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The National Maritime Museum Cornwall at dusk overlooking Falmouth harbour credit Luke Hayes

Introducing our current Trustees

Our Trustees serve in a voluntary capacity. They act as guardians and we seek to represent a broad range of different backgrounds, areas of expertise and perspectives on the Board. Trustees are frequently leaders in their fields. They include experts in maritime history, and leaders in business.

Alexandra Bolitho (President)

Alexandra is the daughter of Rear Admiral Morgan Morgan Giles, and grand-daughter of the Teignmouth based yacht designer Francis Morgan Giles. By profession an interior designer, she has run her own business and has been responsible for the renovation and care of many properties, both historic and modern.

She supports several Cornish Charities, including as President of the West Cornwall NSPCC, and County Patron of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Alexandra has a large extended family, both in the UK and Australia. She is married to Colonel Edward Bolitho (Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall), lives near Penzance and has three grown up children, twin daughters and a son.

Simon Sherrard (Chairman)

Simon started his career at Samuel Montagu & Co Ltd, merchant bankers, and after seven years moved to Jardine Matheson & Co Ltd where he worked in Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. In 1985 he joined the shipping company, Bibby Line Group Ltd, in Liverpool as Managing Director becoming non-executive Chairman in 2000. He has also been Chairman of the Port of London Authority, Deputy Chairman of Lloyds Register and Chairman of A & P Group. He is an Elder Brother of Trinity House, the Vice President of the RNLI and Chairman of the Trustees of the Cornwall Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre. In 2010 he was Prime Warden of The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights and is a Freeman of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen. He is currently the Deputy Lieutenant of Cornwall. Simon lives with his wife, Sara, on the north coast of Cornwall.

Rob Holmes (Chair, Audit and Finance Committee)

Rob was appointed Director of Finance in 2014 having been in the deputy post since 1998 and joining the University in 1992. During that time he has been involved with finances across the institution from the early days of European funding and the acquisition of the Penryn Campus, the establishment of the joint venture, Falmouth Exeter Plus, the merger with Dartington College of Arts and in achieving University title.

He is responsible for all aspects of finance across the University, including procurement, and is responsible for financial planning. The importance of working with staff across the institution to de-mystify finances is at the forefront of Rob’s approach to finance, supported by tight controls and rigorous financial management and analysis.

Before working at the University, Rob ran the small business unit for a regional accountancy practice having trained both in practice and commerce; his first finance job being with the regional bus company. Rob is a Chartered Certified Accountant, a member of the Chartered Management Institute and successfully completed the General Management Programme with Cranfield University in 2013.

The Hon Evelyn Boscawen

Evelyn Boscawen’s family have been running the Tregothnan Estate for 700 years. It is a working Estate that currently grows and supplies fine teas, herbal infusions, honey and flowers, Tea Shop and holiday cottages. As well as being Chairman of the Estate, Chairman of Goonvean Holdings Ltd and Chairman of St Michael Parish Council, Evelyn Boscawen is also the Patron of Truro Sea Cadets and President of Young People Cornwall. High Sheriff of Cornwall 2007.

Peter Davies

Peter has previously been Vice Chair of the SW Regional Advisory Board of the National Trust and been chair of Trustees at the Hall for Cornwall, a non-executive Director and Chair of three NHS Trusts and was Director of Personnel and Chief Executive of Cornwall County Council retiring in 2002. Peter was appointed MBE in 2009 for services to the community in Cornwall and he is also Vice Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall.

Michael Griffiths

Michael was born and bred in the South West and has spent all his leisure time since the early 50’s sailing in the Helford River and western approaches. His father, who introduced Sir Francis Chichester to sailing, bought him a boat at the age of five.

Before his retirement in 2015, Michael was a solicitor acting for commercial clients until he developed a specialism in employment law in which field he acted in a judicial capacity for 20 years. He moved to Falmouth with his wife 15 years ago and spends his time in a number of voluntary posts together with as much sailing as possible with his grandchildren.

Sam Hunt

Sam Hunt was until recently Executive Director of the Association of Independent Museums and now works as a freelance museums consultant. Previously he was Chief Executive of the SW Museums Libraries and Archives Council, the regional development agency for museums in the South West, and the Chief Executive of the South West Museums Council. He has been associated with a number of major projects in Cornwall and the South West and has a wide experience of museums and museum practice. As Head of Bath Museums, Sam was responsible for running the Roman Baths Museum, the Museum of Costume and City Marketing Unit. He has also played an important part in the development of this Museum.

Anthony Pawlyn

Tony comes from a line of Cornish fishermen, mariners, ship-owners and fish-merchants. He was a founder member and former Chairman of the South West Maritime History Society and has written extensively about the Cornish fisheries, Cornish luggers and other local fishing craft and the Falmouth packets. Tony has been a Trustee of the Cornwall Maritime Museum since 1996 and became their chairman in 2002.

Tony oversees the Museum’s Bartlett Maritime Research Centre and Library, a wonderful resource of books, archives and records on maritime matters, with a team of volunteers who answer enquiries for members of the public and who work on a range of research projects.

Sara Pugh

A keen sailor all her life, Sara became a business owner in 2004 when she co-founded Falmouth based design and marketing agency Eight Wire where she still serves as Managing Director. She works hard at improving her own business as well as contributing to the wider community. She is a trustee of Mylor Sailability and a director of Falmouth BID. Sara studied at the former Falmouth College of Arts, now Falmouth University, where she is now a part-time lecturer in Business Entrepreneurship.

Helen Stembridge

Helen is a Business Coach and Project Manager working for Exeter University in Cornwall. She works with businesses offering coaching, academic support and funding to encourage business growth and recruitment in county. She has held senior business development posts within the Civil Service and blue chip companies including the Financial Times and Royal Mail Group.

Helen lived in the USA for three years where she developed her own business working with among others Martin Luther King Jnrs daughter Yolanda King. Helen moved to Cornwall in 2016 and became Chair of the SSAFA Culdrose Committee. Noting a requirement to support local students, she created a Community Interest Group recycling clothing, providing this free of charge to those unable to afford the appropriate attire for formal events throughout Cornwall.

Simon Tregoning

After leaving University, where he studied Economics and Business Economics, Simon joined the Bank of England and gained experience in Management Accounting and Banking Supervision. In 1989, after five years at the Bank, he left to become a partner at Classic Cottages, a family company marketing holiday homes. Now Chairman, Classic Cottages have a staff of 60 and market a portfolio of some 1,300 properties spread from Land’s End to the Isle of Wight. In the last six years they have acquired two more agencies, Boutique Retreats and Aspects Holidays, taking the group portfolio to 2,000 properties and total staff in the group to over 120.

Simon has chaired the Cornwall Commercial Tourism Federation, the Cornwall Association of Holiday Home Agencies and been a board member of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP. He is also a keen skier and a wannabe surfer!

David Williams

David has been interested in naval history and in particular Horatio Nelson since he was a boy and has written articles for major magazines and was commissioned to design Royal Worcester porcelain and Dartington crystal for the 200th anniversary celebrations of Trafalgar in 2005. After five years at the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich working to secure corporate sponsorship, he then spent 16 years as Sponsorship Manager for the Royal Armouries at the Tower of London. Between 2017 and 2019 David was commissioned to research and catalogue, what is probably the largest and most valuable private collection of Nelson treasures consisting of over 1,900 artefacts. David sat in court as a Magistrate at Uxbridge for 29 years and is also a School Governor at the Aldgate School in London.

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