A board of 15 Trustees governs The Mission to Seafarers and is responsible for overseeing the management of the Mission and its overarching strategy.

Robert Woods CBE

Robert Barclay Woods, CBE is the chairman of P&O Ferries & DP World Southampton and was formerly the Chief Executive of P&O Steam Navigation Company. He was educated at Cambridge University, graduating in economics and history in 1968.

He is an Honorary Captain in the Royal Naval Reserve and is married with four children. His interests are cycling, driving vintage cars and flying vintage aircraft and field sports.


Rosemary Alexander 

Rosemary is a qualified Accountant who began her career with KPMG Birmingham in 1984. Her most recent role was College Accountant for St Hugh’s College, Oxford, a position which she held from 2003 to 2013, prior to this she worked with Ballantyne and Co. Glasgow, as Audit Manager.

Rosemary holds an Honours Degree in Mathematical Economics from the University of Birmingham. Rosemary became a Trustee of the Mission to Seafarers in January 2015.


The Revd Canon Christopher Burke

Born in Beverley, East Yorkshire, Chris was educated locally before reading law at Coventry Polytechnic. He worked for The Mission to Seafarers as a chaplain’s assistant with Canon Ken Peters in Kobe from 1987-88 and then, on returning to the UK, undertook his theological studies at Ripon College, Cuddesdon in Oxford, Tamil Nadu Theological Seminary in South India and Heythrop College, University of London. 

Chris is married to Helen, a local GP, and they have 2 daughters Hannah and Laura. In his spare time, Chris enjoys running and cycling. He is also a keen traveller, especially to places far away from the tourist trails.


David Cockcroft

David Cockroft retired in 2013 as General Secretary of the International Transport Workers' Federation, after 20 years in the position. He holds an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from St Catherine's College, Oxford. In 2006 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science (Maritime Affairs) by the World Maritime Museum in Malmö, Sweden. 

He was and remains a Director of Seafarers' Rights International, an independent body set up with initial funding from the ITF Seafarers' Trust dedicated to pursuing the legal rights of seafarers. 


The Rt Revd Richard Frith

The Rt Revd Richard Frith, a clergyman's son, the Rt Revd Richard Frith was born in 1949 and educated at Marlborough College, Wiltshire and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. He began reading history, but soon switched to theology and graduated in 1972. He became a priest in 1975 and has served in Thamesmead, Keynsham, Bath and Wells. In 1992 he became Archdeacon of Taunton. From 1998 to 2014 he was Suffragan Bishop of Hull. He was appointed Bishop of Hereford in July 2014. Richard Frith married Kay in April 2006 and has four children and four step-children. He enjoys the mix of city, small town and countryside in his diocese as well as cricket, squash and going to the theatre. 


Claire Sneddon

Claire Sneddon is an experienced corporate communications professional. She has considerable internal and external public relations and events experience in the business to business and corporate sectors. Her most recent role was as Head of Communications for Abu Dhabi Ports, (based in Abu Dhabi) covering the Emirate’s nine commercial ports across the United Arab Emirates. 

Claire is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and holds a BA Hons in Anthropology & Sociology, from Goldsmiths, University of London.


Stephen Lyon 

Stephen has worked within the structures of the Church of England for over 30 years. For most of that time, working at parish, diocesan and national level, his work has always had a dimension of global mission.

In 2008 he helped organise the pre-Lambeth Conference Hospitality Initiative together with the processes and content of the Inbaba (discussion) Groups during the Conference itself. On relinquishing his last position, Stephen has continued to be involved in activities across the Anglican Communion including being responsible for planning the programme for two meetings of the Anglican Consultative Council (the Communion’s ‘Synod’) in 2009 and 2012.  He continues to work closely with a number of the Church of England's mission agencies including The Mission to Seafarers.


William MacLachlan 

William read history at the University of Exeter. Upon graduation in 2004 he went on to study for his Graduate Diploma in Law at Oxford Brookes University. He joined Norton Rose LLP as a trainee solicitor in 2006, before qualifying as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2008 and joining the London office of Holman Fenwick Willan LLP. 

William was brought up in Suffolk sailing extensively in the Thames Estuary and across the North Sea. Now married with two children and living in Hampshire, in his spare time he likes cycling, walking and sailing and is a member of the Royal Thames Yacht Club. 


Venerable Canon Andrew Tremlett

Andrew was appointed Dean of Durham in July 2016. Prior to that he was the Rector of St Margaret’s Church which stands beside Westminster Abbey close to the Houses of Parliament, commonly called ‘the parish church of the House of Commons’. He was installed as a Canon of Westminster in October 2010 and was previously a Canon Residentiary at Bristol Cathedral, responsible for the Fabric and the Cathedral’s development plan. From June 2009 to May 2010 he was Acting Dean of Bristol. Over the past 20 years he has had a particular involvement in church school education, tutoring those training for lay and ordained ministry and the care of church buildings.


Samuel Swire

Samuel Swire is the Executive Director of John Swire and Sons Ltd., London. He is also a Non-executive Director of Swire Pacific and Non-executive Director of Cathay Pacific Airways Limited. Sam holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Modern History from University of Oxford.

Upon graduation in 2003 he joined John Swire & Sons Ltd. as a Management Trainee. He has worked with the group in Hong Kong, Singapore, Mainland China, Sri Lanka and London. He became a Trustee of The Mission to Seafarers in January 2016.


Andy Winbow 

Andy Winbow recently retired as Assistant Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). He was appointed to the position in July 2010 and served as the Director of the Maritime Safety Division following 6 years as Director of the Administrative Division. 

Andy holds a Diploma in Port and Shipping Administration from the University of Wales, where he subsequently studied for and completed a Master of Science Degree in Maritime Studies. He is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He became a Trustee of The Mission to Seafarers in January 2016.


David Moorhouse CBE 

David Moorhouse is an engineer by training, having worked in the Oil and Gas, Chemicals and Petrochemicals and Pharmaceutical Industries for more than twenty-five years and in the Shipping Industry for the last fourteen years. He was Chairman of Lloyd’s Register until December 2010. 

Mr Moorhouse was born in 1947, is married to Anne and they have a son Simon and a daughter Claire. His hobbies include diving, shooting, fishing the opera and Russian literature.


Captain Neale Rodrigues 

Captain Neale Rodrigues is Associate Director of the Britannia P&I Club and was formerly Director of Loss Prevention at Standard P&I Club. Neale has had a long career at many shipping companies including, Griffin Shipping, Grincor Shipping and Pacific International Lines Ltd. 

Neale holds a Class One, Master Mariner, Certificate of Competency from the Marine Department in Hong Kong. He also holds an Assessor Training Certificate awarded by Stebing and Partners International. Neale is married with two children. 


Robert Ferris

Robert is the Managing Director of Ferris & Co (Belfast) Limited, a family-owned business in road transport, warehousing and stevedoring founded in 1890. He is also a Director of Belfast Port Services Limited and has been Chairman of The Mission to Seafarers Northern Ireland Committee since 1999. He was awarded the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2000 in recognition of his services to the fishing industry. Robert was appointed a Trustee of The Mission to Seafarers in July 2016.


Mark Patterson

Mark retired in June 2016 as Marine & Energy Executive at the Corporation of Lloyd’s. Prior to that from 2011 to 2014 he served as Controller of Agencies at Lloyds. As Controller of Agencies, he was responsible for Lloyd’s network of 300 Agents worldwide. Mark joined Lloyd’s from a marine insurance career spanning over thirty years with INA, AIG and CV Starr. He holds a BSc Hons in General Science from the University of Wales, Cardiff. Mark was appointed a Trustee of The Mission to Seafarers in January 2017.