Those Who Helped Us Along

We have been hugely fortunate throughout the project, to have had such fantastic people helping the project along. From advice on putting our funding together, to creating a real community involved project and excellent technical skills; the Boleh Trustee's are extremly grateful for each individual's commitment.


Katy Hutchinson - Boleh Project Coordinator

I am the Project Coordinator for the Boleh Project and I manage the project on a day to day basis on behalf of the Trustees, I am the main contact for all things Boleh.

I joined the Royal Navy straight from School where I served for 5 years; I then went on to do voluntary work in Zimbabwe where I worked on a Lion rehabilitation programme. I have also travelled across South East Asia, while training for my divemaster qualification in Scuba Diving. My most recent roles include Business Support Manager for BAE Systems and Corporate Fundraising for a Hampshire Charity.

I am completely inspired by Boleh and enjoy sharing the story with those wishing to get involved in the project.


Dave Reason - Shipwright

I'm Dave Reason, Shipwright on the Boleh Project, I served my apprenticeship in Portsmouth Naval Base from 1967-1973, since then I have worked as a boatbuilder on both old and new boats in most of the local firms.

I started with the Boleh Project at the beginning of April 2013, and I think it is a very worthwhile project; especially helping out with the apprentices, who are able to work on a one off boat and learn skills not often used these days.


Carl Standley - Shipwright

Following an apprenticeship at Camper and Nicholsons in Gosport, Carl has gone on to spend the last 13 years dedicating his career to the boatbuilding industry. He joins the Boleh Project from his most recent position at the small boat section of BAE Systems where he was responsible for the constructions of RIBs and other watercraft.


Sophia Mirchandani - Activity Plan Manager

With a background in museums, Sophia now works as a freelance heritage consultant specialising in business and development planning. She has a particular interest in working on projects which open up fun, new and interesting ways for people to get involved in exploring the past. 

I wanted to work as part of the Boleh team because she has such a fantastic story to tell, and the Trust’s whole approach to training and inspiring young people is very exciting.