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Reverend Dr Stephen Morgan (Chair of Trustees)
Stephen is a Permanent Deacon of the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth and Financial Secretary (Oeconomus) and Project Leader for Academy Conversion. He holds a doctorate in Theology from the University of Oxford and teaches at the Maryvale Institute. He previously worked in senior managerial and executive positions for various private companies. He served in the Royal Navy as midshipman for two years. Stephen is married to Caroline and they have three children. He enjoys fly fishing for trout, is a keen follower of rugby football and supports Wales Cardiff Blues and Bath Rugby football teams.
Robert Ashdown is the Secretary General for the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS). Before joining IACS, Robert served as Secretary General of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) in Brussels and has also worked for the UK Chamber of Shipping. He holds a History degree from Queens’ College, Cambridge, enjoys sailing, fishing and cricket and is married with three children.
Helen is a chartered accountant, a director at KPMG, an elected member of ICAEW Council representing London and the Vice-President of the London Society of Chartered Accountants. Her professional interests include audit quality, professional human factors, non-financial assurance and responsible business. She plays piano and directs the choir at the family Mass at her local church as well as supporting Everton FC.
James is Head of Business Development – Charities at Rathbones. James has previously worked at Barings, Collins Stewart, CCLA and Coutts (all in charity focused roles) and has 19 years of investment experience. James is a Chartered Fellow of the CISI (FCSI), a member of the Charity Investors’ Group and sits on the Corporate Governance Committee at Rathbones. James chairs the Finance Committee at AoS and has been a trustee since 2011.
Right Reverend Tom Burns SM, Bishop of Menevia
Bishop Tom Burns became Bishop Promoter of the AoS in 2003, following his episcopal ordination and appointment as Bishop of HM Forces the previous year. Before that he had been a fully commissioned Chaplain and Principal Chaplain in the Royal Navy for a total of 16 years. As a Marist, he began his priestly ministry in St Anne’s parish, Whitechapel, in the East End of London, and then taught for 11 years in a Marist secondary school (in Sidcup) and a Sixth-Form College (in Blackburn). He holds a London University degree in Theology and an Open University degree in Social Sciences, with a diploma in Management and Business Studies. On qualifying as a rugby referee and also as a cricket umpire, he found this opened up additional ‘pastoral' opportunities in unexpected areas.
A trained teacher, Louise was an AoS port chaplain and regional coordinator for six years in the Southwest of England. She was instrumental in initiating the work of AoS in the region by raising awareness of seafarers and the work of the Church, building a wide network of relationships with lay people and clergy. Louise currently chairs the AoS' Chaplains Pastoral Committee. She is Formation Director for the L'Arche communities of the UK, and Vice-Chair of the newly formed Diocese of Southwark Spirituality Commission. She holds a MA in Pastoral Studies from Heythrop College, University of London. Louise is a keen walker and traveller and is actively involved in her parish as well as volunteering with the local homeless outreach project initiated by Churches Together.
Captain Kevin Doyle
Kevin is a Master at P&O Ferries and became an AoS Trustee in 2009. His extensive career at sea began in 1975 when he joined Denholm as a Deck Cadet. He has previously sailed with Denholm and Stena Lines. Kevin’s interests include travel, playing the piano and cycling. In 2012 he had the honour of carrying the Olympic Flame across the Irish Sea.
Dr Marcus Jones
Marcus was a former Merchant Navy officer and served as chief engineer on large deep sea ships. He was Head of Global Oil and Gas Business for Lloyd’s Register for eight years and most recently held the position of Chief Executive of IMarEST from 2008 to April 2011. A keen gardener, Marcus is a Member of RHS and a Member of Midshires Orchard Group. He is also a Member of the Institute of Directors. Marcus holds a PhD in Corporate Strategy and Risk Management (Doctorate in Business) London.
Reverend Monsignor B Richard Madders MBE
Monsignor Brian Richard Madders was born on 12th August 1949 in Hastings, Sussex and continues to have a home in St Leonards-on-Sea. He was ordained a priest of Arundel and Brighton Diocese in 1978. In 1983 he undertook studies at Heythrop College (University of London) gaining a Postgraduate Diploma in Pastoral Theology. Fr. Richard was commissioned a Royal Navy Chaplain and appointed as Catholic Chaplain to HM Naval Base Portsmouth. In 2002, he was selected as Principal Roman Catholic Chaplain (Naval). In this capacity he also became Director of Training for the Naval Chaplaincy Service. Fr Richard was awarded the MBE in 1996. Pope John Paul II created him a Prelate of Honour in 2002. He was made a Queen’s Honorary Chaplain in the same year. A keen motorcyclist, Mgr Madders was President of the Royal Navy Motorcycle Club and remains an active life member of the Club. He is a prolific traveller and has so far visited 98 countries. He is Parish Priest of St John the Evangelist in Tadworth, Surrey.
Right Reverend Stephen Robson, Bishop of Dunkeld
Carlisle-born Bishop Stephen Robson is a graduate of Edinburgh University and St Andrew’s College, Drygrange. He was ordained by Cardinal Gordon Joseph Gray at Our Lady & St Joseph’s, Carlisle, in March 1979 for the Archdiocese of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh. Bishop Robson served in Kirkcaldy, Edinburgh, Duns and Eyemouth, Dunbar, East Calder, North Berwick and Broxburn; staff in St Mary’s College, Blairs and as spiritual director of the Pontiﬁcal Scots College in Rome from 1998-2006. He was also Episcopal Vicar for Education; Chancellor 2007– 2013, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia 2012; Conventual Chaplain for Knights of Rhodes and Malta. He was nominated titular bishop of Tunnuna and auxiliary of St Andrews and Edinburgh in May 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI and ordained on 9th June 2012. He was appointed Bishop of Dunkeld by Pope Francis in December 2013 and installed at St Andrew’s Cathedral in January 2014.
Born in Kenya, Born in Kenya, Juvenal (or JJ as he is known) is Deputy Director/Head, Programme Management at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and heads up its Africa Section. He is a naval architect having obtained a Bachelor of Science (Hons), Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He also holds a Master of Science in Maritime Safety Administration (Marine Engineering) from World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden. As well as being an AoS Trustee, JJ is a member of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners. He is married with three children and enjoys reading, golf and farming in his free time.
Professor Mark Watson-Gandy was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1990. He was a Junior Counsel to the Crown from 2000 to 2012. In 2013 he was also called to the Eastern Caribbean Bar (British Virgin Islands). He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Westminster and a Special Lecturer at Cass Business School. He was appointed to the Court of the University of Essex in 2015. He is Head of Professional Standards for the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers. He was made a Knight of the Order of St Gregory the Great in 2007.
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