A Platform For Growth… BalconyTV Exeter

Written by Tracey Duke, Photography by Pip Andersen Take an early morning stroll along Exeter’s quayside and, if you’re lucky, you may just stumble upon one of Exeter’s most successful digital ventures. Samuel Jones, is one of 70 locations around the globe, and one of just two in the UK, to host the Sony music owned BalconyTV sessions. The New York based company, lists Exeter in their top three global locations. We caught up with the husband and wife team of Matt & Kate Calder, who, with support from Visit Exeter, are helping to keep the city’s music scene, well and […]

An Interview with… Christine Ourmières-Widener, CEO of Flybe.

Written by Tracey Duke, Photography by Pip Andersen With a background in aeronautical engineering and the travel industry, French born Christine Ourmières- Widener; CEO of the UK’s largest regional airline Flybe, currently heads up a workforce of 2,400 employees.  She holds one of the highest profile roles in the industry and is respected, across the globe, by both industry peers and staff alike.  Christine is, without a doubt, one of the most inspirational women I’ve had the pleasure of meeting; calm, focused and genuinely invested in the well-being of her staff, she truly is a role model for us all.  […]

The 8th Habit – Pete Beaumont

Written by Tracey Duke With a focus on designing cutting edge learning programmes, for the world’s leading blue chip corporations; BT, Citigroup, Accenture, & Thomson Reuters being just a few, Pete Beaumont knows a thing or two about nurturing talent within high performing teams. A passionate mentoring professional, he has supported leaders, and professionals in over 30 countries across the globe. I caught up with the former SVP and Global Learning Director of Citigroup, to get to the core of what it means to mentor and the vital importance of taking the time to invest in yourself.  Pete good morning! Thanks […]

Team Spirit….. with Salcombe Gin’s Howard Davies

Written by Tracey Duke, Photography by Olly Woodburn  Deep in the heart of the small harbour town of Salcombe, on the south coast of Devon, lies a business that, in just a few short years, has secured itself a status as one of the UK’s leading gin distilleries.  A brand steeped in history and tradition, Salcombe Gin, oozing with sophistication and style, is so much more than a drink; it’s an immersive experience attracting customers from across the globe to its beautiful home on the edge of the stunning Salcombe Estuary.  We caught up with co-founder Howard Davies, earlier this month, […]

An Interview with… World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper

Written by Tracey Duke, Photography Pip Andersen Brett Gosper is the epitome of charm and elegance; respectful, distinguished and with the air of a man who knows his standing in life. With a marketing career spanning over 30 years, he also knows a thing or two about product placement and branding; on a global scale. Pip & I caught up with the man at the helm of World Rugby, in Wimbledon’s Cannizaro House Hotel, to talk cutting edge innovation, sliding doors, and good old-fashioned values.  Brett, thank you so much for taking time out for me today. Our paths missed crossing on […]

Hunter and the Bear – Exclusive Interview

Written by Tracey Duke I’ll be honest catching up with Hunter and the Bear, was more than a little self-indulgent. Not only do they rock out some of the best tunes I’ve heard but they also happen to be, despite their rock star image, four of the most humble, fun and down to earth guys I know.  A favourite of music critics, across the globe, I caught up with Jimmy, Will, Chris and Gareth in Kensington High Street’s Hand & Flower to talk music tech, breaking free and social media.  So guys, first of all, thank you so much for taking […]

The Road Ahead – Louise Fellows

Written by Tracey Duke, Photography by Pip Andersen   Head of O2’s Public Sector, Louise Fellows is both dynamic and values led.  As mum to three, Chair of Governors at Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA), Board Member on the Young Enterprise Committee & Board Director at Slough Business Community Partnership, she’s no stranger to challenge. Chatting with our Editor Tracey Duke, Louise speaks with passion & honesty about her journey to the top.  Ok Louise, as always, let’s jump straight in… We’ve known each other a little while now and, as a working mum of three myself, you never cease to […]

The future is now…. David Kilkelly

Written by Tracey Duke, Photography by BlinkBack Films   In the words of the great Ferris Bueller “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it”.  Whilst life has certainly moved on from the game changing days of Top Gun & Ferris Bueller, the sentiment is as true today as it was then.  Technology is certainly no exception to this and especially so within the film industry where mediocre, amateur productions, simply won’t cut it with an audience and consumer base demanding increasingly, sophisticated, cinema-quality footage. Devon-based BlinkBack films are a production […]

My Morning Routine with Cath Hill

Cath Hill is, undeniably, a driving force for the good in Exeter.  Beautiful, charismatic and passionate about her home city, Cath was the woman at the heart of Exeter’s RWC2015 award winning Host City Legacy. Two years on from the city’s most successful sporting event, she now stands as Marketing, Tourism & Sports Manager for Exeter City Council, as an Ambassador for RWC2015 legacy BEEP. We caught up with the woman at the heart of the campaign; Visit Exeter, to talk morning routines….  What is your morning routine?  I tend to wake up at 6 am. My routine always involves […]

Donna Hart – The Woman behind the Business. 

Written by Tracey Duke, Photography by Pip Andersen Donna Hart is a family lawyer and Director/Shareholder at the prestigious Family Law Company; a long-standing business at the heart of Exeter’s community. All but written off at school, her rise to the top of her law firm is yet another remarkable journey and proof of the power of positive intent and belief.  I caught up with Donna at the city’s Southgate Hotel where she spoke, with passion, about her commitment to supporting and mentoring those making their way in law and of overcoming her own struggles as a young, trainee lawyer.  On […]