The Club has given me sailing opportunities I could not have had without it, including access to good yachts and a community of sailors. It would be a pleasure to give something back again, since I was Treasurer very many years ago!
I’ve cruised and skippered with Phoenix as far afield as the Rias in Spain, the Danish archipelago, the Western Med, Brittany and around our shores. I’ve skippered our boats in Solent races for a number of years, and in a RORC race to St Malo and return. As crew I’ve twice entered the Fastnet and a number of RORC races. As skipper or crew, I’ve done over 10,000 nm. I am an offshore skipper in the Club.
Regarding my career, it began at BP in corporate development here and abroad, including at a specialist engineering subsidiary. I then entered consultancy and latterly I’ve led risk management development in banking and insurance, including as Director of Operational Risk at one of the big banks here. I’m a Past Chairman of the Institute of Operational Risk and an Honorary Life Member of the Institute of Risk Management.
The Club is in a good shape thanks to the work of its officers and to the fees from a good level of members’ sailing. The training we offer, informally to members and as an RYA centre, is a great strategic asset to the Club.
Because of good income and forward planning we can look to the replacement of Quartette before long and to enjoying the momentum it will give the Club. Offering appealing boats is essential to recruitment, participation, and ultimately the Club’s development.
If elected I would aim to ensure we have a team which continues to work well together, is ensuring all aspects of the Club are fully effective, is constantly looking to bring new opportunities to us, and enables new and existing members to fulfil their enthusiasm for sailing, including progression as skipper if they wish.
I will also make it a priority to build diversity in the membership, and ensure we identify members who can in due course assist in Club management, operations and admin. in order to have strength in depth.
It would be an honour to be Commodore. I would work hard at fulfilling your expectations.