Jubilee Sailing Trust in search for new Chairperson as they plan for Tenacious’ return to the water 

Today the Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) is launching the search for a new Chairperson, as James Crill announces he will step down at the end of the year. 

The news comes as the charity looks to get their Tall Ship, SV Tenacious back in the water later this year, following her Dry Docking and Refit period, and delivering their voyages in a world now vastly impacted by the global pandemic.  

James, who first sailed with the Trust in 1994, became a Trustee in 2011 and was appointed Chairperson in 2013. He has overseen key changes and developments within the charity over the past seven years, at a time where charity fundraising has been hit hard and the world we live in is changing rapidly.   

James said: “It has been my absolute pleasure to work with so many wonderful people during my time involved with the JST – both members of the JST team, the volunteers, beneficiaries and our amazing benefactors. 

“It’s purely as a result of the efforts and the generosity of spirit, time, and not least the funding by all of them that we are able to continue in what, in these very difficult times, is an even more important mission.”

Harry Cator, Chairperson of JST Australia and previous Trustee, said: “I’d like to pass on my family’s thanks to James for everything he has done for the Trust. As life-long supporters of the Trust, we’re grateful for all the support and direction he’s provided over the past decade.”

Patrick Fleming, JST’s Chief Executive, said: “James has chaired the JST throughout a significant period in its 40+ year history. During that time we secured UN Accreditation, delivered our first extensive overseas programme and our 40th Anniversary Celebrations. Like any organisation, it hasn’t been without its challenges too, but James has helped steer us to a place where we have strong foundations for the future. We owe him our huge gratitude.” 

The announcement comes as JST’s Tall Ship Tenacious undergoes her Dry Dock and Refit period, preparing for her return to the water later this year. She is currently undergoing significant maintenance in Sharpness Shipyard, Gloucestershire. 


For more information contact claire.sandham@jst.org.uk

For queries about our Chairperson vacancy, please contact kate.underwood@jst.org.uk.