Who we are

We are made up of like-minded individuals who focus on and support the charity’s aims and goals. We are a complete volunteer-run charity and could not operate without the passion and hard work of our volunteers. Our Directors and Trustees are all voted in at our AGM by our members:

  • Geoffrey Dyball (Chair) – Geoffrey is a chartered surveyor and consultant to the East Anglian practise of Fenn Wright. He is secretary of the Ipswich Building Preservation Trust, the RICS representative on Ipswich Borough Councils Conservation and Design Panel, and clerk to an almhouse charity in Hadleigh. His sailing history began in the Sea Scouts at Wells-next-the-Sea getting cold and wet in a clinker dinghy.
  • Des Pawson MBE (Vice-Chair) – Des has a worldwide reputation as a rope worker, teaching and demonstrating his skills at boat shows, festivals, museums and galleries at home and abroad. In 1982 he co-founded the International Guild of Knot Tyers, and in 1996 he opened The Museum of Knots and Sailors’ Ropework. Since the late 1980s he has worked with the IMT and has a keen interest in Ipswich’s maritime history and sharing it with future generations.
  • Andy Parker (Social Media Coordinator) – Andy is a young and passionate local historian born and raised in Ipswich, with a love of museums and heritage and sharing the stories of generations of people whose lives have been intertwined with the River Orwell and interactions with all things maritime.
  • Richard (Bob) Pawsey – Bob has had a lifelong experience in business working for his family firm, F.W. Pawsey and Sons, Wholesale Stationers and Publishers of Ipswich. Sailing has been a passion of his since he was 9 years old and cruised extensively across Europe. He has a keen interest in local history based on his postcard collecting and assisting Leonard Woolf with his magnificent collection of postcards, photos and ephemera of the Ipswich Wet Dock. All this experience has helped Bob with organising our Barge Trips, and he works hard helping to get more people to experience what the River Orwell has to offer.
  • Peter (Ben) Bendall (Treasurer) – Ben as well as Treasurer is also our barge model builder and restorer providing expertise to our Window Museum Team when setting up displays and making some fantastic dioramas alongside our other volunteers as well.
  • Bob Fox
  • Mark Grimwade
  • Stuart Grimwade (Image Archivist) – Stuart is a retired chartered town planner having spent over thirty-five years in local government, mostly in Suffolk. He has a keen interest in local environmental issues and was instrumental in negotiating the creation of our Window Museum by means of a planning condition.  He has sailed all his life in East Coast waters, and he and his wife Pat now keep their boat in the Wet Dock after some forty years moored at Pin Mill.  His love of photography, and interest in the digital restoration of historic images, enabled him to initiate and develop our amazing and growing Image Archive.
  • Geoff Hartgrove
  • Fraser Yates (Membership Secretary) – Fraser is a lifelong resident of Ipswich with a keen interest in industrial archaeology and local history. He is also the proud owner of the historic diesel tug Fenland that resides in the Wet Dock.

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