William Garnett

William is a Partner in the firm of Bates Wells Braithwaite (“BWB”) – 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.


David Lister MBE

David is the nephew of UKSA founder, Noel Lister. A husband and father of three, David is a former Olympic rowing coach and was chief coach to the National Women’s Light Weight Rowing Squad in 1990. He has also been a trustee of the Whirlwind Trust for seven years. David runs various businesses including management of rental properties, property development, and private yacht charter boats on the Thames. He is the Rear Commodore of the Thames Vintage Boat Club and was awarded the MBE in 2010.


Richard Palmer

Richard Palmer is a CIMA qualified Management Accountant with 22 years business experience in the telecommunications sector.  Educated at Oxford University with an Honours Degree in Physics.  Richard then worked at the National Physical Laboratory as a scientist developing measurement standards for the fibre optic industry.  He then joined BT Worldwide Networks as a Project Manager procuring transatlantic fibre optic cables.  Moving into the finance function Richard has gained a broad range of experience across investment appraisal, product financial management, working capital management, strategic planning and budgeting. Richard initially joined the UKSA’s Advisory Group before becoming a Trustee in 2013 and more recently Chairman of the Finance Sub-Committee.

Richard is a keen sailor, a qualified Yachtmaster, member of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and Captain of the Civil Service Offshore Racing Club.  Racing his own yacht, Richard successfully completed the Double Handed Transatlantic Race in 2012 and was winner of the Double Handed Round Britain & Ireland Race in 2014.

Richard is married with two children.  His family have been regular supporters of UKSA since their first involvement with the Gipsy Moth project.


Claudia Suckling

Claudia joined the Trust Board after a career specialising in operational strategy, change management, product development and roll-out and risk control.  Most recently she was Director of Product Development and Director of Compliance and Investor Relations at an offshore company, liaising with foreign regulators over the approval of sharia investment products.  Her other Directorships have included Matheson Trust UK and the Board of Trustees for the Newton Pension Fund. She was Campaign Manager for a Westminster think-tank.

Charitable work has included an advisory role at a building preservation trust, restoring a public garden and recently she completed a six year term as a Cowes Harbour Commissioner, holding the portfolios for Stakeholder Relations, Communications and Conservation.


Dawn Haig-Thomas UKSA Trustee
Dawn Haig-Thomas

Dawn grew up in West London and went onto study Politics and Modern History at Manchester University before continuing onto Manchester Business School. Upon leaving, she entered Accenture’s graduate management consultancy programme and over the next eight years worked for a variety of international blue-chip companies. Thereafter she moved into the world of social entrepreneurship leading the mobile telecommunication industry’s efforts to “connect the unconnected” in the developing world through cutting edge, sustainable, new businesses.

She is interested in mental and physical well-being, and is a keen yoga practitioner, traveller, wild swimmer and long distance runner. In 2012, Dawn moved with her husband and three children to the Island in order to bring up her family by the sea.


David Royce

David has worked in the sector for over 20 years, formerly as Chief Executive of a charity employing 2,400 people providing services in some of the poorest communities in England and Wales. He is nowadays Chair of 5 much smaller charitable boards who are using social investment funds to deliver services for homeless young people and for foster care provision.  He recently has been appointed an honorary post as a Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford.

He attributes his abiding fascination in people, an enduring commitment to trying to make the world a better place and his interest in all things ocean-going to the formative childhood experiences living in specialist residential care for asthmatics on the Isle of Wight in the 1960’s.


Sir Anthony Greener

Sir Anthony was born in Bowden, Cheshire, in May 1940 and educated at Marlborough College. He is married with two children. Currently a Director of Williams Sonoma and a member of the group Board of United Learning, a leading educational charity and with previous roles with Dunhill Holdings, Diageo plc and British Telecom to name a few, he was honoured with a knighthood in HM the Queen’s birthday honours list in 1999 for his services to the drinks industry.

His principal leisure interests are ski-ing and sailing. Over the past twenty years he has been actively involved in the Royal Ocean Racing Club, including duties as Flag Officer and Honorary Treasurer. He has raced in the Admiral’s Cup and the Sydney–Hobart series. Anthony joined the Board because of his lifelong interest in sailing, which has given him so much enjoyment and so many exciting experiences . This resulted in his wish to help young people especially those from less advantaged backgrounds to have the opportunity to broaden their horizons outside their normal experiences.


Claire Locke

Claire Locke’s background is in business and enterprise and in 2016 she was awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise Promotion. A former High Sheriff, she is now a Deputy Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight. She is Vice Chair of the Prince’s Trust Enterprise Fellowship and serves as a Trustee of various foundations and has a particular interest in youth opportunities.



Debra Price 

Debra Price is Head of Philanthropy at RSAcademics where she helps schools all over the UK develop multi-million pound fundraising programmes.  Previously she was Benenden School’s Development Director for over 20 years before becoming Deputy Head. She is also a director of an educational publishing company, and Education Consultant to Harrow International and its portfolio of schools in China, Hong Kong and Thailand and a member of the governing body of each of the four Harrow International Schools.

Debra is deeply committed to helping young people.  She has written a parent’s guide to critical thinking and regularly visits schools to speak to teachers, parents and pupils about the power of critical thinking.  She lives on the Island with her husband, and has two children.