Meet the team

The Foundation is governed by our Trustees who give their time on a purely voluntary basis.

However, our team also includes both volunteers and full-time employees who are committed to helping achieve the aim of improving the lives of young people through sailing. That team is further supported by our amazing Ambassadors (pictured above), Sailing Centre instructors and Foundation volunteers, without whom none of this would be possible.

Our Trustees

Trustee

Sir Ben Ainslie CBE

Sir Ben Ainslie is the most successful Olympic sailor of all time. At his first ever Olympic Games, aged 19, he won an Olympic silver medal and went on to establish himself as the world’s best by winning consecutive gold medals at the next four Olympic Games. more

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John Derbyshire OBE

John has been the Performance Director for the RYA since 2001, prior to which he was the British Olympic team manager up until Sydney 2000. He used to coach Bart, and a few other notable more

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Iain Percy OBE

Iain Percy OBE, a double Olympic and multiple world champion, is one of the most talented and successful sailors in the world. Iain has a remarkable Olympic pedigree, winning gold in the Finn class at the Sydney Olympics; before teaming up with lifelong friend Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson more

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Nicholas Harrison

Nick first met Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson 19 years ago and developed a trusted, mutual friendship and respect with the Star boys having worked with them in the run-up to Beijing more

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Miles Bradbury

Miles is the Chair of the Foundation’s Trustee board and is a Partner at KPMG, specialising in due diligence and Transaction Services. more

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David Tyler

A former international hockey player, and law graduate from the University of Birmingham, David has a wealth off experience in Sports Marketing and Talent Management. more

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Amanda Simpson

Amanda is Andrew’s sister, a notable sailor in her youth and enjoys cruising out on the water with her family in their yacht, dinghy and Kayak. Amanda works for British Marine and heads up training and careers for the marine industry. more

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Leah Simpson

Leah is Andrew’s wife and mother of their two children, Freddie and Hamish. more

Our Staff

CEO

Richard Percy

Richard is passionate about the positive impact sailing can have on young people’s lives and has over 18 years of experience of working at the forefront of grassroots sailing development internationally. more

Communications & Media Manager

Peta Stuart-Hunt

After volunteering the services of her business PR Works in support of Bart's Bash, Peta has now joined the team as our Communications & Media Manager more

Funding and Development

Tim Anderton

Tim has been involved in development for clubs and centres through his roles with the RYA and the Foundation and still regularly coaches youngsters to race in a variety of boats. more

PR and Communications

Amy Harvey

Having grown up in Cornwall Amy has spent most of her life in and around the water. She has worked in the marine industry for 11 years, with the past 4 years more

Fundraising and Events

Lindsay Frost

Lindsay has worked both on and off the water in the watersports industry since 1998. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the operation & management of watersports centers both in the UK and overseas. more

Bart's Bash Founder

Tony Bishop

Tony Bishop is one of the founders of Bart’s Bash, the global sailing event in aid of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. Having sailed with Andrew in Optimists during the 1980’s more

Volunteer

Trudy Davies

Trudy has volunteered for many different causes over the years, although it wasn't until London 2012 when she was based at Weymouth and Portland as a NOC Assistant that she became involved in sailing. more

Our Ambassadors

Ambassador

Liesl Tesch

Liesl is a 2 X Paralympic Gold Medalist in the Skud 18 class and sails alongside Daniel Fitzgibbon. She also competed in her national wheelchair basketball team at five Paralympics, winning three medals, and was the first woman to play the sport professionally.

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Alexandra Rickman

Alexandra Rickham (helm) and her crew Niki Birrell have won London 2012 Paralympic Bronze and 4 consecutive SKUD-18 world titles.

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Bryony Shaw

Bryony claimed an Olympic Bronze Medall in Beijing 2008. She is also a 2x European Champion & 2x World Cup Grand Final Champion

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Nick Dempsey

Nick is a triple Olympic windsurfing medallist. Bronze from Athens 2004 and a Silver from London 2012 and Rio 2016. He is also a 2 x World Champion.

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Lucy and Kate Macgregor

Sisters Lucy and Kate have raced and won several international medals together in the previous Match Racing class.

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Luke Patience

Luke is an Olympic Silver medallist in the 470 class from London 2012. He is currently campaigning to represent Team GB in Rio 2016

Ambassador

Stuart Bithell

Stuart won an Olympic silver medal with Luke in the 470 during London 2012. He is currently campaigning to represent Team GB in the 49 er class with John Pink at Rio 2016

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Hannah Mills MBE

Hannah Mills is an Olympic gold (Rio 2016) and silver (London 2012) medallist as well being awarded as the female Rolex World Sailor of the year in 2016 alongside crew, Saskia Clark. Hannah is currently looking ahead to Tokyo 2020 and hoping to represent Team GB once again.

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Saskia Clark MBE

Saskia Clark sailed alongside Hannah Mills in the 470 class. Together the pair achieved Olympic gold (Rio 2016) and silver (London 2012) medals as well being awarded as the female Rolex World Sailor of the year in 2016.

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Lisa Darmanin

Lisa Darmanin is an Australian competitive sailor. She won an Olympic Silver medal in the mixed Nacra 17 at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro alongside her Cousin Jason Waterhouse.

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Paul Goodison MBE

Paul won a Gold Medal during the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008. He has since moved across into sailing foiling boats and has joined Artemis Racing ahead of the 35th America's Cup.

Ambassador

Nathan Wilmot

Nathan won an Olympic Gold Medal in the 470 in Beijing 2008. He has now taken on a coaching role within the Australian Sailing Team

Ambassador

Joel Turner

Joel is an Australian 49er sailor hoping to represent Australia during the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo

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Katie Spithill

Katie is the Match Racing Skipper for Team Leagues Racing. Katie also Skippered 33 South Racing in the 2015 Extreme Sailing Series in Sydney Australia

Ambassador

Tom Slingsby

Tom won an Olympic Gold Medal sailing the Laser at London 2012. He was also part of Oracle Team USA's incredible comeback during the 34th America's Cup where they went on to win.

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Luke Parkinson

Luke is a Volvo Ocean Race winner with Team Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing in 2015 and an America's Cup sailor with Artemis Racing

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Nathan Outteridge

Nathan is an Olympic gold & silver medallist in the 49er class alongside teammate Iain Jensen. Shortly after his Olympic success at London 2012 he joined Artemis Racing as helmsman for the 34th America’s Cup, aged just 27. He is currently focussing his efforts on the 35th America's Cup which takes place in May & June 2017.

Ambassador

Haylee Outteridge

Haylee is a member of the Australian sailing team and currently sails the 49er FX with Nina Curtis.

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Iain Jensen

Iain is an Olympic gold & silver medallist sailing in the 49er class with Nathan Outteridge. He is currently focussing his efforts on the 35th America's Cup where he sails with Swedish Team, Artemis Racing

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Stacey Jackson

As well as sailing onboard Team SCA during the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race, Stacey has sailed in 10 Sydney Hobart Yacht races, TP52 regattas, Mumm 30 World Championships and one Fastnet.

Ambassador

Dave Gilmour

Australian Sailing Team 49er sailor