Creative Island Ident (Teal)
The Cultural Development Agency for the Isle of Wight

Rachel Tait

Rachel Tait

Born and raised on the Island, I left to study History of Art at the University of Bristol. After completing my BA and MA, I embarked on a PhD exploring a collection held by Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales, as part of the the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award Scheme. I developed an interest in working […]

Simon Harrison (Chair)

Simon Harrison

I live in Bonchurch and work as strategy director for an employee owned global professional services firm working in the built environment and international development. I have previous trustee experience of a large engineering charity and am treasurer of St Boniface Parochial Church Council. I’ve had the good fortune to chair numerous boards involving a […]

Nia Collins

Nia Collins

I have worked in the arts and education for the past 20 years and am currently the Isle of Wight Music Hub Lead and the Strategic Planning and Programme Manager for Southampton Music Hub. I also have the privilege of chairing the Isle of Wight Cultural Education Partnership. I am passionate about the transformative power […]

Jacque Gazzard

Jacque Gazzard

I grew up on the Island, but then left for university and work both abroad and on the big Island. I advised on national and international brand and communications for voluntary organisations in the fields of arts, heritage, tourism and mental health. Since returning to the Island, I have held a few Governor and Trustee […]

Victoria Preston

Victoria Preston

I have lived on the Isle of Wight since 2014, having spent most of my professional life in Switzerland, working in investment management and as a curator and art collections advisor. I have held a variety of Trustee roles, as Vice President of Art for the World in Geneva, Treasurer of Aspex Visual Arts Trust […]

Franko Figueiredo

Franko Figueiredo

I am a gay and genderqueer neuro-divergent artist living with my husband and our dog on the Isle of Wight. I am the co-founder and artistic director of StoneCrabs Theatre Company and I have worked as a stage director, dramaturg and drama facilitator for over 25 years. For this I have trained in Brazil and […]

Jack Whitewood

Jack Whitewood

Jack is the Creative and Development Director (Joint CEO) at Ventnor Exchange, an organisation he co-founded and whose projects include Ventnor Fringe, Brave Island and Ingram’s Yard. A graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, has previously worked at Hampstead Theatre and site managed touring venues at festivals including Bestival and Shambala. […]

Jacqui Cusack

Jacqui Cusack

For many years I worked in the arts in London theatres (Young Vic, Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Royal Shakespeare Company), in PR, Marketing and Education, with a spell backstage in Wardrobe! I then moved sideways into the Design world, working in Finance and Project Management. On moving to Ryde in 1996, I began […]