Independent Arts welcomes new trustees

Fri 11 Mar 2022 @ 17:02

Left to right: New trustees Josie Pook, Graham Barnetson and Jacquie Heany

Left to right: new trustees Josie Pook, Graham Barnetson and Jacquie Heany

Isle of Wight charity Independent Arts has welcomed three new trustees to its board.

Josie Pook is a Chartered Certified Accountant, fellow of the ACCA. She has more than 10 years’ experience with corporates in financial management, project management & IT in the UK and overseas. She is now advising businesses on strategy, finance & systems transformation with Quantifi.

She has a strong interest in the arts and says,

“I feel honoured to be joining such a wonderful charity as trustee and treasurer. Independent Arts is an exciting opportunity for me to give back to the community just as Independent Arts itself gives back to the community through its projects.”

Graham Barnetson is Chief Financial Officer at Red Funnel. He is a Chartered Management Accountant, Fellow of the Institute of Directors and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Internal Audit and an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute.

His non-executive roles include business director at Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and vice-chair of Maritime UK Solent. Graham is also a governor at The Isle of Wight College.

Graham says,

”Loneliness, vulnerability and isolation can impact us all at times when we often least expect it. As a small charity on the Island, Independent Arts plays such a critical role in supporting, empowering and engaging people through their incredible programmes of arts that span all generations. Their work has never been more needed and I am delighted to be able to support them.”

Jacquie Heany has a background in Organisational Development and Human Resources gained in the private, public and charity sectors. Now retired, her last two roles were with international aid agencies, working at CAFOD as the Director of People and Performance and subsequently at World Vision UK where she was the Director of People and Business Excellence.

As a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Jacquie has contributed to the development of human resource standards in the public and charity sectors. She was previously on the Governing Board of an international charity based in Geneva.

Jacquie says,

“Independent Arts plays such a vital role in supporting the wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable people on our island. The reach and breadth of the charity’s work is already amazing, but the need within our community is great and is likely to become even greater. I feel privileged to join the Independent Arts team as a trustee and, I hope, make my own contribution to their essential work.”

Chief Executive Lisa Gagliani says,

“Trustees have an essential role in charities – they enable and challenge the team to be the best they can and they provide trusted confidence to supporters. At a time of growth in our charity, it’s essential to have these skilled senior volunteers onboard and we are so grateful to each of our trustees for the time they give.”

Chair of trustees Wendy Varley says,

“It’s heartening that our call-out for new trustees attracted such keen interest from experienced people who all want to give something back to the island in this voluntary strategic role. All our trustees appreciate how vital the arts are for boosting morale, health and confidence and keeping people connected. Jacquie, Graham and Josie’s additional support and skills will help the charity develop to benefit even more islanders.”

Independent Arts was founded in 1987 and uses the arts to improve people’s wellbeing, quality of life and to reduce social isolation on the Isle of Wight. Its popular community sessions include SingAbout, Singing for Breathing and DanceMakers; family learning, including Picture Play; and arts for young people, including Reconnect. It also delivers arts workshops in care homes across the island.

You can find out more about our board of trustees here and about what being a trustee involves here.