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Leadership & Advocates

The Trust is a registered charity with 11 Trustees responsible for its governance. We are privileged to have HRH The former Prince of Wales as our Patron.


His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales with Admiral Sir Trevor Soar looking over railings at HM Submarine Ocelot.

His Royal Highness The former Prince of Wales


The Rt. Hon Sir Timothy Sainsbury Kt PC

Vice Patron

Chairman: Admiral Sir Ian Garnett KCB

Admiral Sir Ian Garnett KCB

Vice Patron

Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, The Lady Colgrain

Vice Patron


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.


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.

Richard Morsley

Chief Executive

Paul Barnard

Deputy Chief Executive

Lynnette Crisp

Director of Public Engagement

Olivia Horner

Director of Commercial and Operations

Nigel Howard

Director of Historic Environment and Buildings

Dockyard Ambassadors

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.

Lady Colgrain Lord Lieutenant of Kent

Mrs Geraldine Allinson OBE DL

Mr Simon Cook

Mrs Amanda Cottrell OBE DL

Professor Karen Cox

Sir Robert Crawford CBE

Mr Hugo Fenwick

Mr Bill Ferris CBE DL

Sir George Jessel DL

Mr Simon Lace

Mr Jonathan Neame DL

Mr Craig Mackinlay MP

Mr John Magee

Mr Richard Oldfield DL

His Honor Andrew Patience QC

Mr Chris Reynolds

Mr Dan Snow

Ms Carol Stewart

Mr Maurice Storey CB

The Rt. Reverend Dr Stephen Venner DL

Mr David Ward

Mrs Ann West MBE JP DL