Trustees

Will Reed - Director/Co-Chair

Will Reed - Director/Co-Chair

Will has a degree in furniture design and worked at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College before coming to the Academy as a student to learn boat building. After the course he started his own business building, restoring and repairing boats, in addition to designing and constructing furniture.

Will helped to set-up the 12-week Fine Woodworking course (originally an 8-week course) and has led the course since its inception for ten years. In June 2019, Will assumed the role of Director of the Boat Building Academy.

Jon Lloyd- Davies - Co-Chair

Jon Lloyd- Davies - Co-Chair

Jon worked for a leading multinational financial services company in London for 29 years. His last role was as a Senior Global Manager in the Insurance division, working with a number of countries to develop their insurance businesses. Seeking a change of direction Jon enrolled at the Boat Building Academy in September 2015, and built a 20 foot daysailer designed by Paul Gartside.

He was delighted to take on the role of trustee for the BBA and spends the rest of his time working on boats and his house in Lyme Regis, seeing family and friends and travelling. He is currently restoring a small clinker launch.

Graham Pickett - Financial Trustee

Graham Pickett - Financial Trustee

Graham was a vice chair and senior partner of Deloitte LLP before he retired in the Spring of 2019. His last role at Deloitte before retirement was Global head of Aviation as well as the partner in charge of the South Region of the UK firm.  As part of his wind-down into retirement he enrolled onto the boat building 40-week course in Summer 2019 where he built a 14 foot Yachting World dayboat which is called ‘Mrs P’ and which is regularly seen sailing in Lyme Bay.

Following the completion of the course he was invited to become a trustee and with his finance background has taken on the trustee role responsible for the finances of the charity, a role which he thoroughly enjoys.

Graham is married to Lynne (as well as their working cocker spaniel Daisy!) and lives at the top of Sidmouth Road overlooking the Jurassic coast, and has twin daughters who live in London between regular visits to Lyme Regis. He’s currently completing a complete refurbishment of his house where his new found woodworking skills are coming into very good use.

Rob Aylott

Rob Aylott

Rob Aylott trained as a student apprentice to become an aircraft design engineer; but in his 20’s he moved into management science as an internal consultant with Philips Industries and then ran the Information Technology arm of ITT in the UK.

He left to set up a technology management company while he and his late wife also ran the family retail furniture business in London’s West End.

Rob was then invited to join the management consultancy arm of KPMG and became the global leader of their sourcing advisory business until he retired.

In retirement, Rob turned his energy to set up a local enterprise to create resources and activities that develop community engagement.

He also works with the church at parish to diocesan levels but, most of all, he uses his craft skills in restoring and using historic vehicles and his 400-year-old home and working with the BBA to realise their charitable objectives.

Gail McGarva

Gail McGarva

Gail McGarva trained at the BBA 2004-2005 having worked previously as a Sign Language Interpreter and actor/teacher in Theatre in Education.

Gail is a traditional wooden boatbuilder with a passion for preserving the lineage of working boats in danger of extinction. Her specialism is the building of replicas or as she prefers to call them ‘daughterboats’ breathing life into a new generation of these traditional crafts.

Bob Jennings

Bob Jennings

Bob graduated as a biochemist and worked for the same laboratory supplies company for 32 years – in laboratories, human resources, IT management and European marketing. He joined the 38-week course in March 2007. Bob then gained a PGCE and QTLLS status and set up boat building apprenticeships at Bournemouth and Poole College, working with Sunseeker.

Bob is looking into sustainability and safeguarding policies at the BBA.

Bella Bathurst

Bella Bathurst

Bella Bathurst took the BBA’s furniture-making course in 2014/15.  She loved it so much she did it twice, and now as a BBA trustee is partly responsible for looking after the interests of the furniture-makers. The rest of the time she writes books and builds houses.