WHY TALL SHIPS YOUTH TRUST?
When I retired from investment banking, I became a governor at a special needs school close to where I live in West Sussex. The school had sent young people on numerous Tall Ships Youth Trust trips and the feedback was always very positive. When I stepped down as a governor, I was interested in continuing to do charitable work, which benefitted disadvantaged young people, and was introduced to Tall Ships Youth Trust by a former trustee. I have been a keen sailor all my life and recall, as a youngster, seeing the schooners, Sir Winston Churchill and Malcolm Miller in the Solent. I soon realised that these wonderful boats were once owned by the Trust. I have seen first-hand how Tall Ships Youth Trust changes lives and was delighted to become a Trustee.
I have sailed since I was a child growing up in Chichester, where I sailed dinghies and windsurfed before moving on to larger boats. I graduated from Imperial College, London, in Chemical Engineering and joined Price Waterhouse in London where I trained as a Chartered Accountant. After qualifying, I moved into investment banking and spent the next 25 years with Credit Suisse, JP Morgan and Renaissance. My banking career was divided roughly equally between London and Asia. Sailing remained a big part of mine and my family’s lives, whether racing or cruising, both in the UK and overseas. I have moved back to the Chichester area, and I’m married with two grown up children who both sail.