Find out more about the trustees of ss Great Britain Trust:
Colin H Green, CBE, FREng, BSc, CEng, FIMechE, FRAeS
Colin has been a Trustee since 2006 and was elected Chairman in 2009. He also plays key roles on a number of other committees within the ss Great Britain Trust.
Before his retirement Colin was President of Rolls-Royce Defence Aerospace and served on the Board of Rolls-Royce plc for 10 years. He is a former President of the Society of British Aerospace Companies.
He is Chairman of fly2help, a trustee of Queen Mary’s Roehampton Trust and a member of the University of Bristol Council. Colin was awarded the CBE in 2005 for services to the Defence Industry. He has honorary doctorates from the University of Bristol and the University of Cranfield.
Of his support for the ss Great Britain he says:
“An engineer myself, the ss Great Britain, serves as an inspirational example of the engineering skill and entrepreneurship of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. And shows how technical innovation and commercial acumen can come together to the benefit of a huge number of people and change the very way we live our lives.”
John Hollingdale, MA(Oxon), FCA, MCIArbb
John was elected a Trustee in 2003 and later became Honorary Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee.
John is the Chairman of Space Engineering, a national company based in Bristol which provides refrigeration and other engineering services mainly to major food retailers. Previously John, in his professional accountancy career, was Head of Charities with Baker Tilly, Chartered Accountants
John is a qualified Arbitrator and has a keen interest in dispute resolution. John is also trustee and treasurer of “We Care and Repair” a home improvement charity which supports elderly people who want to live in their own homes.
John and his wife Mim are keen tennis and bridge players but spend much of their leisure time supporting their children bring up the grandchildren which currently number six.
John is born and bred in Bristol and supports Brunel’s ss Great Britain because:
“It is such an important part of Bristol’s engineering and maritime heritage. I am pleased to use my charity, accounting and business experience to help a charity which is so successful in promoting Brunel and his work and in bringing the City of Bristol to national and international audiences.”
Chris CA Booy, OBE, BSc, FRICS, FFB
Elected a Trustee in 2010, Chris is a renowned figure in the construction industry. He built the former Symonds Group into one of the UK’s most successful construction consultancy businesses. Following Capita’s purchase of Symonds, he became Non-Executive Chairman of the resultant consultancy arm, Capita Symonds, now known as Capita Property and Infrastructure. Chris also has experience in the fields of technology, property infrastructure and energy.
Chris received the OBE for services to the Ministry of Defence in 1996.
He is a member of the Society of Merchant Venturers in Bristol and sits on the Downs Committee. In addition, he is a Lay Governor of the University of the West of England and Chairman of the Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust.
A passionate rugby supporter, Chris is Chairman of Bristol Rugby Club.
He is also a passionate Bristolian and its links with Brunel:
“My fascination with Brunel is his lasting impact on Bristol. We have here two world-famous iconic structures in the ss Great Britain and the Clifton Suspension Bridge, plus, of course, a number of other less well-known examples of his engineering excellence.”
Dr Helen Doe, MA, PhD, FRHistS
Helen was elected to the Board in June 2009 and stepped down in 2013 to focus on research. Helen was co-opted again in 2014 and elected to the Board the same year. After an international career in the IT industry, Helen gained her Masters degree and her PhD in Maritime History from the University of Exeter where she is a Fellow. Her research interests are in the field of maritime business history and include shipbuilding, port communities, maritime businesswomen and investors in nineteenth century shipping.
She has written several books and published a wide range of articles in academic journals. She is a Trustee of the British Commission for Maritime History, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Commissioner for the Fowey Harbour Authority.
“The ship itself never ceases to delight me and the creativity of the exhibitions are a wonder. As a historian my special place is the amazing library and archive in the Brunel Instititute. I take great pleasure in watching the positive reaction of visitors to the Archive in Five tours“.
Peaches Golding, OBE, MBA
Peaches was co-opted as a Trustee in 2012. Peaches established a consultancy in 1992 offering corporate responsibility, marketing and communications services to the education, manufacturing and health sectors. For 17 years she worked for Business in the Community and is currently Head of Sustainability with Moon Consultancy.
In 2009 Peaches was awarded an OBE for services to minority ethnic people in the South West. She was High Sheriff of Bristol 2010-2011.
Peaches was a Non-Executive Director of the North Bristol NHS Trust and of GWR West Limited, a member of the Ethnic Minority Business Forum, the Home Office representative on the Avon & Somerset Police Authority and a Governor of the University of the West of England.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina, USA, she was awarded an Honorary MBA by the University of West of England in 2010. She is a Chartered Marketer of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Member of the Institute of Management.
Of the Brunel’s masterpiece she says:
“My favourite part of Brunel’s ss Great Britain is the colossal, pioneering, working engine that propelled the ship on its numerous journeys. Hopefully, this fascinating screw propulsion system will inspire the next generation of this country's engineers to find innovative solutions to today's challenges.”
Malcolm has been a Trustee since 2000 and was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2006. Now retired, his whole career has been in education: as a secondary school English and Humanities teacher; at the pioneering Resources for Learning Development Unit in Bristol; and in teacher education and advanced studies at the University of Bristol Graduate School of Education. He is a former director of the University of Bristol Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Further Professional Studies professional development programme, and the Document Summary Service (the Professional Guide to Education Policy).
He is a former chair of the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers Secondary Committee and member of its Executive Committee. He has also directed a project introducing computers into a remote school in northern Chile and co-authored a book for teachers on professional values and practice.
Of this ship he says:
“The ‘underwater’ view of the hull always blows me away, but the whole ship and museum, and the Brunel Institute library and archive collections, all provide fantastic opportunities to marvel at Brunel’s genius and learn about every fascinating aspect of 19th century sea travel”.
Cara M E MacMahon, BA (Hons), MA
Cara is the CEO of Voluntary Action North Somerset (VANS) which is an infrastructure body for the VCSE sector in the South West of England. Prior to VANS Cara was Strategic Fund Manager at Knightstone Housing Association in that role she both managed a 1.5 million annual funding programme and supported the organisation with external funding bids.
Cara was formerly Deputy Manager for Community Service Volunteers Media in the North West, Director of the Watershed Media Centre in Bristol, Subject Leader and Principal Lecturer in Arts Management at De Montfort University in Leicester and senior consultant with ABL Consulting London.
As a consultant Cara developed cultural strategies for major cities such as Liverpool and Dubai, and worked with many organisations to support their business plan development.
Cara says what Brunel’s ss Great Britain means to her:
“For me, having the opportunity to understand the genius that was Brunel through both his ship and also through the Brunel Institute is such a joy. We have managed to combine learning with sheer delight and wonder and that makes me proud.”
Dr Henry C McMurray, BA, MSc, Eon, OBE
Campbell was elected to the Board in 2008. A trained marine engineer, in 1970 Campbell joined the National Maritime Museum as the first Caird Research fellow. In 1983 he became a founding Director of the new Scottish Maritime Museum in Ayrshire. As director of the Royal Naval Museum in Portsmouth he led the museum through its largest ever capital expansion programme (£5.75 million).
In 2001 he received the OBE for services to naval heritage and also awarded the honorary degree Doctor of letters from the University of Portsmouth. On his retirement in 2006 he was appointed to the Advisory Committee on National Historic Ships and the Department for Culture Media and Sport Executive Agency advising the Secretary for State on ship preservation.
Campbell also sits on the Council of the Society for Nautical Research, the Board of the Mary Rose Archaeological Services, the Board of Trustees of Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Trust and is also President of the Society for Nautical Research (South).
Of this ship he says:
“My favourite thing about ss Great Britain is the absolutely unequivocal way in which it places marine engineering at the centre of the nautical experience”.
Dinah was co-opted as a trustee in November 2012.
Dinah is a Consultant Solicitor to a large City of London law firm where she advises across a huge spectrum of commercial, financial and governance matters. She also has experience in property management and development ranging from small schemes to large residential developments. A graduate of the University of Bristol, she now lives in Bristol and takes a keen interest in local affairs, serving as a member of the Council of the University of Bristol and of Clifton College.
Coming from a naval family Dinah is passionate about preserving our marine heritage and, as a Bristolian, she is proud of its links with Brunel:
"Brunel is an inspiration to me; not just for the innovation, perseverance and passion with which he followed through his ideas, his range of interests and his deep intellectual and practical ability but especially for his sheer courage shown in so many aspects of his life and for his deep humanity to those working alongside him. I am particularly excited at the Brunel Institute and the wonderful opportunities it provides for research and scholarship."
Sam Mullins, BA (Oxon), AMA, FMA, FSA, FRSA
Sam was co-opted to the Board of Trustees in July 2014.
Surrounded by the past as a boy, Sam was always going to be a historian. His mother’s family, originally from Bristol, ran Hodges & Son, Exeter engineers, while his father was a Salisbury antique dealer of great judgment and business acumen. Working in museums since the late 1970s in Shropshire, Leicestershire, St.Albans and now London, Sam’s career has been founded on an instinct to share his own fascination with the narratives and material from the past with Brunel’s ss Great Britain’s visitors and users.
Of the ss Great Britain he says:
“As a historian who has worked in museums since the late 1970s, the opportunity to contribute to the extraordinary story of Brunel and especially his iconic ss Great Britain, is a singular honour. I well remember my uncle’s photographs of the ship when it returned to Bristol in 1970. I’m intrigued by the opportunity to literally get inside Brunel’s head provided by the next phase of the ship’s development. I will bring my own experience of engaging people in transport and social history, and sustaining a highly successful charging museum in central London, to the work of the trustees”.
Elected as a Trustee in June 2013, Jan started his career in shipbuilding in van der Giessen de Noord, a shipyard near Rotterdam, and he was involved in building several Nedloyd ships during 1980–85. Since then, Jan has been employed by Dutch steel construction company, Hollandia, and has worked on several projects concerning the transport and installation of steel bridges in Holland, Sweden, Germany, Israel, Ireland and England.
Jan started a sister company, Hollandia UK Ltd, in 2001. He is currently also involved in long term contractual maintenance and operational assistance at Wembley Stadium and the London Eye.
Jan has been based permanently in the UK since the construction of the London Eye in 1998.
He goes on to explain where his passion for ships came from:
“I have always been interested in ships; my father was an engineer on the Dutch American Lines in the early days and I grew up with photograph albums full of ships on the bookshelves.
“I studied shipbuilding for two years and have launched ships off the yard during my employment at van der Giessan de Noord. Therefore I am very pleased to have the chance to be involved with the ss Great Britain.”
Grant Watson, OBE
Grant was co-opted as a Trustee in April 2010. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and was a Senior Partner at Alder King from 1977-2003 and is currently Chairman.
Grant was Immediate Past Chairman RICS SW Region Board, Former Director of Broadmead Board, Past President of the Grateful Society, Past President of Bristol Property Agents Association, Past President Bristol Rotary Club, and at Clifton RFC served 12 years as President, five years as Chairman and four years as Club Captain.
Grant is now Chairman of Coombe Dingle Sports Trust, Vice President and former trustee of the Wooden Spoon Children’s Charity and immediate past Chairman of Newport Urban Regeneration Company. He is currently Chairman of the trustees of Clifton RFC.
In 2007 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award, South West Property and in 2012, received the OBE in recognition of his work on the regeneration of Newport.
Of the ss Great Britain he says:
“My favourite thing is its appeal to children. It excites them about the wonders of the world’s first steam ship. The physical presentation is both entertaining and educational which was illustrated when I heard a school boy saying to his teacher when leaving ‘miss, miss, can we go round again’ .”