Gail Gibbons, pictured at Graves Gallery. Picture: NDFP-06-02-19-Gibbons-3

Favourite Things: “I always make an effort to support local shops”

Gail Gibbons moved to Sheffield from Lancashire in 1987 to study at The University of Sheffield and, with the exception of some time travelling abroad, has been here ever since. Like so many people, she fell in love with the city because of its diversity, the friendliness of its people, its green spaces, and its downright quirkiness. 
Steve Knapp

Favourite Things: “We can see big London shows on our doorstep”

His inspirational selling techniques are still the cornerstone of one of the world’s biggest brands – and they’re now raising the game of small businesses right across the Sheffield City Region. Steve Knapp started his sales career at the very bottom – selling Calor Gas cylinders door-to-door in the late 1980s – but advanced it to the very top. He rose through the ranks at Shell to become responsible for the success of the company’s sales teams right across the globe.
Lowri Anderson at the Crucible Theatre for 'Favourite Places' feature. Picture Scott Merrylees

Favourite Things: “Taking inspiration for my musical journey”

Lowri Anderson first discovered her hypnotic voice at eight years old. She did her first solo performance at an Abbey Lane Primary School nativity play. “Other parents were telling my parents how amazing my voice was”, she said. “I’d never thought about it before. I just loved singing and performing from a very early age.”
Clumber Park Heron

Wildlife Column: Celebrating Clumber Park herons

The National Trust’s Clumber Park remains one of the best and easiest walks in the region with plenty of wildlife to see and views to admire. A walk around the lake for example provides abundant opportunities to spot birdlife of both woodland and open water.
Lisa Leighton with her two dogs Coco and Mabel.

Favourite Things: “I’m so thankful I chose to lay my roots here”

Originally from Walsall in the West Midlands, Lisa Leighton moved to Sheffield to study Accounting and Financial Management at Sheffield University in 1991. Slightly apprehensive at first, it was during Lisa’s first bus journey through the city that it began to grow on her and she has been a firm advocate ever since. Now living in Lodge Moor with her husband and two children, aged 14 and nine, Lisa is due to be appointed joint managing partner in April 2019 at Yorkshire’s largest independent firm of Chartered Accountants, BHP.
Favourite Things with Richard Stubbs at Acero, 3 Digital Campus, Sheffield.

Favourite Things: “World class theatre and home in ten minutes”

Richard Stubbs is the CEO of the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network.  With offices in Sheffield, Leeds, and Wakefield the AHSN works with the NHS, industry and academia to drive the adoption of health innovation and improvement into use more rapidly, in order to improve care for patients.
Colin Davies the Commercial Director of Hope City Church for 'Favourite Things' feature. Picture Scott Merrylees

Favourite Things: A practical expression of love for city and its people

Colin Davies is the development director at Hope City Church in Sheffield, a rich and varied role as part of the leadership team of this 1500-strong church.  He is currently working on the relocation of the church from its home at the Megacentre just off Park Square in Sheffield, to the Advanced Manufacturing Park at Waverley on the Sheffield- Rotherham border.  This is an exciting and challenging £10m project which will deliver wide- ranging benefits for the Sheffield City Region.
Meadow Pipit

Wildlife Column: Autumn migration well  underway              

Whilst warmer weather may hold back a few species of birds from migrating, (I saw swallows quite recently for example), most of our summer visitors have now gone south.  They are quickly replaced by northern birds coming down to over-winter with us, and also huge numbers of birds simply ‘moving through’.
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