Kevin George: Chair
Kevin George is the Chair of the Red Funnel Group, having previously been the CEO years for 5 years. He is also a Business Director of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and leads its marine and maritime interests. He is also of Chair of industry body, Discover Ferries. Kevin’s early career was in aviation where he held senior positions in British Airways and was the CEO of Monarch Airlines in its heyday.
Prior to becoming a Trustee of UKSA, Kevin was Chair of Governors of the Isle of Wight Studio School
A keen sailor, Kevin’s knowledge of UKSA was initially as a sailing school. However, when he came to the Isle of Wight in 2014 he soon became interested and involved in the charitable work of the organisation. In 2015, UKSA was Red Funnel’s first Charity of the Year which in turn led to the start of the ‘Test the Water’ programme for Isle of Wight year 6 students.
In 2019 Kevin accepted the role of Chair of Trustees of UKSA. He says he took the role, because as much as he admires the fantastic work that has been achieved in recent years, he is keen to help the organisation develop ,so that it can improve its financial performance, and in doing so make the transformational changes in young peoples’ lives through ‘Sea Change’ available to even more of those in need of help.
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 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 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.
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’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 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.
“Marc’s business background started in property. As European CFO for a US Real Estate firm, Marc travelled extensively working across Europe, the USA and Russia. He then founded a financial services support business with offices in London, Jersey, Guernsey and Hong Kong. As an accountant with an MBA from London Business School, Marc now works with new and established management teams to maximise their success.
He lives on the Island with his family and enjoys cruiser sailing and racing on the water.
Marc sees the life changing transformational impact that sailing has on individuals. He is passionate about providing access to this opportunity to as many people as possible. This is exactly what UKSA does and does so well.
Richard Stokes CBE
Richard served 36 years as a Royal Navy Officer, leaving in May 2018 as a Rear Admiral. A submarine weapon engineer by background, his recent responsibilities have included running the UK’s three operational Naval Bases, managing the future nuclear submarine programme, and directing the Navy’s Logistics, Infrastructure, and Engineering Support.
He has experienced first hand the transformational affect of spending time at sea, in warships, submarines, and through sailing. Richard is a keen recreational skier and sailor, and a previous Chair of the UK Armed Forces Winter Sports Charity. He was honoured with the award of a CBE in the 2018 New Years Honours. Richard lives in Havant, Hants with his wife Claire and they regularly sail their yacht ‘Skybird’ around the South Coast.
Sam works as a coach to support leaders and managers to unlock their potential. She gathered experience over twenty-five years leading businesses and working in teams in the corporate and social impact sectors including family-owned businesses, partnerships, entrepreneurial ventures and education. She has been a Governor of the Skinners’ Kent Academy.
Sam is a keen sailor. She learned to sail on the Island and regularly races from Cowes. Sam became a Trustee of UKSA because she saw firsthand, when training as a Day Skipper at UKSA, the positive impact that sailing and experiencing the maritime world can have on young people. She wanted to get more involved by helping to shape the environment that supports the growth and emotional wellbeing of the young people who come to UKSA.
Ole is the Founder and MD of Bestport Private Equity which is a London-based investment firm focussing on assisting the growth and development of fast-growing companies in the UK. He has been particularly active in the health, social care and education markets where he continues to invest and engage proactively at company board level.
Ole has been a trustee of Magic Bus UK which supports Magic Bus’ child-focussed education programmes in India and Myanmar. He is also a trustee of Dulwich International School Foundation which supports education and extracurricular development programmes in developing countries.
Ole holds a Bsc (Econ) from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He lives in London and Cowes and is a keen sailor who races on his yacht in the Solent and cruises predominantly in Scandinavia where he was born and raised.