Project Trustees


William Whitehouse-Vaux

William has been a Trustee since 1995 and has been chairman since November 2012.  He practiced shipping law as a barrister after university in Italy.   He has cruised and raced various boats onshore and offshore. 


Alan Richardson

Alan joined the Project in 1962 as a Watch Officer.  He became a Skipper in 1963 and Skipper Emeritus in 2006. He became a Trustee in 1987.  Alan read Law at university. His career was in the printing and packaging industries. Alan was a Sea Scout.


Christopher Wolley MBE

Chris joined the Project in 1967 as trainee. He became a Skipper in 1975 and a Trustee in 1997.  He worked for 42 years with HM Customs.  He holds a Masters ticket for Revenue Cutters.


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Giles Thorley

Giles has been a Trustee since 2002.  He is a barrister by training with careers in banking, business and private equity.  He managed the fundraising for both Merrilyn and Lady Shona.  He has sailed many classes of dinghy from Laser to Hobiecat.  


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Duncan Farrant

Duncan joined the Project as trainee in 1971, becoming a skipper in 1985. He has been a Trustee since 2005.  He worked as a chemist at University of London  1978 - 1984 then joined the Pharmaceutical Industry working for Wellcome (later Glaxo Smith Kline). 


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Chris Matthews

Chris joined the Project in 1969 as a trainee, becoming a Skipper in 1980.  He became a Trustee in 2012.  Chris studied construction management and has worked for residential developers. He was a Sea Cadet. 


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William Heathcoat Amory

Billy became a Trustee in 2012. He read Business Management at University. After 10 years at an investment bank he now runs his own business in London marketing investment funds. 

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Becky Shaw

Becky became a Trustee in 2013. She is Chief Executive of East Sussex County Council and has worked in local government throughout her career, primarily in London before moving to East Sussex in 2000. She read Politics and Economics at Bristol University.

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Dawn Bishop

Dawn became a Trustee in 2013.  She currently works within Education in Hampshire.  Prior to this Dawn was involved in maritime events, including Tall Ships Races, and also worked at the Royal Yachting Association promoting opportunities for disabled sailors.  Dawn enjoys cruising with her family.