Trust Membership

The Trust's Board of Directors comprises 12 Trustees who provide specialist knowledge and experience of architecture, chartered surveying, attractions management, commercial property development and finance.

David Butters
David joined the Board in 2012. He is a Chartered Surveyor and a Consultant to Gerald Eve LLP, having retired from the Partnership in 2009 after nearly 37 years with the firm. He was Senior Partner for 7˝ years and led the Leisure Team for 14 years. Since the late 1970’s David has advised operators and owners on valuation, business rates, acquisitions and disposal of hotels, public houses, breweries, motorway service areas and a wide range of other leisure properties throughout the United Kingdom. He has also prepared and given expert evidence in the High Court and Lands Tribunal. 

Roger Ching
Roger joined the Board in 2011 having retired from the position of Strategic Director with Portsmouth City Council earlier that year. He was the City Council's Statutory Chief Financial Officer but he was also responsible for several key services including Finance, Revenues & Benefits, Housing, Cultural Services and Audit & Performance. Roger played a key role in a number of major projects including the Spinnaker Tower, the Mary Rose Special School and the Northern Quarter Retail Development. Roger was also a Director of Mainland Market Deliveries Ltd, a major fruit importing company which the City Council acquired in 2008

Michal Cohen 
Appointed to the Board in May 2009 as one of its two architect Trustees, Michal is a Director of Walters & Cohen and specialises in educational design projects. She was director in charge of the RIBA award-winning Redbrook Hayes primary school project, and two BSF schemes led by Michal have received a rating of Excellent by CABE. 

Patrick Holmes
Patrick practised as a solicitor in the City of London for almost 20 years, most recently as head of the Planning, Environment and Construction Group at Macfarlanes LLP. He was a founder member of the Construction Law Committee of the City of London Law Society, is a Freeman of the City of London and is a Liveryman of the City of London Solicitors’ Company. Since moving out of legal practice in 2011, where he undertook a wide range of property and development work, Patrick has pursued an academic and professional interest in urban regeneration. He is principal of an independent consultancy which advises on regeneration and development projects.

Philip Marriott
A graduate of Harvard Business School, Philip spent 34 years as an international executive for the Exxon Corporation (now Exxon Mobil), heading up the UK’s biggest petrol retailing business, Esso, and running strategy and investment in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Following his appointment to the position of Managing Director of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Ltd from 2004 to 2005, Philip joined the Trust in 2005 and is now also Acting Chairman of PHDL.

Lee Mason
Lee joined the Trust in October 2014, and is one of two Portsmouth City Council appointments to PNBPT's board. He is PCC cabinet member for Resources and is also a member of the Council's Planning and Licensing committees. Lee represents the council on several outside bodies including Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust, Langstone Harbour Board and Portsmouth & Gosport Joint Board.

Eric Parry
Eric Parry studied architecture at the University of Newcastle (1970–1973), the Royal College of Art (1976–1978) and the Architectural Association (1979–1980). He spent a year studying nomadic settlement in Iran (1974–1975). Eric Parry Architects was established in 1983, the year Eric was appointed as a lecturer in architecture at the University of Cambridge, where he taught until 1997. In 2006 Eric Parry was elected Royal Academician (RA), one of the highest accolades for a practising architect or artist in the UK.

Rear Admiral Neil Rankin CB CBE
Neil became a Trustee in 1997 following a 33-year Royal Naval career during which he was the first Fleet Air Arm pilot to fly the Harrier aircraft and the last Flag Officer Portsmouth (1993-1996). He also held tri-service command in the Falkland Islands as a Rear Admiral. He now chairs the Royal Yacht Britannia Trust, and the Scottish Seabird Centre. Neil is chairman of the Trust’s Audit Committee and also serves on the Action Stations Management Board.
Mike Ridley
Mike retired from Watts and Partners (now Watts plc) in 2007 following 24 years’ service which included 20 as Partner as well as periods as Managing Partner and Chairman. As a specialist in the care and management of buildings and their development, Mike acted as consultant adviser to the Trust on the condition of the Historic Dockyard estate at the point of its transfer from the Ministry of Defence in 1986. He joined the Trust on 17 January 2008.
Hugh Siegle (Trustee 2002-2006; Chairman from January 2007)
Hugh joined the Trust in 2002 and succeeded Tim Roberton as Chairman in 2007. A former Managing Director of Whitbread Property, he provides estates management and leisure industry expertise to the Trust. He is a director of Flagship Portsmouth Trust. Hugh’s past roles also include director of Business in Sport & Leisure and Chairman of its Property & Planning Working Group, and non-executive Chairman of DTZ Leisure, a leading UK property consultancy.

Linda Symes 
Linda became a Trustee in July 2014, and is one of two Portsmouth City Council appointments to the PNBPT board. She is PCC cabinet member for Culture, Leisure & Sport and is standing deputy on the Council's Employment and Licensing Committees. PCC appointments to outside bodies include Hampshire Archives Trust, Tourism South East, the King's Theatre Trust, Southsea Community Association and the Mary Rose Trust.
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