The Trust

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).

DAVID WHITE – SRFA

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 QATC / SRFA

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 JACOBS – SRFA

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).

JIM THORN – SRFA

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

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.

JANET OWEN – SRFA

Janet Owen has a strong curatorial, operational and strategic management background in the arts and museums sector.  She is the founding executive director of The Earth Museum, a not-for-profit organization developing a virtual learning resource connecting collections, people and place through creative story-telling. Janet is also a freelance cultural heritage consultant working on various projects.

From 2010 to 2018, Janet was Chief Executive of Hampshire Cultural Trust and Head of Arts and Museums at Hampshire County Council, where she oversaw the establishment of the trust and transfer of arts and museums services from Hampshire and Winchester local authorities. She has previously worked as Head of Curatorial Group at the National Maritime Museum, Arts and Heritage Manager at Southampton City Council and Manager at Nottingham Castle.

Janet is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and Royal Society of the Arts; and is also a trustee at the Mary Rose in Portsmouth.

She was awarded a PhD from the University of Durham for her work in the history of archaeology and science; and continues her research interests. Janet lives with her husband on the Isle of Wight, where she enjoys walking and the water.

JOHN MARR – SRFA

VICKY SPENCER – QATC / SRFA