His Royal Highness The former Prince of Wales
The Rt. Hon Sir Timothy Sainsbury Kt PC
Admiral Sir Ian Garnett KCB
In accordance with the articles of association there are eleven trustees, all of whom are Members of the Trust, which is a company limited by guarantee.
The Board of Trustees is responsible for setting our strategic direction and for monitoring progress to achieve this.
Admiral Sir Trevor Soar KCB OBE DL is a former Commander-in-Chief Fleet of the Royal Navy and current Chairman of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust. Sir Trevor was born in Belper and was educated at Loughborough Grammar School. He joined the Royal Navy in 1975, attending BRNC Dartmouth.
Sir Trevor commanded the submarines HMS OCELOT from 1987 to 1990 and HMS TALENT from 1991 to 1994. He went on to command the frigate HMS CHATHAM from 1997 to 1998 and the aircraft carrier HMS INVINCIBLE from 2002 to 2004. Sir Trevor was appointed Capability Manager in 2004 in the rank of Rear Admiral and was promoted to Chief of Materiel (Fleet), Defence Equipment & Support in the rank of Vice Admiral in 2007. On 17 October 2008, it was announced that he will be promoted to Admiral and appointed as Commander-in-Chief Fleet and Allied Maritime Component Commander, Northwood.
Sir Trevor became Chairman of Trustees at Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust on 26 May 2016.
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Tony is a retired Marine Consultant who served as a Marine Engineer Officer in the Merchant Navy achieving the rank of Chief Engineer. Coming ashore as a Superintendent for a container shipping company, he was responsible for the technical operation of several ships, including new build and conversion projects. Subsequently, the company took over Sealink Ferries and he became involved in its modernisation with the introduction of new ships and reorganisation of its routes. Tony’s career advanced and he achieved the position of Technical Director.
After leaving Stena Line UK, Tony started his own Marine Consultancy advising clients in design, build and management of many different types of ship. He worked on projects in offshore oil & gas industry, offshore renewable energy, cruise shipping and the design of the two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy. The business ran very successfully for 14 years when he decided to retire.
Tony is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology.
Being aware of its history, Tony was thrilled to be invited to become a Trustee of the Dockyard as he believes the preservation of its shipbuilding legacy should be kept alive for future generations to appreciate.
Paul’s professional interests are in planning, economic development, heritage and regeneration. In that capacity he was the Government’s Chief Planner for England, a former chair of the south east committee of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and is a trustee of Creative Folkestone and a lay canon of Rochester Cathedral. He is currently an Examining Inspector for National Infrastructure at the Planning Inspectorate.
He has been involved with the regeneration of the Chatham Naval Base as a whole since 1984 and recently contributed a chapter to a book covering the creation and evolution of the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust which he helped to establish and of which he has been a trustee since 2017.
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Sarah brings a wealth of experience and insight from her years in the tourism industry in theme parks, The National Trust and, most recently, leading the Worldwide Studio Tour and Retail Experience division at Warner Bros. Discovery where she is responsible for attractions and retail experiences spanning London, New York, Hollywood and Tokyo.
Sarah’s immediate family was brought up in Chatham, where her ancestors laboured close to the river and at the docks. The most infamous is Edward Roots who was a well-known and successful small-time smuggler, eventually hanged for smuggling along the north Kent coast in the early 1700’s. She has provided a unique insight into commercial operations and heritage properties as a Chatham Historic Dockyard Trustee since 2018.
Pommy was a former corporate finance partner at Deloitte and the secretary to the Review Board for non competitive government contracts mainly in connection with defence contracts. He is currently also a trustee of the Old Royal Naval College, Chairman of our subsidiary company, Master Ropemakers Limited and Vice Chairman of Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited.
His former roles included being a director of The Port of London Authority, British Waterways, Christie Group plc and Hyde Housing Association and Chairman of Martlet Homes and Venners Limited. He is Chartered Accountant, a member of the Securities Institute and Sloan Fellow of The London Business School.
Pommy was awarded an MBE in the Kings Birthday Honours List in June 2023 for services to Heritage and to the Charitable Sector.
Duncan Wilson joined Historic England as the organisation’s first Chief Executive on 1st April 2015. Historic England is a public body which improves people’s lives by protecting and championing the historic environment.
Previously, Duncan was Chief Executive of the Alexandra Park and Palace Trust, developing a major regeneration and conservation scheme to restore the Victorian theatre and television studios. He has also been Chief Executive at the Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College, maintaining one of Europe’s finest groups of baroque buildings, and the Somerset House Trust, opening the site to the public.
Duncan’s first job as a chartered accountant in 1987 was as Senior Management Accountant at English Heritage. Before accountancy he worked as a professional archaeologist in Oxford and Herefordshire, following post graduate research in European Archaeology.
He is a Trustee of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and the Greenwich Foundation. He was awarded the OBE for services to heritage in 2007 and became a RIBA Honorary Fellow in 2022. Duncan was awarded CBE in the King’s Birthday Honours in 2023.
The Historic Dockyard at Chatham is a remarkably complete legacy of the history of building and fitting out the ships of the Royal Navy over three centuries. It fully deserves to be conserved and handed on to future generations, as well as presented to today’s visitors to bring out its extraordinary story, and that of the men and women who worked here. It is of international significance, and a magical place. That is why Duncan is so passionate about it.
Since stepping down as the Vice-Chancellor of Loughborough University in 2021, Professor Allison has been appointed to a number of non-executive roles. He is the Chair of Trustees for The Air Ambulance Service and St Philip’s Centre in Leicester. Bob is a non-executive director of the High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute Foundation. His most recent appointment is as the Senior Non-Executive Member and Vice-Chair of Chapter at Leicester Cathedral. Bob was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for Leicestershire in 2022 and was awarded the CBE in the same year for services to education and young people.
The Historic Dockyard has an important place in our country’s seafaring history and is a major visitor attraction. It is a resource of significant value to the nation, which brings to life many different aspects of past life in the Royal Navy. Everyone involved in Chatham, both staff and volunteers, are passionate about the Dockyard and Professor Allison is delighted to be able to support their endeavour.
Deirdre Wells OBE was appointed as CEO of Visit Kent in September 2018. Deirdre is also CEO of Go to Places, an organisation created by the company, to deliver services to partners outside, and in partnership with Kent, including the Big Weekend and a number of national tourism projects.
Prior to her appointment to Visit Kent, Deirdre was Chief Executive of UKinbound, representing nearly 400 UK inbound tourism businesses. Deirdre joined UKinbound following 20 years in Government at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport working on a variety of high-profile projects including the Millennium Dome, Liverpool Capital of Culture 2008 and the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, and latterly as Head of Tourism.
Deirdre is Chair of English Tourism Week and sits on the Board of the Tourism Alliance.
- The Rt Hon the Secretary of State for Defence
- The Rt Hon the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
- Mr John Spence OBE DL
Chatham Historic Dockyard (Trading) Limited
Master Ropemakers (Trading) Limited
Historic Dockyard Property Limited
Historic Dockyard Property (2005) Limited
The Executive Team
The executive team is responsible for the strategic leadership and day to day running of The Historic Dockyard Chatham, including the museum and visitor attraction, commercial estate and historic properties.
Chief Operating Officer
Director of Communications & Public Engagement
Director of Commercial Operations
Director of Historic Environment and Buildings
We are delighted to have a number of Ambassadors who we work with very closely to promote the work of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust. Our Ambassadors come from a variety of backgrounds and are based geographically across the UK.