The Team

The Team

Alexander Goldsmith 

Alexander Goldsmith is an angel investor with a special interest in clean technology companies.

He is a former Editor of Geographical magazine, the magazine of the Royal Geographical Society, and Green Futures magazine. He has written extensively on environmental issues and is passionate about the West Country and its traditional crafts and practices.

Luke Powell

Luke Powell has spent his life working for the continued survival of traditional wooden boats. From his formative years restoring Thames sailing barges, through years in Greece and France, building wooden fishing boats and restoring and sailing his own pilot cutter, Luke set up Working Sail in 1994. Dedicated to the building of historically accurate Cornish pilot cutters, Working Sail soon became one of the top UK builders of new wooden boats. Luke is also the author of a well-received book on traditional wooden boat building.

Chaloner Chute

After a career in teaching, Chaloner has been a project manager for 25 years, leading environmental, educational and community projects in the UK and overseas. He has lead partnerships with NGO’s, local authorities and the private sector on major schemes such as canal restoration, humanitarian projects in Fiji, Indonesia and Kosovo, and as a member of the directing staff on Operation Drake and Raleigh. He has retained his passion and enthusiasm for all things to do with traditional boats and youth opportunities. He has sailed on board brigantines to Itchen Ferries. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society.

Christian Topf

Christian is a graphic designer who in 1991 founded and runs CTD, a design consultancy and studio based in Falmouth. He is also an associate lecturer at Falmouth University. Christian has been involved with many maritime related activities including fisherman; 4 years before the mast on a tall ship involved with environmental issues, alternative technology and education; traditional boat restorations; art editor at Classic Boat magazine; books for National Historic Ships, Working Sail and others.

Anna Brunyee

Anna Brunyee grew up in Cornwall and trained in Land Management before spending fifteen years in sail training and charter work. After skippering for the Ocean Youth Club, teaching RYA courses and running her own boat, taking adults and youngsters all around the UK and the North Atlantic, she then lived and cruised with her family aboard their pilot cutter. Knowing what going to sea can teach people, in particular youngsters, she is excited to be involved in this Cornish based marine training project.

Tim Hextall

Tim Hextall is a chartered accountant who built up and ran his own business development practice for many years, specialising in helping small companies grow.

He now acts as non-executive finance director for a number of companies. Tim is a keen sailor and amateur musician.