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Leisure, travel, charity events, social gatherings; the Island’s business community with their suits off. STARBUCKS HEAD OF DESIGN TO VISIT THE ISLAND NEXT MONTH The Head of Design for Starbucks EMEA will visit the Island this month (Nov) as guest of the Isle of Man Business Network (IOMBN) L ynn Day will talk to delegates about her rise to prominence within the global coffee chain, including the challenges of being a working mother, how she embraces innovation and the ever-changing world of trend and design, and how she has flourished as a female in the workplace, particularly in her 50s. Lynn’s career in commercial interior design and brand consultancy spans 30+ years across a broad range of sectors including retail fashion, banking, hotels, bars and restaurants. Within Starbucks, Lynn has led a growing team of 30+ designers responsible for designing approximately 3,000 stores across the EMEA region. The IOMBN is a not-for-profit organisation which facilitates educational experiences and professional networking opportunities to people living and working on the Island. Chairman, Katie Nicholson, commented: “Lynn Day is renowned for her work which is visible globally, and we are thrilled she has accepted our invitation to come to the Island and share her experience with our members. Whether you’re an avid design fan or not, her rise to success and the path her career has taken is fascinating and truly inspiring to anyone in the world of work today. We anticipate this will be a sell-out and so we’d urge people to book quickly so as to avoid any disappointment.” The event is strictly ticket-only and takes place at the Claremont Hotel in Douglas on Tuesday, 06 November. Doors open at 17:30, with a buffet being served before Lynn’s talk starts at 18:15. Tickets are £12 for members and £18 for non-members (non- member tickets go on sale during the afternoon of Wednesday 17 October). To book or for further information, please visit HOCKEY PLAYERS SET FOR NEW SEASON WITH SUPPORT OF SMP PARTNERS Two Isle of Man hockey players are making their mark in the UK, with support from SMP Partners. The company is sponsoring Louise Corkill and Amy Stoutt, originally from the Island who are now key figures at Leeds Hockey Club. Having played since the age of five, following a family tradition, and being a regular competitor at the Manx Youth Games, Louise is considered a role model for aspiring Manx hockey players. She was called up to the England Under 21 squad whilst at University. As a former Ramsey and Bacchas player, Louise is now captain of the Leeds Hockey Club which last season won promotion to the National League North. She is also a performance hockey coach at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate in York. Amy is in the final year at Leeds Beckett where she is studying Sports and Exercise Science and is vice club captain for the university’s Hockey Club. She has also been called up to national level, where she plays on the English Universities team, having recently played against Belgium. SMP Partners’ Group Chairman Steve McGowan says it has been encouraging to see the development of both players in recent years. ‘We pride ourselves on our involvement with the Island’s community and local sports initiatives, and it is very exciting for us to be able to lend our support to Louise and Amy. 50 |