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).
Mike FISHER (SRFA & QATC)
Having qualified as a Solicitor, Mike worked in Bolton and Leeds before coming to the Isle of Wight in 1984 to work for the old County Council and then, from 1995, the newly established Isle of Wight Council. In 2002, he became its Chief Executive and remained in that role until his retirement in 2006. Between 2007 and 2014 he was the Chair of the Hampshire Probation Trust as well as being a director of the Probation Association. Mike joined the trustees of the SRFA in March 2011 and became its chair in 2012. He is married with three grown up children and is a keen golfer, being a member of the Shanklin and Sandown Golf Club.
Nigel is a freelance creative practitioner and founder of arts collective, Eccleston George. He has a passion for the natural world and has spent over 20 years working in both zoology and the arts. He and his team have delivered creative education projects in over 40 schools across the south coast since 2006 and he is vice chairman of the Dragon project at St Georges school. The team have also created public art, street furniture and bespoke sculpted playgrounds. Eccleston George is founded on the belief that creative projects are a fantastic way to galvanize community engagement and have real impact on quality of life for everyone. Nigel lives on the Isle of Wight and is happily married with four children.
Glen is a Chartered Town & Country Planner running a consultancy on the Island since 2004. He graduated from Dundee University in 1986 and since then has worked in the development process in both rural and inner London authorities and the private sector. He is involved in several trusts and is on a Lottery panel. He also enjoys coaching an U14 rugby team, cycling and being in the thick of family life!
Andy has worked in media, public and corporate affairs for 25 years. After spells in the Department of Health’s Press Office and as a Principal Private Secretary for a Junior Health Minister, he worked for NHS authorities and hospitals. Andy and his partner Debbie moved to the Island in 2008 when he was appointed Head of Communications and Engagement for the Island’s health services. Andy has had a lifelong involvement in Scouting; he enjoys walking, theatre, music and art and is trying to learn to play a musical instrument, again!
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.
Rob worked for many years as a theatre practitioner in roles such as lighting designer, stage manager and production manager. A period of venue management followed 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 for English Heritage managing a portfolio of iconic properties in the northeast including castles, abbeys and gardens. Rob is now the senior representative for English Heritage on the Isle of Wight and is General Manager of Osborne House.
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.
Initially trained as a secondary school teacher, Enid Hankins worked in many areas of England and Wales, including London, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Suffolk, Cardiff and the South Wales valleys. Changing from school based work to community and youth work along the way; she has also been involved in community arts with young people and adults. She first visited the Island with her Southampton born husband in the 1970s and spent a lot of time on the Island during the intervening decades. She is a retired HMI for Education and Training where she was Lead Inspector for Adult Community-based learning in Wales. Enid currently volunteers with the WEA (Workers Educational Association) chairing their regional education committee.
David Edwards was born in 1943 and raised in Buckinghamshire. He came to the Island in 1967 to join the family firm, Dabells in the High Street in Newport, becoming Managing Director. Over the years, the company grew, acquiring S. Fowler and Company in Ryde, Union Street and starting a furniture business on the site of the old Savoy Cinema in Newport. The company closed after celebrating its centenary. He served on the governing body of his national trade association and was a director of a national buying group. On the Island his many interests and activities included being a long-serving magistrate, President of the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce and founding a successful Youth Training Scheme.
David came to the Island in 1973 as Head Teacher to open Sandham Middle School. He started the Sandham Arts and Crafts Festival in 1975 having found at that time there was little in the way of outlets for artist and craftsmen/women. He attended the first public fundraising event in Bembridge for the proposed Quay Arts Centre and has maintained an interest ever since. He is currently the Chairman of the Vectis Decorative and Fine Arts Society.
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 ecologist and a Director of Arc Consulting, an environmental practice based in Sandown, Isle of Wight. He has worked in wildlife and conservation organizations for over 30 years including the RSPB in Norfolk and Suffolk and county wildlife trusts in Dyfed and Kent. For 10 years Ian ran the Island 2000 Trust, a charity set up to combine arts, environment and education for the benefit of public places and communities on the Isle of Wight. He is a Director of Chorderize, a spoken word and performance CIC and has a great enthusiasm for very loud guitar music. When not busy with family stuff or failing at simple DIY, Ian can most often be found searching for insects to photograph.