Say ‘Ahoy’ to our Trustees! Challenge Wales currently has a board of four Trustees who bring different skills to the charity. They are responsible for the governance of the organisation and developing & implementing the charity strategy.
Andy, a Master Mariner, has a Merchant Navy and ship management background. He has had an active interest in sailing and racing having raced in Round Britain Race (taking 2nd in Class) and was winner of the inaugural Vilamoura Race (racing on Colt Cars GB in 1983). Andy has been responsible for setting up the charity’s polices, procedures, safety management system and planned maintenance programme. Andy is the principle skipper for Challenge Wales.
Russell became a sailor at 10 days old, when his parents lowered him down the wall of Ramsgate harbour in a bucket into their boat waiting below. He has been a sailor ever since, sometimes on yachts, but mostly as a dinghy sailor, where he has lead world and national championships. In business he has been the MD of manufacturing and engineering businesses, so is adding to the business side of running the charity.
Vicky has a background in marketing and business development and has been instrumental in bringing over £400,000 worth of funding into the charity. Sailing is a recent addition to Vicky’s water-based activities where previously her main passion was Dragon Boat Racing. Vicky had been a trustee of a national charity prior to Challenge Wales and her volunteering outside of Challenge Wales has taken her to London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics as a Gamesmaker in one of the London venues.
Dave is a Chartered Accountant and has had a career in the financial sector with strong experience in charity accounting and in particular regulatory compliance and auditing. He brings these skills to the charity’s board as Treasurer and number cruncher.
Liam works in the Financial Services sector where risk and compliance are key to his role. Outside of the finance world, Liam has enjoyed dinghy sailing, cars and motorbikes! Liam is the Child Protection Officer for Challenge Wales ensuring volunteers are suitable for their role and young people are safeguarded.
Helen started sailing around 30 years ago, clocking up more than 2000 miles as a yacht skipper before becoming hooked on dinghy sailing. Helen is a competitive dinghy racer, a racing coach and sailing instructor. Helen’s business experience covers every role from Customer Service to Operations and Logistics, and works as a business adviser, helping businesses to grow. Helen is helping Challenge Wales to make processes as slick as possible, delivering maximum value for our guests, beneficiaries, stakeholders, volunteers and supporters.
Helen became a board member in June 2019