Meet the team behind Nammet

The Editor
Caroline Gurney-Champion
I was born on the Island and, after doing my A Levels at Carisbrooke, I skipped up to London vowing never to return. But I did return after a career as a film producer - the pull of the sea was too great. My four children were brought up and educated on the Isle of Wight and when the youngest was very small I started a B&B at Gotten Manor in Chale. The business has expanded to include three holiday cottages. I am really lucky to live in such a beautiful place, I feel grounded in the earth and know that especially when I am on Compton beach that I am conscious of the generations of my family who have been here before me. It's a humbling realisation.

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The Designer
Fred Smith
I was born in Brook on the south coast and it remains my favourite part of the Island. I went to school at West Wight and Carisbrooke High School but really grew up spending every day I could playing cricket for Ventnor at Steephill Cove. After studying in Nottingham I co-founded graphic design agency Smith and Agar in 2009 specifically working on prints and branding for the fashion industry. I now live in London with my wife and two young children and I still miss the summers, beaches and particularly the cricket club.

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The Photographers
Julian Winslowhas been a freelance photographer for 13 years. That path was born out of love for the creative process and the medium. I get a lot of pleasure from collaborating with people who are passionate about what they do and this project has been full of those people. I'm really grateful to be given the opportunity to give something back to the hospice who have supported family and friends of mine at the most difficult times with grace and empathy. Thank you.

Cam Sudden is a serial creative born on the Isle of Wight. Sculpting, drawing, graphic design, music and photography are some of the directions and modalities where that creativity has found its way into the public arena. That energy is now concentrated in photography though if you find him at home he’ll probably have a guitar in his hand.

Available Light Photography is the landscape work of myself, Steve Gascoigne. Having started my career in photo-journalism 25 years ago, I moved into darkroom printing and colour management where I learnt the art of producing finely crafted images for some of the country’s leading photographers. A visit to the Island in the winter of 1999 made me realise that slaving away in a darkroom all day was no longer for me – I wanted to be outdoors! So less than a year later my wife Sharon and I made the move to the Island and began photographing the beautiful and diverse landscape that is the Isle of Wight. I am now privileged enough to earn my living doing what I love.
The Writers
Fiona Sims skips the globe in pursuit of top chefs, pioneering food producers, hot hotels and legendary winemakers. She writes about her experiences for a number of magazines and newspapers, including The Times, The Sunday Times, Food & Travel and Decanter. She is also the author of four books, including The Boat Cookbook (Bloomsbury), and her latest, The Boat Drinks Book, also published by Bloomsbury, and she is the editor of Island Visitor magazine.

Debbie Pentelow is a freelance journalist with more than 20 years’ experience in corporate communications. She swapped London for the Isle of Wight in 2011 and now lives in Freshwater. Debbie also works part-time at the West Wight Medical Practice in Freshwater.

Alix Robinson is a wordsmith who set up home on the Isle of Wight after falling in love with it (and a sailor) many years ago. She lives here with said sailor, two daughters, one dog and her horse. With a history in travel and food PR and journalism, Alix is currently editor of myIsleofWight.com, online magazine and Independent Guide to the Island, which shares authentic local Islanders’ knowledge through features, guides and blogs. Prior to that she worked with Island producers and across the Island food sector as the editor of the original, now deceased, Taste of the Wight Magazine.

Anna Pocock spent ten years making television programmes, before moving to the Isle of Wight to raise her family. She now writes content and produces marketing videos for both local businesses and national magazines. www.islewrite.wordpress.com

Lindsay Becker is the editor of Taste of the Wight, the Island’s leading local food and drink guide. She also regularly contributes to Nightlife magazine. Born and bred on the Island, Lindsay can regularly be found out and about on the beautiful isle, maybe paddle-boarding, maybe walking, but more than likely eating. A lover of all things ‘Wight’, Lindsay believes there is no greater place to live and work than here.

Sarah Sims launched Copy Inc. to help businesses tell their story. After years of working in the national media as journalist and feature writer, she now works across all platforms as a brand strategist for digital content, print and editorial, PR and social media. She creates carefully-crafted, branded copy and content on any subject, across all industry sectors to give businesses the right voice to communicate effectively with their customers. She works for organisations nationwide and for local businesses on the Isle of Wight to strengthen their brand positioning in the marketplace.
The Potters
Molly Attrill was born on the Island. She was apprenticed to Michael Leach in North Devon, then studied ceramics at the West Surrey College of Art (Farnham) from 1974 to 1977. She worked in France and Canada as a journeyman potter before returning to the Island and establishing her pottery at Mersley Farm in 1982. Since 2014 she has been based at Binnel Studios, St Lawrence. Molly makes attractive pots for everyday use.

Sue Paraskeva has worked with porcelain and other clays for over 25 years and was resident artist at Jubilee Stores where she taught ceramics until 2013. She continues to develop a multi-faceted practice which combines tableware, one-off pieces and installation work, using traditional techniques of thrown and altered porcelain firing in a gas kiln. She is evolving her visual language by altering fine porcelain vessels through the performative actions of smashing, dropping or throwing. The process is highly individual and adds resonance to the direction of work by establishing a vocabulary through which to explore social and domestic issues. Her ongoing interest in both the process and outcomes achieved through working in this way has led to live and recorded performances becoming an integral part of her practice – including live performances at Collect 2017 at the Saatchi Gallery among others. An NHS public art commission has also helped enable over 10,000 people a year to engage therapeutically with craft via a permanent installation of porcelain wall pieces at Ryde Community Clinic. She continues to supply Calvin Klein Home, New York, with the ‘Quay’ porcelain tableware range and one-off plates to the 2* Michelin chef Tom Kerridge.

Neil Tregear was born in 1959. He started making pottery at high school in San Francisco and continued his training with a degree in Ceramics from Middlesex Polytechnic, followed by an apprenticeship with Yamada Hikaru in Kyoto, Japan. His first studio was in Oxford. As well as producing his own work for shops such as Libertys and Primavera, he has collaborated with Isis Ceramics producing Delft ware that was widely exported. He moved to the Isle of Wight in 2003. “My wonderful studio is based in the old butcher’s shop in Niton. I currently employ a small team designing and making our own unique style of decorative stoneware pottery. Our work is sold and exhibited extensively across the UK. It has also featured in major exhibitions in Paris and Tokyo. The Isle of Wight continues to provide an excellent base for my work.”
The Catering College
The Hospitality and Catering Department at the Isle of Wight College At the Isle of Wight College, the Hospitality department is one of the busiest. We are proud to train and support the young Island talents of the future in our facilities, as well as helping many local charities. We are involved in various events throughout the year, such as weddings, banquets, local charity fundraisers, as well as working alongside employers with our apprentice’s scheme. We are here to train and support young Islanders, and help them develop life skills, numeracy and literacy, improving communication and raising self-confidence. Our mission is to support all students and continue to raise aspirations in the local community.

The Hospitality Team Emmanual Ferdinand Clair Etchell-Johnson

Students Joshua Abbott Morgan Lacey Luca Speight Zak Hamilton-Toogood Alan McCall
The Publishers
Medina Publishing
Medina Publishing was founded in 2009 by Kitty Carruthers and Peter Harrigan, a life long resident of the Isle of Wight. From its foundation, Medina Publishing has established a reputation for high quality and unusual books on the Arabian peninsula, non-fiction, travel and children's books. More recently, it has diversified its publishing list to include fiction, cli-fi, romance and humour.

Medina Publishing is named after two places very close to the hearts of the founding directors - the holy city, Medina, in Saudi Arabia and the Medina river on the Isle of Wight.