Please tell us a bit about yourself

I started my working life in a factory, training as a maintenance technician. I had sailed from 11 years old at a local sailing club and at 16 I was given the chance to sail with Tall Ships on their Challenger Yachts. This was when the fleet was new to the Trust and at the time you could get a watch leader recommend for being able to close the cabin hatches. I sailed in the role for a few years, giving 2 or 3 weeks a year to sail with all kinds of groups.

In 2013 I made the move to sailing professionally, I collected the tickets needed and spent the next 4 years sailing as mate for a number of sail training and youth development organisations.

In 2017 I reached the dizzying heights of skipper and currently work on all of our vessels with all age groups.

When I’m not at work I enjoy ... going sailing.

Please tell us a bit about your role at Tall Ships

My role here is as varied as the work the trust does. I can’t say what a “normal day” looks like. All I can guarantee is that what comes next will be interesting, exciting and, although it might not look like it from the outside, I will be enjoying it.

What has been your most memorable moment at Tall Ships?

It’s impossible to pick 1:

A breakthrough moment with a young person from Nottingham YMCA. He erupted with an angry outburst over a card game. Same game, 2 sets of rules, such a small thing. It took us 2 hours on the pontoon in Cowes Yacht Haven, going backwards and forwards with a conversation to calm him down. By the end, the young lad had 3 coping mechanisms that worked for him. We received a letter 2 weeks later saying he had taken these on and making progress with finding work and education.

What is one thing you think people should know about Tall Ships?

The groups are never what they look like from the outside.

Please describe your job in 3 words

Varied, adventurous, spontaneous

If you were famous, what would you be famous for?

Mistaken identity