Meet the Team, Patrons and Trustees
Sir Simon Jenkins
Journalist, author and former chairman of the National Trust. He writes a column weekly for the Guardian and the London Evening Standard. He edited the Evening Standard and The Times, was political editor of the Economist, and worked on Country Life and the Sunday Times. He served on the boards of British Rail, London Transport and the Museum of London and was deputy chairman of English Heritage. His books include works on London, the press and British politics. He wrote England’s 1,000 Best Churches, and England’s 1,000 Best Houses and a study of Welsh architecture. He recently published A Short History of England (2010) and his latest book is England’s 100 Best Views.
Lord Iliffe, DL
Chairman of the Yattendon Group Plc, a family business involved in regional newspapers, marinas, property and agriculture. High Sheriff of Warwickshire 1983-1984. Chairman of the Council of RASE 1994-1998, Warden of Bradfield College 2001-2006, Commodore of Royal Yacht Squadron 2005-2009 and a Younger Brother of the Corporation of Trinity House from 2005.
Jessica Berry FSA, FRGS, ACIfA
Jessica Berry is founder and CEO of MAST. She is an author and maritime archaeologist MA (Hons) MA ACIfA. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She is a former journalist with UK broadsheets. After completing her Masters at Flinders University in Australia, she worked internationally as a maritime archaeologist, first in Australia as Assistant Curator at the Western Australian Maritime Museum before working for Wessex Archaeology as a Project Supervisor and then at the Association for the Development of Maritime Archaeological Research (Adramar) in Rennes, France. She was part of the project team excavating the Swash Channel wreck since 2010, a 17th century Dutch armed merchantman off Poole in Dorset. She is the archaeological advisor for the 1685 Coronation wreck in Cornwall. She is an HSE Scuba and HSE SSDE, a PADI Open Water Instructor and an SSI Instructor and holds a commercially endorsed Advanced Powerboat licence.
MAST Senior Archaeologist
Giles Richardson is a maritime archaeologist, MA (Hons) PCIfA and an Invincible Project team diver. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Bath’s History of Technology Research Unit, and is completing a doctorate at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Maritime Archaeology. His research focuses on the archaeology of the Victorian Royal Navy. He continues to work on projects across Europe, notably the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology’s excavations at the sunken Ptolemaic city of Heracleion-Thonis in Egypt. He holds HSE Surface Supply (Offshore Top-Up) and Professional SCUBA qualifications, and is a BSAC Advanced Diver and Open Water Instructor and a PADI Open Water Instructor.
Mast Trustees / Directors
Major General Patrick Cordingley DSO OBE DSc FRGS
Patrick Cordingley was commissioned into the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards in 1965. Later, as a brigadier, he commanded the Desert Rats, (the 7th Armoured Brigade), during the 1991 Gulf War. His huge tank formation led the British and American attack, which breached the Iraqi defences. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. After this he was promoted to major general to command the 2nd UK Division, (50,000 regular and TA soldiers), with its headquarters in York. In July 1996 he was appointed Military Adviser to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos of Oman. Patrick retired from the Army in September 2000 and then completed seven years as chairman of an IT company. He is now Chairman of Defence and Security Forum and the National Memorial Arboretum Appeal. He is a past Master of the Ironmongers Company and past Chairman of the Trustees of Gilbert White's House and the Oates Collection and also a past chairman and vice-chairman of the governors of two schools He spends time being a military commentator, working mainly for the BBC, and a lecturer on decision-making. He was also a visiting scholar at Hull University, where he is a Doctor of Science. In August 1996 he published In the Eye of the Storm, his own account of leading Britain's biggest armoured deployment since D-day in 1944. He is also the co- author of a biography of Captain Oates, who walked willingly to his death on Captain Scott's ill-fated Antarctic expedition in 1912.
Vice Admiral Sir Anthony Dymock KBE CB MNI
Anthony Dymock retired after 40 years in the Royal Navy in 2008 having commanded 3 frigates, a frigate squadron and a Carrier Battle Group in blockade, crisis and combat operations off Beira (’71), Iceland (‘73,’75) the Falklands (’82), the Gulf (’91,’98), Kosovo(’98) and Sierra Leone (’99). Ashore, he directed the Maritime Warfare Centre and served in the naval and central staffs in the policy and capability areas. He headed the British Defence Staff in Washington during the Iraq and Afghan campaigns (’02-‘06) and was the UK’s Military Representative to NATO and the EU in Brussels (’06-’08). As a founding director of Wise Pens International he works with the UK’s Defence Academy and Concepts Centre, UK & US universities, UK & European think tanks, the African Union, the European Defence Agency and other EU institutions on international maritime security policy issues in Europe, the Arctic and Africa. As a supporter of the newly formed National Museum of the Royal Navy he was the appeal chairman for the NMRN’s new £4.75M “HMS” C20th & C21st Gallery in Portsmouth. As a keen yachtsman and former diver with an active interest in all maritime matters he is a member of the Nautical Institute, RYS, RNSA, and MCS.
Julian has over 20 years of experience in international development. He is currently CEO of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists having previously been interim Director of International at Leonard Cheshire Disability and prior to that Chief Executive of two UK-based Foundations working with disadvantaged children and young people around the globe. He has held regional and country director posts for the International Red Cross and covered emergency and development operations in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining the Red Cross he spent two years with the United Nations based in Jerusalem.
Jean-Marc is the managing director of ACE Advisory Services Ltd. providing advice, coaching and engagement to a number of startup and mature businesses and is currently undertaking a six month consultancy with Dixons Carphone Connected World Services to lead their business client solutions initiative. Jean-Marc is a senior European business executive with 20 years experience in managing business units, sales and marketing strategies and product and service portfolio teams. He has lived and worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia and the USA. He has held a variety of senior management positions in several leading systems and communications integrators, such as IBM, Dimension Data, Orange Business Services and Accenture. Most recently he has focused on driving transformation, change and innovation and was until recently the Operations Director at NSCGlobal where he restructured the operations for profitable growth at scale. He is currently Business Advisor to Andrew Gomershall at NS2, a leading business in IT sustainability solutions. In his spare time, Jean-Marc practises technical diving and is a business mentor at the Prince's Trust.
His Honour Peter Ralls QC
Called to the Bar in 1972, member of the Western and South Eastern Circuits; Chancery Bar Association, London Commercial and Common Law Bar Association and the Commercial Bar Association. Head of Chambers at 29 Bedford Row. Took Silk in 1997, subsequently moved to Essex Street and then Outer Temple Chambers (Head of Commercial Law Department). Listed in Chambers and Partners Directory as one of the leading silks in Commercial Law. Appointed to sit as a Recorder in 1997 and thereafter, in 2007 appointed as a full time Circuit Judge to hear Criminal and Civil Cases in Southampton, including a variety of cases brought by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and authorised to sit as a High Court Judge in the Queen’s Bench Division in London. Keen Yachtsman, former Commodore of The Royal London Yacht Club and Chairman of the Cowes Combined Clubs (responsible for running the annual Cowes Week Regatta), member of the RYS. Married with three children, living in Winchester and on the Isle of Wight. Interests include sport, particularly sailing, cricket (member of the MCC), rugby and country sports; music and theatre.
Roger more commonly known as 'Ginge' is the licensee of the 17th century Coronation wreck site in Cornwall. He is a current SDSC Diving Supervisor, HSE SCUBA diver, BSAC National Instructor, PADI Instructor, SSI DCS Instructor, Rebreather and Trimix diver. He lives and works in the south west of England as a the Chief Instructor of the MoD's Joint Services Sub Aqua Diving Centre and is the owner of the independent training company Leading Lights Training & Development. He has been diving since 1984 and is very proactive in promoting maritime and archaeology and the protection of our heritage and marine environment.