer

    Personal Trainer and Entrepreneur Juan Cheung, Island Influencer

    Join me this week as I chat with Personal Trainer Juan Cheung. Juan's story is deeply rooted in the Isle of Man; he was born in Douglas.
    Growing up, his parents ran a successful local Chinese takeaway, instilling a solid work ethic and a sense of achievement in him.
    From his experiences in high school sports to navigating the financial industry, Juan's journey eventually led him to become a personal trainer, bodybuilder, and entrepreneur.
    He finds immense joy in witnessing his clients achieve their fitness goals and embark on transformative journeys like his own. Having a personal trainer like Juan has been indispensable for me—it's a stress reliever that keeps me committed to the gym three times a week, which is crucial for my mental and physical well-being.
    Juan underscores the importance of perseverance and facing challenges head-on, especially in the most difficult moments. Additionally, he offers insights into his upcoming endeavours, such as developing a fitness app, and shares his invaluable seven rules for life. I hope Episode 106 leaves you enriched and inspired.
    Useful links:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/juan.cheung.37
    Instagram: @abf_juan_cheung_pt
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juan-cheung-16b5b0254/
    https://www.elitefitness.im/personal-trainers
    James Clear - Atomic Habits
    Matthew McConaughey - Greenlights
    Mike Thurston Podcast, who's a fitness YouTuber influencer as well
    Please subscribe, and leave a rating and review, on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts to help others find the show.
    Island Influencers is produced by Bear Content & Social KEWS
    Sponsored by Thornton Chartered Financial Planners

    • 46 min
    Island Influencer Andrea Chambers

    Island Influencer Andrea Chambers

    This week's Island Influencers conversation is rich with insight and a heartfelt warmth that is undoubtedly going to resonate. I welcome Andrea Chambers, Chief Executive Officer at Isle Listen and Minds Matter.

    Andrea, a proud Manx native, shares her journey from nursing, including her time in the special care baby unit. We'll also explore her transition to full-time motherhood and the path that ultimately led to her pivotal role at Isle Listen, an organisation dedicated to supporting mental health.


    She also discusses the impact of COVID-19 on mental health referrals and offers insights into her interests and inspirations.


    Here is my conversation with Andrea Chambers in episode 105 of Island Influencers.


    https://www.thorntonfs.com/island-influencer-andrea-chambers
     

    • 41 min
    Island Influencer Jeroen Wats

    Island Influencer Jeroen Wats

    Welcome to Episode 104 of Island Influencers! 
    Today, we delve into the captivating life story of Jeroen Wats, a remarkable Island Influencer and inventor whose lifelong passion for the sea has shaped his life. 
    Learn about his pivotal moment in 2003, when his team won the transatlantic race from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro, covering a staggering 4,000 nautical miles in 20 days and raising considerable money for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.
    Fuelled by a passion for sustainability, Jeroen has shifted gears, transitioning from boat production to pioneering recyclable materials for wind turbines. In this episode, we unravel his commitment to positive environmental impact. 
    Despite living in six countries, Jeroen discovered an unexpected connection with the Isle of Man. What began as a single-day visit became a life-changing decision to call the island home. 
    He seamlessly integrates into the community, bringing diverse experiences, knowledge and a passion for environmentalism. 
    I hope you find our conversation as enjoyable and enriching as I did. Here is episode 104 with Jeroen Wats, Chief Innovation Officer at ExoTechnologies. 
    Useful links: 
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeroenwats/
    https://exo-tech.com/
    @JeroenWats
    Please subscribe, and leave a rating and review, on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts to help others find the show.
    Island Influencers is produced by Bear Content & Social KEWS
    Sponsored by Thornton Chartered Financial Planners

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

Nigel Hib ,

Insightful, interesting & informative

A great listen and now being through the one hundred mark tells its own story

Batchman KWC ,

Top work

This a great listen while out for a long walk. The topics and comments are thought provoking and inspiring. I particularly enjoyed the 100th episode, the candid insight into what drives a hard working and super intelligent women onto success. Thank you!

Lrciom ,

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.

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