Trust Membership

The Trust's Board of Directors comprises 8 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, 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 her have received a rating of Excellent by CABE. She is one of the Design Council's Built Environment Experts and in 2017 judged the BCUI Awards.

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.

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.
Robert Palmer
Robert joined the Trust in January 2018. he is a Chartered Surveyor and Chief Investment Officer at Mayfair Capital Investment Management, as a UK real estate investment manager where he has been since 2010. He is responsible for advising both institutional and private clients on commercial real estate funds with assets across the commercial sectors and throughout the UK.

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