Struan Coupar is one of the founding Trustees of Trinity. After a career in the national newspaper industry and with many years’ experience sailing UK and near-Europe waters, he purchased ‘Leader’ in 1996, having found her in Scotland, and brought her back to Devon after an absence of 104 years. He conceived the idea for Trinity and managed the business in its early years before concentrating on development and fundraising, having more than two decades of experience within the sail training industry.
Georgina Gosling skippered Golden Vanity for a number of years and is a member of the Golden Vanity Trust’s management committee, which owned the vessel until it became part of Trinity. Her time on board our 1908-built vessel was almost entirely spent helping young people with learning difficulties — even prior to the vessel joining the Foundation’s fleet.
Paul Vincent had successful a successful career in the Merchant Navy before becoming a senior executive with Thames Television. After moving to Devon and becoming an organic farmer he became a Trustee of the trust which at one time owned ‘Provident’. After ‘Provident’ became part of Trinity he became a Vice-President of the appeal group and then a Trustee. Like the other Trustees he is an experienced yachting sailor.
Nick Reilly lives in Brixham with his wife, Susie. During a 37 year career with General Motors Corporation (GM) around the world, he was Chairman of Vauxhall Motors and then later President of GM Asia Pacific and finally President of GM Europe. Since retiring from GM, he has remained connected to the global automotive industry and is a non-executive director or adviser to four medium sized global automotive suppliers. He is an honorary citizen of Shanghai, China, and Seoul (South Korea) and was awarded the CBE in 1999.
Nick Walker skippered Provident for a number years and later became Operations Manager of the vessel’s then owners, the Island Cruising Club — which also provided sail training for young people. He was also a leading member of the Provident Appeal Group, which raised the funds with which to carry out a major restoration project completed in 1990. He remained commercially qualified and was a relief skipper for Trinity until 2016. He is currently a director of Kudos Software Ltd, based in Salcombe.
Nigel Wollen is a former senior partner in the Torquay-based law firm Hooper & Wollen (now Wollen Michelmore), and he has considerable experience in property and Trust law. Nigel was a Vice President of the group of Patrons since 2004, and a supporter of Trinity since its inception. A keen and very experienced sailor he was Commodore of the Royal Cruising Club and is is also Admiral of the Royal Torbay Yacht Club. He is also currently Chairman of the Torbay Youth Sailing Trust — a registered Torquay-based charity which introduces children from Torbay to sailing.