ISLE of Wight charity Independent Arts has appointed a new chief executive.

Lisa Gagliani will take over from Kate Ball, who has led the organisation for a decade.

Independent Arts uses arts activities to improve people's wellbeing and reduce social isolation.

Based in Newport, the charity engages with 1,700 people every month across the Island.

Lisa said: “I’m delighted to have been selected as the next chief executive at Independent Arts.

"I moved to the Isle of Wight two years ago and have been actively looking for the right way for me to contribute to our community.

"Bearing in mind the unique challenges our Island faces, leading Independent Arts in its mission to empower vulnerable people and create connections through the arts could not be more timely or relevant.

"I have been incredibly impressed with what I have seen of the charity so far, which is a credit to the leadership of Kate Ball and the dedication of the team."

Wendy Varley, chair of trustees, said: “Lisa brings a wealth of experience to Independent Arts, particularly from her time as chief executive of the Childhood Trust, the Bright Ideas Trust and while leading London’s largest independent Chamber of Commerce in Kingston.

"I would like to thank Kate, and the whole team at Independent Arts, for always focussing on our mission and truly making a difference on people’s lives.”

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