Please tell us a bit about yourself

I was born in Ipswich and lived in reading for my younger years, before moving abroad to live in Brussels and Paris. I then moved back to the Cardiff to complete a degree in Product design and learn how to fend for myself. Once completing my degree I yearned to go travelling and see the world, though I had always sailed as boy on the east coast it was from Gosport my adventure began. I joined a fleet of large yachts as a nipper (2nd mate), from there my first voyage was down to the canaries and across the Atlantic to the Caribbean.  There were defiantly worse things in life I could be doing so I worked my way through all the RYA qualifications to become a freelance skipper. Having been involved in many races and corporate events for years, I was ready for something different.  Having skippered for Tall ships for the last 6 years I can happily say it’s been the most rewarding and fulfilling role I have done.

When I am not working I am spending as much time as I can with my family, normally on a boat! I also like to keep fit or ride my motorbike.

Please tell us a bit about your role at Tall Ships Youth Trust

As a skipper for Tall ships, I am brought in to offer an amazing experience aboard the fleet of yachts , be it along the coast or across the Atlantic. On board the yachts my role is to inspire and encourage all to work together as a crew to create something that is unforgettable.

What has been your most memorable moment at Tall Ships Youth Trust?

There has been so many moments to remember that it is very hard to pick one, with so many young people coming through and literally changing their lives as the voyage goes on, from conquering fears of heights, fears of water, seeing things for the first time like the sea, beach and dolphins or leaning domestic life skills. One of those moments was when I sailed with a group of young offenders of which one had been arrested the day before the voyage, from the end of day 1 I saw this young person open his eyes to the world to what he could achieve and by the end of the week it was my privilege to offer him an award for his outstanding work and effort during the voyage, more to this was the feedback we received from the young person and his family and how he had chosen to go back to school to improve his life and that of his Mum.

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

Tall ships is a big family of which everyone is warmly welcomed into and supported through their individual journeys, from voyage crew and volunteers to mates, skippers and shore side support, up to the CEO who all clearly have a passion and drive to make a difference to as many Young people as possible.

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

I am famous, the amazing acrobatic MONKEY