Executive Team & Trustees

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Edward Phillips

Trustee: Trust Chairman, CEO, Operations, Marketing, Schools
ed@portsmouthsailtrainingtrust.org

Ed is the founder Chairman and CEO of the Portsmouth Sail Training Trust. His role as a social entrepreneur with a number of community initiatives is borne of a long standing faith in the need to raise aspirations of young people to enable them to be the best they can be, no matter what start they have in life.
A keen sailor all his life, Ed and his family all spend much of their leisure time on the water, adventuring together and sharing the joys of sailing with others.
Ed’s career was launched with eight years as a front line infantry officer serving in various parts of the world.  He then joined IBM in 1990 pursuing a career as a leader in IT strategic outsourcing; winning and running a wide variety of contracts across the globe, acquiring skills which, since summer 2013, he now puts to use raising aspirations in inner city communities.

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Edward Phillips

Edward Phillips

Trustee: Trust Chairman, CEO, Operations, Marketing, Schools

Liz Rushall

Trustee: Marketing and Communications

Liz Rushall is a keen local sailor and runs her own marketing consultancy.

Liz has spent over 25 years working within the marine industry sector, developing brands and helping top sailing teams and major competitive events achieve their goals. She studied for an MBA at Southampton University and is a Chartered Marketer.

Having sailed dinghies and keelboats all her life, she is a successful and national and international level racing sailor. She is passionate about making sailing more accessible for more people, and increasing understanding of the health, welfare and social benefits that sailing and boating can bring to people from all walks of life.

She was chair of the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Sport Participation and Membership Committee 2012-16, and sat on RYA Council. She is a member of the trade body British Marine and sits on the Southern area and Sailing committees.

Joining PSTT as a Trustee, Liz feels is an amazing opportunity to help directly influence and improve young lives, and as well as introduce them to a fantastic sport.

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Liz Rushall

Liz Rushall

Trustee: Marketing and Communications

David Gratton FCA

Finance Director & Trustee

David joined Portsmouth Sail Training Trust in January 2015 following his decision to cease being a full time finance executive. David’s decision to build a portfolio of a small number of local clients was taken alongside a long term commitment to PSTT to be its part-time Finance Director and Trustee.

David’s passion for sailing stems from his first experiences in a dinghy though Venture Scouts. Having introduced both sons to sailing at an early age, David has seen how much they have benefitted not only from the sailing itself but also, more importantly, from the life skills, experiences and friendships developed.

David has also worked actively as a volunteer supporting the Royal Yachting Association junior and youth programmes.

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David Gratton FCA

David Gratton FCA

Finance Director & Trustee

Laura Swallow

PSTT Apprentice

Have you met Laura?

Laura is our apprentice, she was educated at Brune Park School in Gosport. Having volunteered for the Charity since 2014 Laura joined us in June 2015 as our first 'in house' apprentice. Laura works with our young people through the week, alongside studying part time at Portsmouth College where she is studying Sports Leadership. As part of Laura's apprenticeship we are also training and qualifying Laura as a Commercial Yachtmaster, building firm foundations for a strong career.

Laura is our ambassador and is the first of many careers we plan to launch through apprenticeships.

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Laura Swallow

Laura Swallow

PSTT Apprentice

Toby Marris

Trustee: Sail Training
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Toby Marris

Toby Marris

Trustee: Sail Training

Mark Day

Trustee

Mark joined Portsmouth Sail Training Trust as a Trustee in December 2015 and is an experienced business manager, currently Chief Executive of Verisona Law in Portsmouth.

Under Mark’s leadership Verisona Law is fulfilling the mission to be the premier provider of legal advice and solutions in Portsmouth and the surrounding region and is aligned with PSTT’s mission to enable young people to actively participate in the regeneration of our community, through PSTT and a number of other local initiatives.

Mark spent 5 years in the Royal Navy before completing a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and moving into industry initially in the shipbuilding and systems sector, moving to a Portsmouth consultancy business originally 1992-2000 and returning to run Verisona Law in 2015. Whilst an occasional sailor himself, one of Mark’s sons is an RYA Yachtmaster and has a number of years’ skippering and delivery experience. Mark knows how valuable the experience that PSTT provides to young people can be and the importance of strong, positive values.

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Mark Day

Mark Day

Trustee