In 2022, Seas Your Future decided to recruit new trustees. The aim of these appointments is to extend the range of skills and experience working alongside the other trustees. We are therefore delighted to announce that Seas Your Future has five new faces joining the board of trustees.
Paul is a Master Mariner, with over 15 years’ experience in the maritime industry. He has served on a variety of vessel types, from cruise ships to research vessels and tall ships to superyachts, and is passionate about the maritime industry, sail training and ocean science. Additionally, he brings business management and training skills to the charity, having run two of his own businesses since 2017.
Patrick (Paddy) learnt to sail when he was 6 and has been sailing tall ships for almost 20 years. In ‘real life’ he’s a strategy and organisation design consultant working across sectors in 23 countries, does occasional work lecturing in a number of universities and has written several books on systems theory and management science. He also chairs two social enterprises – one a professional body and the other a professional qualification awarding body. Before that he was a blacksmith.
Craig has been in corporate finance for over 30 years, building an amazing, wealth of international, hands-on experience of both leading and partnering with some exceptional talent. His whole career has been within the fast-moving tech sector. As a postgraduate he joined Motorola for 5 years, while studying for his professional accountancy qualification. Eventually, he was luck to work for Microsoft in the UK and then he and his family relocated to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. After they all returned to the UK, he joined a family-owned German financial technology services and consultancy firm where he stayed for another 7 years. Then in 2020, he joined his current firm Aristocrat, a global gaming company. Along with Badminton, one of his major passions is for sailing, and he has very recently passed the intensive RYA Yachtmaster Coastal qualification; but not on a square rigger, on a much smaller 33’ sloop rig yacht.
A physicist and highly experienced naval aviator with over a third of a century in the Royal Navy where he deployed to many of the world’s seas and oceans, Kevin now enjoys a portfolio career in both the commercial and voluntary sectors. He is a Maritime Situational Awareness & International Engagement expert engaging worldwide; he concentrates on maximising the benefits of fused any-source data to increase understanding to deliver improved evidence-based decision making and policy. He also facilitates strategic leadership development for senior NHS staff and is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at King’s College London. In the voluntary sector he is a Parish Councillor, a trustee of his local village hall and is becoming a more active member of the local community heritage group.
Roy is a youth worker and teacher. He has over 30 years’ experience of using outdoor education as a vehicle for personal development with young people. He is also an ex professional yachtsman and has crewed aboard numerous vessels including as Bosun aboard ‘Sea Cloud’, one of the world's biggest square-rigged ships. He has logged around 150,000 Ocean miles. Roy has done research around the benefits of sail training with young offenders and has a keen interest in different cultural perceptions of shipboard life and the assimilation of different cultural groups into ship routines. He is also passionate about the sea and traditionally rigged sailing vessels and has a strong interest in ocean science and the blue economy and the impact of containerisation as a driver of globalisation. Roy has his own model of team development and situation leadership which was developed through his expedition work with young people. This was published by the Institute of Outdoor Learning.
Our Chair of Trustees John Dover is delighted to broaden the skillset of the team and said:
‘Since very recently joining the Charity, our new trustees are already making a difference. We are now very fortunate to welcome onboard trustees who are well equipped to face our current and future challenges and opportunities.’
They will be governing the charity alongside the Chair, John Dover, and our four existing trustees, Jane Nicklen, Nick Lambert, Simon Williams, and Karen Heenan.
We are very fortunate to have such a range of experience and skillsets around our trustee board table and we welcome them to the Seas Your Future team!