Our Team

Meet The Island Trust's Crew - both on and off the water!
Daniel

Daniel

Skipper - Johanna Lucretia

Hi, I’m Dan. Having spent the majority of my childhood on the water it was naturally something that I was always drawn to. I started out as a Dinghy and Windsurf instructor at 17 working in some amazing places both in the UK and abroad, such as the Island Cruising Club in Salcombe. I began to move into more yachting on charter boats and then shifted over to more land based work. After a few years as a Firefighter and 10 years running my own business whilst still teaching on the water with the Exeter Sea Scouts, I felt the need to get back on the water full time. So after retraining I was fortunate to find The Island Trust and join their amazing team. I’m really looking forward to some amazing sailing experiences with everyone aboard Johanna and hopefully inspire more young people to get involved in such a wonderful environment.

Lucy

Lucy

1st Mate - Johanna Lucretia

Hiya! My name is Lucy. I started sailing when I was 7 years old, when I went sailing with my Dad back in Scotland. From there I started dinghy sailing and volunteering at my local yacht club. I then worked my way up to dinghy instructor and spent a few summers instructing budding sailors.
I decided to move onto sailing yachts and spent my first season sailing around the West coast of Scotland exploring amazing islands and anchorages. Luckily my family had the opportunity to buy a boat, so I got to explore even more on her! I also got the opportunity to do an ocean crossing where we travelled up to Svalbard and then sailed back to Scotland via the Faroe Islands.
Can’t wait to see you guys on Johanna Lucretia and explore the South West coast together!

Reggie

Reggie

2nd Mate - Johanna Lucretia

Hello, I’m Reggie. I have been a trainee, volunteer for a few years and am now 2nd mate on Johanna Lucretia. Having started sailing in 2017/18 with The Island Trust, I have had many opportunities too see more places of which I would not have seen otherwise. It has always been something I have wanted to pursue and now I am doing an apprenticeship with the Trust. I have always loved the sea and sailing, especially climbing to the cross trees and out on the bow sprit to watch the water. I am very much looking forward to the many adventures to come as well as applying my skills to work through the challenges that I may face along the journey.

Eve

Eve

Relief 2nd Mate - Johanna Lucretia

I first sailed with The Island Trust in 2017 as a young person on a home-ed voyage. After that, I got a taste for the sea and continued sailing with the Trust and other organisations. I also tried my hand at RIBs and dinghys, briefly joined sea cadets and even embarked on a marine science voyage with Seas Your Future. I love taking part in fun activities with trainees and helping them develop as sailors; and seeing marine life like jellyfish, bioluminescence and dolphins!

Sally

Sally

Relief Mate / On Board Ocean Educator (OBOE)

Hello I am Sally. My first experience of sailing was on The Isles of Scilly where I helped to restore a classic Redwing dinghy and sailed her to St Agnes from St Marys. That was me hooked. I decided to go to college and study Marine construction, systems engineering and maintenance in 2016. Part of the course included qualifications for working at sea.
Sailing has taken me on many adventures; I have visited Skye and climbed the Dubh Ridge, danced away Breton style at Douarnenez Festival and raced around the Norfolk Broads.
I have worked for The Island Trust since 2018 and one of my most memorable moments was sailing to The Isles of Scilly on Pegasus at night, with phosphorescence lighting up our bow wave and dolphins playing by our side. These are the moments that last a lifetime and can be experienced by all.

John

John

Fundraiser / Marine and Maritime Specialist

This is my eighth year with The Island Trust. I help develop and deliver the Ocean Discoverability day trips for children with disabilities, and raise the funds for them. I worked doing the same trips in the Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter, Cornubia, for six years. I also work as 2nd Mate on Ocean Literacy voyages, where we study ocean life by trawling for plankton and looking at it under the microscope; using underwater cameras and viewing marine life on the screen in the saloon; spotting and recording wildlife as we sail; rockpool rambles and beach cleans. I started sailing when I was 14 and was a volunteer mate in the Ocean Youth Club sailing gaff and bermudan rigged boats in my early 20’s. I carried on sailing in my own and other people’s boats throughout my 30 years in the Navy. Since then I have worked with several organisations helping to raise awareness of the sea, the amazing things that live in it, and the amazing opportunities it offers. I hope to help The Island Trust get young people to understand how and why our ocean is so important to us all.

Tom

Tom

Operations Manager

My name is Tom. I have built my career around sail training and sailing, skippering boats in various Tall Ships races and a season in the Caribbean. (That was hard!). I started sailing dinghy’s aged six. When I left college I worked in a boatyard in Cornwall. Then got a job as bosun with the Cirdan Sailing Trust. I worked there for 5½ years. The last 2½ years skippering Duet which included Tall Ships Races and the Americas Cup Jubilee. I then moved to Plymouth skippering a large ketch. I started with The Island Trust as Skipper before becoming the Operations Manager.

Andy

Andy

Business Support Manager

My name is Andy, and I am the Business Support Manager for The Island Trust. I first got involved with dinghy sailing way back in 1984 when I became a dinghy sailing instructor and rescue boat coxswain at our local sailing base, where we ran courses and activities for various school groups and young people with disabilities in trimarans. Since then, I have always had a keen interest in sailing and have progressed to the bigger boats when I passed my Day Skippers qualification. I have always found being on the water so refreshing and having a huge sense of freedom whilst being challenged by the weather and the tides. As the business support manager my role is to work closely with and support Tom, the Trust’s Operations Manager as well as assisting the shore team with aspects of the day to day running of the sea-going and shore activities.

Emma

Emma

Fundraising Manager

I am responsible for raising the all important funds needed to enable young people to get on the water and learn to sail on our fantastic fleet of boats. I love the sea and moved to the West Country in 2003 to be closer to the coast. I am fairly new to sailing but I enjoy being active outdoors, with a passion for sea swimming, and am used to being on the water as my parents used to moor their boat in Plymouth. I passionately believe that being active and the experience of sailing can make a positive difference to individuals lives.

Jane

Jane

Bookkeeper and Administrator

I’m Jane and I am The Island Trust’s Bookkeeper. I’ve been with The Island Trust since 2007. As well as looking after the charity’s finances, I manage the website, office administration, and a whole host of other things. I love the sea and was lucky to grow up in a seaside town famous for its harbour wall, The Cobb; fossil collector and paleontologist Mary Anning; and the Monmouth Rebellion, an attempt to overthrow King James II when The Duke of Monmouth landed on the town’s beach on 11 June 1685. There is nothing quite like the sound of the waves, the smell of the salty water and the fresh clean air to invigorate you!