Barry Phillips Meets

Barry Phillips Meets

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Podcast by Barry Phillips


The Lord Lieutenant Fionnuala Jay - O’Boyle MBE CBE
Sep 30 • 39 min
The Lord Lieutenant Fionnuala Jay-O’Boyle MBE CBE was born and brought up in Derry/Londonderry in the 60s and 70s. Destined for a career as an opera singer in the conservatoire he career aspirations were cut short by a debilitating illness. Active for a…
The Early Poles of Northern Ireland
Aug 8 • 29 min
The Poles first came to work in Northern Ireland in big numbers when Polish citizens were granted the right of free movement as EU members in May 2004. Many found employment here and were grateful for any type of work for it was guaranteed to provide more…
Dealing With Overwhelm In The Workplace - Key Lessons From Paul O’Mahony, Cal Newport & Tim Ferriss
Jun 6 • 43 min
In this keynote address for ASCL delivered at the Birmingham conference and events centre, Barry Phillips, gives his views on how to deal with overwhelm in the workplace. He talks about turning “FOMO” into “JOMO”, practising a “Slow Yes and a Quick No”…
Marie Anderson
May 20 • 41 min
Marie has just been recommended by the Secretary of State to succeed Dr. Michael Maguire as the next Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland. She was the Assistant Information Commissioner for Northern Ireland for five years and Deputy Ombudsman for seven.…
Padraig O’Tuama, author, poet and leader of the Corrymeela Community
Apr 16 • 60 min
Born in Cork, Padriag O’Tuama was one of 6 children. He studied theology with an eye on the priesthood. It was in his teens that he first began to realise that his faith, his religion and his sexuality did not sit comfortably together and that very hard,…
David Robinson
Mar 15 • 37 min
Since taking the baton in 1990 from his father, James, who started the cleaning business in 1972 David has increased turnover from £1million to £17million with Robinson Services now employing more than 1,700 workers making it one of Northern Ireland’s top…
The Legal Island Story (Part 2) The Five Cornerstones of Our Business Growth
Feb 27 • 38 min
In part 2 of the Legal Island story company chairman Barry Phillips discusses five key business development areas that helped him grow the business. He talks about early failures and set backs, discusses his favourite business leadership books and…
..Ellen Murray Transgender Activist and Human Rights Campaigner
Feb 11 • 64 min
Ellen Murray is Executive Director of Transgender NI a not-for profit organisation that campaigns for the rights of transgender and non-binary people in Northern Ireland. Born in 1993 and raised in West Belfast, she founded GenderJamNI a trans youth group…
…Michael Cameron, Playwright, and writer of “Ruby!” the story of Ruby Murray
Jan 28 • 63 min
Michael Cameron is a former Northern Ireland Civil Servant turned playwright. Born in Belfast in 1965 Michael left school in 1981 with just 2 O Levels and joined the Civil Service the following year. He soon worked his way up the ranks working towards the…
The Legal-Island Story (Part 1)– From concept to start-up to industry leader
Jan 18 • 36 min
Since becoming an entrepreneur 21 years ago Barry Phillips has owned a property company, a travel business and developed products for sale to a global market but he is best known for founding Legal-Island the island of Ireland’s No.1 compliance and…
Paul Roberts, Ashton Community Trust, Belfast
Nov 29, 2018 • 36 min
Paul Roberts is CEO of the Ashton Community Trust in Belfast. Born and brought up in North Belfast Paul and his nine siblings grew up during the Troubles in an area that suffered one of the highest levels of violence of anywhere in Northern Ireland. It…
The Ironmen of Norn Iron on Motivation, Self-Discipline & Optimum Performance
Nov 12, 2018 • 24 min
In this special episode Barry Phillips sets out to see if what he remembers about his own Ironman journey sits with what other ironmen learnt about themselves when training for and completing extreme endurance events. Barry asks them about how they…
Leadership –5 Key Development Areas -5 Quick Wins –in Association with ASCL(NI)
Oct 29, 2018 • 40 min
This special episode recorded at the Titanic Hotel, Belfast (18th October) is taken from the annual conference of the Association of School and College Leaders. Barry Phillips covers five key areas of leadership, identifies quick wins and aims to leave…
Liz Weir
Oct 7, 2018 • 35 min
Liz Weir a business woman, festival director and children’s author, but perhaps best known for her role as a professional storyteller sharing stories of Ireland’s past not only locally in libraries, pubs, prisons and at festivals but on the international…
Conor Devine
Sep 24, 2018 • 57 min
Conor is an entrepreneur with his finger truly on the pulse in terms of business activity going on in Northern Ireland having worked for many years in commercial property and more recently in debt management and alternative funding for those in business.…
– Special Episode
Aug 26, 2018 • 25 min
This episode is a bit different…. We thought it’s time to hit the pause button and review some of the most popular content thus far. So sit back and enjoy hearing from Bill Wolsey OBE, Mary McKenna MBE, Judith Gillespie CBE, Gavan Wall and many others.
Hilary Woods
Aug 12, 2018 • 48 min
Hilary Woods is Principal of Belfast Royal Academy which is widely recognised as one of Northern Ireland’s top post-primary schools. Her teaching career began at Ashfield Girls School, and continued at Wallace High School and then Victoria College where…
Michael Bruce
Jul 29, 2018 • 44 min
Michael Bruce with his younger brother Kenny founded Purple Bricks the online estate agency famous for offering to sell your house in the UK for a fixed fee of just £845 inclusive of VAT. Purple Bricks was recently valued at £240million. Michael, and his…
Sarah Travers
Jul 13, 2018 • 54 min
Sarah Travers – Journalist, T.V Presenter and Media Consultant. Sarah made her name as a journalist who got the most out of interviewees by giving them a full blast of her positive energy, charm and charisma. But how would she get on when in the hot seat…
Judith Gillespie - Full Version
Jul 1, 2018 • 98 min
Before joining the RUC as a police constable Judith Gillespie was rejected twice by the organisation she was to go on and lead with distinction years later. She once stated “When I joined the force in 1982 men were issued with firearms and women handbags…
Judith Gillespie - Short Version
Jul 1, 2018 • 29 min
Before joining the RUC as a police constable Judith Gillespie was rejected twice by the organisation she was to go on and lead with distinction years later. She once stated “When I joined the force in 1982 men were issued with firearms and women handbags…
Gavan Wall part 2
Jun 17, 2018 • 24 min
A successful criminal defence barrister for many years, Gavan is now a serial entrepreneur owning a stream of SPAR and Subway stores across North Belfast. In a remarkably candid interview, Gavan talks about the only defendant ever to truly scare him,…
Gary McCausland
Jun 3, 2018 • 28 min
Gary McCausland is one of the UK’s most successful property developers with a string of successful prestigious developments to his name, mainly in London. Recently, he decided to “come home” and develop here beginning in earnest with The Gallery - a…
Bill Wolsey
May 20, 2018 • 49 min
Please note this episode contains some bad language. If you are easily offended you are advised not to proceed. By any stretch of the imagination Bill Wolsey is a remarkable man. Born to staunch socialist parents in Belfast in the 50s Bill borrowed all…
Niall McKeown
May 7, 2018 • 41 min
Aged 25, Niall McKeown started Ion Technologies creating what was at the time the world’s first email marketing engine with customers including Reuters, The European Bank. Goldman Sachs and Apple. Today, he makes his living as a digital disruption…
Richard Wigley
Apr 19, 2018 • 39 min
Richard was born in New Zealand and raised in a family of six boys and one girl. He studied in the US before embarking on a career playing the Bassoon for the Halle Orchestra, Manchester. It was here that he began his career in orchestral management which…
June Burgess
Apr 8, 2018 • 28 min
Born in Whitehead June Burgess attended Belfast High School before studying Landscape Architecture in Gloucester. After a brief spell in Swansea as a surfer by day and a singer in a band at night she eventually re-located back to Northern Ireland to work…
Mary McKenna
Mar 23, 2018 • 39 min
Mary McKenna MBE co-founded successful Northern Irish e-learning company Learning Pool following a long public sector career and a spell as a Silicon Valley dot-commer. She now invests in early-stage tech startups, is Entrepreneur in Residence at Catalyst…
Martin Gilchrist
Mar 9, 2018 • 32 min
Martin Gilchrist is probably one of Northern Ireland’s best networked professionals. He has a huge following on social media and is known for saying there are so many networking events going on in Belfast that “you could eat breakfast, lunch and dinner…
Sheree Atcheson
Feb 23, 2018 • 35 min
Born in Sri Lanka Sheree was raised in Coalisland, Tyrone, after she and her brother were adopted by an Irish couple at just 3 weeks old. In 2013 Sheree introduced “Women who code in the UK” founding the branches in Belfast, London and Bristol. Women who…
Tina McKenzie
Feb 11, 2018 • 44 min
Born in Belfast, Tina McKenzie failed her 11+ and went on to become a multi-award winning business leader in Northern Ireland. As MD of Staffline, she has led them from a cold start to £40 million turnover in less than four years. In this interview, she…
Gavan Wall
Jan 25, 2018 • 54 min
A successful criminal defence barrister for many years, Gavan is now a serial entrepreneur owning a stream of SPAR and Subway stores across North Belfast. In a remarkably candid interview, Gavan talks about the only defendant ever to truly scare him,…
David Gavaghan
Jan 24, 2018 • 44 min
Influenced by podcasts including Desert Island Disks and The Time Ferriss Show in this inaugural episode Barry Phillips meets the then head of the CBI in Northern Ireland David Gavaghan. In what turned out to be an extraordinary interview, David, a parent…