Our Trustees

Our Board of Trustees consists of seven voluntary members, who give their time to supporting the work of our Chaplain and ship volunteers. Our Chaplain attends the meetings, as well as Eileen Reilly, who is the Company Secretary of Mission to Seafarers Scotland. Neither are voting members.

Martyn Clark

Appointed Trustee: 2012
Appointed Chairman: 2018

Martyn went to Sea as Navigation Cadet in 1971 and qualified as a Captain in 1984 having sailed all around the world carrying a variety of cargoes. After 17 years at sea, he came ashore in 1988 as Deputy Harbourmaster in Dundee and latterly was Harbourmaster before
moving to Grangemouth as part of Forth Ports Marine restructuring, when he was also Harbourmaster in Grangemouth and then Leith and also Marine Manager running the 24/7 Forth and Tay Navigation Service. Martyn retired after 27 years in the Ports Industry in April 2014 when he was one of the longest serving Harbourmasters in Scotland and for the next 4 years he continued to assist during the Summer period with Cruise Liners as the daily Cruise Vessel Coordinator when they were berthed in Rosyth. He is the Boxmaster of the Fraternity of Masters and Seamen in Dundee. He is also  a Trustee of Mars Training Ship Fund and a past Chairman of local committee of the Merchant Navy Welfare Board.

Simon Filsell

Appointed Trustee: 2017

Simon has worked for the Scottish Episcopal Church as Diocesan Administrator for the Edinburgh Diocese since 2012. Prior to that, he was Business Manager for a Buckinghamshire Grammar School, having spent 15 years before that, working for the Church of England, managing property and IT. In addition, he runs a choir which performs across the UK, solely for charitable purposes. Simon follows his father, with his involvement in the Mission to Seafarers organisation.

David Graham-Service

Appointed Trustee:  2015

David was a qualified chartered engineer working on various projects connected with the sea.  He has spent some years working at Rosyth Dockyard on ship and submarine refits  and also has been involved in  the building of small vessels for Custom & Excise and for specially commissioned vessels.  His interests lie in the welfare of people and works as a volunteer visitor in a hospital specialising in short term and respite care. David is also involved with the Trussell Trust Foodbank in Bathgate and an active member of the Episcopal Church.

Alan McPherson

Appointed Trustee: 2019

Alan became the Chief Harbour Master for Forth Ports in 2018 and, although being from Glasgow originally, was last employed as Harbour Master in the Tyne where he was a Senior Pilot and Deputy Harbour Master for 15 years. He has helped Seafarer Charities in the Tyne and also assisted with the Port Levy being set up. Prior to that, he was involved in the Merchant Navy, rising up through the ranks. Alan provides a vital link between MtSS and Forth Ports.

Brian Partridge

Appointed Trustee: 2017

Brian was, from 2004, Director of Civil’s and Access Engineering with Virgin Media, responsible for building and Upgrading the external Architecture throughout the UK. He retired in 2013 having worked in the telecommunication industry for 45 years. He is Married to Ivy and has two grown up Children Douglas and Ruth. Brian manages the administration of Mission to Seafarers cruise ship visits at Rosyth and South Queensferry.

The Right Reverend Ian Paton

Appointed Trustee: 2019

Bishop Ian had been Rector of Old St Paul’s Church, Edinburgh since 1997 until October 2018, when he was consecrated Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane.  He is also honorary Anglican Chaplain to Edinburgh University, Canon of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh and Associate Tutor at the Scottish Episcopal Institute.

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