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.


Brian Taylor - Project Shipwright

Brian started working with the Boleh Project in March 2011, overseeing both the rebuild and the hands on training of the apprentices. Throughout his 50 year career in the boat building industry, he has worked on numerous boat projects all around the world, from small scale production craft to super yachts.

Following a 4 year complete refit of his own boat, Rhoda Gostelow, a 78 Year old Boston smack yacht, Brian sailed the world for 6 years and travelled over 30,000 miles.

Brian's passion for wood, boats and sailing started at an early age and he was pleased to be able to share that passion and experience with Boleh's apprentices, in the hope that it will in turn be shared for many generations to come. Brians says that the enthusiasm of the trustees George Middleton, Henry Middleton and Chris Austin drove that passion even further.


Katy Hutchinson - Boleh Project Coordinator

Katy was the Project Coordinator for the Boleh Project and managed the project on a day to day basis on behalf of the Trustees. For a long time, Katy was the main contact for all things Boleh.

Katy joined the Royal Navy straight from School where she served for 5 years; then went on to do voluntary work in Zimbabwe where she worked on a Lion rehabilitation programme. Katy has also travelled across South East Asia, while training for her divemaster qualification in Scuba Diving. Katy's previous roles included Business Support Manager for BAE Systems and Corporate Fundraising for a Hampshire Charity.

Katy says she is completely inspired by Boleh and enjoys sharing the story with those wishing to get involved in the project.


Tim Gallier - Production Manager

Tim supported the Apprentices in all aspects of developing their skills and knowledge during the restoration. In particular the issuing of job cards and the scheduling of work on the shop floor allowing them to fully participate in the Boleh restoration and at the same time being able to provide evidence for their NVQ assessment. Tim learnt his production management skills on the Nimrod programme at BAe Manchester before becoming a global business development manager within the IT industry.

Tim got involved in Boleh because of his passion for developing young people through work based learning and to learn some traditional wooden boat building skills that he could take forward to his own classic boat - a 1959 Laurent Giles design Lymington class yacht.


Andy Murray - Transition Manager

Andy was the Transition Manager for the Boleh Trust and helped to take an inspiring vessel from her restoration into operating as a Sail Training boat in the Portsmouth area.

Andy spent a number of years working at Sea in both the superyacht and sail training industries. He worked at Trinity Sailing between 2001 – 2008 as both sea staff and ultimately as Operations Manager, then joined Butler Traditional Wooden Boats Ltd as the Manager and subsequently a Director. Andy has spent a number of years project managing HLF restorations and private new builds as well as running the business operations. In February 2013 Andy set up his own marine consultancy business Ocean Tempus Consulting which gave him the freedom to get involved in interesting projects world wide. 

Andy believes that Boleh is not just an important heritage vessel with an incredible story but is a unique vessel in her own right and will be celebrated as such.


Dave Reason - Shipwright

Dave served his apprenticeship in Portsmouth Naval Base from 1967-1973, since then he has worked as a boatbuilder on both old and new boats in most of the local firms.

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


Peter Spurge - Shipwright

Peter is a yacht and boat builder by trade, with time served at Westerly Marine, Northshore Yachts and Emsworth boatyard. He has also spent time with Halmatic and Premier yachts, where he  worked on custom yachts worth anything up to £2million.

Peter joined the Boleh Project to concentrate on laying the teak deck. 


Carl Standley - Shipwright

Following an apprenticeship at Camper and Nicholsons in Gosport, Carl has gone on to dedicate his career to the boatbuilding industry. He joined 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.