Tectona Trust Board of Trustees


Paul entered HMS ‘Conway’ Merchant Navy Training School at the age of 13 and subsequently served with the Blue Funnel Line and achieved the Master Mariners Certificate. Following this, he came to Plymouth School of Maritime Studies and for 12 years he was involved with cadet and deck officer training. This role evolved into the Shipping and Logistics Group at the University of Plymouth. Paul was also appointed as an Associate Director of the University’s Marine Institute and in 2013 he was awarded the Merchant Navy Medal for ‘services to maritime training and to the Nautical Institute’. Following retirement, Paul brought his extensive professional maritime experience to the Tectona Trust and became Chair in 2019.


When Chris was a Merchant Navy cadet he sailed on Tectona when she was the sail training vessel for the Plymouth School of Navigation. He served as a navigating officer with Shell and obtained a BSc in Nautical Studies at Plymouth. After obtaining his Master Mariner’s Certificate, he came ashore into various positions with Shell International, including Marine Operations Manager in New York, and General Manager of Shipping Standards worldwide. After retiring he managed the Confidential Hazardous Information Reporting Programme, a charitable trust that receives and follows up reports of near-misses. With a lifetime of experience in the maritime industry, Chris was a founding Director of Tectona Trust and provides expert supervision, with a focus on safety.

JEN PRESTON   Fundraiser

Jen has a lifetime of experience working in small businesses and various types of sailing, including square riggers. Her skills were recognised by Roger Crabtree when he recruited her to the Tectona project. Having assumed she was going to be sanding and varnishing, she was surprised when he asked her to help with fundraising. Working with Roger and Barbara gave her an insight into their passion, kindness and depth of commitment to those in Recovery who sail on Tectona. Jen brings a wealth of ideas and energy to this task and those who provide financial support can be confident that that the every penny will make a difference.


Barbara was taught wooden boat restoring skills by her husband Roger. Over a period of five years they lived on and restored a motor yacht which they subsequently used for cruising. She has been intensively involved in the Tectona project since the outset, starting with the visit to the Marseille marina where they first sighted Tectona. Following Roger’s death, she was appointed a Director of the Tectona Trust and as a GP herself, involved in clinical medicine and pastoral work, she continues to support everyone in the ‘Tectona family’. This maintains the commitment that she and Roger shared for helping people in Recovery, in whatever form it requires.

JEN DAVIS Sailing Tectona Rep

Jen grew up on the West coast of Scotland and has been sailing all her life. She became involved in sail training in 2010 and since then spent every summer volunteering and working towards professional qualifications. After graduating from university and working in a different profession for three years, she came back to the sea again and is now a key member of the team of professional seafarers who operate Tectona. Jen has a passion to create lasting memories of truly life-changing trips for those who sail on Tectona and she forms a vital link between the Trust and our operational arm, Sailing Tectona.


Richard is a medical doctor with an eclectic medical career spanning general practice, hospital medicine and abroad in Africa. He has also worked professionally in education, teaching consultants and primary care workers for more than 20 years. Currently an Associate Professor in medical education at Plymouth Medical School and working as a GP in a Plymouth inner-city community he has an interest in working in “inclusion medicine”. His GP practice runs the outreach service to the homeless in the city. Richard’s professional profile ensures that the Tectona Trust has a good understanding of the needs of the community it seeks to serve.


Nigel shares the inspirational vision of his brother of Roger, the founder of Tectona Trust. Their family background involved spending a lot of time together on wooden yachts, including cruising in the Mediterranean, as well as closer to home. He recently retired from a career teaching music, conducting choirs, orchestras and choral societies. Having been involved in the Tectona Project from the very early days in Marseille preparing her for the delivery trip to Plymouth, Nigel is a continuing source of support and ideas for fundraising and contacting groups who would benefit from Roger’s vision.


Charles joined the Royal Navy on leaving school in 1968 and spent the next 15 years serving in a number of warships but primarily in diesel and nuclear powered submarines as a front line deck officer. He left the RN in 1983 and in between climbing trips to the Alps and Himalayas passed his law exams to become solicitor in 1987. He subsequently specialised in maritime law operating with firms in London and Plymouth. Access to his professional legal knowledge and marine industry experience are invaluable for Tectona Trust

Advisors to Tectona Trust


Andy is a Hydrographic Surveyor working in offshore projects around the world. He started sailing with the Ocean Youth Club in 1975 and became a staff skipper at the young age of 19 in command of the Nicholson 55 ’Grania’ working with young people across the different communities in Belfast. He skippered the ‘Falmouth Packet’ a 72ft ketch based in Plymouth prior to completing a BSc in Nautical Studies at the University of Plymouth. Andy is qualified as an RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore and Examiner. His in-depth experience in sail training means that he has an excellent understanding of the work of the professional staff that operate Tectona.


Tim started his sea going career in 1970 as a Merchant Navy Deck Cadet with Shell. He studied at the School of Maritime Studies in Plymouth and was one of the many cadets who crewed Tectona as part of their seamanship training. After 26 years at sea, including 11 years as Master, he came ashore as Harbour Master in the Plymouth Cattewater - where he re-connected with Tectona. As one of the original Trustees and with his wealth of professional experience and local knowledge he is a valuable source of advice for Tectona Trust.


Andrew first arrived in Plymouth as a Merchant Navy Deck Cadet and eventually came ashore to complete a PhD in Meteorology. Following a spell at the Met Office he founded a weather services business in the Midlands. He eventually returned to Plymouth to take up a teaching post at the University and now works with several other local charities, including Horizons Plymouth and The Prince’s Trust. Andrew is a Chartered Meteorologist and works internationally in the field of meteorology. He is qualified as an RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore and as an advisor to Tectona Trust he brings a background in business and IT as well as a deep interest in sail training.