Sail Training International Trustees


Doug Prothero
Executive Chairman

Founding Trustee of Sail Training International with responsibility for the Americas (2002-). Vice Chairman of Sail Training International (2010-2012). Past Chairman of the Canadian Sailing Training Association and former Vice Chairman of Tall Ships America.

He is a partner at Capital Canada Limited (a boutique investment bank) where he focuses on business development, mergers and acquisitions and financings, with particular emphasis on transactions in the commercial marine, oil and gas and leisure sectors.

He also has extensive experience as an entrepreneur, largely in the marine and leisure areas. He has founded and owned a number of small and medium enterprises. His career has included significant experience as a professional captain, shipbuilder (including four tall ships), ship owner, shipbroker, and surveyor. He has worked significantly on regulatory reform matters both domestically and internationally. In addition he acts as a consultant for ship owners and investment firms on transactions related to the marine industry.

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Jonathan Cheshire
Jonathan retired in 2014 as CEO of Wheatsheaf Trust, a charity promoting social inclusion and economic development, which runs a range of innovative projects to support marginalised people into training and work. He is a leading developer of charities and voluntary agencies, with particular expertise in youth and young people’s issues, employment and training, regeneration, and outdoor education. From 1989 to 1996 he was National Director of Ocean Youth Club, at that time Europe’s largest sail training organisation. Previously he started a number of youth projects and charities for homeless people in London. He is Chairman of Southampton Solent University, a Trustee of the Association of Sail Training Organisations, and Vice-Chair of Street Kids International. A keen sailor and oarsman, he rowed for England in 1969 and sailed across the Pacific in 1978. Jonathan is married with two adult children.

Ron Dadswell OBE
Ron gained his 1st Mates Certificate in the Merchant Navy before joining the British Army.  He retired as a Colonel in 1992 to become the Sail Training Association's Race Director. He sailed as navigator and chief officer on the schooners Sir Winston Churchill and Malcolm Miller.  He has also sailed on Lord Nelson, Tenacious, Stavros S Niarchos, the Japanese Kaisei, the Polish Henryk Rutowski and the Australian Bark Endeavour. Ron is a trustee of the UK Association of Sail Training Organisations and was its chairman for 10 years until 2010.  He was awarded an OBE in 2007 in recognition of his Services to Sail Training.
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Terry Davies
Terry Davies has had a career of close to 40 years in education and sail training during which he has developed four independent schools, including the American Foundation for Education Under Sail.  He supervised the construction of the sail training vessel Concordia, launched in 1992 as the campus for West Island College International’s Class Afloat”.  Terry also operates two educational consulting firms and is director of ASTA
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Lena Maekler

Lena has worked as Vice Chairman of Sail Training Association Germany (founding member of STI) since 2012. Prior to this she was the German representative and founding member of the STI Youth Council where she was secretary and then Vice Chairman. In 2011, she won the STI "Young Sail Training Volunteer of the Year" award.

Her connection with the sea and sail training started in 2004 as a trainee on diverse sail training vessels, which led her to the position as watch leader. During her studies she undertook research in the field of sustainability of cruise liners and sail training vessels as well as the topic of motivation and experiences in sail training tourism. Lena is a marketing manager in the hospitality industry.

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Kalanne O’Leary

Kalanne is a solicitor and managing partner at O'Leary Arnold, a law practice located in the town of Skerries in North County, Ireland where she has practised  for over 30 years.  She is the chairperson of Sail Training Ireland for Youth Development Ltd. and a former director of Coiste an Asgard, the vessel operator for Asgard II, which was Ireland's national sail training vessel for thirty years. In addition to being the Sail Training International council member for Ireland, she was the chairman of the trainee working group for Dublin Tall Ships 2012.  She enjoys sailing, walking, skiing, reading, gardening and swimming.  

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Carlos Possollo

Carlos's strong passion for the sea started his connection with Sail Training back in 1999 through APORVELA (the Portugese sail training organisation)  - a founder member of STI. He was the Portuguese representative and founder member of the STI International Youth Council and involved in a range of diverse pilot projects. He kept his connection with sail training in the transition to his professional life and later in 2011 he was elected APORVELA's Trustee. Today, in his professional life, he holds an international position, within a leading multinational public company.

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John Richardson
Most of John’s career has been with the European Commission where he had a wide range of roles.  He was Ambassador and Head of Delegation to the UN in New York before spending three years as head of the task force that developed the Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union (adopted by the European Council in December 2007).
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Willem de Ruiter
Much of his career was with the European Commission, with a good deal of it related to the shipping industry. He then became the first Executive Director of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in 2003. His interest in the training of people for a career at sea has given him a good understanding of the issues, the people in the shipping industry most directly involved with it, and the maritime academies in Europe.  

Keith Robinson
Secretary to the Charity and Legal Advisor to the board of Trustees
Keith is senior partner of the London law firm, DMH Stallard Solicitors. He is a Solicitor and a Director / Company Secretary of a number of public and private companies.
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