Meet the team

Staff team





Staff team


Lisa Gagliani MBE – Chief Executive

Lisa GaglianiLisa is Chief Executive of Independent Arts, overseeing all aspects of the charity’s management, marketing and fundraising. She reports to the trustee board.

Lisa has many years of senior leadership experience in similar sized charities, having been Chief Executive of Explore, The Childhood Trust and Bright Ideas Trust. Prior to that she was Chief Executive of Kingston Chamber of Commerce.

Lisa and her husband, a professional landscape painter, moved to the Isle of Wight in 2017 from Surrey. She is a trustee (and Treasurer) of The Island Collection. She has two grown up sons and is also mum to two small dogs.

In 2015, she was awarded an MBE for services to young people and small businesses.



Hannah Griffiths – Community Engagement Manager

Hannah GriffithsHannah joined Independent Arts in October 2015 as Project Manager. She became Community Engagement Manager in August 2020.

She has a strong desire to help her local community which is part of the reason she was drawn to working for Independent Arts.

Hannah's background is in heritage, working for the National Trust, Royal Museums Greenwich and as a Heritage and Training Consultant. She has also worked as a volunteer on a number of museum and community projects and has helped set up the Anxiety Café on the Isle of Wight to help individuals isolated by their anxiety to meet new people.

When she is not doing any of the above, she can be found eating good food or reading a good book and occasionally in the gym.


Kerry Tindall – Programmes Manager (Arts)

Kerry TindallKerry joined Independent Arts in 2015. She is involved in designing our programmes and delivering many aspects of the charity's work.

Kerry worked for many years on the mainland for the National Trust managing a busy events programme which included exhibitions and community-based events. Most notably Kerry worked on the Oral History programme which collected stories across the nation to be stored in the national archive.  

Kerry has also worked for the Arts Therapy and Resource Trust, a small independent charity based in Wiltshire that placed artists and art therapists within residential care homes across the South West. 

Kerry has a degree, and a masters degree in the arts. She is a qualified care worker, having worked in community care, and is passionately committed to the benefits of art and art therapies for the wellbeing of those in long-term residential care.



Peta Rainford – Programmes Manager (Community)

Peta RainfordPeta was thrilled to join Independent Arts as Programmes Manager (Community) in August 2021. Peta is responsible for developing Independent Arts’ work with schools, as well as for managing the charity’s community-based singing and dancing programmes.

Peta is the author/illustrator of eight children’s picture books and is known to many Island children for her school visits and as one of the organisers of the IW Story Festival. Her job at Independent Arts brings together her passions for the arts, community and inclusion, and draws on her experience as a journalist and editor, as well as her fine art training.

Outside of work, Peta has many years’ experience as a school governor, plays tennis with more enthusiasm than skill, and enjoys walks on the beach with her family and hairy Jack Russell, Archie.


Nicola Ward – Workshops for Wellbeing Manager

Nicola Ward“It was great, thank you so much and we cannot wait till next week!”  – Recent Workshop for Wellbeing feedback.

Being able to work with Care and Residential Homes and community organisations across the Isle of Wight (and occasionally beyond) to make the Independent Arts Workshops for Wellbeing programme available to participants is a great privilege. It’s about creating smiles and sparking joy for participants and inspired wellbeing through creativity that has an impact long after the sessions have finished.

Using 20 years of experience in organisations from the local College to the Welsh Assembly, through to joining Independent Arts in 2018, I value the chance to contribute to our local community in this way.

In my spare time I can usually be found somewhere close to water, cycling or walking one of the Island's many footpaths. A firm believer in the benefits of movement and creative pursuits for wellbeing, I enjoy digitally-aided design/media, Tai Chi and Yoga. (BA Hons, PGCE and NVQ 3)


Elaine Sheldrake – Programmes Officer (Community)

Elaine SheldrakeElaine joined Independent Arts in January 2020 as Community Connector for Newport, to support inclusion in the community for those most at risk of isolation and loneliness.

Her role changed in November 2021 when the Community Connector funded programme ceased. She is now working in our Community Programmes team, where she will be supporting our Island-wide singing and active movement sessions and developing our arts for wellbeing and Artsmark delivery practice among schools and in our Creative Hub.

Passionate about the Island and the challenges our most vulnerable, marginalised residents can face, she has considerable experience working with a wide range of ages and abilities, encouraging involvement and supporting aspiration within the housing sector, education and the arts

Outside of work, she has a keen interest in reading, yoga, walking and travel.


Amy Normanton – Community Hub Coordinator (job-share)

Amy NormantonAmy has worked with Independent Arts since 2011 as a SingAbout practitioner and in November 2020 joined the charity as part of our new community hub team.

Amy's background is in music and she has travelled Europe as part of her career as a professional singer. She was initially drawn to Independent Arts as it gave her the chance to share her love of music with the community and she wanted the opportunity to work with those most isolated in society, knowing what joy art and music can bring.

She has also previously worked within the charity sector as an information and advice officer and brings this knowledge to her role. She is committed to providing fulfilling life experiences to her community.

Outside work, Amy is mother to a beautiful daughter and together with the rest of the family they enjoy long walks exploring the island, film nights and dancing round the kitchen!


Anne Osborn – Community Hub Coordinator (job-share)

Anne Osborn

Anne joined the team as Community Hub Coordinator in July 2021. Previously, she has led movement sessions for the charity, as well as teaching sessions at Creative Café, Anxiety Café, The Branching Out project and Portfolio and she loves to see how the participants grow in confidence, develop new friendships and begin to seem happier within themselves.

Anne has a background in art and design and has worked in schools, colleges, care homes and in charity settings. She is passionate about wellbeing and supporting people to help them feel happier and healthier within themselves. She uses drawing, movement and meditation to help people let go of worries, release tension and begin to feel a sense of ease.

Outside of Independent Arts, Anne runs Zen based yoga and mindfulness classes, helping people unwind, relax and cope better with stress. She has found these methods really helpful in dealing with her own challenging emotions and she shares these wonderful methods to help others.

At home Anne likes to relax with her family and her rescue cat, Katy.


Kerry Weston, Community Hub Coordinator (job-share)

Kerry WestonKerry joined the community hub team in November 2020 and has previously worked in a number of supportive roles where she has used her own lived experiences to empower and encourage others and co-founded Anxiety Café in 2015.

She is passionate about raising awareness and starting conversations around mental health, having started international social media campaigns, community projects and held fundraising events to encourage others to speak openly about mental health and to help people feel less alone. She is motivated by seeing the positive benefits that art and creativity have on our overall health and wellbeing.

In her spare time Kerry loves to bake, enjoys taking photographs of our beautiful Island and can often be found outside exploring in her glittery wellies.


Ralph Ridler – Community Fundraiser

Ralph RidlerRalph joined the team in November 2020, having worked in events across various sectors on the Island. He was most recently working at the Ellen Mac Arthur Cancer Trust where he oversaw third party events, developed new events and managed corporate partnerships. He also runs his own live music events outside of work.

To relax, Ralph enjoys quiet pursuits such as walking and exploring, fishing, reading and playing scrabble (with variable success!).

Like many of our team, Ralph shares his life with a cat – a rather large black fluffy one called Mojo.

To contact Ralph, email [email protected]



Joanne Rigby – Project Assistant

Joanne RigbyJo joined Independent Arts in 2017 as Project Support Assistant to oversee workshops for the Time & Tide project, pairing local history and the arts to bring opportunities for older and socially isolated people to engage with cultural pursuits.

Following the completion of Time & Tide, Jo supported the delivery of Changing Spaces and School Ties and continues to work on our creative community projects.

Jo has considerable experience of working with older people in a residential care setting and in the community, with much of this achieved on the Isle of Wight. She has a first-class honours degree in Fine Art and a keen interest in art, music, being outdoors and keeping fit.


Trudie Wilson – Project Assistant

Trudie Wilson

Trudie joined the staff team as Project Assistant in 2021 and and has previously contributed as a creative practitioner for the charity. Trudie enjoys making the arts accessible and fun to all ages and abilities and brings her knowledge of lots of different creative media, along with a masters degree in Fine Art.

She really enjoys helping people get creative and unlock their potential, which is why she was keen to be part of Independent Arts.

Trudie’s continues her art practice, which is primarily derived from her local environment and geology of the Isle of Wight, where she spends much of her time exploring the coastline and looking for fossils. She also works on various art projects across the UK.




As Independent Arts is a limited company as well as a charity, trustees are also directors. Their strategic role is voluntary and unpaid. Please contact us if you are interested in supporting Independent Arts by becoming a trustee.


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. She enjoys singing in a choir and walking her dog in the island's beautiful countryside.

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 2009. She is proud to support a charity whose work is so valuable to the Isle of Wight community.




Jodie Jones MInstF – Trustee (Vice-Chair) & Director

Jodie JonesJodie has over a decade of experience as a professional fundraiser. In that time, she has raised tens of millions for charities and causes globally. Jodie is passionate about organisational and team development. Over her career she has used that energy to deliver 1-2-1 coaching programmes and group training courses as well as to set up a new charity in the USA. Most of all she enjoys working with organisations that are trying to start-up or scale-up.

She joined Independent Arts' board of trustees in 2018 as she was impressed by the team's focus on supporting the most vulnerable people on the Island with impactful and cost-effective programmes.

Born on the Isle of Wight, Jodie came back here in 2015 to see how she might use her skills and experience to support initiatives at home. When not working for or volunteering with local charities, Jodie can be found walking around the hills on the Island’s south coast.


Josie Pook – Trustee (Treasurer) & Director

Josie PookJosie is a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA). In the early days she trained in accountancy practice before moving into industry. She has over 10 years’ experience working in leisure, FMCG, & the automotive industry before her most recent role as Group Finance & IT Director of a labour and horticulture group.

Josie left the corporate world in 2021 and moved to the Isle of Wight. She is currently enjoying helping small and medium sized businesses achieve their potential providing consulting services on strategy, finance, systems & process improvements through Quantifi.

When Josie is not busy consulting, she enjoys raising her family and enjoying the island with them.

Josie became a Trustee of Independent Arts late January 2022. She has always had an interest in art and is looking forward to aiding the charity's governance and seeing it continue to provide quality projects to the island community.


Graham Barnetson – Trustee & Director

Graham BarnetsonGraham is currently 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.

He lives in Cowes with his wife Jackie who works for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Graham joined the Independent Arts board of trustees in January 2022.


Jacquie Heany – Trustee & Director

Jacquie HeanyJacquie 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 has spoken at a number of conferences and contributed research to HR publications. She was previously on the Governing Board of an international charity based in Geneva.

Jacquie and her husband, Dan, fell in love with the Isle of Wight 30 years ago and, after many happy holidays, moved here in September 2021. They are now enjoying long island walks and are looking forward to developing their gardening and culinary skills.

Jacquie became a Trustee of Independent Arts in January 2022.


David Lindsay – Trustee & Director

David LindsayDavid spent most of his career as an executive with an international retail company, mainly in buying and marketing functions.

For many years he was based in Brussels but has also lived in Germany and travelled extensively around the world, particularly in Asia.

He has lived on the island since 2007 and is actively involved with the local community. He is a director of Freshwater Bay golf club with special responsibility for marketing and commercial dealings. He sings with a male voice choir in the West Wight and often acts as MC at their concerts.

He became a Trustee/Director of Independent Arts in July 2020 and would like to use his knowledge and experience to help raise the profile and increase awareness of the charity within the wider community.


Brian Marriott – Trustee & Director

Brian MarriottSince leaving art college in 1970 Brian has been a professional designer and Founder of Marriott Design, a highly-respected design company based on the Isle of Wight, working for a large and diverse portfolio of local and national companies.

Since retirement in 2008, he has continued with specific design projects but has redirected his creative skills as an artist, formulating his own unique glass pictures as ‘Brian Marriott GlassArt'. He is also a tutor/mentor for design degree students at the IW College.

In the two years to 2019 Brian amalgamated his Island knowledge to design THE WIGHT BOOK. A voluntary role, with all net proceeds going to Island charities via WightAid, of which he is a founding Trustee.

Brian became a Trustee/Director of Independent Arts in July 2020.



Dr David McMullen – Trustee & Director

David McMullenDavid is a retired GP on the island, with particular interests in physical and mental health.

He joined the board of trustees in May 2013.

David's interests include music (both listening and performing), singing and cycling.






Geoff Ruck – Trustee & Director

Geoff RuckGeoff has worked in IT all his life, before retiring in 2015. Starting as an apprentice with British Hovercraft, he then joined IBM and Plessey before moving to a local housing association. During this time he has followed the development of computers from valve-driven monsters requiring purpose-built rooms to the micro-processors of today. Latterly his particular interest was in contingency planning and disaster recovery.

He is the Chairman of the Isle of Wight FA as well as of Brading Town FC. In his spare time he can found on his boat at Shalfleet or playing golf at Freshwater.

Geoff joined Independent Arts' board of trustees in June 2014 and is pleased to be supporting the charity.




Carol Martys – Patron and founder

Carol Martys

Carol was the 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.





Edana Minghella – Patron

Edana Minghella

Edana Minghella was born and grew up in Ryde, and now lives in Brighton and Italy. She trained as a mental health nurse at the Maudsley Hospital, graduated in Sociology and Psychology from Brunel University, and went on to complete her doctorate in Mental Health in 2001. She gained extensive policy, research, and service development experience over the years, and eventually became national Head of Mental Health at the Audit Commission. In 2005, she set up an independent consultancy, helping health and social care to develop and improve, always with the person using services at the centre. She has developed a particularly keen interest in dementia, co-writing the government’s dementia commissioning strategy, writing award-winning papers and presenting at the National Dementia Congress.

At the same time, Edana has always pursued her creative talents and she has been writing and singing jazz for several years. She co-wrote several episodes of the TV series, Doc Martin, with her brother Dominic, and facilitates writing workshops in Italy. She is also an established jazz singer. Her first album, Still On My Feet, was dedicated to her brother, Anthony, the Oscar winning director and writer, who tragically died in 2008 at the age of 54.

Edana became a patron of Independent Arts in September 2015, and says:

“I am absolutely delighted to have been asked to be a Patron of Independent Arts, especially as both my wonderful brother, Anthony, and mother, Gloria, were keenly involved. Independent Arts exemplifies everything that is close to my heart. Improving health and wellbeing of older people through the creative arts is a perfect combination of my interests. I very much look forward to carrying on the family tradition of being an ambassador for this brilliant Island charity that clearly brings joy and connectedness to local older people.”


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Tony Holmes