Cowes Town Waterfront Trustees

Jeremy has been involved with the marine industry for most of his working life.  As a younger man he served his time as a boatbuilders apprentice in Falmouth.  For the last 30 years he has owned and managed SeaSafe Systems, a world renowned Lifejacket manufacturer, based on the Island. 

Jeremy moved to the Island 20 years ago and has held a number of voluntary posts including 6 years as a Cowes Harbour Commissioner and 5 years as Chairman of British Marine Isle of Wight.  He joined The Cowes Yacht Haven Board in 2018 and The Cowes Town Waterfront Trust Board in 2019 and is Chairman of both boards.

Mike lives in Cowes and is a lifelong yachtsman, having owned several racing and cruising boats over many years.  He is a practising solicitor and is the Admiral (and former Commodore) of the Royal Ocean Racing Club.  He has kept his boats at Cowes Yacht Haven since 2005 and is committed to ensuring the long-term success of Cowes Town Waterfront Trust for the benefit of the local community.

Julian James
Julian is Chief Executive Officer, Global Markets, Commercial P&C at Sompo International. Prior to joining Sompo International, Mr. James led the international operations and Managing Agency at Lloyd’s for a global carrier. He served on the Council of Lloyd’s up until January 2019 and is currently a member of the Lloyds’s Market Supervision and Review Committee.
Julian has a house in Cowes and enjoys Sailing, Rugby and spending time with his family

Ross is a Chartered Surveyor and has specialised in investment management for over 25 years.  He was an Equity Partner at Cluttons LLP for many years and was CEO of its investment management business.  More recently he was Chairman of LSH Investment Management (LSHIM).  He is currently a consultant to LSHIM and holds a number of non-executive appointments. Ross moved to the Isle of  Wight in 2017 with his family and enjoys sailing.

Jackie is a chartered accountant with a career focused on financial services and regulatory reporting.  Alongside ensuring the rigour of processes and content for reporting to UK financial regulators, she has also had responsibility for the creating improved financial procedures and documentation. 
Jackie sits on both Cowes Yacht Haven and Cowes Town Waterfront Trust boards and keeps a close eye on all the finances.

Jackie is a keen sailor and has been a Cowes resident since 2003.

Chris was appointed in 2020 as the Company Secretary.  He works full time for Cowes Yacht Haven (having joined in 2019 as the Events Manager) and has recently taken on the role of Administrative Manager.

Chris has been a Director and Company Secretary of his family firm Leigh Thomas and Co Ltd since 2009.  He has sailed from Wootton Creek all of his life and now enjoys teaching his daughter to sail.