Our people

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge

“I am delighted to be Royal Patron of the 1851 Trust. I feel very fortunate to have enjoyed sailing from a young age and I know it is a great way of providing young people with the opportunity to develop skills and confidence.

It is a hugely exciting time for sailing as the British Challenger bids to bring the America’s Cup back to Britain.

I am looking forward to being part of this journey and I hope that through the 1851 Trust we can engage and inspire a new generation into sailing along the way.”

Sir Ben Ainslie CBE

“There’s such a diverse range of career opportunities for young people opting to take STEM subjects.

We truly hope to inspire not just the next generation of athletes and sports stars, but engineers and innovators alike.”

Our Trustees

Dame Louise Makin (Chair)

Lady Ainslie (Vice Chair)

Roy Bedlow

Jeremy Boadle

Rod Carr CBE

Robert Elliott

Paul Frew

Jo Grindley

The Rt Hon Sir Richard Ottaway

Claire Oulton

Rob Stevens CB


Meet the team

Ben Cartledge


Beverley Smith

Head of Education

Joseph Wellerd

Education Manager

Becci Barrie

Programme Manager

Kae-Ley Morris

Digital Marketing Executive

Megan Cliff

Partnerships Executive

“Many of the people I met today have inspired me to do my best and the only thing you should never say is ‘never’.
Seeing women who have developed their understanding and passion in STEM has inspired me. I loved meeting new people too.”

Student feedback - Portsmouth

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