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 and RYA Shorebased Instructor. Andrew volunteers as a Hawk skipper and helps 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.
“For us to be able to help youngsters develop their confidence and sailing skills in an area with such a rich maritime history is fantastic!”
Rob is a retired police officer who has worked for many years in the city. He is currently working to protect vulnerable people as chair of a the Safeguarding Adults Board in Cornwall. Rob is qualified as an RYA Day Skipper and volunteers as Hawk skipper.