Mark Wippell WHY TALL SHIPS? My education was funded to a significant extent by scholarships and I have learnt at first hand that providing opportunities and support of the right kind to young people that they would not otherwise get dramatically improves their ability to make the most of their lives through giving them confidence, self-discipline and team working skills. As someone who has been involved in sailing from an early age, and taught sailing to teenagers, I can testify to the role sailing can play in this. Tall Ships has a great heritage but the work that Tall Ships does for those that really need it has never been more relevant or needed than it is today. BACKGROUND After studying law at University in the UK and the US I pursued a career as a corporate lawyer for more than 30 years during which I was based mainly in London (with a spell in new York) and travelled extensively throughout the US, Europe and Asia. I was fortunate to be a partner in two international law firms during the globalisation of the legal market place and to be actively involved both in firm management and in advising large corporations on commercial matters internationally across a wide variety of sectors. I resigned from Allen & Overy in 2015 to pursue a non-executive career and now hold advisory roles with both financial services and healthcare companies and mentor and invest in technology businesses. I also chair the American European Business Association. I have been a member of senior advisory committees at Oxford University. Outside work I am married with a son and two daughters, all of whom sail. I have always had a keen interest in sport, music and the visual arts. I rowed competitively at University, played club tennis for many years and hold an offshore yacht master certificate.