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 is also Vice Chair of the Regional Advisory Board of the National Trust and has previously 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 a Deputy Lieutenant for Cornwall.
Simon Sherrard – Vice Chair
Simon started his career at Samuel Montagu & Co Ltd, merchant bankers, and after 7 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 of the Audit & Finance Committee
Rob is a Chartered Certified Accountant and member of the Chartered Management Institute. He was recently appointed Director of Finance at Falmouth University having been in the Deputy post since 1998 after 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 and, most recently, in achieving University title. Responsible for all aspects of finance across the University, including procurement and bursaries, Rob’s aim is to ensure that the institution is financially sustainable over the long term such that the massive investment over the past 10 years continues to benefit current and future students.
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. In 1997 he became a director of a small, established, local firm – TMS Financial Solutions – which is now a leading West Country IFA working with solicitors and accountants and specialising in investments and pensions for high net worth individuals and trusts. Brian, who has always had an interest in boats, is a Yachtmaster and moved to Feock in 2004.
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.
Simon is a partner and Managing Director of Classic Cottages Ltd, a holiday home marketing agency, with 500 holiday homes spread throughout the West Country. He has chaired the Cornwall Commercial Tourism Federation (the private sector voice for tourism in the County) and is a Board member of Visit Cornwall.
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.
James Staughton is CEO of St Austell Brewery which was founded by his great-great grandfather Walter Hicks in 1851. The Brewery is the largest private sector company in Cornwall employing over 1,500 people and owning 180 pubs which are situated throughout the South West. In addition to his role at the Brewery James is Chairman of the Cornwall Place Board and Chairman of the St Austell Bay Economic Forum. He was also the founder of ‘Clean Cornwall’ the anti-litter organisation.
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.
Christopher is a Cornishman who grew up sailing the wonderful waters of the Fal estuary, from the age of four. Although still a regular on the international racing circuit, he now enjoys family cruising in these familiar waters, from his home on the Helford River. He has enjoyed an extensive career in Finance but has recently opened an office in Truro as he hopes to utilise some of his skills to enhance the Cornish economy.
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.
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.
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, and following the birth of her second child, Tamsin decided to pursue a career in law. As a mature student, she achieved a first-class law degree with Dean’s Commendation from the University of Exeter and now works for Murrell Associates in Truro, a specialist team of corporate and commercial solicitors. Tamsin is a commercial property lawyer with a charity law specialism. She assists business clients with the sale and purchase of freehold and leasehold properties, and acts for landlords and tenants in commercial leases. Tamsin’s charity law expertise involves advising on the incorporation and registration of charities, and the specific rules that apply to charity owned property. In her spare time, she loves nothing more than spending time enjoying the great outdoors with family and friends, and appreciating all that Cornwall has to offer.
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.
Honorary Stowaway: Captain G A Hogg RN Rtd
George has strong Cornish roots as his great grandfather was a shipbuilder at Feock. He now lives near Padstow. He was the Hon Curator of the Cornwall Maritime Museum Falmouth from 1993 until the creation of NMMC.