phone bitsVisit Isle of Wight LTD, The Museum of Island History and Visitor Centre, Guildhall, High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight, P030 1TY Telephone: 01983 521555

Are you a visitor? For tourist information please email and visit our consumer website

Are you a tourism business on the Isle of Wight? Please email or telephone 01983 521555 EXT 21

Main Contacts:

Visit Isle of Wight Office Email:
Reception / Office telephone 01983 521555 

Full time positions:

David Thornton – CEO/Marketing Director:
Responsible for the financial performance of the DMO, and executive in charge of delivering the WIGHT BID plan and other destination campaigns.

Abi Fox – Marketing and PR Manager:
Responsible for the day to day management of the marketing campaigns, advertising spend, press and media channels, including social media, digital and print media.

Dennis Jones – Online Content Executive (Maternity cover):
Responsible for overseeing and updating the website content, as well as adding photos and other features where needed, to keep up-to-date. Also writing engaging and interesting stories about the Isle of Wight, as well as editing, proof-reading and publishing content provided by contributors.

Part-time positions:

Sue Emmerson – Press Officer:
Responsible for annual press coverage targets, managing journalist visits and quality editorial. Manages external press agencies and media relations with Tourism South East and Visit Britain.

Jill Harlow – Industry & Data Manager:
Responsible for creating and managing the tourism providers’ web pages on the website and iPhone and android apps, the industry website, AGM, liaison and newsletters, Also creates events listings. Responsible for managing the BID database and commercial website developments. Tuped from IW Council in 2012.

Funded by the STTY (IWCouncil / Gov) fund:

Zoe Stroud – Visitor Experience Manager:
Responsible for the Visitor Centre, Museum, retail and commercial services (bike hire and travel guides), Information point development, and the ‘drive less see more’ promotions. Manages the travel ambassador team and secures grant aid.

All the above positions are supported by

Jo Thornton – Part time Financial and Office Administrator.
This hourly paid post issues and pays invoices, collates information for monthly financial management reports, tracks expenditure and income against budget, and operates the office reception. Other delivery posts may be created subject to additional funding.

Simon Dabell – Chairman:
A part-time, independent, position to assist the CEO in securing additional funding whilst ensuring that the Board operates in a balanced way that supports all contributors and partners. The Chair is also a press spokesperson and a tourism ambassador.

The following staff are currently on maternity leave until later in the year, so please send all enquiries through to or telephone 01983 521555 EXT 21

Holly Kirby – Digital Content Manager:
Responsible for the creation and dissemination of digital campaigns and editorial content on websites, social media channels, within e-newsletters, through online competitions and via toolkits of digital assets used by many websites and social media channels. Also maintains the destination photo library.

Katie Jones – Events & WIGHT BID sales manager
Responsible for attracting new events to the Island, and working with existing event organisers to increase mainland visitors. Lead responsibilities for developing the new film location activities and (following a successful WIGHT BID vote) securing voluntary contributions from non-tourism related sectors prepared to support the BID.