John Wylson, RIBA – Founder/Vice President
Brought up in the Cinque Port of Rye, John has managed to combine a career as an architect with a love of the sea. Between major projects in London, he used to slip away to sea in the Home Trade, eventually as a mate and then skipper. There are few ports in Britain that John has not entered – with cargoes as varied as talcum powder and case beer! He bought Excelsior in Norway and spent 10 years of his spare time rebuilding the hull, before setting-up the Trust to restore her back to sail. With an in-depth knowledge of traditional materials and techniques, John can fit a futtock or woold a ground rope!
Jamie Campbell – Chairman
Jamie is a veteran Broads sailor and owner of the classic Broads sailing cruiser “Evening Flight”. Formative years on the Broads were followed by 25 years international yacht racing in 505, Flying Dutchman and Dragon classes. He has made guest appearances in shorthanded long-haul ocean races. Jamie always maintains the Broads are a great place for old men and children, but regrets joining the former category. He says he “scribbles a bit”. He is a published local and maritime author, and was a regular contributor to the much-loved “Anglia Afloat” magazine, usually on topics around a maritime heritage theme. He is also archivist of the Royal Norfolk Suffolk Yacht Club, and International 14 fleet historian.
David Joll – Charter Management Volunteer
David’s spent his whole career in the Food Industry having studied Food Science and Technology.
David joined the Board of Bernard Matthews in 1980 and became Group Managing Director in 1987. Recently retiring as Executive Chairman. Joining the Trust in 2010, David has always been keen to help as much as he can in enabling young people to sail on board Excelsior due to the profound impact it can have their lives.
Robert Whitefoot, FCA – Treasurer
Robert works for chartered accountants Lovewell Blake. He has a keen interest in sailing on the Broads and was pleased to take on this voluntary role.
Nick Schiller – Vice Chairman
Nick is Managing Director of Archant Print in Norwich (which prints, amongst many other things, the Eastern Daily Press). Prior to that he has held a number of Director roles in manufacturing and design engineering, purchasing, logistics and business development, principally in the car and light commercial vehicles industry.
He has been sailing since he was 7 years old, mostly off North Norfolk. Nick has a wife and two children.
Andrew is HR Director at Bernard Matthews and has a strong interest in the development of young people. This is what particularly excites him about Excelsior and the fantastic opportunity it gives youngsters not just to sail but the lifelong skills such as leadership and teamwork which are so essential in the workplace. Andrew is also a keen, but not terribly good, tennis player and is Chairman of Acle Tennis Club. Andrew is also a Director of the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce.
Denis Costello – Company Secretary
Senior Associate in the Norwich office of national law firm Mills & Reeve, Denis specialises in the property aspects of agriculture and has been helping clients with the buying selling and letting of land for more than twenty years. He has particular expertise in issues relating to minerals and waste management.
Denis is an Associate Member of the Mineral Products Association and the Environmental Services Association. Joining the Excelsior Trust in 2015 Denis has supported the work we do in many ways.
Chris Hassell – Educational Consultant
Chris was appointed head teacher of Reepham High School in 1996. Building the school into one which received 3 outstanding Ofsted reports, Chris received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work and having retired he has given some of his time to the trust. “When I was offered the opportunity to work as a part of the Excelsior project in order to improve the life chances of young people I was delighted to become involved. Nothing is more important.”
Rachel Scarff – Development Officer
With a history in the corporate sector, Rachel joined the trust as a volunteer in 2014 after just one Day Sail, becoming hooked on the good work a trip aboard Excelsior can do. Since 2016 Rachel has worked in the offices helping with the background workings of chartering a ship and working with schools to ensure we provide the best service.