The Suffolk Pod Show

32 Episodes


Inspirational, informative and entertaining interview podcast show featuring well-known personalities, entrepreneurs, influencers, business leaders, artists and creatives from Suffolk, UK.

Episode 32: NICK COLLINSON, National Trust - General Manager for Suffolk & Essex Coast

Fascinating episode with Nick, who talks about the phenomenal work that the National Trust do up and down the Suffolk coastline, as well revealing some hugely interesting facts about the filming of ‘The Dig’, at Sutton Hoo and what really happened on discovering the Anglo Saxo burial grounds. He also talks about  the incredible experience of visiting the site today.

He also shines a clearer light on the mysteries of Orford Ness. It is an internationally important site for nature conservation, breeding and migrating birds, specialised plants and other wildlife, but also...

Episode 31: GEORGIA WATSON - Founder of See Suffolk Magazine and Bloom Content Creation

Georgia Watson was pulling books off a shelf from the moment she could stand! 

Georgia has an extraordinary work ethic and such a positive outlook on life - this episode will uplift you and put a skip into your step! 

Georgia grew up on the family farm in Suffolk, and talks about her earlier life, her aspirations as a young girl, and also the influence her grandmother had on her, who as a fashion designer had been accepted into St Martins College, London, which was sadly thwarted by the outbreak of World War II. Georgia ta...

Episode 30: JOHN MAYNARD, former International West Indies Cricketer and head coach of the Newmarket Cricket Club

West Indies International Cricketer, John Maynard, talks about his cricketing career, playing for the West Indies and the Leeward Islands, alongside cricketing legends - Curtly Ambrose, Richie Richardson and Sir Viv Richards.  

Growing up on the beautiful Caribbean Island of Nevis, part of the Leeward Islands, John talks about his earlier years playing cricket in the 80s and early 90s  – and how different it was in those days to today’s training and game. Cricket was, and still is, a way of life on Nevis and played in every school...

Episode 29: KARINE CANEVET - Michelin Guide Sommelier of the year 2021, and co-owner of Maison Bleue restaurant in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Maison Bleue, in Bury St Edmunds, is one of Britain’s top French fine dining restaurants. It’s skillfully and lovingly run by husband and wife team – Pascal and Karine Canevet. 

In this podcast episode we talk to Karine, who has just won the Michelin Guide Award for Sommelier of the Year 2021. Karine tells us how Pascal and she first met, fell in love, and chased the dream. Now, as owners of Maison Bleue, Karin reflects on the journey that brought them both such extraordinary success.

Karine talks about venturing to the UK from Br...

Episode 28: SOPHIE WELLER and BETHANY WRIGHT - Sisters, International Ballet Stars and founders of N&S Lifestyle

Sophie Weller and Bethany Wright are sisters, international ballet stars, intrepid entrepreneurs and have recently founded their latest enterprise together – N&S Lifestyle.

Sophie and Bethany grew up in the world of ballet and musical theatre. Sophie attended world-renowned Elmhurst Ballet School and Bethany attended The Hammond, where they both successfully completed their ballet and contemporary dance training, as well as a studied for a general education.  Their stories are riveting, their work ethic incredible, and their extraordinary can-do attitudes, even from a young age, have quite ri...

Episode 27: SAM HANKS, Farmland Wildlife Adviser for the Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Sam Hanks grew up in a family of ecologists and has always been at one with nature. As a current Farmland Wildlife Adviser for The Suffolk Wildlife Trust – Sam’s work is critical for the eco-balance of wildlife.

Sam talks about The Wildlife Trust and the many layers to the trust today, compared to its small beginnings back in the early 60’s when a group of volunteers got together with the understanding of how important it is to protect our wildlife. He talks about how, as a country, we need to join up our wildlife conservation programmes, and bu...

Episode 26: SIX INSPIRATIONAL STORIES of life and success from Suffolk-based businesses

Six inspiring stories from six great guests talking about life, change and recent business success!
Georgina Little – Suffolk Brand Photographer
Georgina talks about her lifelong love for photography and how, whilst living in Kenya, she began to take it more seriously. When the pandemic hit in March 2020, Georgina took a long hard look at what she did, and quite literally ‘pivoted’ her business to working with like-minded creatives and small businesses producing high-end imagery for their brands. Now as ‘Suffolk Brand Photographer’ Georgina is loving her work and has developed an incredibly unique and sought-after service. G...

Episode 25: Nick Wakley, former Welsh Rugby International and Head Coach of Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club

Rugby fans and experts worldwide – this podcast episode is for you! We talk to Nick Wakley – Former Welsh International and currently Head Coach at the Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club. Nick talks about his life and career and gives a very lively account of playing with (and against) some of the best rugby players in the world. 


Nick played for Wales in both the Sevens and Fifteens and shares his thoughts on many parts of the game including Women’s rugby and children getting into rugby for the first time. Nick also gives us a m...

Episode 24: DAX CALLNER - Musician, singer, song writer as well as lead guitarist and singer for exciting new band Super Jelly!

You’ll love this podcast episode if you like rock music and electronica, and going to see bands play live, as well as great music videos of the 80s and 90s with bands like The  Cult, Cranberries, Guns and Roses, Aerosmith, Twisted Sister and many more. Welcome Dax – lead singer and guitarist of Suffolk band Super Jelly. 

Dax Callner and his wife moved from New York to live in Bury St Edmunds in late 2018 - and they now call Suffolk, home.

Dax tells us his story – growing up with his showbiz parents. His mother...

Episode 23: KELLY PEPPER - Ultra Trail Runner - Inspiring Life and Adventures

Inspiration and motivation starts right here! Please note that you may want to pick up a pair trainers and run after listening to this episode.

Kelly talks to us about the amazing sport of Ultra Trail Running - running races across trails and tracks of 30 miles upwards - and in some cases up to 100 miles!

Kelly grow up in the country with her family and spent most of her time outdoors with her brothers, climbing trees and having fun. She ran everywhere as a child - it was naturally her! Kelly showed big talent at...

Episode 22: MIKE WARNER, 'A Passion for Sea Food' - connecting us to the Suffolk fishing communities and championing 'net to plate'

Mike grew up by the sea through the late 60s and 70s, and as he puts it, has salt water in his blood. He talks about life in Felixstowe Ferry, a fishing village just north of Felixstowe, as boy and present day.  

Mike spent his earlier career in farm management and eventually stepped back with enthusiasm to his roots and is now a fisherman, consultant, supplier, seafood chef and runs a blog ‘A Passion for Seafood’.

Mike tells us about inshore fishing around Suffolk and the coast of Britain. He talks about the abundance of f...

Episode 21: PIERS DAY - 'Reconnecting with Normality'. Piers owns Suffolk Hypnotherapy and is an NLP Specialist

Reconnecting with Normality after the pandemic

Piers talks about how difficult it is for some of us to 'reconnect with normality' during the final phases of lockdown. He talks about the importance of balancing life back to where it was pre-pandemic and gives us advice on how to mentally tackle the next few months.

Piers talks about the vaccine and phobias of being injected as well as leaving the house. He also talks about talking to people, breathing, walking, smiling, tiredness and offers suggestions to combat our fears and lows with a positive twist and...

Episode 20: JASON SINGH, TATTERSALLS, NEWMARKET - Discover the fascinating world of the racehorse industry and how Tattersalls remains one the most important Auction Houses in the world

Jason opens up the fascinating world of the racing industry and tells all sorts of interesting stories about Tattersalls - From Charles II keeping his horses at Tattersalls, right through to  the importance of being the world's oldest race horse auctioneers.

Show notes:

Jason Singh has been with Tattersalls for 20 years. Originally from Australia, Jason moved to England and found himself glancing through the Racing Post when he spotted a job at Tattersalls. Having got the job, Jason moved up to Newmarket and began an exciting career in the hub of the...

Episode 19: ERROL MCKELLAR MBE, Leyton Orient football coach, car mechanic and prostate cancer survivor – Errol talks to us about his personal journey and explains how he inspires and helps saves lives every day through The Errol McKellar Foundation.

Errol McKellar (MBE) is one of the most inspiring men you’ll ever meet – so prepare yourself for some great stories, some hard facts and some very open conversation.

Errol was a budding footballer with dreams of playing for England, and although he didn’t become an international football player himself – he coached dozens of kids who did, including David Beckham, Sol Campbell and Ashley Cole. Errol, by trade, is a car mechanic and used to run his garage and MoT centre in Brent whilst coaching and enjoying family life.&nb...

Episode 18: JUSTIN SHARP, Proprietor and Chef of Pea Porridge Bistro in Bury St Edmunds. Justin is one of Suffolk’s top chefs, a champion of quality local food and wine production, and an advocate of the ‘nose to tail’ dining experience.

Episode 18: JUSTIN SHARP, Founder and Chef of Pea Porridge Bistro in Bury St Edmunds. Justin is one of Suffolk’s top chefs, a champion of quality local food and wine production, and an advocate of the ‘nose to tail’ dining experience. 

Pea Porridge in Bury St Edmunds opened in 2008 and is owned and run by Justin and his wife, Jurga. Justin starts this episode talking about their journey to arriving in Bury St Edmunds and finding the perfect premises to house their bistro. 

Justin talks about the history of their beautiful buildi...

THE CHRISTMAS SUFFOLK POD SHOW 2020 - PART FIVE! Featuring the Stonham Barns Christmas Craft Market and Live Music Weekend

Welcome to The Christmas Suffolk Pod Show Part Five.

This special episode is dedicated to the Stonham Barns Park Christmas Craft Market and Live Music Event on 5 and 6 December 2020.

Guest stars in order of appearance:

David Sandpearl – Event Organiser for Stonham Barns Park Christmas Craft Market and Live Music event. David tells us all the latest information for the weekend as well as the special events with live music from local breakthrough music acts including the talented Breeze Redwine who is about to hit the global music sc...

Episode 16: PETE ROWE, Creative Director of the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich tells us about The Snow Queen - this year's Rock n Roll Pantomime

PETE ROWE introduces us to The Snow Queen - this year's Rock n' Roll Pantomime at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich, Suffolk. The Pantomime  will be performed live in the auditorium (as it has always before) and now available live to stream into homes around the globe. A truly international show!

Listen to Pete talking about the story of The Snow Queen, the characters, how you can watch the pantomime, how you can get involved watching from home and most importantly how we can buy tickets!

The Snow Queen runs from 17 December 2020 - 24...

THE CHRISTMAS SUFFOLK POD SHOW 2020 - PART FOUR! Buy Local, Buy Suffolk - Wonderful Gifts and Christmas Fare from Suffolk.

Welcome to The Christmas Suffolk Pod Show – Part 4 Special Guests include Little White Box, Thurston Butchers, Posy, Busy Bees Cosmetics and Rising High Balloons

Show Notes:

In order of appearance:

Rebecca is an award-wining interior designer and owns Little White Box – a stunning home shop in Lavenham. Rebecca talks about some of the amazing work she has done around the world as well as her beautiful in-store collections including her Nordic Christmas decor. For more information 

Alistair Angus is the owner of the traditional, but very...

THE CHRISTMAS SUFFOLK POD SHOW 2020 - PART THREE! Buy Local, Buy Suffolk - Wonderful Gifts and Christmas Fare from Suffolk.

Welcome to The Christmas Suffolk Pod Show – Part 3,  special guests include:  From Suffolk With Love, Timothy Paul Cars, Stonham Barns Park, Hedgehog Plants and Wild Play Ltd.

Vicki Harris owns From Suffolk With Love and has created a truly planet-loving gift box experience for her customers – hear about her Winter Bliss Box and The Cosy Box – perfect for a little Christmas indulgence with a conscience!  More information: 

Tim, co-founder of Timothy Paul Cars introduces us to his recently launched family car business and tells us about...

THE CHRISTMAS SUFFOLK POD SHOW 2020 - PART TWO! Buy Local, Buy Suffolk - Wonderful Gifts and Christmas Fare from Suffolk

Welcome to The Christmas Suffolk Pod Show.

Part 2 Special Guests include  The House in Town, Ollie Rush Golf, SUP Den, East Coast Hampers and The Flower Hut Florist

John Manning owns and manages ‘The House in Town’ – a unique and contemporary décor shop based in Ipswich. John tells us about his passion for colour and wall art, especially his bespoke printed frames and stand-out wall clocks – super gifts for Christmas. For more information 

Ollie Rush is a golf pro and heads up the Haverhill Golf Club...

THE CHRISTMAS SUFFOLK POD SHOW 2020 - PART ONE! Buy Local, Buy Suffolk - Wonderful Gifts and Christmas Fare from Suffolk

Welcome to The Christmas Suffolk Pod Show.

Part 1 Special Guests include Wyken Vineyards, The Woolpatch, The Suffolk Hamper Company, The Master Herbalist and Turnbull Turkeys.

Show Notes:

In order of appearance:

Sam Carlisle who runs Wyken Vineyards with his family talks to us about their extraordinary award winning wines they grow and sell, as well as their new eatery and take-away – The Moonshine Café. More information on 

Stuart Race, founder of The Woolpatch Shop in Long Melford, once drama teacher, and now a W...

Episode 11: PIERS DAY, Clinical Hypnotherapist, International Coach and Mentor

Piers Day, is a therapist, international life coach and mentor. Piers is a registered clinical hypnotherapist as well as a Neuro Linguistic specialist and helps people through all sorts of problems including depression, anxiety, addiction and fear. Piers joins us to lift the lid off hypnotherapy and to talk about how he works with adults and children.

Show Notes

Piers Day is a clinical hypnotherapist, a life coach and a mentor based in Suffolk and London.

Piers talks about the reality of hypnotherapy and how his...

Episode 10: AFRIKA GREEN - Drummer for the Pet Shop Boys, High Contrast and Becky Hill

It’s the brilliant and majorly talented Afrika Green, professional drummer and author who currently works with the Pet Shop Boys, Becky Hill, Drum and Bass DJ High Contrast.

Afrika has toured and worked with some of the biggest names in the music business and is about to tell all in her much-anticipated book ‘Bright Lights Breakdown’.

'Afrika is an outstanding young drummer who can turn her hand to any style of music with natural ease” GUY CHAMBERS

'Big praise, but she has such rare contrast in her playing, one minute perfect economy, the next...

Episode 9: Tim Welton and Lynn Whitehead - globally acclaimed actors, directors, singers, musicians, and huge supporters of community drama

Tim, who has directed, acted and even written for many productions, including the WestEnd and Broadway, as well as national tours of Blood Brothers, Evita, and Cabaret, is now Artistic Director of Three Pin Productions in Bury St Edmunds. 

Lynn is a theatre actor and musician, and also appeared in well loved TV shows including Emmerdale Farm, East Enders and the brilliant Dinner Ladies. Lynn is now a professional story-teller and singer, and works closely with drama and singing groups across Suffolk. 

Lynn and Tim, although having very different career paths, have found...

Episode 8: OWEN CALVERT-LYONS - Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Owen is internationally renowned as a visionary producer and director. He has an extraordinary talent for uniting theatre companies with communities and taking theatre into new dimensions by pushing boundaries on the traditional.

Show Notes: Owen was born and grew in Birmingham. His family didn’t work in the theatre but took him regularly as a child. In Owen’s earliest days he became passionate about the stage and acting and joined a youth theatre. Owen reminisces about big musical productions every summer at his school. At the age of 17 his...

Episode 7: HEIDI FRANKLIN - co-founder of Wild Play Ltd - Health and Wellness in the 'great outdoors'

Heidi is mega advocate for the 'Great Outdoors' and promotes physical and mental wellness for everyone. From little babies to corporate moguls, Wild Play and Wild Connections can work for us all! Release your inner wild side, let nature be your inspiration and, as Heidi might say, you don’t have to think outside of the box – just think 'outside'! Here she is to tell us more ....
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Episode 6: PETE ROWE: Artistic Director of the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Talking to Pete Rowe, Artistic Director of the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich. Pete has brought some of the biggest touring productions to the stage including Sweeny Todd, Perfect Days, A Family Affair and The Little Shop of Horrors. He joins us today to talk about the up and coming production of ‘What a Carve Up’ with a stellar cast including Stephen Fry, Griff Rhys Jones, Sir Derek Jacobi and Sharon D Clarke. We’re delighted to have him with us on The Suffolk Pod Show! 


Pete t...

Episode 5: NINA GRAND - Founder of Grand Organisers

Talking to Nina Grand – Founder of Grand Organisers – a Suffolk based company which literally declutters our lives. Nina is a champion of all that makes our personal and working spaces less muddled and jumbled and she’s here to talk to us about what she does and how she can help! She’s an inspiration and a blessing to her clients; introducing Nina Grand. 

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Episode 4: Natalie Roberts, co-owner of The Windmill, Suffolk

Natalie is here to tell her incredible story of how she, and her husband Steve, fell in love with Suffolk from just one visit back in 2007, and how they threw all of their time and passion into renovating an historic derelict windmill transforming it into award-winning, state of the art, exclusive boutique accommodation. Here to tell us more about their remarkable experiences and what to expect from your stay at The Windmill, Suffolk is Natalie Roberts AKA Mrs Windmill!


Natalie talks about visiting Bury St Edmunds...

Episode 3: ALEX TILL, CEO at MENTA and Chairman of the National Enterprise Network

Alex is passionate about life, lives it to the full and his energy is wholly infectious, so it’s no surprise why he is so successful at nurturing and developing business across East Anglia. Alex is a professional coach, trainer, networker, facilitator, as well as being a very proud dad – Suffolk is lucky to have him as a pivotal business leader and we’re lucky to have pinned him down for the next 20 minutes,  – its Alex Till.
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Episode 2: NIC PANDOLFI - Actor, voice-over artist and radio presenter

Nic is highly acclaimed and award-winning radio presenter and news correspondent with BBC Radio 4, BBC Suffolk and host of local and international radio stations. 

Nic is also an actor and a globally renowned voice over artist, having been cast in a long list of TV dramas, blockbuster films and stage roles. 

Nic is passionate about media, he’s a content expert and dedicates a great deal of his time, to nurturing small and mediums sized businesses and start-ups in Suffolk through MENTA. 

Show Notes:
Nic starts by talking about hi...

Episode 1: PHIL HARDING - Globally renowned music producer of pop music during the 80's and 90's

Phil talks about his life and work with some of the biggest names in the pop industry, including The Clash, Rick Astley, Kylie Minogue, Pet Shop Boys, Jackson 5, Depeche Mode, ABC, East 17 and Boyzone to name a but a few. Now, living in Suffolk and teaching across the UK as a leading educator on Music Production, Phil has just published his second book ‘Pop Music Production’.

Show notes:

Phil takes us back to his first days in the music business, learning the ropes under legendary music producer Gus Dudgeon, in London, who produced David Bowie and...