Alicia Burnett Please tell us a bit about yourself I grew up in Portsmouth before moving to Brighton for 4 years where I got my degree in Business Management and Marketing from the University of Sussex. I then worked for Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, based in Horsham, before deciding to move back to Portsmouth and look for something a little closer to home. Subsequently, I started working for Tall Ships around a year ago. When I’m not at work I spend my time in the dance studio doing Ballroom and Latin dancing (think Strictly), I spend time with friends and family and try to go on holiday whenever I have the chance! Please tell us a bit about your role at Tall Ships I am responsible for Public Relations and Communications at Tall Ships. This includes anything to do with promoting the Trust - media relations, advertising, digital marketing, literature, branding, uniform, events and much more. I also assist our Fundraising and Marketing Manager whenever and wherever he needs me. What has been your most memorable moment at Tall Ships? I went down to the yachts to see a group of young carers before their voyage. When they arrived, they were a really shy group, clearly nervous about the week ahead and reluctant to talk to the staff or each other. I returned to see them at the end of the voyage and they seemed like a different group of people. They had made up a song and couldn’t wait to show me their dance routine. The difference the voyage made was tangible and really showed the impact we can have. What is one thing you think people should know about Tall Ships? Our voyages really do have a long term impact on some of the young people we take to sea - It isn’t just a week’s holiday taking them away from their usual environment. Some of the young people I have spoken to describe it as something ‘clicking’ when they are on board - they may feel like they are good at something or fit in for the first time and this gives them what they need to turn their lives around. Please describe your job in 3 words Creative Rewarding Fun If you were famous, what would you be famous for? For being fluent in a secret language, understood exclusively by myself and my best friend.