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Robin Elsey

Dinghy Instructor
Starting as a youngster in toppers and oppies in mylor, I developed my love for racing. From there I moved through the RYA system through to the national youth squad in laser standard. . Professional yacht racing followed with succeses including in the Middle Sea Race and the Transat AG2R. I am continuing my racing but I think it is good to give back and it is great to be involved with HRCST.

Mike Comyn

Chief Instructor

Mike has been teaching at the trust for over 15 years, the last 8 as Chief Instructor. Mike passionately believes that every child should be given the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Martin Fenton

Deputy Chief Instructor

Martin qualified as a Dinghy Instructor with the trust in 2007. Since then he has qualified as a Senior instructor and taken on responsibilities for the Holiday Courses, Youth Training and Regattas.

Pete Williams

Dinghy Instructor & General Dogs Body
Pete is the Grumpy old man of the instructing staff. He has worked with the trust since 2010 as a dinghy and power boat instructor. He was a volunteer with the trust for 5 years previous to this.

Rebekah Hosking

Dinghy Instructor
Rebekah has been sailing since she was 'yey' high, and has progressed through our sailing programme and beyond, recently qualifing as a Senior Instructor and also holding Paddlesports and Windsurf Instructor qualifications. She now teaches the current school groups. Rebekah likes food and embarrassing dancing.

Emma Herbert

Dinghy Instructor
Emma has volunteered with the trust since 2016. She has a background in education, and has worked with people with a range of physical/learning disabilities, and emotional difficulties, which she hopes to use to enable people to enjoy sailing and other water sports.

Simon Osborne

Simon has been at the helm of the Trust as CEO since July 2018 steering it through an exciting time of development. Simon is passionate about watersports and has first-hand experience of how children can benefit from the activities the Trust provides.

Helen Bishop-Stephens

Fundraising Manager
Helen has a background in arts management, fundraising and marketing which she is putting to good use at HRCST! One of Helen’s most memorable family sailing adventures is crossing Carrick Roads in brisk winds in a well-worn mirror dinghy. We all lived to tell the tale.

Thea Vincent

Office Manager
Thea has recently joined our land-based team to keep everything running efficiently at HQ. As a mum of two she understands the importance of outdoor activities to the wellbeing of children and families. Her hobbies include hiking and canicross.

Martin Barlow

As Co-Chair, Martin looks after many aspects of the Trust including HR.

Charles Richardson

Charles worked in “venture capital” finance for over 30 years. He and his family enjoyed many holidays around the Helford before he and his wife Claire moved here in 2010. Charles is a keen sailor with “several small boats in varying condition”.

Phil Badger


Emily Boriosi

Emily has an inherent knowledge of the self-catering market and a love of Cornwall, the Helford River and design. Her interests include sea swimming, yoga, pilates, cycling, mindfulness and coastal life with her dogs and children.

Randall Brook


Formerly Head Teacher of Mawnan Primary School Randall joined the board of trustees in 2018.

Jinty Copeland


Peter Dixon

Peter has loved sailing on the Helford since their first holiday there in 1964. He has been involved with the HRCST since it was set up by his Step Father, and he shares the vision of confidence through single handed sailing having seen it in his own children.

Coralie Green

Coralie has worked for many years in the voluntary sector and in local government. Having witnessed her own children thrive as they learnt to sail with HRCST she shares the ambition to offer this opportunity to children of all abilities.

Tom Green

Tom has been involved with HRCST since its establishment by his late Father. He brings considerable business experience to the Trustee Board.

Tony Holden

Tony held several operational and board positions in International high-tech businesses. His charity experience comes from 18 years as trustee, including 10 years as Vice-Chair and then Chair of North Hampshire Hospices. His focus with HRCST has been fundraising and organisational development. He enjoys travel, and gardening; fishing from his boat around the Helford, and plays golf (badly).

Jenni Latham

Tom Roach

Trustee & Honorary Treasurer

Johnathan Thornton

After an international career of senior positions in the Hotel and Resort Industry, Jonathan is delighted to take on the challenges of the Trevassack lake project. Since becoming a Trustee in 2016, he has been responsible for the strategic masterplanning of the project, as well as overseeing all the design elements.

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