A highly skilled board of experienced, engaged members
Quay Arts is governed by a Board of Trustees who act as Directors of both the charity, Steve Ross Foundation for the Arts (SRFA), and the trading arm, Quay Arts Trading Company (QATC).
Rob worked for many years as a theatre practitioner before moving on to a period of venue management including general manager of a new receiving theatre in the northeast as well as several years in London as director of operations at the Royal Albert Hall. A move into heritage saw Rob working thirteen years for English Heritage managing a portfolio of iconic properties in the northeast before coming to the Island to manage Osborne and representing English Heritage on the Isle of Wight until 2018. Consultancy work to the venue and attractions industry now sits alongside his role as GM of another high profile Island location. Rob also chairs another fund-raising board on the Island and away from work enjoys hill-walking with his young son Sebastian.
DAVID WHITE (SRFA & QATC)
David is an established professional photographer living and working on the Island. During his career he has worked on assignments for all of the top UK newspapers and glossy magazines, as well as many leading worldwide publications. He also gives presentations at photographic seminars in the UK and globally, and devotes some of his spare time to promoting and helping the arts. Travel photography has also featured within his career having visited many exotic and remote regions especially within South America. He trained in photography in London both in a civil service photographic dept and later with a picture Agency. David is also a qualified teacher and has taught photography at the IW College.
TERENCE HART (SRFA & QATC)
Terence moved from Oxford to the Island in 1997, to take up the role of Director of Human Resources on the Board of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust. Prior to moving to the Island he worked in HR roles in commercial industry and the NHS. Terence has a degree in Law and Economics and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. On leaving the NHS in 2013, he set up a Limited Consultancy Company in Organisational Development, Leadership and Skills Training. He also supports the Hospice as a volunteer and has been a Governor for the Island Innovation Trust since 2010, two years of which he was Chair. A keen tennis player, walker and motorcyclist, Terence also includes a love of film and photographic art amongst his hobbies. He has two grown up children and lives with his partner Heather in Cowes.
Ann was born in Newport, Isle of Wight and Quay Arts has always been important in her life. She has been involved with many voluntary organisations over the years, including Valuation Tribunals, Parish Council, School Governor, W.I. to name a few. Her main interest is needle skills (embroidery, kitting, patchwork, quilting, goldwork).
Ian Boyd is an environmental adviser in private and public practice with a particular interest in urban ecology. He has worked in wildlife and conservation organizations in England, Scotland and Wales for over 30 years and for 10 years ran the Island arts and community charity, the Island 2000 Trust. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a director of the National Poo Museum (yes, really).
Jim has been a well known Solicitor on the Island since 1996, and became the first local Solicitor to also qualify as a Mediator, in 2010. In 1997 he first attended the Quay Arts, for a week long residential jazz course, and has since become an important part of the Island’s music scene, having played over 1,000 jazz gigs locally, organised many jazz jams with his trio (including the long running Quay Arts Jazz Jam which started in 2013). From 2012 onwards he has organised the Isle of Wight Jazz Weekend, and in 2017 he founded the Isle of Wight Youth Jazz Orchestra. Away from his main hobby of music, Jim is also a keen local sportsman and has scored over 10,000 runs for Shanklin Cricket Club, and was Chairman of the Isle of Wight Cricket Board from 2006 to 2010, and is an active member of Ryde Golf Club.
DEBBY ROBINSON (SRFA & QATC)
Debby moved from London to Ventnor in 2001. Since then she has been involved with property renovation and holiday rentals. She served as chair of the Isle of Wight Self-Catering Association, sitting on the now defunct Tourist Advisory Board in that capacity. She also sat on Ventnor Town Council for five years including one as Deputy Mayor and one as Mayor. In this position she was closely involved with the management of the Ventnor Winter Gardens until the lease was surrendered back to the IOWC. Her previous incarnations include knitwear designer, writer, PR and shop keeper.