Please tell us a bit about yourself

Former Navy Officer and CEO of Guide Dogs. Married (again!) in 2017, and now have a total of 5 sons from both previous marriages. More grandchildren than I dare admit, and two golden retrievers. I enjoy any live performances – most recent – Swan Lake, Ed Sheeran, Cirque du Soleil and the Foo Fighters, and play the guitar (badly) myself. I like walking in the countryside, swimming, getting out on the water, and (fly) fishing.  

Please tell us a bit about your role at Tall Ships

Chief Executive Officer. I work in three dimensions; leading staff and volunteers to success; laterally with High Level Donors, partner organisations, the media, and with sponsors; vertically upwards for the Trustees to deliver the mission.

What has been your most memorable moment at Tall Ships?

Two days after joining when we were told the sale of the Stavros had collapsed. Life since then has been a blur…

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

We are about the young people we develop; the beautiful and capable boats we sail are a means to an end, not an end in themselves……

Please describe your job in 3 words

Inclusive, Adventurous, Excellent!

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

Playing the soviet lead actor in Hunt for Red October…