Our Trustees

Our Board of Trustees consists of voluntary members, who give their time to supporting the work of our Chaplain and ship volunteers. Eileen Reilly, who is the Company Secretary of Mission to Seafarers Scotland, attends the meetings, although not as a voting member.

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.

Erin Burnett

Appointed Trustee:  2020

Erin Burnett is originally from Northern Ireland and moved to Scotland in order to do a MTh Practical Theology degree at the University of Glasgow, where she conducts research about maritime chaplaincy. Erin did a placement with Mission to Seafarers in East Asia and produced a report on how the Mission could modernise its work to reach 21st century seafarers. She has volunteered with the Mission to Seafarers since she was 18, mostly in Belfast. She attends the Scottish Episcopal Church.

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. He is a qualified member of the Institute of Administrative Management and the British Institute of Facilities Management. 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.

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 telecommunications industry for 45 years. He is Married to Ivy and has two grown up children, Douglas and Ruth. Brian manages the administration of MtSS 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.

The Reverend Timothy Tunley

Appointed Trustee: 2019

Tim has been the Chaplain to MtSS since 2009, having left Theological College in 2002. He was ordained and work as a curate in Boroughbridge and Knaresborough. He went on to be Vicar of Arkengarthdale and Swaledale, then went to be team Vicar of Seacroft in Leeds.  Tim has visited many of the ports in Scotland and preached at many of the Scottish Episcopalian churches up and down the country.

Christopher Williams

Appointed Trustee: 2020

Christopher is a member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects and a former chartered engineer.  His career in Government service started on ship and submarine projects, including time spent at shore facilities and at sea in Scotland, later moving to senior nationwide communication and training roles including working in the Defence Medical Services. He is an active member of the Church of England and a trustee of a choral charity, singing frequently in choirs based in Scotland and England.

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