The trustees of Chatham Maritime Trust

Chatham Maritime Trust is constituted as a company limited by guarantee

It has four Member organisations:
  • Medway Council
  • HCA, formerly South East England Development Agency (SEEDA)
  • St Mary’s Island Residents Association (SMIRA) – the residents’ association open to all property owners on the development north of the basins, known as St Mary’s Island
  • South Maritime Residents Ltd  – the association for businesses on the southern part of the development, known as the South Maritime Estate (a.k.a. the South of Basin Estate)

These Member organisations have the right to nominate Trustees to the Board of the Trust. Medway Council, SMIRA and South Maritime may each nominate two Trustees, HCA one. The Board also contains a number of “Independent Trustees” who have no affiliation with the Member organisations, but who typically have strong local connections and relevant skills or expertise. There are typically three to six Independents at any time.


The Board of Trustees comprises of:

Andrew Mackness - Chairman (Independent)

Andrew MacknessAndrew's career started in retail with Marks and Spencer, leading to some years overseas in Southern Africa and Mauritius before returning to the UK. 

Andrew now consults and supports SME businesses and is involved in property and land development in Kent. 

Andrew has held a long time interest in politics and is currently Chairman of the Conservative party in Kent, Local Councillor and Cabinet member.   


Anthony Sutton  (SouthCo.)

Anthony SuttonAnthony was born in Kent and has enjoyed a career in retail and property management across the UK and Europe, and is the Centre Manager for Dockside Outlet Centre at Chatham Maritime.      

Anthony is married with two sons and lives in Greenhithe. 

He is a keen sportsman currently trying to master the game of golf.   



Stephen Harriott - Vice Chairman (Independent) 

Steve HarriottSteve Harriott was born and bred in Gillingham and his family has a long history of working in Chatham Dockyard.  He has many years experience in senior positions in housing associations and he currently chairs Boston Mayflower Housing Association. 

His day job is that of Chief Executive of the Dispute Service Ltd, which operates the Tenancy Deposit Scheme in England and Wales, TDS Northern Ireland and provides key services to SafeDeposits Scotland.   


Dr Bob Muid (SMIRA)

Bob Muid Bob worked in education for over three decades - as a medical researcher, teacher and manager in the Pharmacology Department at University College, London; it is also where he obtained his PhD.  For fourteen years, as manager, he had responsibility for the finance, support staff, buildings and computing until the restructuring of the facility in 2008.  Bob is now a specialist scientific instrument maker. 

Since 2000 at Canada Water, London, he was a founding member of a community planning forum involving residents, Southwark Council, land owners and developers (one of the first of its kind).  He moved to St. Mary's Island in 2011 and left in November 2013.  He is Company Secretary for St. Mary's Island Residents Association (SMIRA).

Vince Maple (Medway Council)

Vince Maple Vince is currently the Leader of the Labour Group.  He has represented Chatham Central ward where he lives since 2007.  He is the opposition spokesperson for Finance. 

Vince is a member of various boards and panels including Community Safety Panel, Chatham Regeneration Board and the Health & Wellbeing Board. 

He is the South East representative on the Association of Labour Councillors and the Kent representative on the Labour South East Board. 

Vince is also the Vice Chair of Governors at St. Johns C of E Infants School in Chatham.  

Prior to focusing on Local Government service, Vince was London Regional Organiser for the GMB Union, representing members in a variety of employment sectors from hospitality and hotels to legal and political.  Vince also worked in both the Home Office and the Department of Works and Pensions. 

Away from politics, Vince is a season ticket holder at Arsenal FC and enjoys attending live music events. 


Adrian Horwood (Independent)

Adrian HorwoodAfter thirty three years in the UK banking sector with Midland Bank and HSBC in a range of roles in the City of London and South East England Adrian retired in 2004.

Adrian is married with two adult daughters. He is a non-executive Director with Medway NHS Trust and member of the Governing Body of Mid-Kent College. A member of the Salvation Army in Chatham, Adrian has a major interest in music and is a Choir Leader and plays in the brass band.


Bob Russell (SouthCo.)

Bob RussellBob is the Chairman of Beams International Ltd, which he founded in 1997 having set-up and run a number of other businesses since 1980.  Beams designs and sells good, drinks and personal care gift products, with supermarkets and department stores being its principal customers.  

Bob has lived in the Thames Gateway region all his life and was Chairman of the Thames Gateway (Kent) Chamber of Commerce.  He is currently Chairman of the Dobson Trust - a Gillingham based charity providing relief for disadvantaged elderly people.  He is also a Governor of Mid Kent College.  

Bob is also the man behind the new craft distillery which is due to open in August at Pump House No. 5; his sons, Matthew and Stephen, are also involved in the project so a real family affair.  

Bob lives in Rainham with his wife and has two sons and five grandchildren.     

Julian Perry (HCA)

Julian Perry Julian is a qualified Chartered Civil Engineer and joined SEEDA in 2001 as a Senior Project Manager - this is now the Homes & Communities Agency.  Julian was involved in the design of the marina and shore side works at Chatham Maritime and has more recently project managed the Marine & Civil Engineering Rochester Riverside Project.  He has extensive knowledge of the Chatham Maritime Estate and the issues associated with it.  Julian has previously served as a Trustee from 2008-2013 and was re-appointed in January 2016.  

He lives in Rochester and has a local interest in the Medway Towns.     

David Taylor (SMIRA)

David Taylor David is a nominee trustee representing St. Mary’s Island Residents Association, of which he is Chairman. David is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer designing, manufacturing and installing structural steelwork and associated mechanical equipment for the construction industry. He then took up a position as Managing Director of a local company employing some sixty people before retiring in 2003 and moving to St. Mary’s Island.  David enjoys spending time with his family, golf and local issues.



Deborah Sims  (Independent)

Deborah SimsDeborah is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering at the University of Greenwich (Medway Campus).  She was a Project Director with Mott MacDonald before entering academia and now teaches Management, Communications, Civil Engineering Construction, Highway Design and Contract Administration. Deborah is a Chartered Engineer with 25 years experience with a degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Road Safety Engineering.  She is a Fellow of the CIHT, a professional reviewer and sits on the CIHT's Road Safety and Engineering Professional Standards Panel.  She has recently been invited to join the Engineering Council's Steering Group looking at the role and perception of Incorporated Engineers within the industry.  Deborah is a STEM ambassador and is passionate about encouraging young people to become professional engineers.          

Kelly TolhurstKelly Tolhurst MP (Medway Council)

Kelly was born and bred in Medway and currently lives in Rochester.  She is a marine surveyor and a director of a UK marine and industrial coatings company which involves working on a number of marine and land based projects.  Kelly is a keen sailor and races sailing yachts on the River Medway and is passionate about Medway's maritime heritage.  She was elected to Medway Council in 2011 and appointed portfolio holder for education improvement in 2013; she is also a member of a number of outside bodies.  Kelly was appointed a Member of Parliament (MP) for Rochester and Strood in the May 2015 general election.          

Vic Towell  (Independent)   

Vic Towell Vic has had a long and distinguished career with Kent Constabulary and Surrey Police (including four commendations) and was HM Assistant Inspector of Constabulary.  Vic lives in Wales but comes from Medway (Rochester Maths School educated, with MBA from University of Kent) and still has family locally.  He has extensive knowledge of government and community and is well connected in these areas. 

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