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  • Face of Portsmouth - Pompey Stormtrooper

    Published: Fri, 01/02/2019 12:46
    AboutMyArea chatted to the Pompey Stormtrooper in our Face of Portsmouth feature.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Stef Nienaltowski

    Published: Mon, 14/05/2018 13:43
    Stef Nienaltowski is the Director of Shaping Portsmouth, an organisation that aims to run programmes to support the needs of the city and for whom he volunteered for five years before taking on the role.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Majid Dhana

    Published: Mon, 23/04/2018 12:44
    Majid Dhana is a Portsmouth-based artist and poet originally from Zimbabwe. Majid has been working with the City’s British Red Cross for over four years, building relationships with members of the refugee and asylum seeker community and supporting them in sharing their stories.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Andy Gatenby

    Published: Tue, 27/02/2018 15:28
    Andy Gatenby is an ex-professional boxer turned actor. He retired from the ring in 2014 at the age of 27 after concerns about an eye injury. He then went on to drama school and has taken part in commercials, films and TV. He is best known for his role as a soldier in a 6 part BBC series called Special Forces.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Dave Taylor

    Published: Tue, 13/02/2018 15:29
    Dave Taylor is the founder and chair of Losing My Site Charity UK which supports those who are visually impaired or blind. Born in Portsmouth, he has lived in Germany, Hong Kong and Ireland as his father was in the army. He started to lose his sight five years ago which led to him starting the Losing My Sight Magazine. Before that he worked in the
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Sally Callow

    Published: Mon, 05/02/2018 11:49
    Sally Callow is the creator of ME Foggy Dog, a global charity brand that raises awareness and funds for the ME Association in the UK.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Maggie Sawkins

    Published: Wed, 05/04/2017 13:36
    Maggie Sawkins is a writer and poet. She lives in Portsmouth and runs writing projects in community and healthcare settings. For the past fifteen years she has organised Tongues & Grooves Poetry and Music Club. Her live literature production, Zones of Avoidance, won the 2013 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Flick Drummond

    Published: Mon, 20/03/2017 19:35
    Flick Drummond was elected as the Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South in 2015 but has been working in the community for the last 10 years.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Katy Sexton

    Published: Thu, 16/03/2017 12:05
    Katy Sexton is a double Olympian and former World and Commonwealth champion swimmer. Her career started at the age of 13 and when she was 15, she was the youngest member of the GB World Championship team in Perth.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Helen Bonser-Wilton

    Published: Wed, 15/03/2017 10:22
    Helen Bonser-Wilton is the CEO of the Mary Rose Museum.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Mary Burgess

    Published: Thu, 02/03/2017 17:08
    Mary Burgess was born on the Isle of Wight and was fostered after both her parents died when she was a young child. Having suffered from Panic Disorder for many years, Mary underwent Hypnosis following the advice from her GP.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Debbie Bulmer

    Published: Fri, 18/11/2016 16:03
    Debbie Bulmer is Legal Specialist at Family Solutions Now (, a firm dedicated to helping families who are having problems as a result of separation or divorce, in making arrangements for children or who simply need advice regarding legal aspects of relationships in order to find ways of moving forward with their lives.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Richard Peckham

    Published: Thu, 10/11/2016 14:59
    Richard Peckham is a local entreprenuer whose latest project, Portsmouth Discounts, started last month. Richard, 45, lives in Southsea and has worked in advertising and marketing for 15 years.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Lee Fletcher

    Published: Thu, 25/08/2016 15:37
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Pam Marshall

    Published: Sun, 24/07/2016 20:05
    Pam Marshall is the co-founder of Hannah's Holiday Homes. She set it up after her daughter, Hannah, passed away at the age of ten in 2004, eighteen months after being diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphona
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Claire Webb

    Published: Tue, 05/07/2016 07:30
    Claire Webb is a founder and Director of Mediation Now which supports couples who are separated, planning to divorce and/or in legal proceedings, and help them find a way to communicate, resolve issues and find a future in their independent lives. Mediation Now has offices in Emsworth, Fareham and Havant. Claire is married with two children.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Steve Lowe

    Published: Sun, 05/06/2016 15:27
    Steve Lowe is the owner of Game Over, a retrogaming internet café in Old Portsmouth. He opened the café last October using games from his own personal collection which spans four decades. Steve who is 43 and lives in Paulsgrove recently set up an interactive exhibition at Portsmouth City Museum.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Pete Adams

    Published: Thu, 19/05/2016 09:33
    Pete Adams is an architect with a practice in Portsmouth building projects across the UK, but recently he has become better known as an author who lives in, and loves, Portsmouth, his adopted City. He has written a series of 8 books called Kind Hearts and Martinets, all set in Portsmouth.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Jenna Boyson

    Published: Thu, 12/05/2016 08:00
    Jenna Boyson is a local award-winning business woman who founded Community Fusion five years ago. Her organisation aims to inspire and encourage young adults to make positive changes in their lives through community volunteer activities and creating opportunity.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Debbie Pentland

    Published: Wed, 11/05/2016 12:47
    Debbie Pentland is a Portsmouth Triathlete and teaches Tai Chi, Chi Gong and Fall prevention classes in the city. She was diagnosed with Stystemic Lupus Erythematosis and Raynauds when she was 32, then in 2011, she was diagnosed with a third auto immune disease.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - David Shervill

    Published: Wed, 04/05/2016 14:50
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Colin Wilding

    Published: Tue, 26/04/2016 13:23
    Colin Wilding is the General Manager at Gunwharf Quays. He has been at the centre for three years and is responsible for building on the centre’s reputation as the South Coast’s leading premium outlet destination, as well as helping attract visitors from the region and further afield.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Bev Longhurst

    Published: Thu, 21/04/2016 11:30
    Bev Longhurst is a Hepatology Specialist Research Nurse at QA Hospital.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Bill Hughes

    Published: Thu, 14/04/2016 09:01
    Bill Hughes was born in Scotland and brought up in the US and England, moving between the two countries until the age of 17, when he returned from the States to live in Rowlands Castle and take A Levels at St John's College,Southsea. At St John's, he co-founded the renowned Politics Society with his Politics teacher and mentor, Bernard Black
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  • Face of Portsmouth - David Willliamson

    Published: Wed, 23/03/2016 13:15
    David Williamson is a senior data analyst at Douglas Stafford based at Lakeside 1000. He is a double amputee having had both legs amputed at the knee as a baby due to being born without tibia bones. He is training for an event on April 1st where he will be pushing himself in his wheelchair around Lakeside to raise funds for Willow Scotney Williams.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Sue Stokes

    Published: Mon, 21/03/2016 10:21
    Sue Stokes is the founder of Southsea Greenhouse which is a community co-operative selling locally grown produce and arts and crafts by local artists.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Lisa Baldock

    Published: Fri, 18/03/2016 11:27
    Lisa Baldock is profoundly deaf and was fitted with cochlear implants in 2014. She is working hard to raise awareness of the charity, Hearing Dogs, across the area and is often seen in the city with her own hearing dog, Inca, who she has had by her side for four years.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Simon Tier

    Published: Tue, 15/03/2016 12:12
    Simon Tier is a Portsmouth based Project Manager in the Aerospace Industry, who is better known in the community as a keen fundraiser for the charity Brain Tumour Research. He started fundraising after his friend was diagnosed in 2011 and so far has raised over £22k.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Matt Sinden

    Published: Thu, 10/03/2016 10:21
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Lesley Taylor

    Published: Fri, 04/03/2016 11:58
    Lesley Taylor is director of Gloss Interior Styling, based in Southsea since 2002. She specialises in commercial interiors and also lectures in Fashion Promotion and Visual Merchandising in Hampshire and has taught for London College of Fashion.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Robin Lander Brinkley

    Published: Mon, 29/02/2016 12:05
    Born and bred in Portsmouth, 37-year-old Robin Lander Brinkley has worked in marketing and public relations for 15 years. He started his own business, Maxwell Communications, in 2005 and since then has worked with a wide range of clients in Portsmouth.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Joanna Toms

    Published: Sat, 27/02/2016 16:50
    Joanna Toms is the Operations Manager for Home-Start Portsmouth, an organisation that supports struggling families in the city. She is responsible for the volunteers and the families that receive the service.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Kendal James

    Published: Wed, 24/02/2016 20:32
    Kendal James is an artist in Portsmouth and creates pixel art designs. Originally from Bristol, she can often be found at markets selling her wares and runs her own events too. She hosts the Doodle Club at the Kings Tavern where people get together to drink, eat and draw.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Maricar Jagger

    Published: Wed, 17/02/2016 14:19
    Maricar Jagger is a public relations officer at the University of Portsmouth, specialising in events management and promotion. She looks after a number of different events from public lectures, concerts and exhibitions, to building openings and conferences, as well as the occasional staff parties.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Matt Wingett

    Published: Sun, 14/02/2016 13:16
    Matt Wingett is a freelance writer, publisher and rare bookdealer. He was born in Portsmouth and has taught in Egypt and lived in various places around Europe. He has written episodes of ITV's The Bill and articles for national newspapers.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Martin Waters

    Published: Sat, 13/02/2016 09:31
    Martin Waters is the Sales Director for the Marriott hotel in Portsmouth. Well-known and respected throughout the local hospitality industry, Martin leads the team that beat every other hotel throughout Europe in the company’s third financial quarter.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Joanne Bushnell

    Published: Thu, 11/02/2016 13:45
    Joanne Bushnell has been Director of Aspex since 1999. Originally from West Sussex, she studied Fashion and Textiles, Art & Design History and Computing before realising that she wanted to engage people with contemporary visual art and to support emerging artists.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Ian Dickson

    Published: Wed, 10/02/2016 08:47
    Ian Dickson is a Business Performance Coach and Motivational Speaker. In the last eleven years he has coached hundreds of businesses locally and across the UK and has delivered over 300 Professional Business Seminars and Motivational Speeches. Before starting his own business, he was the Operations Director of two large national businesses.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Raj Laly

    Published: Tue, 09/02/2016 10:50
    31-year-old Raj Laly is a GP, director of his family’s business ‘Lalys Pharmacy’, an avid hockey player, husband and father of two. Raj has recently been in the spotlight over the proposed closure of the Guildhall Walk-In Centre raising concerns about the impact on healthcare in the city.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Albert Choi

    Published: Mon, 08/02/2016 19:35
    Albert Choi is the owner of Noble House, a Chinese restaurant which has been in Southsea since 1989. He is the chairman of the Portsmouth Chinese Association currently celebrating the Chinese New Year. Now 57, he came to the UK at the age of 19.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Johnny Black

    Published: Fri, 05/02/2016 11:00
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Gloria Miller

    Published: Thu, 04/02/2016 07:11
    Gloria Miller moved here from Chicago in 2009 to get married. Gloria started her company, Gloria Miller Entertainment, in 2012
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Tracie Sharp

    Published: Tue, 02/02/2016 13:00
    Tracie Sharp is the Sales Team Manager at Grosvenor Casino in Gunwharf Quays. A familiar face for over seven years, Tracie's role is to get people into the casino who have not been before.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Amba Tremain

    Published: Mon, 01/02/2016 10:24
    Amba Tremain is a professional musician, session singer and songwriter signed to BigHug Management. A self confessed workaholic, she is the musical director of The Urban Vocal Group based at the Guildhall and also has her own band called The Live Lounge Project. She plays the piano and is also a music teacher and vocal coach.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Andrew Pearce

    Published: Sat, 30/01/2016 10:13
    Andrew Pearce is co-owner of Creatiques Bridal Boutique in Albert Road. He started it from his home more than twenty-five years ago and now runs it with partner, Rob. The business has gone on to win numerous awards and Andrew has become a respected expert in the bridal industry.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Karen Williams

    Published: Thu, 28/01/2016 09:00
    Karen Williams is a business coach, author and book mentor. She helps business owners write business books, self-help guides or memoirs having just published her fourth book. With a background in HR, she trained as a career coach in 2006 and left the corporate world to start her coaching business.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Andrew Gadsden

    Published: Wed, 27/01/2016 09:10
    Andrew Gadsden grew up in East Sussex and read Classics at Cambridge and UCL. He moved to Portsmouth while serving as an officer in the Royal Navy. He started All About Tea from his flat in Southsea in 2007, moving to the current site in Middle Street in 2012.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Richard Stride

    Published: Tue, 26/01/2016 11:16
    Richard Stride is the owner of the Groundlings Theatre which is based at what was called the 'Old Benny' school in Portsea. He attended drama school as a teenager and landed roles in major films including First Knight and Star Wars. As the artistic director at Groundlings, he has worked on hundreds of projects for film, TV and theatre.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Sandra Smith

    Published: Mon, 25/01/2016 12:43
    Sandra Smith is the PR & Corporate Manager of the Kings Theatre Southsea, responsible for the promotion and organisation of the theatre's shows.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Andy Grays

    Published: Fri, 22/01/2016 12:01
    Andy Grays joined the Portsmouth Cultural Trust as CEO at the Guildhall in 2012. With original plans to be an accountant, a casual job at the Theatre Royal in Windsor led him to a different and successful career in culture and theatre. He has worked at London's famous theatres including Drury Lane and the London Palladium and will be overseeing the
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Sarah Smith

    Published: Thu, 21/01/2016 11:06
    Sarah Smith is one half of the pop duo, Same Difference. She and her brother Sean came third in ITV's X Factor in 2007 and released two albums following the X Factor tour. She has been performing since the age of two and has now opened the Same Difference Pop Academy which teaches young people the art of performing on stage.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Lorraine Lambert

    Published: Sun, 17/01/2016 16:08
    Lorraine Lambert is a member of the Great Britain Disability Shooting Team and represents the UK both nationally and internationally. She is a potential Paralympian having won a quota place for this year's games
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Jane Wilson

    Published: Wed, 13/01/2016 11:18
    Jane Wilson is the Corporate Sales Manager of Tiger Tiger. She's been at the Gunwharf Quays venue for two years and is responsible for all corporate events including team-building, product launches and parties.
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Nick Courtney

    Published: Mon, 11/01/2016 09:02
    Nick Courtney owns Sweet Memories Record Shop in Fratton which is also on-line at and is Chairman of the Fratton Traders Association,
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  • Face of Portsmouth - James Alderson

    Published: Sat, 09/01/2016 14:59
    James Alderson is a local standup comedian who runs the biggest comedy show in the south, Comedy All Stars. As well as regularly gigging himself across the UK and abroad, he also set up the very succesful Spinnaker Tower Comedy club which runs every month. Last year, he won Best Comedian in The News' Guide Awards. He lives in Denmead with his wife
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  • Face of Portsmouth - Cheryl Buggy

    Published: Thu, 07/01/2016 11:57
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