Alexandra Bolitho (President)
Alexandra is the daughter of Rear Admiral Morgan Morgan Giles, and grand-daughter of the Teignmouth based yacht designer Francis Morgan Giles. By profession an interior designer, she has run her own business and has been responsible for the renovation and care of many properties, both historic and modern. She supports several Cornish Charities, including being President of the West Cornwall NSPCC, and County Patron of Marie Curie Cancer Care. Alexandra has a large extended family, both in the UK and Australia. She is married to Colonel Edward Bolitho (Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall), lives near Penzance and has three grown up children, twin daughters and a son.
Ellen Winser (Chairman)
After 25 years in the City where she was the first woman to be taken into partnership by a London firm of stockbrokers (James Capel & Co) and one of the first women Members of the Stock Exchange, Ellen went off long distance sailing with her husband in 1990. In the next five years they visited 40 countries and sailed 50,000 miles. On return Ellen became involved with a variety of organisations in Cornwall and was also chairman of Liontrust Asset Management Plc from 1996 to 2004. She is now chairman of the Governors of Truro and Penwith College, chairman of the Trustees of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and was a board member of the South West Regional Development Agency until its abolition in 2012. She was Chairman of Sutton Harbour Holdings Plc from 1997 until 2006, a governor of Plymouth University for five years, a director/trustee of Cornwall Care Ltd for eight years and a director of Pendennis Shipyard for five years. She became a Deputy Lieutenant for Cornwall in 2003, was awarded an honorary doctorate in business by Plymouth University in 2010 and was appointed MBE in the New Year’s Honours 2012.
Michael Evans is the Chairman and Group Managing Director of the Ocean BMW and MINI dealerships in Cornwall and Devon. His home is in Falmouth.
Captain G A Hogg RN Rtd
George has strong Cornish roots as his great grandfather was a shipbuilder at Feock. He now lives near Padstow. He was the Hon Curator of the Cornwall Maritime Museum Falmouth from1993 until the creation of NMMC.
Michael Knight is a former senior advisory partner with Ernst & Young who, having retired from the firm, now lives in Devon and is a non-executive director of two public companies as well as treasurer of his local yacht club. He is a keen yacht and dinghy sailor. Educated in Devon and at Exeter University, Michael is a qualified Chartered Accountant and spent all his first working career in Ernst & Young, spending time on secondment both in the USA and for the NatWest Bank. He was lead partner with a range of blue-chip companies and government agencies and has been involved in several company flotations.
Tony comes from a line of Cornish fishermen, mariners, ship-owners and fish-merchants. He was a founder member and former Chairman of the South West Maritime History Society and has written extensively about the Cornish fisheries, Cornish luggers and other local fishing craft and the Falmouth packets. Tony is a Trustee of the Cornwall Maritime Museum since 1996 and became their chairman in 2002.
Roger Stephens worked in a senior capacity with a major national children's charity. His interest in maritime history manifests itself as founder of the Gaffers and Luggers Association; founder of the Falmouth Quay Punt Association; member of the South West Maritime History Society; Trustee of the Cornwall Maritime Museum; and volunteer in the NMMC Bartlett Library.
Simon is a partner and Managing Director of Classic Cottages Ltd, a holiday home marketing agency, with 500 holiday homes spread throughout the West Country. He has chaired the Cornwall Commercial Tourism Federation (the private sector voice for tourism in the County) and is a Board member of Visit Cornwall.
Dr Barbara Vann
Barbara Vann is Headteacher of Penair Secondary School, Truro. Educated in Leicestershire, she has an MA from the University of Leicester and PhD from the University of Tasmania. Formerly a Headteacher in Leicestershire, Barbara moved to Cornwall in 1997 where she quickly became involved in the life of the county, being on the board on several organisations and contributing to both educational and other committees. In 2004/5 she was chair of the Cornwall Association of Headteachers.
James Staughton is Managing Director of St Austell Brewery which was founded by his great great grandfather Walter Hicks in 1851. The Brewery is one of the largest private Cornish companies employing over 1,000 people and has 173 pubs in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. As well as being a Trustee of the museum, James is a non-executive Director of the Cornwall Development Company, Chairman of St. Austell Town Centre Strategic Group and Chairman of Clean Cornwall.
A Cornishman, Brian left Penzance to study Zoology at London University, pursuing a varied career thereafter in marketing & sales with computer software firms (IBM and ICL) largely working with Banks, Building Societies, and Investment Managers. With a young family, Brian decided to move nearer his roots settling in Tavistock for some 23 years. During this time he worked for Aegon/Scot Equitable moving through the company to manage Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester offices. In 1997 he became a director of a small, established, ‘local’ firm - TMS Financial Solutions - which is now a leading West Country IFA working with solicitors and accountants and specialising in investments and pensions for high net worth individuals and trusts. Brian – who has always had an interest in boats – is a Yachtmaster and moved to Feock in 2004.
The Hon Evelyn Boscawen
Local landowner and businessman.