Chairman

Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope GCB OBE DL

Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope retired from the Royal Navy in April 2013 after 43 years of service. He was the First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff for nearly four years, which was the culmination of a career that included command of submarines HMS Orpheus and HMS Splendid, the frigate HMS London and the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious. He has had a number of appointments in NATO including working in the USA as a Deputy Supreme Commander. He is now the President of the Marine Society and Sea Cadets, a member of the Council of Management of the White Ensign Association and holds a number of other maritime related charitable positions.

Brief biographies of Trustees

Joyce Bridges CBE

Joyce Bridges was an English Heritage (EH) Commissioner and Chair of EH’s London Advisory Committee from 2003 until 2011. She was also a Commissioner for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) from 2006 until 2011. She is currently a member of Historic England’s Urban Panel and CABE’s Built Environment Expert panel. She has provided professional advice to a variety of bodies including the Heritage Lottery Fund, former Regional Development Agencies and government departments.

A former civil servant, she held director level posts in the then ODPM and the Government Office for London, where she advised successive Secretaries of State on planning in London. She played a leading role in the transformation of Trafalgar Square and Somerset House and in the creation of new Thames piers and river services. She was awarded a CBE in 2001.

Dr Fiona Butcher

Dr Fiona Butcher is the Director of Legal Services and Company Secretary of Trinity College London, an educational charity, where she oversees the provision of legal services and corporate governance to the charity and its group of subsidiaries. Before moving in-house, she worked in the fields of EU and competition law, regulation and compliance at a magic circle firm and at three regulators. She holds law degrees from Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Dr Butcher has a keen interest in art history and also holds an MA and a PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art, where she specialised in Modern British Art and wrote her doctorate on British Landscape Painting, 1945-1963. In addition, she has worked in the Interpretation Department at Tate Britain and has contributed to a number of art publications.

Dr Helen Czerski

Dr Helen Czerski is an ocean physicist based in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University College London. The subject of her research is the production of bubbles by breaking waves on the open ocean and their influence on surface ocean processes, and she has spent many months working at sea for her research. Helen has been a regular science presenter for the BBC since 2010, and also frequently writes and speaks on both the physics of everyday life and the ocean. She also paddles Pacific outrigger canoes with a club in London, and she has a deep interest in the links between the oceans and human culture.

Professor Julian Dowdeswell

Julian Dowdeswell is a glaciologist, working on the form and flow of glaciers and ice caps and their response to climate change, and the links between former ice sheets and the marine geological record, using a variety of satellite, airborne and shipborne geophysical tools. In a career of over 30 years, he has taught in the Universities of Aberystwyth, Bristol and Cambridge. Since 2002, he has been Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute, including its Polar Museum, and Professor of Physical Geography in Cambridge University, and is Brian Buckley Fellow in Polar Science at Jesus College. He was awarded a Doctor of Science degree by Cambridge University in 2016.

Julian graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1980, and studied for a Master’s Degree at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research in the University of Colorado and for a Ph.D. in the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge. He has worked, on the ice and from aircraft, in Antarctica and many parts of the Arctic, including Greenland, Svalbard, Iceland and the Russian and Canadian Arctic archipelagos. He has also undertaken many periods of work on icebreaking research vessels in the Norwegian-Greenland Sea, in the fjords and on the continental shelves of Svalbard and Greenland, and around Antarctica. He has also represented the UK on the councils of both the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and is a past chair of the UK National Committee on Antarctic Research.

Alastair Marsh

Alastair Marsh stepped down as Group Chief Executive Officer of Lloyd’s Register Group on 31 December 2020 after 13 years, having been both Group CFO and Group CEO during this time.  

Lloyd’s Register supports over 60,000 clients to minimise risk and optimise the performance of their assets and processes across a range of sectors centred upon critical infrastructure including oil and gas, nuclear, low-carbon, chemicals, manufacturing and food. Safety and risk are at the heart of the Group, which began as Lloyd’s Register of Shipping, a marine classification company, and continues to be one of the four key global providers of this service.

Alastair is a qualified Chartered Accountant and prior to joining LR, worked for Price Waterhouse before holding a number of senior financial management positions within the high-tech manufacturing, chemicals, software and ICT sectors.

He is a member of the Global Maritime Forum Advisory Council, the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, and is a Younger Brother of Trinity House.

Jeremy Penn

Jeremy Penn served as Chief Executive of the Baltic Exchange, the global shipping marketplace and information source from 2003 to 2016, when he successfully completed the sale of the business to Singapore Exchange. Prior to that he spent 20 years in management with the Reuters Group, including residence spells in Zimbabwe, Morocco, Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore and the USA.

He is presently Chairman of the Marine Society and Sea Cadets, a uniformed youth charity, a Trustee of the Royal Museums Greenwich, Trustee of a defined benefit pension plan and serves on the Court of the Shipwrights Company.

Eric Reynolds

Eric Reynolds has been involved in numerous urban regeneration schemes since the early 1970s. His projects include setting up Camden Lock Market, revitalising the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, creating Merton Abbey Mills, bringing new life to Spitalfields Old Fruit and Vegetable Market, turning Greenwich Market around, building a new indoor tented market in Swindon, creating a small business centre out of Sneinton Wholesale Market in Nottingham, devising Gabriels’ Wharf and refurbishing Bishopsgate Goodsyard.

Eric created Container City, USM’s design and build side based around re-using shipping containers. He leads work at Trinity Buoy Wharf, home to London’s only lighthouse as a centre for arts and creative activity. He has also taken over the responsibility to conserve two historic tugs and the only complete steam powered coastal trading ship as Chairman of the SS Robin Trust. In addition he acts as a regeneration advisor across the country and is a trustee of several voluntary bodies.