Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust (HRCST) has announced the appointment of its first CEO.
Locally-based Simon Osborne will take up the position in early July. Until recently Simon was a Director of Sea Kayaking Cornwall and Gylly Adventures – two very successful local businesses that he helped to found.
A well-known and talented sportsman his list of achievements is long: he was the youngest person ever to achieve British Canoeing Level 5 Coach qualification; has competed in kayaking at an international level, appeared on BBC’s Coastand rowed 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean as part of a four-man team. Simon is also an experienced sailor.
A life-long community fundraiser, Simon has used his skills and experience to take part in many challenges, raising over £35,000 for Leukaemia Research by kayaking around Great Britain and Ireland. He also founded the London Kayakathon which has raised well over £100,000 for charities.
Charles Richardson Co-Chair of the trust said: “This is a very exciting and challenging time for HRCST. We are giving more children from local schools than ever before self-confidence and leadership skills by learning to sail on the river. We have also recently purchased and are in the process of developing Trevassack Lake on The Lizard as a state of the art learning centre for water-based activities aimed primarily at children with emotional, physical and educational needs and disabilities, to give children of all abilities the chance to access water sports.
Simon’s appointment is a key plank in our plans to grow the Trust. His water-based skills, enthusiasm for charitable activities and business competence will be key attributes in ensuring our success.”
Simon Osborne said: “Having been immersed in watersports from 7 years old I have a clear understanding of the benefits sailing and the outdoors bring to young lives. I’m looking forward to being part of the exciting new chapter in the development of the Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust, growing our activities on Helford River and implementing our plans for Trevassack Lake.”