Board of Trustees

Chairman John Hirst CBE

Chairman John Hirst

John specialises in Global business leadership of UK and US companies, Strategy definition, Operational and financial restructuring, International development and growth and Performance improvement.

John’s previous roles included seven years as Chief Executive of the MetOffice, UK Permanent Representative for the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) acting as a member of the Executive Council and Chair of the Audit Committee and was Chairman of Hammerson Pension Fund. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to meteorology.

In addition, John holds or has held Non-Executive Director roles with Marsh UK, Ultra Electronics, Anglian Water Services, White Square Chemical, IMIS Global Ltd and is currently a Trustee for Epilepsy Research UK. 


David Gee

David Gee

David is a former Chief Finance Officer for ICI and currently Chair of Lockton LLP and the ICI Pension Fund.

David is a strategically orientated senior business manager and finance professional with a focus on value creation with a proven track record of strategic definition and management. He has very wide financial knowledge, expertise and experience, with a record of achievement across a range of businesses, locations and activities, driving strategic and operational improvement.  Has also a clear understanding and proven track record in HR policies and issues.

David has strong project (system, M&A) and process management skills and experience, both in non-financial and financial areas and a proven track record driving the management of significant change.


Sarah Kenny OBE

Sarah Kenny

Sarah is the Chief Executive Officer at the BMT Group, a leading international multi-disciplinary engineering, science and technology consultancy offering a broad range of services, particularly in the defence, energy, environment, shipping and ports and logistics sectors.  Prior to BMT Sarah was Managing Director at Qinetiq for seven years.

Sarah is an active mentor, and a STEM ambassador, she’s passionate about developing people to help them realise their potential.

Sarah was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours. The accolade, for services to the Maritime Industry, and Diversity, reflects her long-standing commitment and contribution to supporting and promoting the United Kingdom’s maritime industries, in addition to her work on STEM and promoting the importance and value of diversity in the sector.


Dan Hook

Dan Hook

Dan Hook CEng, FRINA is a Naval Architect and Chartered Engineer with over 17 years’ experience in the marine industry. Upon graduating from the University of Southampton, Dan worked as a naval architect on the development, testing and trials of a wide range of specialist craft. During this time he recognised the potential within the unmanned vehicle industry and specialised in unmanned platform design.

Dan was one of the founding members of ASV Global, now known as L3 ASV and held the position of Managing Director as the company grew from 2 employees to about 150 before selling to L3 Technologies. This company continues to be at the forefront of unmanned surface vehicles and supplied systems around the world for defence, survey, oil and gas and scientific applications.

Dan now works as a consultant and maintains an active role in industry. He has been supporting several innovative new companies with plans for more in the future.


Professor Sir Ian Boyd

Ian Boyd

Professor Sir Ian Boyd is Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. He is currently Professor in Biology at the University of St Andrews.

He has BSc and DSc degrees for the University of Aberdeen, a PhD from Cambridge University and has received prizes for his research including the Scientific Medal of the Zoological Society of London, the Bruce Medal for Polar Science from the Royal Society of Edinburgh and The Polar Medal awarded by Her Majesty The Queen. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Ian received a Knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2019 for services to Science and Economics on Food and the Environment.

Ian has previously been a Physiological Ecologist with the Natural Environment Research Council Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, a Science Programme Director with the British Antarctic Survey and Director at the Natural Environment Research Council’s Sea Mammal Research Unit.


Sarah McMath

Sarah McMath

Sarah is the Chief Executive Officer, of MOSL (the market operator for business customers).  MOSL is responsible for the smooth and efficient running of the new and growing water market for business customers.  This new market opened in April 2017, and allows 1.2 million businesses, public sector bodies, charity and not-for-profit organisations in England to choose who provides their water retails services.

With a doctorate in Environmental Engineering, Sarah worked for Thames Water for 24 years in a wide variety of roles, leading teams of up to 3000 people in both technical and operational areas.  Sarah started her career in the Research and Development team, moving on to lead front line operational functions and technical support teams.  Sarah led the development of the company’s Business Plan and developed the corporate strategy for the board of Thames Water, including the preparations for competition in the business market. Sarah’s most recent role in Thames was as the Managing Director of Strategic Planning and Investment, with accountability for all Asset Management, Science, Engineering, Health and Safety and Innovation in Thames Water.  


Dr Ruth Boumphrey

Dr Ruth Boumphrey

Dr Ruth Boumphrey is currently the Director of Research at Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a global charity protecting life and property and supporting education, engineering-related research and public engagement. She is responsible for a large portfolio including grants, direct charitable activities and accelerated innovation actions through their international trading arm. She recently chaired the first Royal Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering for International Development.

She has experience in the marine science and technology sector, holding a BSC in Environmental Science and a PhD in Ecotoxicology, and has previously held roles as the Head of Earth Observation for the UK Space Agency; as the Head of International at Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and for Research Policy and International Division at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Ruth is a Council member at the Welding Institute and Chair of the TWI innovation network. She previously sat as a Council member at Lancaster University.