Chris Quirk

Chris is the elected Isle of Wight Councillor for Shanklin South, and has served for over eight years as a Shanklin Town Councillor, including time as Deputy Mayor.  As an elected Shanklin Town Councillor Chris led negotiations with the Isle of Wight Council for Shanklin Theatre to be re-opened and transferred to community ownership; he has been Chairman of Shanklin Theatre and Community Trust, the charitable company that now owns Shanklin Theatre, since its inception.  Until 2017, Chris was also Chairman of Shanklin Theatre Limited, the company that actually runs the Theatre where he is still a Board Member with specific responsibilities for Health and Safety.

Chris was a hotelier in Shanklin for many years, and served as elected Chairman of Shanklin Hotel and Accommodation Association (SHAA) and as the elected Hoteliers’ representative on the Island’s Tourism Development Board and subsequently the Tourism Advisory Board that superseded it when Visit Isle of Wight was formed.

A graduate Biochemist/Microbiologist with a Master’s degree in Business Administration, his varied earlier career was predominantly in the Pharmaceutical Industry, including time spent as Therapeutic Group Manager and Divisional Head at Glaxo, Commercial Director at the Open University, European Director at Edelman (a World leading PR Consultancy), and Commercial Director and Managing Director at two World-class Pharmaceutical Contract Research Organisations.

Chris is married to Joan; they have three grown-up children and nine grandchildren.

Anthony Wood

Anthony has been Vice-Chairman and Company Secretary of both Shanklin Theatre and Community Trust and Shanklin Theatre Ltd since their formation.

Anthony was Chairman of the campaign group “Shanklin Theatre Action Group” (STAGE), who, along with the “The Friends of Shanklin Theatre (FOST), fought the closure of the Theatre.  He was also instrumental in gaining full support from the Theatres Trust when submitting an application to English Heritage to grant Listed Building Status to the Theatre. Grade ll Status was awarded in February 2010 and this consequently stopped the Council’s option for demolition.

Originally from Oxford, Anthony moved to the Island in 1976. He spent his working life in publishing, bookselling and insurance before semi-retiring in 1995 when he joined the Isle of Wight Society for the Blind firstly as a Volunteer and then on a part-time basis until retirement in 2007.

In 2001 Anthony was elected a Parent Governor at the former Ryde High School (now Ryde Academy) and also became Chairman of the Parent Teachers’ Association.  He held this position until being appointed Vice-Chairman of the Full Governing Body in 2005. In March 2008 he was elected Chairman of the Governing Body and remained in this position until retiring at the end of August 2011.

Anthony happily lives in Shanklin with his Parson Russell Terrier – Darcy.



John Fleming

John was born in Shanklin, and has lived locally for all of his life.  He is currently a Town Councillor for Shanklin North Ward, having served on Shanklin Town Council for over twenty years, he was Mayor in 1999 and 2000, and in the past has represented Shanklin South on the Isle of Wight Council.

For the last fourteen years John has been an active member of Shanklin Rotary Club, and was President in 2013/2014.  John is Chairman of Shanklin Regatta Committee, which organises the Shanklin Beach Regatta and Firework display in August every year.

John was closely involved with the transfer of both Shanklin Theatre and Shanklin Library to the Trust from the Isle of Wight Council, and has been a Director of Shanklin Theatre Limited and a Trustee of Shanklin Theatre and Community Trust from their inception.

Lyn Fleming

Lyn was born on the Island and has spent most of her life here.  Much of her early working life was involved with running the Family Business at the Crab Inn in Shanklin Old Village. Subsequently Lyn ran a Tea Garden in the Old Village, and also the Old Village Doll Shop.  At this time Lyn was an active member of the Old Village Association.

Currently an elected Town Councillor for Shanklin South, Lyn was Mayor of Shanklin when Shanklin Theatre was threatened with demolition, and was the signatory to the original “Licence to Occupy” contract allowing members of the Shanklin community to take over the operation of the Theatre whilst negotiations were undertaken for the formal freehold transfer.

Lyn is an active Rotarian and is the new Shanklin Rotary Club President taking office for the next Rotary year. Lyn is the first Lady President of the Club and will be presiding over its 90th year!  She is also a member of Shanklin Regatta Committee, and has been a key player in campaigning to maintain the quality of life for Shanklin residents.

Lyn has been a Director and Trustee of Shanklin Theatre and Community Trust since its formation.

Steve Knight

As a Trustee of Shanklin Theatre and Community Trust, Steve was particularly closely involved in the Trust’s acquisition of Shanklin Library on a 40 year lease from the Isle of Wight Council, and the setting up of its management and volunteers’ structure and financing as an independent joint venture between the Trust and the Town Council working with the Isle of Wight Council as the Library Authority.

Steve has lived on the Island for 58 years, most of this time in Shanklin where he has worked and had business interest for the majority of his working life.

Steve has served as a Town Councillor for Shanklin North for a number of years, and as Mayor of Shanklin for two years over the 2012 to 2014 period.  At the Annual Town Council Meeting held in May 2017, Steve was elected Deputy Town Mayor for the ensuing year.

He and his colleagues are delighted at the success that Shanklin Theatre is having and are particularly proud that Shanklin Community Library is now running under the Theatre Trust.


Ian Pratt

Ian retired as a Probate Solicitor and Director of RJR Solicitors in October 2016.

He was formally the Senior Partner and Head of the Probate, Wills and Trusts Department at the firm. Ian headed up the Shanklin office from 1982 to 1997 and was based in the Ryde office until retirement.

Ian studied at Birmingham University and obtained an Honours Degree in Law in 1973.

Ian is a former President of the Isle of Wight Law Society, and is married to Sally with 4 adult children. He is a keen photographer and sometime supporter of Luton Town FC.

Ian has a keen interest in natural history, travel and books.

Vic Farrow

Vic had a Grammar school education, before embarking on a career in Insurance. Having been an Underwriter in the City of London for several years, in 1987 he was offered a senior role at  the newly formed Direct Line.

He was subsequently appointed a Director of both the Insurance Company and the Group. He also had the responsibility for the company’s sponsorship which led to his becoming a Trustee and Director of the Cliff Richard Foundation, later holding similar roles with The Lawn Tennis Foundation.  In addition, in 1988, Vic had formed Cinelake Ltd, which operated Screen De Luxe Cinema in Lake until its closure in 2000.

In 2010, Vic was invited to assume the role of Bookings Manager at Shanklin Theatre Ltd, subsequently joining the Board, which led to him also accepting the position of Managing Director – a role he relinquished when he was appointed Chairman of the Company on 23rd May 2017.