Isle of Wight Association for Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus
Geoff grew up on the Island. In 1996 he founded IFPL, an electronics company based in Calbourne and Newport. Always leading by example, Geoff works closely with his team to ensure the high standards and trust on which the business has been founded are maintained at all times. An enviable number of accolades including Five Queen's Awards for Enterprise bear testimony to this undertaking.
Geoff has a personal commitment to improve the lives of others and to help the broader business community, reflected in his many charitable undertakings. In 2016 he founded The WightAID Foundation. Geoff was High Sheriff of The Isle of Wight in 2019 and is a serving Deputy Lieutenant.
FOUNDER, MARRIOTT DESIGN
Brian was born in Ryde in 1951, and with huge personal drive and commitment he achieved an England Youth football team position in 1969.
After a Portsmouth Art College education, he started his own creative design business on the island. Since then, ‘Marriott Design’ has been fortunate to have worked with a wide range of talented, innovative and committed people who choose the Isle of Wight as their home and base from which to develop their businesses.
Now, as a local artist, Brian wants WightAID to be able to support a new generation of young people to develop their talent and skills and achieve their personal goals in life.
ISLE OF WIGHT RADIO
Claire started her media career 27 years ago at The Birmingham Post & Mail (now part of the Trinity Mirror portfolio), where she headed up the successful recruitment advertising department, working in Birmingham and London with agencies and direct clients.
Claire started a radio career on the Isle of Wight in 2000, holding the position of Area Director for seven of TLRC's stations until 2009, when she was part of a consortium that bought Isle of Wight Radio from UKRD. In 2011, the business also acquired The Beacon magazine and Claire is Managing Director of both Isle of Wight Radio and Beacon Media Limited. Isle of Wight Radio has been awarded 'Station of the South' in the Radio Academy’s Nations and Regions Awards in 2013 and was also awarded Arqiva 'Commercial Station of The Year' in 2012 and 2013.
MANAGING PARTNER, MOORE STEPHENS
Sue is a long-term Isle of Wight resident, working with a diverse range of clients as a partner at Moore Chartered Accountants, and as chair of the south region.
Sue’s personal drive, support and commitment has led to her being described amongst her clients as the "ultimate professional".
Sue enjoys devoting her own time to local charities based on the island, stating “I am excited to be involved with WightAID! Being a long-term resident means I feel confident in understanding the important challenges and opportunities that the Isle of Wight may face.”
FOUNDER, STEVE PORTER TRANSPORT
Steve is the recently retired Chairman of Steve Porter Transport, the business that he established in 1981.
A born and bred islander who is passionate about the island and its residents, Steve is now able to devote more of his time to supporting local charities, not-for-profit enterprises and support networks.
Steve describes himself as a "practical person who likes to see tangible results in the shortest possible time and with the least amount of fuss".
HTP TRAINING & ALBERT COTTAGE HOTEL
Rachael is Principal and CEO of HTP Apprenticeship College Ltd, which she established in the year 2000. Prior to that she was involved in government-funded training, working for New Deal and a national apprenticeship provider.
Her roots are firmly based in the world of hospitality, tourism, and farming. She grew up on the Isle of Wight, has brought up two children and is married to Malcolm. She also owns Albert Cottage Hotel in East Cowes on the island. She is a board member of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and is the lead for 'employment and skills', chairing the Skills Advisory Panel. Rachael also sits on the board of Visit Isle of Wight.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE, WRS SYSTEMS
David is the founder of WRS Systems, based in Newport. WRS is a supplier of Point of Sale equipment to the catering and hospitality industry and has a customer base across the UK and the globe.
As a family-run business, WRS is passionate about the Isle of Wight and supports multiple charitable causes.