Meet the Trustees
In 2014 Yachting world described Rev Bob Shepton, a retired school chaplain and original inspiration for Enterprise Sailing, as being in the "Same ranks as Francis Chichester and Robin Knox-Johnston".
Tim took on responsibility for Enterprise sailing from Bob and his co conspirator Bishop Michael Whinney, in 2007.
Tim was already a passionate sailor and instructor and as a secondary headteacher in Birmingham was already convinced of the importance of making sailing accessible to all and of its value as a vehicle for developing life skills in young people. The way the Trust now works allows for another of his passions, which is to build bridges between very different and separate communities within and beyond the Midlands.
Today Tim is CEO of the Birmingham Education Partnership and is very grateful for the support of many volunteers and donors for making the trust so successful in achieving what it does.
Keith came to sailing relatively late in life believing that it was something that only rich people did. A former headteacher of Queensbridge School introduced him to the Mirror Dinghy and he learned to sail at Shustoke Sailing Club and on Lake Ullswater. A friend in Shustoke Club persuaded Keith to take his family sailing on the Norfolk Broads. That was over 30 years ago and since then he has sailed the Broads as often as he can in his WinkleBrig Trailer Sailor or, more recently, his Pegasus 700.
Keith has developed a deep love of the Broads and he was instrumental in starting Enterprise Sailing's annual adventure to the Broads for young people from the West Midlands area. He is keen to show city dwellers the beauty of the Broads landscape and to introduce them to adventuring on its fascinating waterways.
For almost 21 years Keith was a secondary headteacher in Birmingham and he continues to be involved in the world of education. He enjoys enabling young people to challenge themselves, to develop social and sailing skills and to appreciate the wonders of the natural world.
Andrew has been a Birmingham resident since 1995. He discovered Enterprise Sailing through Queensbridge school and offered to volunteer as a skipper on the Norfolk Broads trip in 2014. Shortly afterwards, appreciating the charity lacked a lawyer, he volunteered to become a trustee. Andrew has previously sailed with The Sail Training Association as a Trainee, Watch Leader and Watch Officer. He is a qualified dinghy instructor and volunteers at Bartley Green Sailing Club's youth club - K2O
Andrew believes strongly that the skills and disciplines of sailing are transferable to all areas of life. He applies his sailing skills to his professional life - see http://thereflectivepractice.co.uk/how-we-work/ He encourages a weather eye and a realistic goal setting in his clients.
The aspect of Enterprise Sailing's work that Andrew most keenly supports is the work done to take children from different backgrounds from in and around Birmingham and throw them together in the unfamiliar surrounds of a small yacht in Norfolk. Challenging children's stereotypical assumptions and negative presumptions they have about each other and their place in the world via the simple mechanism of getting them to live and work together on a small yacht for a week is what he thinks the charity is all about. He hopes that some of those children will become sailors but, more importantly, that all of them learn about themselves and gain an appreciation of the strengths that a diverse country has and an appreciation of their own worth within that society.
Kate became a trustee in May 2016. She has worked in education in Birmingham for 14 years and has vast experience in the area of inclusion. She is passionate about supporting vulnerable young people, working hard with students, families and staff to ensure that their life-chances are improved.
Kate has led the Norfolk Broads Trip and works with schools to encourage students to get on board.