Mr Geoff Underwood DL

Born on the Isle of Wight, Geoff is founder and CEO of IFPL Group, which designs and manufactures equipment for Inflight Entertainment Systems.
IFPL is proud to have received The Queen’s Award for Enterprise on five occasions.
Active in the business community, he was President of the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce and founded The Isle of Wight Technology Group.

Geoff was High Sheriff 2019/20, setting up and chairing the local Covid Crisis Appeal Committee. He is also the Founder of The WightAid Foundation which is focused on channeling business giving to local causes.

He is married to Amy, and between them have four grown up children.

Col Carron Snagge OBE DL

Col Snagge was brought up in Cowes and is a keen sailor.
He served in the Army for 36 years, all over the world and then spent 10 years working in support of reserve and cadet forces in Greater London and Yorkshire, before moving back to his family home in Cowes.
His interests include ex-service welfare, support to reserves and cadets, and sailing training.  He is President of Cowes Sea Cadets and Chairman of the RYS Isle of Wight Foundation and SSAFA IW Branch.
He is married to Jenny, an Australian, and has four grown up children and a  growing number of grand-children.

The Hon Patrick Seely DL

Patrick is the younger son of the late 4th Baron Mottistone, who was Lord-Lieutenant (1986-1995) and Governor (1992-1995) of the Isle of Wight.
Patrick spent much of his early childhood on the Island visiting his grandmother and family and then coming to live here full-time with his parents from 1975.  He bought his first house in 1989 in Brook and in 1998 Dunsbury Farm which he ran together with his wife Susannah.  Their three children went to school initially on the Island and have been brought up with the Island as their home.
Patrick and Susannah have passionately supported a range of activities in their local community including the local Church, the RNLI, farming, horse-riding, and sailing.  Patrick has been a Governor of Hordle Walhampton School, a Director of Cowes Week Limited, and was a founder Director of the Royal Yacht Squadron Isle of Wight Foundation.  He retains an active interest in yachting and education.
Patrick was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge (MA in History) and INSEAD, Fontainbleau, France (MBA).
After initially training as an Industrial Engineer for Schweppes Limited he went into the City and over time specialised as a corporate finance adviser to technology companies.  He is currently Managing Partner and a co-founder of a US-based firm called Mooreland Partners which specialises in mergers and acquisitions for technology companies.
Patrick is using his financial and City expertise to advise the Isle of Wight Council’s Infrastructure Transport Group.

Ms Shirley Ann Robertson OBE DL

Shirley Robertson, Double Olympic Gold Medallist was born in Dundee, Scotland.  She currently lives in Cowes with her two children.  She started sailing in a kit boat built by her father at Loch Ard Sailing Club, Trossachs.
Shirley won her first Olympic medal in Sydney 2000 (Europe Class) and then Athens in 2004 (Yngling Class).
She was named female World Sailor of the Year by the International Sailing Federation in 2000 and was awarded an MBE in 2000 and OBE in 2005.
In 2006 she became the main presenter of Mainsail, a CNN Monthly programme devoted to sailing world.  She has also presented for BBC South TV and has hosted Scotland’s sports Saturday programme and presented Grandstand.
She also enjoys dancing, films, cycling and being with friends.

Mr Richard Priest OBE DL

Richard was born in Lake, and met his wife Jane, when Lake Middle School was first opened in 1971, and they live in Shanklin: they have a Son Adam, Daughter-in-Law Jennie, and grandchildren Benjamin and Isabelle.

From 1995 to 2015 Richard managed the Riverside Centre in Newport, as well as being Chair of Medina Housing Association, a School Governor, and actively involved locally and nationally with Charities such as Community Action (IW) & ACRE.

Richard remains involved with town councils on the Island, as well as with Shanklin Voluntary Youth & Community Centre, and his interests include Football and Cricket, sports writing and making local history films.

Mrs Caroline Peel DL

Mrs Caroline Peel is President of the Bembridge Guild and Vice Chair of the RNLI Isle of Wight Board.  Mrs Peel is also very involved with Ventnor Botanic Gardens.

Mrs Peel was High Sheriff during 2020/2021 and was very involved in the Covid-19 Pandemic, building up the High Sheriff’s Trust focusing on those organisations who have been working with the more vulnerable and isolated members of the community.

Mrs Peel was born on the Island and has had a family home here all her life.  She has worked in the charity sector, as well as co-running a property management company in London.  Mrs Peel was also Commodore of Bembridge Sailing Club 2010/11.

Mr Nicholas Oulton DL

Mr Oulton grew up on the Isle of Wight and now lives in Ningwood with his wife Claire. He read History at Oriel College, Oxford and served with the 16th/5th The Queen’s Royal Lancers before the inevitable post-Army stint in the City. After teaching Latin and Greek for 10 years in both prep and senior schools, he set up an educational publishing business and now continues to publish books for schools from his home in the West Wight.

Mr Oulton is a Trustee of Brading Roman Villa and Churchwarden at Shalfleet, where he is heavily involved in fundraising and repairs programmes.

The Hon Mrs Nicholson DL

After many years living abroad in the USA, Spain, and Brazil, with careers in publishing and the travel industry, Didi returned to live in the family home in the Isle of Wight in 2014. She is a trustee of The Island Careers Partnership and The Royal Yacht Squadron Foundation, running three highly successful Maritime careers fairs for local Island young people. She served four years as chair of governors of a local primary school and is churchwarden.

Didi is married to Edward and has three children. She is a keen sailor and in 2021 sailed two-handed around Great Britain in her 26-foot sailing boat.