Tall Ships Races International Limited

Directors

Doug Prothero
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.

Contact Doug Prothero – doug.prothero@sailtraininginternational.org 

Christian Bickert
After completing a degree in Chemical Engineering, Chris spent four years in the French Navy as a Deck Officer. His civil career with an international aluminium company handling production, engineering and sales of technology all over the world, ended as Vice President of Aluminium Technology in the United States. Chris has been with STA France since 1996 and is now Vice President as well as a member of the International Committee. Chris enjoys sailing in South Brittany where he resides, when not in Paris or working with Sail Training International.

Gwyn Brown
Most of Gwyn’s career has been in manufacturing and technology companies in various roles including Business Manager, Business Development Director and Managing Director. Before joining Sail Training International he was General Manager of the European subsidiary of an American aerospace company where he was responsible for European marketing, business development, customer relationship management, strategy formulation and company administration.

Robin Snouck-Hurgronje
Robin joined The Royal Netherlands Navy in 1967. During this 36 year career his commanded two submarines, a frigate and a fast combattant supply ship. He was also Military Attache in Turkey and Romania. 

As a cadet he experienced his first Tall Ships Race in 1968. Since then he has participated in many races as a captain/skipper of all kinds of sail training vessels. His last command was the Stad Amsterdam. 

When he retired from active duties on board ships, he committed himself to the sail training world. He was chairman of the Sail Training Association Netherlands (STAN) for eleven years and is now a member of the STAN board. In 2002 he joined the Sail Training International (STI) Race Operations Committee (ROC) as a Class A representative. In 2004 he became Chairman of the ROC and is also Deputy Chairman Director of Sail Training International/Tall Ships Races Europe.

Contact Robin Snouck-Hurgronje – ra.snouckhurgronje@hotmail.com

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 was the first Director of Sail Training International and a founding trustee when the company gained charitable status. Ron is also 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.

Contact Ron Dadswell – rondadswell@ntlworld.com

Knut Western
Knut has a higher university degree from a humanistic faculty. He has now retired from his position as head of information with the Fredrikstad City Council and was Chairman of the Norwegian Sail Training Association 2005 - 2009. He is a yacht enthusiast and has been involved with the Tall Ships Races since 1997, occasionally participating as a trainee.

Contact Knut Western – knutwestern@gmail.com

Ross MacDonald

Ross has been working with sail training for the last 15 yeasr. He is a Trustee of the charity Sail Training International and Deputy Chairman of Tall Ships Races International Limited. Previously, he was the first Chief Executive of Sail Training International from 2006 until 2008.


Ross participated as a trainee on the Tall Ships Races from A Coruna to Antwerp aboard Christian Radich in 2006. He has also participated on sail training voyages on Stavros S Niarchos and Jolie Brise. In 2011, he achieved a dream of sailing his 40-foot yacht across the Atlantic and around the Caribbean.


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. 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 obtained a BSc in Economics and Accounting from Bristol University in 1978. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1981 and is a memmber of the Institute Of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales. He completed the Advanced Management Programme at Templeton College, Oxford University in 1994. Ross is a lifetime Fellow of The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). Ross qualified as a RYA Yachmaster in 2004.


Contact Ross MacDonald – Ross.Macdonald@sailtraininginternational.org

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