IOW Association for Spina Bifida & Hyrocephalus
FOUNDER OF IFPL
Geoff founded IFPL in 1996 following a highly successful career with GEC Marconi working on Inflight Entertainment Systems. 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 two 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 and key roles as Chairman of the Isle of Wight Technology Group and President of the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce.
FOUNDER MARRIOTT DESIGN
Born in Ryde 1951. With personal drive and commitment I achieved an England Youth football team position in 1969. Following that, after a Portsmouth Art College education I started my own creative design business here on the island. Since then ‘Marriott Design’ had been fortunate to have worked with a wide range of talented, innovative and committed people, who chose the Isle of Wight as their home and base from which to develop their businesses.
Now as a local ‘artist’ I would like ‘WightAid’ to support a new generation of young people to develop their talent and skills to achieve their personal goals in life
MANAGING DIRECTOR OF
ISLE OF WIGHT RADIO
Claire John started her Media career 27 years ago at The Birmingham Post & Mail (now part of the Trinity Mirror portfolio), Claire headed up the successful Recruitment Advertising Department, working in Birmingham and London with Agencies and Direct Clients. Claire started in Radio Career in 2000 on the Isle of Wight and held 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.
ROB DA BANK
FOUNDER OF SUNDAY BEST
Rob grew up in Warsash, Hampshire, playing trombone in brass bands as his GP dad listened to The Beatles. He started playing hip-hop and funk under the DJ name of Rob The Bank, moved to London in the early '90s to study French and History of Art at Goldsmiths, and met his future wife and co-pilot Josie in the student union. He was a taste making DJ on BBC Radio1 for 12 years and sat in for the late great John Peel after his untimely death.
Rob runs his own festival - Bestival - which began with a Sunday Best tent at Glastonbury and started at Robin Hill on the Isle of Wight with an audience of 7,000 people in 2004. This year 55,000 people went to the summer's final fling, packed with ukulele players, physics demonstrations, laughter clubs and a killer line-up and Camp Bestival - the UKs biggest family festival
Rob also has a record label Sunday Best Recordings and is a music supervisor for TV shows like Big Little Lies..he lives on the isle of wight with Josie and their 4 boys.
MANAGING PARTNER FOR
Sue Lucas is a long-term Isle of Wight resident, working with a diverse range of clients as a Partner with 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 Sue said, “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 OF STEVE PORTER TRANSPORT
Steve is the recently retired Chairman of the transport 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 ‘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 also firmly based in the world of Hospitality, Tourism and Farming. She grew up on the Isle of Wight and has brought up 2 children and is married to Malcolm. She also owns Albert Cottage Hotel in East Cowes on the Island and she is a board member of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and is the lead for Employment and skills chairing the Skills Advisory Panel and she sits on the board of Visit Isle of Wight.