Featured Locals

 

Speakers and Hosts

 

Philippe Rouja

Philippe Rouja is a Bermudian cultural and medical anthropologist with an expertise in the challenges faced by small coastal communities. He has worked extensively with local experts in Northern Australia, French Polynesia, the Caribbean and Bermuda. Today, he actively participates in marine heritage and the conservation of shipwrecks in Bermuda and is currently the Principal Scientist in the Department of Conservation Services, reminding communities to incorporate environmental and conservation awareness into their daily lives.

Edward Harris

Edward Harris is director of the National Museum of Bermuda, which exhibits 500 years of local history and culture. An archaeologist and historian, Edward has advanced the exploration of maritime history through underwater archaeological projects. Well known for inventing the Harris Matrix methodology, used worldwide to investigate archaeological sites, Edward is also an author, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and was appointed MBE by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2000.

 

Tom Butterfield

Tom Butterfield is longtime supporter of Bermudian art and artists, which inspired him to found the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, a non-profit organization that allows patrons to experience Bermuda through the eyes of artists like Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, Charles Demuth, and many others. In 2012, Princess Anne appointed Tom MBE at Buckingham Palace for his service to the arts, and today, he continues to nurture, educate and support aspiring Bermudian artists.

Isabelle Ramsay-Brackstone

Isabelle Ramsay-Brackstone has been the Perfumer at the nearly century-old Bermuda Perfumery for two decades, handcrafting Lili Bermuda fragrances. A Canadian transplant, she quickly made a name for herself in the global perfume industry, and in 2014, successfully recreated the ancient Piesse and Lubin London fragrance found in the wreckage of the Mary Celestia, a Civil War-era ship that sank 150 years ago. Proceeds from the sale fund the preservation and promotion of Bermuda’s unique shipwreck heritage.

John Cox

John Cox is the descendant of some of Bermuda's earliest settlers, and the local author still lives in the house built in 1802 by his seafaring forebear, Captain William Cox. John’s books on Bermuda history and folklore, particularly those related to ghosts and island hauntings, have been a favorite with locals and visitors alike since he began publishing in the early ‘90s. His newest book, "The Best of Old Bermuda," will be released in spring of 2017.

Kristin White

Kristin White has dedicated her career to community, youth, and economic development in Bermuda, eventually focusing her efforts on the Town of St. George, where she lives. In addition to coordinating and fundraising for various town projects, she has also taken on the role of Cultural Tourism Manager with the Bermuda Tourism Authority. In her spare time, Kristin can be found running a small bookstore and a successful ghost tour, Haunted History, also in St. George’s.

Gary Phillips

Gary Phillips is widely recognized in Bermuda for his involvement in community affairs, particularly the arts. Her Majesty, The Queen, appointed Gary an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2010 for his work as co-historian, researcher, advocate, and promoter of Bermuda’s folkloric dance, The Gombeys. Previously, Gary has served Bermuda as a teacher, postmaster general, tourism director, and acting secretary to the cabinet, among other titles.

Mike Winfield

Mike Winfield, CEO of America’s Cup Bermuda (ACBDA), helped secure Bermuda as the host venue for the preeminent international sailing competition: the 35th America’s Cup. (It’s no surprise his mantra is “how to get to yes”). Prior to his time with ACBDA, Mike served as a minister and senator with the Bermuda government, acted on numerous government boards, and enjoyed a long career in the hospitality industry.

Steve Hollis

Steve Hollis is a lifelong sailor, sailmaker/rigger and proprietor of Ocean Sails, favored by sailors around the world for its sail design, engineering and craftsmanship. While Steve has grown up on boats on the waters of Bermuda, when given the chance he also loves to go exploring in the jungle - the backyard of his youth which he knows intimately and continues to enjoy today.

 

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