WHO WE ARE

 

MST is a family of people with a simple philosophy, that giving young people and vulnerable adults the opportunity to go sailing offshore can change their lives.

 

A small organisation, we are blessed with a dedicated team of around fifty volunteers who serve alongside our base team, acting as Sea Staff on voyages, helping with maintenance, or coordinating administration. Most of our team sailed onboard our vessels as young people themselves so know exactly how you're feeling! 

We are a Christian sailing charity, which means that our staff and volunteers believe that Jesus died for their sins and to enable us to have a relationship with God. We aim to show the love of God to everyone we sail with through how we act and how we live our lives.  

You definitely don't have to be a Christian to sail with us, and most of those who sail with MST are not Christian!

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MEET THE BASE TEAM

Toby Humphreys

Chief Executive

Toby first sailed with MST in 2014, and was the full time Staff Skipper before taking over the leadership of the Trust in 2019. He is an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor and still tries to get out on the water as often as he can!

Toby is responsible for the day to day management and direction of the charity and is often the first person you'll come into contact with. 

Mary Vaughan-Jones

Staff Skipper

Mary joined the Trust in 2021 and spends most of her time at sea delivering our voyage programmes to young people. She also takes the lead with training volunteers and ensuring our boats are in great condition.

Mary has just finished racing round the world on a large yacht, and previously worked as an instructor in the Middle East. 

Rebecca Newall

Administrative Assistant

Rebecca first sailed with MST in 2016 and went on to spend two years as Staff Mate onboard our vessels.

 

In 2020 she traded her sea boots for university books, but continues to support the Trust remotely by assisting the office with administration.

Barry Hampton

Finance Manager

Barry is our Finance Manager and looks after the bookkeeping and financial arrangements for the Trust.

 

He assists with our forward financial planning and is always looking for ways to improve the way we run our finances together with our data and record keeping.

Ted North

Fundraising Assistant

Ted has held senior leadership positions at numerous charities and organisations over a distinguished career in outdoor education, and ran MST for ten years until his retirement in 2017. 

​Never one to sit still, Ted continues to use his fundraising experience to help ensure we have the resources we need to run our programmes.

Graham Sykes

Ambassador

Graham has been a supporter of the Trust for most of it's existence, and sails as a member of our volunteer Sea Staff. As Ambassador for MST, his role is to help us in our mission by telling people about what the charity does.

Graham is a priest in the Diocese of Oxford, and has sailed everything from a Mirror dinghy to a 200' tall ship!