Meet the senior team

UKSA is led by a senior team with a wealth of knowledge in both the charity sector and the world of sailing and watersports.

UKSA Chief Executive

Ben Willows, Director of Operations

Ben Willows, CEO

Prior to taking on the role of Chief Executive, Ben was the Deputy Chief Executive and previously Director of Operations at UKSA.  He came to UKSA from a professional sailing background including campaigning for the British Sailing team and working onboard various high profile yachts.  He has worked at UKSA for over 10 years, and throughout this time Ben has worked in a number of different capacities throughout the operations of UKSA, which has given him an unrivalled breadth of knowledge about the organisation and its facilities.  Ben has also graduated from Cranfield University with the Advanced Development Programme qualification.

“I continue to be inspired by our students, some of whom have come from challenging backgrounds.  We have seen them turn their lives around and leave UKSA with new confidence, work and life skills, that will set them up for a long-term career in the maritime industry. It is a good reminder for us all that with the right encouragement and training anyone can turn their lives around, begin a new chapter and look ahead to a rewarding, long-term career.”

Director of Finance & Business Services

Dawn Lang

Dawn joined us in October 2015 and prior to  this this she was Chief Executive at Homes in Sedgemoor.  Dawn has an accountancy background and is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.  She is currently a board member for a housing association in Devon and is chair of their Audit Committee.

Director of Operations

Ewan Shinton

Ewan joined UKSA as a highly experienced Business Development and Project Director with a strong track record in operational management and consulting for the Commercial, Public and Charity sectors. He has 15 years board level experience. Ewan’s motivation for choosing to work with UKSA is to help disadvantaged young people and work in the not for profit sector in a marine environment. 

UKSA Chair of Trustees

William Garnett

William is a Partner in the firm of Bates Wells Braithwaite (BWB) where he founded and heads up the Employment and Discrimination Department. BWB acts for more charities and social enterprises than any other law firm in the UK. With approximately 40% of William’s clients as charities, not-for-profit and public sector organisations, he is acutely aware of the issues that commonly confront them. He has had a long term interest in supporting youth projects and individuals, particularly from areas of deprivation. He has been a school governor of two schools, was a trustee of the Tall Ships Youth Trust (formerly the Sail Training Association) for 10 years and is a trustee of FareShare.

He has joined UKSA because he recognises the value of the service and opportunity that it offers its users. He is also deeply committed to the Island and is aware of the challenges that many on the Island face.

William has been a keen sailor since his childhood and nowadays he races in Cowes, where he is a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron, and cruises in Northern Europe.

Meet all of our committed and talented trustees here.