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.

Ross MacDonald
Ross was the Chief Executive of Sail Training International from 2006 until 2008 based in the UK. After which he moved to Malta where he continues his keen interest in sailing and support for sail training.  For most of his earlier professional career, Ross worked as a management consultant for Accenture assisting some of the world’s largest and most successful companies in the oil and gas, communications and high-tech industries.

Ross qualified as a chartered accountant in 1981.  He then worked extensively on the development and implementation of large-scale commercial information technology projects.  He has considerable experience leading senior executive level strategy projects involving business start-ups, new product and market launches.  He was a partner in Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting) from 1989 to 2002.  

Latterly as a managing partner in Accenture, he held a number of international leadership positions with responsibility for parts of Accenture’s business in strategic consulting, client portfolio management, product development and outsourcing. 

Ross participated as a trainee on The Tall Ships Races from A Corunna to Antwerp aboard CHRISTIAN RADICH in 2006.  He has also participated on sail training voyages on STAVROS NIARCHOS and JOLIE BRISE.  Ross qualified as an RYA Yachtmaster in 2004.  In 2011 he achieved a dream of sailing his 40-foot yacht across the Atlantic and around the Caribbean. 

Paul Van Ommen

Paul has eight years experience working for the Netherlands Sail Charter Trade Association (BBZ). The Association represents its members in dealings with local, national and international governments or institutions. Its main focus is on issues related to ports and port facilities; laws and regulations concerning manning, environment, safety, labour and education.  

He is a board member of Sail Training Association Netherlands (STAN) and a member of the Safety Council of European Maritime Heritage (EMH). EMH operates mainly as a network organisation for European advocacy groups for traditional ships in operation, but in some cases also as a representative organisation at a European level.

As well as a brief career at sea as a merchant navy officer he has worked as a journalist, operations manager for a cruise company and a logistics manager at a construction project. Together with his family he has lived and worked in Mozambique and Indonesia for five years, but his home base for over 25 years is Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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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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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Einar Corwin

Einar is a Naval Architect with a passion for sailing and sail training. He has been the Director of the Norwegian Class A Tall Ship Christian Radich since 2004. He concentrates mostly on continuous improvement of sail training, and on safety. He has crossed the Atlantic twice with Christian Radich, has also sailed as a trainee on board Statsraad Lehmkuhl and Eendracht, and been a board member of Norwegian Sail Training Association for 10 years.

Before joining the Sail Training family, Einar worked in technical design, marketing and chartering within the ship and offshore industry. After studying for an MA he concentrated more on business improvements and crisis management in banks.

He has 10 years experience as a management consultant, and was Managing Partner at Habberstad (a Norwegian recruitment and consultant company) before returning to his roots - ships and sailing.

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.  

Murray Henstock
Murray has been involved with sail training in a range of capacities since 2000 and is currently the chair of the Membership & Communications Working Group for the Australian Sail Training Association. As a sail trainer and high school science teacher he seeks to connect teachers and students with sail training.

In 2013 Murray conducted preliminary research into the impact sail training has on student engagement with education and learning and is now investigating the impact sail training has on teacher pedagogy. 

Murray’s previous work includes the exploration of how trainees learn and the components of an effective youth development program as well as the redevelopment and expansion of the 'Youth Development Program'.

In addition he has created a 'Corporate Training' and 'Young Leaders Program' for the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme. Murray also developed the 'Generic Youth Development Program' and assisted with the development of the 'Self-Assessment Tool Kit' for Sail Training International.

Murray is a previous winner of the Sail Training International ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award and has been a regular presenter at the International Sail Training and Tall Ships conferences presenting on a range of topics since 2008. 

He is currently developing a range of sail training support material including a facilitators' guide, a teacher training guide along with associated curriculum links and resources. 

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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