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Best Of Belfast is a podcast that celebrates Northern Ireland and the incredible people in it. We publish unfiltered, hour-long conversations every Monday morning with someone interesting from this part of the world.

With 80+ episodes featuring: Oscar-winning directors, 91-year-old park-runners, Silicon Valley CEOs, Michelin Star Chefs and bearded candle makers there’s plenty of episodes to listen and learn from.

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Best Of Belfast is a podcast that celebrates Northern Ireland and the incredible people in it. We publish unfiltered, hour-long conversations every Monday morning with someone interesting from this part of the world.

With 80+ episodes featuring: Oscar-winning directors, 91-year-old park-runners, Silicon Valley CEOs, Michelin Star Chefs and bearded candle makers there’s plenty of episodes to listen and learn from.

Find photos of guests, sign up to our newsletter and support the show: https://bestofbelfast.org/

    #157 Terry Kane: Facebook

    #157 Terry Kane: Facebook

    Terry Kane is a senior executive at Facebook living in Dubai where he heads up the marketing strategy for the Middle East, Africa and Turkey regions for all Facebook's platforms and services.
     
    As if his 20-years experience in tech wasn't enough, he's also an avid participant of various sports including Gaelic Games, Surfing, Snowboarding and has completed dozens of marathons, ultra-marathons and multi-day ultra-marathons like the Marathon Des Sables, the world’s toughest footrace... twice.
     
     
    In today's episode we talk about:
     
    What he learned working in a kettle factory  The role extreme sports plays in his work How to use tactical empathy to understand reality What it was like moving to Dubai And the greatest successes/challenges he's learned along the way  
    Had really good craic doing this one and learned a lot of really valuable nuggets along the way.
     
    I know you will too.
     
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    To see a 'treasure trove' of all things related to Lyn (including a photo) please visit https://bestofbelfast.org/stories/terry-kane-facebook
     
    Best Of Belfast is Northern Ireland's #1 Interview Podcast. We've shared 100+ hour-long conversations with incredible people from Northern Ireland.
     
    To find out more, or join 'The Producers Club' please visit https://bestofbelfast.org/
     
    Cheers!
     
    — Matt 

    • 57 min
    #156 Bernadette Collins: Formula One

    #156 Bernadette Collins: Formula One

    Bernadette Collins is a senior Formula One strategy engineer from Northern Ireland working with the Racing Point F1 Team.
     
    Alongside being responsible for the race strategy for both drivers, she also travels to every event in the championship — often making decisions on a lap by lap basis to win as many points for her team as possible.
     
    In today's episode we talk about:
    How she got interested in engineering The steps that led to her working in F1 What lessons Formula One can teach us And the greatest challenges/successes she's experienced along the way  
    This is a great story of Bernie's journey from Fermanagh to Formula One and one with plenty of interesting stops along the way.
     
    Enjoy!
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    To see a 'treasure trove' of all things related to Bernadette (including a photo) please visit https://bestofbelfast.org/stories/bernadette-collins-formula-one
     
    Best Of Belfast is Northern Ireland's #1 Interview Podcast. We've shared 100+ hour-long conversations with incredible people from Northern Ireland.
     
    To find out more, or join 'The Producers Club' please visit https://bestofbelfast.org/
     
    Cheers!
     
    — Matt 

    • 43 min
    #155 Professor Philip Hamill: Abu Dhabi University

    #155 Professor Philip Hamill: Abu Dhabi University

    Philip Hamill is the Associate Provost, and currently the Interim provost, at Abu Dhabi University.
     
    After watching a movie about Wall Street when he was a boy, Philip decided to move to Belfast from Portadown to study economics.
     
    The rest, as they say, is history.
     
    One Bachelor's, Masters, PhD and MBA later, Philip is now an accomplished academic with a successful track record of publishing in international peer-reviewed journals, books and professional publications on the topic of finance and its interface with computer science. 
     
     
    In today's episode we talk about:
    What it was like growing up in a rural environment How he ended up in Abu Dhabi The role creativity plays in education And the greatest challenges/successes he's experienced along the way.
    Enjoy!
     
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    To see a 'treasure trove' of all things related to Philip (including a photo) please visit https://bestofbelfast.org/stories/philip-hamill-abu-dhabi-university
     
    Best Of Belfast is Northern Ireland's #1 Interview Podcast. We've shared 100+ hour-long conversations with incredible people from Northern Ireland.
     
    To find out more, or join 'The Producers Club' please visit https://bestofbelfast.org/
     
    Cheers!
     
    — Matt 

     
     

    • 48 min
    #154 Sheridan Tongue: Composer

    #154 Sheridan Tongue: Composer

    Sheridan Tongue is a BAFTA-nominated composer from Belfast known his global, award-winning work on drama series and documentaries alike.
     
    From scoring the mind of Stephen Hawkings, soundtracking 12 seasons of Silent Witness, to releasing music under the pseudonym IN-IS; Sheridan's creative work has taken him all over the world and back home again — most recently with BBC NI's series Spotlight On The Troubles: A Secret History.
     
    (Not bad for a guy who started busking with his saxophone outside BHS in Belfast as a teenager!)
     
    In today's episode we chat about:
    How his early-experiences in NI shapes his work The role experimentation plays in composing music How he balances the commercial with the creative And the greatest challenges/successes he's experienced along the way  
    This is a fascinating insight into one of Northern Ireland's most creative minds and a real encouragement to anyone who's thinking about starting off on their own creative journey.
     
     
    Check it out.
     
    //
     
    To see a 'treasure trove' of all things related to Lyn (including a photo) please visit https://bestofbelfast.org/stories/sheridan-tongue-composer
     
    Best Of Belfast is Northern Ireland's #1 Interview Podcast. We've shared 100+ hour-long conversations with incredible people from Northern Ireland.
     
    To find out more, or join 'The Producers Club' please visit https://bestofbelfast.org/
     
    Cheers!
     
    — Matt 

    • 1 hr
    #153 Connecting The Northern Irish Diaspora (With Anne Beggs from NI Connections)

    #153 Connecting The Northern Irish Diaspora (With Anne Beggs from NI Connections)

    Incredibly excited to announce a new mini-series we're launching in collaboration with Northern Irish Connections where we’ll be sharing the story of six extraordinary people from NI doing exceptional things overseas.
     
    In this quick intro episode, we caught up with Invest NI's Anne Beggs to chat about:
     
    How many Northern Irish people are living outside of NI?
    Why it's so important to connect them?
    What we can learn from them?
    And some of the amazing things these people have been able to achieve.
     
    Northern Irish Connections is Invest NI's Diaspora Outreach Program.
     
    Find out information about moving back home, and discover amazing diaspora stories by signing up to their free monthly newsletter at https://www.niconnections.com/
     
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    Webpage for this episode: https://bestofbelfast.org/stories/anne-beggs-ni-connections
     
    Best Of Belfast is Northern Ireland's #1 Interview Podcast. We've shared 100+ hour-long conversations with incredible people from Northern Ireland.
     
    To find out more, or join 'The Producers Club' please visit https://bestofbelfast.org/
     
    Cheers!
     
    — Matt 
     
     

    • 30 min
    #152 Brian John Spencer: Artist (Featuring 7-year-old son Henry)

    #152 Brian John Spencer: Artist (Featuring 7-year-old son Henry)

    Brian John Spencer is an artist from Belfast, Northern Ireland.
     
    After going down the grammar-school track of studying law, Brian decided to take the leap in a brand new direction at 25-years-old to pursue his dream of becoming an artist.
     
    A dream that already is paying off.
     
    From sketching thousands of caricatures, painting landscapes to designing wine labels for Michael Deane, Brian's work has been displayed and paid-for in Brooklyn, Belfast and beyond.
     
    In this very special episode we took the microphones to "Picasso's studio" in Ross's Auctions in the city centre to catch up with him and his 7-year-old son Henry (the youngest guest we've ever had on the show) to chat about:
     
    How Brian "all of a sudden transformed into an artist" His mentors, inspirations and artistic north stars The balance between creativity and commerce What Henry has learned hanging around his dad And the greatest challenges/successes they've experienced along the way  
    Awesome chat with two hard-working guys that bring "the work-ethic of a builder" to the creative process.
     
    Check it out.
     
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    To see a 'treasure trove' of all things related to Brian (including a photo) please visit https://bestofbelfast.org/stories/brian-john-spencer-artist
     
    Best Of Belfast is Northern Ireland's #1 Interview Podcast. We've shared 100+ hour-long conversations with incredible people from Northern Ireland.
     
    To find out more, or join 'The Producers Club' please visit https://bestofbelfast.org/
     
    Cheers!
     
    — Matt 

    • 1 hr 19 min

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