The Trust

The Board of Trustees is seeking a new Chairperson with strong leadership and communication skills, as well as experience of corporate governance and financial management

An opportunity arises to play an important role in shaping the future strategy of the Steve Ross Foundation for the Arts (SRFA), the Isle of Wight’s cultural hub. 

As a charity, SRFA (Quay Arts) has a board of trustees who oversee its governance. This now requires a new Chairperson.

It’s an exciting time to be involved with the arts with Arts Council England’s document ‘Let’s Create’ setting out a strategy for the next ten years, looking forward to:

‘A country transformed by culture. Bringing us together, happier, healthier. To excite, inspire, delight. To enrich our lives.’

What’s involved
The voluntary position of Chair of Trustees involves: 

  • Calling and chairing Trustee meetings, (usually bi-monthly), having set an agenda
  • Chairing the AGM
  • Liaising with the Quay management, staff and volunteers
  • Where appropriate, communicating with external organisations including funding sources and other professional bodies

The successful candidate should have:

  • The ability, and willingness to effectively discharge the duties of a Trustee
  • Team leadership qualities
  • Strong communication and organisational skills 
  • Some experience of corporate governance and financial management
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time to the work of the trust

Become a Trustee
SRFA (Quay Arts) would also welcome expressions of interest from other candidates who would like to become part of our team of Trustees.

For further information and to express interest please write to:

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).


Lily Blacksell is a writer who works in the arts. She is currently based at Southbank Centre where she began working in fundraising and is now part of the artistic programming team. She has previously held roles in publishing and bookselling. Whilst living in New York, Lily worked in the membership team for the Whitney Museum of American Art. 

Lily has taught creative writing to all ages and abilities, for organisations such as the Poetry School and Columbia University. Her first book of poems was published in 2018. She has been visiting Quay Arts since she was little and has many fond memories from the galleries, the theatre, and the cafe! Lily is based in London and her family lives in Shalfleet.


Andy Dutton has been a Trustee at Quay Arts since September 2020. He is a qualified accountant and provides financial support to the Board. He has worked in finance for GKN, where he was the Chief Financial Officer of the Engine Products Division, and  for Procter and Gamble in the UK and in the Czech republic. He studied archaeology at Durham University and after graduation worked at the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem. Andy says ‘I feel privileged to have been able to live and bring up a family on the Island. I have always appreciated Quay arts for the fantastic artistic and cultural contribution it has brought to our community and am glad to be able to give something back to the foundation.’


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).


Lee is a born and bred Islander and a solicitor at Roach Pittis in Newport. He has been a trustee since 2020 and primarily brings legal knowledge to the Board. Lee was delighted to join the Board of trustees, recognising the invaluable cultural contribution that the Quay Arts provides to the Island community. In his spare time Lee is a trustee at another Island charity and enjoys playing and watching sport.


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.


Vicky has been a trustee since 2015. She became involved with Quay Arts following volunteering at Kashmir Café at Isle of Wight Festival, since then she has become the event manager and along with many other volunteers has raised over £150,000 for the Quay.
Vicky also sits on the board for The Mike Howely Trust, a trust fund that has helped numerous individuals aged between 18-30 in the arts and musical sector.
Vicky works full time as a Flood and Coastal Risk Management Officer  for the Environment Agency, and can often be found in the rivers across the island. Before this she was involved in the family business for over 15 years.
Vicky has served as a Parish Councillor and a governor for over 9 years.


Rob Thompson is Director and co-owner of island based record label, Slingshot Records Ltd.  Born in Watford and then moving north to Lancaster for most of his childhood,  Rob graduated from Reading with a degree in Film and Drama. He then qualified as a drama teacher leading to a successful teaching career working in secondary schools in Milton Keynes,  Portsmouth, the  Isle of Wight and Hampshire. In education he held a variety of roles including  head of arts faculties and then senior roles, leading on SEND/Inclusion and Teaching/Learning.  He is committed to supporting the work of The Steve Ross Foundation and The Quay Arts Centre.