Who we are

Council Members:


Henry Cleary
Henry retired from the Senior Civil Service in the Department of Communities and Local Government in October 2011. Since 2001 he had responsibility for the Department’s programmes on housing growth, including growth areas, growth points, eco-towns, and their funding and infrastructure.  Previously he led on the Rural White Paper (2000) and on environment and business issues including negotiation of the EU Directive on Packaging and the creation of a national system of producer responsibility.  He joined the Department of the Environment in 1977 and among other roles worked in New Towns Division in the early 1980s,and  the East Thames Corridor in the early 1990s.  He was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2010.
Henry is currently advising local authorities on large scale development and growth issues, and chairs the Standing Conference of partners and communities for the New Community North of Fareham. He is also engaged in heritage preservation and is a Board Member of  the Boiler and Engineering Skills Training Trust  and a Director and Trustee of the Maritime Heritage Trust.  His personal involvement with preservation has been mainly through the preservation and operation of VIC 56, a 1945 built , 85ft steam coasting lighter which he purchased from MoD in 1978.


Mark Dunkley
Mark is a maritime archaeologist and professional diver with developed expertise in the protection of maritime heritage assets through the articulation of heritage values and significance. Mark works in the Programmes and Maritime Designation Team at English Heritage where he manages a small team that delivers management & licensing of England's protected marine assets and the provision of advice in relation to both resource and risk management of maritime sites & monuments. Mark provides broader advice relating to the marine historic environment to ensure that cultural heritage assets are managed according to their significance, particularly through marine licensing schemes and formal designation. He also champions and leads the integration of maritime and coastal heritage in the process of Better Heritage Protection through the development of appropriate policy and guidance. Before joining English Heritage in 2004, Mark worked as a coastal and marine archaeologist at Wessex Archaeology and as an archaeologist at the Museum of London.
Mark is a Member of the Institute for Archaeologists and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. 

john kearon John Kearon

John is a Master Shipwright and marine draftsman, having served a traditional apprenticeship in wooden boat-building and lofting, with John Tyrrell & Sons, Yacht & Boatbuilders, Arklow. He is also a certified wooden ship & boat conservator, having qualified through the British Museums Association. From 1968 to 1973 he served as Ships Carpenter with the British merchant navy , sailing with both Royal mail and Shaw Savill Lines on both passenger-cargo ships and general cargo and refrigerated vessels, both steam turbine and motor powered. In 1980 he was appointed Head of Ship-keeping at Merseyside Maritime Museum (MMM), where he introduced and developed the concept of treating historic ships and boats in a museum standard conservation context. In 1992 John was appointed Head of the Department of Maritime, Industrial & Land Transport Conservation, with National Museums Liverpool (NML) which encompassed MMM.  Up to his retirement from NML in 2006 he led the conservation of many unique and significant vessels, including the Liverpool pilot cutter Edmund Gardner and the last Irish Sea merchant schooner, De Wadden, both at MMM. Following retirement from NML in 2006, John was appointed Project Manager of the Asgard Conservation Project for National Museum of Ireland. The Asgard, Erskine Childers’ iconic ketch, was designed and built in 1905 by Colin Archer.  The conserved Asgard is now on public display at NMI, Dublin.
John is an Associate member of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects and a member of the Institute of Conservation.

 Captain David Newberry

Captain David Newberry
David served as an engineer in the Royal Navy both at sea and ashore, before becoming Captain of HMS Warrior  1860 and Chief Executive of the Warrior Preservation Trust. As the representative of one of the heritage organisations, David sat on the management board of Flagship Portsmouth, the marketing organisation for Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. In 2006 he became a member of the newly formed Advisory Committee on Historic Vessels, taking a very active role in the work of National Historic Ships including becoming a regional representative in the Solent Shipshape network which was formed in 2009 as an early initiative of the national Shipshape Network established by National Historic Ships. David is also a councillor serving his local communities of Clanfield and Eastleigh in Hampshire.


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landing strake:

the strake between the binding strake and the top strake