Director Biographies – 2019 nominations

Below are a complete list of biographies, supplied by the nominees for election to the Board of Directors of Visit Isle of Wight.

The biographies are listed in alphabetical order by surname.

To vote, please follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JRS3HXG


3yrs Catering College, 2yrs Waldorf (NYC) then in 15yrs grew family GH into 5 hotels (160 rooms). Elected to Bournemouth Council – was Chair of Tourism & Publicity for 9yrs and eradicated the “bathchair” image! Ex.Chair British Resorts Association (56 towns). On the Island 13yrs owning The Wight, Sandown. Thinking “out of the box” is desperately needed!

John Amor

Previously an emergency medicine doctor, turned hospitality professional with roles as operational director of both The Royal Hotel and The Terrace, Yarmouth. I am young, 29 years of age, have long term vision and a passion to participate in captivating the staycation market’s attention towards the Island and rising the profile through exploiting its unique selling points. The Ocean around us binds us as it did in 2018 when my brother and I raised £112,000 for charity through a Guinness World Record breaking trans-Atlantic ocean row aka Ocean Brothers.

Dr Gregory Bailey MIH

I have worked in several roles in the Hospitality Industry, including as a Multiple Licensee in Cambridge, and General Manager of a Company Training Centre for prospective Licensees. After owning our own Best Western Hotel in The Cotswolds we decided to downsize and move to the Isle of Wight – and purchased The Clifton Hotel just over 8 years ago. We love our life on the Island, and are now settled for good in Shanklin. 

Dave Beeson

Had a 36 year career in Lloyds Bank, latterly Lloyds TSB – final management position – Branch Director, Isle of Wight.

With a lifelong interest in railways, I joined The Isle of Steam Railway Board in 2001 – specific responsibility Finance Director and also active volunteer. I became Chairman in July 2018. The railway now has 115,000 visitors a year and is the Island’s 5th largest tourist attraction. It continues to enhance the visitor experience.

Other major roles have been:  President of The Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce 2000 – 2002 and Governor of the Isle Wight College – Chair of Governors 2011 -2017.

Peter Conway

Barnes holds a 1st class honours in design and marketing from Central St. Martins and over 20 years’ experience in branding & commercial strategy for some of the world’s most prestigious retail and product brands, including: Harrods, M&S and Lonely Planet. Island born, his return five years ago has since transformed The Garlic Farm’s mainland revenue, reach and profile.

Barnaby Edwards

Tourism is the backbone of the Island’s economy. I have been involved in tourism for 40 years mostly in catering. I was chef proprietor of the original award wining Lugley’s restaurant in the 90’s.

I am the founder trustee of Naturezones Wildlife Education Trust. My main interest is in out of season tourism. Much more can be done to develop this side of the industry.

Angela Hewitt

I have working in the private financial sector in London for over 30 years as a Tax & Financial Planning Consultant, with various Accountancy Practices, before retiring @ 46 years to the Isle of Wight approx. 12 years ago.

I joined Shanklin Chine in February 2017 as a Business Administrator – rising to CEO & Managing Director on conception of its Charitable Status in June 2017 & company reorganisation from 1 March 2018. The work here is varied but never dull and we have an excellent team of staff on board supporting the Board of Trustees.

I am divorced & have two children – Tom (24) & Daisy-May (22)

Belinda Ann Holley

With my abilities to see things from new perspectives, skills in media production and connections in the alternative scenes I can make the Island more appealing to a wider demographic. The Island was known for its quirky and festive vibe but its reputation now is mostly as a retirement location with the most expensive ferry crossings in the world. I can help change that…. lets make the Isle of Wight great again!

Dino Joachim

As a resident and business manager on the Isle of Wight, returning to family having worked around the world in hospitality and tourism. A “think outside the box” type of guy with down to Earth values and beliefs. I am looking and interested in opportunities to engage my energies, skills and experiences in making the best of what the Isle of Wight has to offer. Presently, and in the future, from its uniqueness to its beauty, from community to business. I am one of us who cares!

Barry Kirk

After a career in logistics and manufacturing in the food and drinks industry, I decided it was time for a change from corporate life and bought Corries Cabin fish and chip shop in Cowes.

Since moving here 16 years ago I have realised the great opportunities the island has for many types of business, but also the great offering for tourists. Their are great beaches, towns and activities here. This gives a great platform to grow the appeal of the island.

My areas of expertise are strategy, problem solving and creative thinking.

Richard Quigley

Laurence has worked in Business Development for over 20 years and is a Member of the Chartered Inst. Of Marketing. His other diverse business interests include IT consultancy, property and YouTube. In 2014 he and Sharon, his wife, bought Marine Villa, the Art Deco House in Shanklin, rebranding it and  moving it up market and successfully turning it into a profitable and thriving self-catering property and 2018 winner of ‘Most Instagrammable Cottage in UK.

Laurence Smith, BSc(Hons); DipM; MCIM