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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.

Peter Davies – Chair

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.

Simon Sherrard – Vice Chair

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 is an Elder Brother of Trinity House, a Trustee of the Mission to Seafarers, the White Ensign Association and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, a Council Member 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. 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, a Tea Shop, Botanical Garden and holiday cottages. As well as being Chairman of the Estate and Chairman of Goonvean Holdings Ltd, Evelyn Boscawen is also the Patron of Truro Sea Cadets, President of Young People Cornwall and President of the Cornwall Federation of Young Farmers Clubs.

Jonathan Cunliffe

Jonathan has lived in Cornwall since he was three, and has worked in property in Cornwall since 1993. He joined international firm Savills in 2005, heading up their business in Cornwall, and later as a director sitting on various national management boards. He left in early 2018 to spend more time in Cornwall and set up his own firm. He has been an active member of the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club for many years and has sailed since an early age, often racing in championships at home and abroad. Also a trustee of the Cornwall Community Foundation, Jonathan lives in Falmouth with his wife and three young children.

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.

Tamsin Mann

Tamsin was born in Cornwall and grew up on a small holding near to the North Coast. She now lives in Truro with her husband and two children.

After working in the Civil Service for a number of years Tamsin decided to pursue a career in law, and as a mature student, she achieved a first-class law degree with Dean’s Commendation from the University of Exeter. Tamsin now works for Murrell Associates LLP as a commercial property lawyer and has a charity law specialism.

In her spare time Tamsin enjoys walking, cycling, the odd game of squash, spending time with family and friends, and generally appreciating all that Cornwall has to offer.

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.

Peter Searle

Peter was born in Truro but led a nomadic life from a very young age. He spent his working life as an army officer, mostly in the Royal Engineers but latterly as a senior officer in the Sultan of Oman’s Armed Forces, where he was an adviser and member of the executive board of a defence authority. Now busily retired, he is settled back in Falmouth, where he is involved in a number of local charities and voluntary organisations and, with the sea in his veins, endeavours to coax his Falmouth Working Boat gingerly around ‘the cans’ through the summer months.

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.

Brian Steward

A Cornishman, Brian left Penzance to study Zoology at London University, pursuing a varied career thereafter in marketing and sales with computer software firms (IBM and ICL) largely working with Banks, Building Societies, and Investment Managers. With a young family, Brian decided to move nearer his roots settling in Tavistock for some 23 years. During this time he worked for Aegon/Scot Equitable moving through the company to manage Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester offices. Until recently Brian was the director of TMS Financial Solutions. Brian, who has always had an interest in boats, is a Yacht master and moved to Feock in 2004.

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!

Honorary Stowaway: Captain G A Hogg RN Rtd

George has strong Cornish roots as his great grandfather was a shipbuilder at Feock. He started his naval career as a 16 year old cadet, qualified as an Engineer Officer and served in a variety of ships and shore establishments including two spells at RNAS Culdrose. His final naval appointment was as the Defence Attaché in the British Embassy in Peru. He retired in 1988 and returned to Cornwall, where he and his wife built a house near Padstow. Deeply involved in local maritime research he has been the Hon Curator of the Cornwall Maritime Museum Falmouth since 1993.

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