The Trust's Board of Directors comprises 10 Trustees who provide specialist knowledge and experience of architecture, chartered surveying, attractions management, commercial property development, finance and education.

David Butters
David joined the Board in 2012 and became Chairman in April 2017. He qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1974 and retired from the London Office of Gerald Eve LLP, Property Consultants, in 2009 after nearly 37 years with the firm. He was Senior Partner for 7½ 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 and was 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
Michál Cohen 
Appointed to the Board in May 2009, Michal was the winner of RIBA Woman Architect of the Year Award and is a Director of the London based practice of Walters & Cohen Architects and specialises in educational design projects. She was director in charge of the RIBA award-winning Redbrook Hayes primary school project, and two Building Schools for the Future (BSF) schemes led by her have received a rating of Excellent by Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. She is one of the Design Council's Built Environment Experts and in 2017 judged the British Construction Industry Awards.
Philip Marriott
An engineer by profession and graduate of Harvard Business School, Philip spent 34 years based in the United States and Europe as an international executive for the Exxon Corporation (now Exxon Mobil), finally heading up the UK’s biggest petrol retailing business, Esso, and running strategy and investment in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Following retirement he was head hunted to the position of Managing Director of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Ltd from 2004 to 2005. Philip joined the Trust in 2005.
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, is an Honorary Fellow of Scottish Environment LINK and remains involved in the Scottish Seabird Centre and various other Charities. Neil is chairman of the Trust’s Audit Committee.
Mike Ridley
A graduate of Oxford University, Mike was formerly Managing Partner and then Chairman of the multi-disciplinary London Based property practice Watts and Partners (now Watts plc). 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
Professor Ginny Gibson
Ginny is Professor Emerita in corporate Real Estate having recently retired from the University of Reading after a 30-year career as an academic. Her research is focused on understanding how organisations align their real estate with their corporate strategy to ensure that it adds optimum value and has worked with organisations across the public and private sectors. She has also held numerous leadership roles at the University including six years as Facility Director of Teaching and Learning, two years as Head of Real Estate & Planning and finally seven years as Deputy Dean of Henley Business School. Ginny is committed to diversity and inclusion; a founding member of the CREW Network UK which supports women in the real estate industry.
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.
Steve Pitt
Cllr Steve Pitt is one of two Trustees nominated by the City Council and joined the board in 2018. Steve is Deputy Leader and the Cabinet Member for Culture Leisure & Sport at Portsmouth City Council. He has worked extensively for over a decade with partners in the cultural community in the city, including nearly 7 years as Chair of the Culture Partnership. Steve co-authored the city's Vision for Portsmouth 2008-2018 and as Deputy Leader of the Council, has a strategic overview of the authority and is also a member of the Council's Planning Committee. Steve has 30 years experience as a licensee, has organised major events and activities both locally and regionally and has worked as an agent and promoter in the music industry.

Mrs Terry Hall
Terry was re-appointed to the Board in 2018 and is one of two Trustees nominated by the City Council and has previously served on the Board of the Trust as a City nominee between  2007 to 2014. Terry was previously an Inspector of Taxes and then worked for 15 years as a Tax consultant  with a local firm of Chartered Accountants. From 2002 until 2015 Terry was a Councillor with several roles including Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure and Lord Mayor of Portsmouth 2009-2010. Terry is now retired but remains actively involved as the Chair of Trustees at Eastney Area Community Association.
Eric Parry - Architectural Advisor to the Trust
A graduate of the Royal College of Art and University of Newcastle. Eric is a Royal Academician and one of the UK's most respected architects. Born in Kuwait City, he is a designer, writer and educator. Eric is the founder and Principal of Eric Parry Architects established in London in 1983 and was a Trustee from 2013 to 2018.

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