Chairman and Vice Chairman
Gordon Craig, Chairman
Gordon is a retired management consultant and became Chairman in January 2018 following the retirement of John Beevor. He is currently a District Councillor, chairman of the Bristol Channel Yachting Association, RYA south west committee member and sits on a variety of local trusts and committees. He is also a keen sailor.
Nigel Vaughan, Vice Chairman
Appointed in 2016, Nigel was appointed Vice Chairman in January 2019. Nigel is a chartered electrical and systems engineer and owned a successful, locally-based engineering science consultancy, He has always been interested in ships and the sea, is a former Royal Navy officer, and has enjoyed sailing in and recreational flying above, the Severn estuary for over 30 years. Nigel is also GHT’s ‘Designated Person’.
Trustees and Officers
John is retired after a career in river pollution control. He is on the Board for Young Enterprise, Gloucestershire and has worked with schools as a YE Business Advisor. John is involved at a senior level with Toastmasters International. A long-standing member of Lydney Yacht Club, John also sails in the Severn Estuary and Bristol Channel and trails to other sailing areas in the UK and Ireland.
Anthony is a retired accountant, who has enjoyed an extensive business and professional career, serving on four local authorities, many local charities and trusts, and has been a JP since 1984. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. A keen narrow-boater, he is a past Chairman of the Gloucestershire branch of the Inland Waterways Association. Anthony brings a wealth of financial expertise to the Board.
A retired metallurgist, Barry is a well-known figure in the area having been dinghy and yacht sailing in the estuary and much further beyond for over fifty years. Barry is a long-standing RYA member and Yachtmaster, and is President of Thornbury Sailing Club. He remains an active member and has held a number of positions including that of Commodore.
Master Mariner and Gloucester Pilot. Command experience in the short and middle sea trades; he has also served as a pilot on the East coast. As a keen yachtsman he enjoys sailing the waters of the Bristol Channel and also supports the Willow Trust as a volunteer skipper.
Appointed in 2019, Geoffrey is the most recent person to join the board. Geoffrey retired after a long a career that started as an apprentice with Rolls Royce and ended as a Chief Financial Officer working with international engineering and property services groups. He spent 6 years as a non-executive director of Ipswich Port Authority prior to its privatisation.
Garry is the Director and General Manager of Sharpness Dock Limited which carries out the port operation at Sharpness. He is the Chairman of the Merchant Navy Welfare Board Bristol Port Welfare Committee and a member of the GFirst Local Enterprise Board Transport and Logistics Group.
Appointed in July 2019, Mike is a retired public health scientist with a background in government, commercial consultancy sector, local government and the armed forces and brings additional skills in risk assessment and corporate governance to the Board. Currently Chairman of the Cotswold Edge and Severn Vale Tourism Network, Member of GFirst LEP Tourism and Visitor Economy Group and Hon. Treasurer of Berkeley Community Trust, his many interests include the marine environment, shipbuilding and engineering.
With a Merchant Navy background aboard a range of vessels world-wide, and subsequent years working as master and engineer of large motor yachts, Mike joined the Trustees in 1997 and has fulfilled the role of harbourmaster for several years. He is also a Trustee.
The Trustees' Admin Officer and Clerk, Hazel joined GHT in July 2017 bringing with her a significant range of skills acquired during many years working at the top levels of local government.
Susan, our Finance Officer, is an experienced AAT who works for a number of local clients and joined GHT in January 2015. When not at work, Susan is a leading light in the Gloucestershire Guiding movement and also enjoys time afloat and exploring the canal network with friends.