Please tell us a bit about yourself

I came to Tall Ships in September 2019; having had an eclectic mix of jobs.  I was at Chichester Festival Theatre for 13 years, stewarding mid-value donors.  I saw some amazing productions but nothing compares to when you see a group of young people return from a voyage – their exuberance and enthusiasm is infectious and wonderful to witness.

Please tell us a bit about your role at Tall Ships

I am the Fundraising Administrative Assistant.  I support both the Fundraising Officer and the Grants Officer; this involves financial reporting, research, grant applications and all things admin!

What has been your most memorable moment at Tall Ships?

Having never sailed before in my life, I went on a day sail in October 2019.  It was a force 8, and one of the crew happily said that we were on the right side of dangerous!  It was exhausting but exhilarating on the same level.  I kind of got how the young people must feel; you arrive as strangers but you have to work together as a team, which breaks down all sorts of barriers.

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

That a voyage for disadvantaged young people can really turn their lives around; show them opportunity and they make friends for life.

Please describe your job in 3 words

Busy, diverse, rewarding

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

For managing a boys’ football team – was definitely channelling my inner Alex Ferguson!