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Sailors' Society's Trustees provide governance and oversight to the Christian maritime charity. They lend support and advice to the Chief Executive, who is responsible for executing the mission and vision of the Society. They are also legally responsible for ensuring compliance with the expectations of the Charity Commission.

Our Trustees voluntarily contribute their time and come from a variety of professional backgrounds, including business and banking, legal and accountancy. Some bring experience of seafaring and together they offer a diverse range of skills.

The Trustees regularly review and comment on plans and performance, review any major issues bearing on the well-being of the organisation and its endeavours and decide important new strategic directions.

It is the Trustees’ responsibility to formally approve our budget, annual report and accounts and report to the Charity Commission on annual achievements of the charity and delivery of public benefit to the community we set out to serve.

Our Chairman is Alastair Fischbacher and our Vice Chairmen are Michael Drayton and Dr Peter Swift, the charity's governance advisor is John Harte. Full information on our Trustees is available below.

A copy of Sailors' Society's annual accounts can be found here.

We are currently looking for three new Trustees to join our dedicated team, click here for more information.

Alastair Fischbacher was appointed Sailors’ Society’s Chairman in 2014, having previously been the CEO of The Sustainable Shipping Initiative and previously General Manager at Rio Tinto Marine. He has also been the Chair of RightShip and of the World Ocean Council. A background at sea and ashore in the UK and abroad, he has strong industry knowledge and board experience in the business and charity sectors.

Peter Swift’s career includes senior management, commercial and technical roles in the maritime and other international industries, which followed research and lecturing positions in engineering, marine transportation and economics. Having worked extensively in all five continents, his charity involvement today spans, among others: seafarer welfare, piracy and crisis response, maritime knowledge awareness, and the promotion of quality in ships and their management.

Following a 35-year career in ship-broking, Michael Drayton has been a Trustee since 2012. He was a Director of Galbraith’s Ltd from 1985 and of their Hong Kong office from 1978. He was elected Chairman of the Baltic Exchange from 2007-9 and was also Chairman of Arlington Tankers Ltd. in New York from 2004.

Peter Goldberg served at sea with Port Line, Shell and British Rail Ferries, he left in 1966 as Chief Officer with Masters Certificate. He founded a computer bureau, which he sold in 1979. Peter founded a garden products business, which he sold in 2009 to retire. He became a Trustee of Sailors’ Society in 2004 and currently chairs the development committee.