Meet the team

Staff team

Kate Ball, Chief Executive

Caroline Ash, Project Manager

Ann Lovejoy, Finance Officer

 

Kate Ball, Chief Executive

Kate BallKate is Chief Executive of Independent Arts, overseeing all aspects of the charity's management and fundraising, and liaising with the trustees.

Prior to joining Independent Arts in October 2009, Kate enjoyed a successful career in the media industry. She began her career in Brighton and then relocated to London, working in a range of media roles, leading to management roles with Mosaic Films and Jeremy Isaacs Productions.

Kate returned to the Isle of Wight in 2003, where she worked at the local college as a lecturer in Media. She has also travelled extensively, visting various countries including Poland and Cuba, and in 2005 she volunteered as a Tsunami Relief Worker for three months.

You can contact Kate at kate@independentarts.org.uk

 

Caroline Ash, Project Manager

Caroline AshCaroline joined Independent Arts in 2011 and manages our community projects, such as SingAbout and Creative Futures, as well as overseeing our Workshops for Wellbeing.

Caroline is an experienced Arts Manager, having delivered projects at local, regional and national levels. Previous roles include: Cultural Investment Officer in the Strategy and Innovation Business Unit at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council; Artswork Academy Development Manager; and National Co-ordinator for the Big Lottery Funded hub4 project, delivered in partnership with BBC Blast and the Prince's Trust.

Caroline qualified with a BA (Hons) in Theatre and Television studies from King Alfred's College, Winchester in 1999, progressing to work as Tour Booking Assistant at UK Arts International, working with companies such as Red Shift, Northern Stage and Pilot Theatre Company.

You can contact Caroline at caroline@independentarts.org.uk

 

Ann Lovejoy, Finance Officer

Ann LovejoyHaving worked in accounts for most of her professional life, Ann is now self-employed and is delighted to have joined the Independent Arts team in August 2012 as Finance Officer.

Ann started her career at Barclays Bank in Newport and then following a career break to have a family, she went on to work at the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce where she was responsible for all the accounts as well as a range of office and administration duties.

For the last fourteen years Ann worked for local charity Osel as the Finance Manager. During this time she undertook the Association of Accounting Technician (AAT) Level 4 qualification, and this along with developing experience in middle management means that Ann has shaped a wide skills base.

In addition to this, Ann has given her time to several Island youth groups, charities and organisations, usually in the role of Treasurer, and admits that she regards doing the accounts as a hobby!

You can contact Ann at ann@independentarts.org.uk

 

Trustees/Directors

Jim Bodle

Fran Holdsworth

Dr David McMullen

Helen Osborne

Ben Rouse

Wendy Varley (Chair)


 

Jim Bodle, Trustee & Director

Jim is manager of a local housing association and has been professionally involved in the management and delivery of social care to vulnerable people for some years. Jim has a personal and professional interest in memory loss, whatever the cause, and in what can be done to assist and support any person with such a condition. He became a trustee of Independent Arts in May 2011.

 

Fran Holdsworth, Trustee & Director

Fran has a BA in Typography & Graphic Communication from Reading University. After she qualified, she spent several years working as a designer at Oxford University Press but then returned to Reading as a lecturer on the Typography course and later built up her own small business. Fran returned to live on the Isle of Wight in 1993 where she worked for a short while as an administrator for Abbeyfield UK who run housing for the elderly. Fran deeply believes in the work Independent Arts do to bring creative arts activities to disabled and elderly people in the local community. Fran became a trustee in September 2010.



Dr David McMullen, Trustee & Director

David is a GP on the island and joined the board of trustees in May 2013.

 

Helen Osborne, Trustee & Director

Helen joined the board in December 2013. She also chairs Older Voices, a group enabling older people on the Isle of Wight to meet regularly to talk about what concerns and interests them.

 

Ben Rouse, Trustee & Director

Ben RouseBen has been a trustee of Independent Arts since June 2010. He runs a financial planning business in Newport, Rouse Ltd, and is currently the Chairman of the Central Southern England Branch of the Institute of Financial Planning.

Ben has had a varied career. Prior to becoming a financial planner twenty years ago, Ben worked as a dispatch rider and in security, though the closest he now gets to physical combat is in persuading his 40kg German Shepherd Tony to visit the vet. He also worked in the wine and fine food trade, culminating in opening Benedict's Fine Wines and Delicatessen with his father in 1985 and one of his life goals is to visit all the First Class growth Claret vineyards.

Outside work he is an avid sportsman, and takes part in rugby, clay pigeon shooting, sailing, walking and skiing and at some point in his busy life wishes to row across an ocean. He also loves cooking.

 

Wendy Varley, Trustee (Chair) & Director

Wendy VarleyWendy moved to the Isle of Wight with her family in 1998 after working as a features editor and journalist in London, contributing to women's magazines and national newspapers. She currently works for her family's website development business and continues to write in her spare time.

Wendy has a keen interest in the arts, education and social care, which was what motivated her to become a trustee of Independent Arts in January 2009. She is proud to support a charity whose work is so valuable to the Isle of Wight community.

 

Patrons

David Harris, Patron

David was Chair of Trustees of Independent Arts between 1992 and 2005. He worked with the National Spar Group and is now retired. He lives in Hampshire.
 

Carol Martys, Patron and founder

Carol Martys

Carol was the original founder of Independent Arts, which became a registered charity in 1987. She became its first Director, and remains a patron.

After leaving the Isle of Wight, she spent a number of years abroad and now lives in Haslemere, Surrey. She is a published writer, and honorary Chairman of Operations for Opera South.

Read Carol's account of the early years of Independent Arts.

 

President

Alan Titchmarsh

Alan TitchmarshAlan Titchmarsh was born and brought up on the edge of Ilkley Moor. He left school at fifteen and became an apprentice gardener in the local nursery, following this with full-time training at horticultural college and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  Alan presents the BBC’s coverage of The Chelsea Flower Show, his own daytime ITV television show and the new series Love Your Garden. He has written four volumes of memoirs, over fifty gardening books and eight novels, and contributes regularly to BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, the Daily Express, Sunday Express and Country Life. Alan was appointed MBE in 2000, a Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire in 2001, when he was also immortalised by Madame Tussaud’s, and in 2004 received the Victoria Medal of Honour, the highest accolade in the British gardening world. In 2009 he became a Vice President of the Royal Horticultural Society.

Alan has a long association with the Isle of Wight, including serving as its High Sheriff in 2008-9. He has been President of Independent Arts since 2008.