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Tony Ingall


Tony joined the Trust in 2014 as a volunteer primarily supporting the Trust's information technology.  He joined the Trustees in 2017 and  became Chair in 2022.  He has sailed a variety of boats, starting on a Cadet, through Lasers and an RS100 to a Volvo 60.  He loves night sailing saying  "The vastness of the night sky is a reminder of greatness of our creator God".  He has a passion for seeing lives changed as people come to faith in Jesus.

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David Shepherd

Company Secretary

David had his first ever sailing trip on Morning Star in 2020. He got the bug and has been sailing on and off ever since, including two Tall Ships circuits, and skippering Morning Star on several trips. By profession he is a veterinary surgeon; for the last six years he has combined this with being Pastor of a small church, but has now retired, so hopes to have more time for sailing, skiing and hillwalking! He has two adult daughters and three granddaughters, and loves spending time with his family. He has also managed to fit in being a Trustee of the Morning Star Trust for the last twelve years.


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Peter Adlington 


Pete has been a keen sailor from the tender age of 6, sailing a variety of dinghy’s and yachts of all shapes and sizes.  With two teenagers of his own, Pete is a keen advocate for youth work at sea and loves the way the trust helps to share the Good News with young people . Pete has been a member of the trust since 2018 and has become a trustee in 2023. 


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Verity Thomas


Verity first sailed with the Trust in 2021 as a trainee. Since then, she has volunteered as crew, being first and second mate on silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. She is looking to join as a Trustee.


Verity is a London-bred engineer/teacher. She loves all things boats and children. Verity became interested in boats from competing in rowing at Thames Rowing Club and volunteering with the Tall Ships Youth Trust as Watch Leader and Deck Hand. She went on to study naval architecture and teaching at university. During her summer holidays, she did the Talls Ships Youth Race sailing to Finland, Lithuania, and Poland. She also joined the Royal Navy cadets, and did a couple of deployments in France and the Netherlands. Now, she is working in Plymouth at Babcock International Group as a Graduate Naval Architect.

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