Horizons is a Registered Charity with a Board of Trustees who are responsible for the conduct of the organisation, ensuring that it operates in accordance with its Articles of Association and that all the funds received by Horizons are used exclusively for the achievement of its stated objectives.
The Trustees meet regularly to review Horizons’ finances and operational projects, as well as making sure that all the necessary procedures are in place to operate safely.
“I believe Horizons is a key provider in helping children have the same sort of opportunities that I have enjoyed. Happily, my mix of skills enables me to help as a Volunteer as well as a Trustee.”
Babs’ working life has encompassed childcare, medical reception and nursing – as well as being a full-time Mum. Throughout this she has been able to pursue her passion of sailing. This has been a key focus in her life and was made possible by parental encouragement.
“Community-based work has always been part of my life and it is great to be able to support a charity that not only does some great work – but also makes use of my nautical knowledge.”
Andrew recently retired from his post as a lecturer at Plymouth University where he taught Navigation and Maritime Science. Prior to that he worked in industry in a variety of roles. He is a Chartered Meteorologist and qualified as an RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore, Advanced Powerboat and Shorebased Instructor. Andrew volunteers as a skipper for Friendship and Hawk 20s, as well as helping to deliver our RYA courses.
“I have always admired and respected the work which Horizons do for disadvantaged and disabled young people and the difference which having the opportunity to go out on the water can make to their lives. I am delighted to be able to support this local Charity.”
Alison was the Member of Parliament for Plymouth Moor View and Plymouth Devonport from 2005 until 2015. During that time she was also Shadow Minister for Defence and spent time with the Royal Navy as a member of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme. As a constituency MP she worked closely with local charities and voluntary organisations as well as maintaining a close interest in the Marine sector.
“I feel very fortunate to be part of an organisation like Horizons, which provides a fun and safe environment for young people to experience not only being out on the water, but also learning to be part of a team of other children and adults. Becoming a trustee of such an organisation is a great privilege.”.
Rory is a semi-retired IT project manager, having spent most of his working life in financial institutions in the city of London. He has been sailing on and off for most of his life, and has brought up two enthusiastic sailors in the shape of his children. He also volunteers as a Hawk skipper, and helps out in various other ways with the work of Horizons.
“Horizons Plymouth follows the RYA Codes of Practice to keep everyone safe on the water, as well as enabling our youngsters to extend their skills through RYA Training schemes. My broad experience in sailing and powerboating, together with my in-depth RYA knowledge, will help Horizons make the most of new developments in the sector.”.
Pete is a specialist advisor in the farming industry and also works as an RYA Sailing Development Officer. He started sailing in 1969 at South Cerney Outdoor Centre and went on to become and RYA Senior Instructor in both Dinghies and Powerboats. He has taught at locations across the UK as well serving as Commodore of his local sailing club and on various RYA Committees.
“I was delighted to be asked to become a Trustee of Horizons. I have known of their work for many years and strongly believe that getting children out in boats enhances their development and confidence”.
James is GP at South Brent in Devon. He started sailing at a Children’s sailing club on the Norfolk Broads age 11 and has sailed ever since on both dinghies and yachts. He has a long association with Plymouth starting his medical career at Devonport Hospital and has remained in Devon ever since.
“I am delighted to have joined the Board of Horizons and to be involved with such a worthwhile and caring charity. To see the development of children from some challenging backgrounds is both rewarding and humbling. I hope to be able to contribute my financial and strategic strengths to enable more children to benefit from this important and potentially life-changing charity”.
Ashley has more than 3 decades with HMRC mainly on investigation and fraud detection work. He now spends some time on property and accountancy interests as well as playing the occasional round of golf and game of squash, as time permits.
“I feel privileged to have been accepted as a board member for Horizons. I am fortunate to have sailed since a small child and know what wonderful effects using the wind and water has on the mind and body. Without Horizons many hundreds of Plymouth’s disabled and disadvantaged children and young people would never have had the opportunity to sail”.
Having set up her voluntary grant fundraising service, Penny retired from Plymouth University in 2014 from a role in marketing and business development. She has marketing and communications qualifications and has developed valuable links to potential major industry partners in the Plymouth area. Apart from working on grant fundraising, Penny hopes to help to develop corporate fundraising for Horizons..