Sail Training International Group Limited

Directors

Doug Prothero
Chairman
Founding Trustee of Sail Training International with responsibility for the Americas (2002-). Vice Chairman of Sail Training International (2010-2012). Past Chairman of the Canadian Sailing Training Association and former Vice Chairman of Tall Ships America.

He is a partner at Capital Canada Limited (a boutique investment bank) where he focuses on business development, mergers and acquisitions and financings, with particular emphasis on transactions in the commercial marine, oil and gas and leisure sectors.

He also has extensive experience as an entrepreneur, largely in the marine and leisure areas. He has founded and owned a number of small and medium enterprises. His career has included significant experience as a professional captain, shipbuilder (including four tall ships), ship owner, shipbroker, and surveyor. He has worked significantly on regulatory reform matters both domestically and internationally. In addition he acts as a consultant for ship owners and investment firms on transactions related to the marine industry.
Contact Doug Prothero – doug.prothero@sailtraininginternational.org 

Christian Bickert
After completing a degree in Chemical Engineering, Chris spent four years in the French Navy as a Deck Officer.  His civil career with an international aluminium company handling production, engineering and sales of technology all over the world, ended as Vice President of Aluminium Technology in the United States.  Chris has been with STA France since 1996 and is now Vice President as well as a member of the International Committee.  Chris enjoys sailing in South Brittany where he resides, when not in Paris or working with Sail Training International.
Contact Chris Bickert - christian.bickert@sailtraininginternational.org 

Paul Bishop
Paul joined Sail Training International in July 2006 from the UK national sail training organisation, ASTO, where he was Business Manager. Prior to that he served in various management functions with sail training providers, was a frequent competitor (skipper) in The Tall Ships Races, and Assistant Race Director for these races (1987-93). He is an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and Ocean Instructor and Examiner, and past member of the RYA Yachtmaster Qualification Panel. 

Paul started his career as a professional seafarer at the age of 21 mainly skippering sail training vessels around Europe. He has completed several trans-Atlantic crossings and went out to Australia and Tasmania during which time he skippered a vessel in the Australian Bicentennial Tall Ships Race.  He retains his commercial licence and regularly sails as a volunteer skipper for a UK sail training charity. He has been a keen racer entering regattas such as Cowes Week. He also regularly cruises his own yacht with his family and sails a Dart 18 catamaran with his wife. 

Contact Paul Bishop – paul.bishop@sailtraininginternational.org 

Gwyn Brown
Most of Gwyn’s career has been in manufacturing and technology companies in various roles including Business Manager, Business Development Director and Managing Director.  Before joining Sail Training International he was General Manager of the European subsidiary of an American aerospace company where he was responsible for European marketing, business development, customer relationship management, strategy formulation and company administration.
Contact Gwyn Brown – gwyn.brown@sailtraininginternational.org 

Ron Dadswell OBE
Ron gained his 1st Mates Certificate in the Merchant Navy before joining the British Army.  He retired as a Colonel in 1992 to become the Sail Training Association's Race Director. He sailed as navigator and chief officer on the schooners Sir Winston Churchill and Malcolm Miller.  He has also sailed on Lord Nelson, Tenacious, Stavros S Niarchos, the Japanese Kaisei, the Polish Henryk Rutowski and the Australian Bark Endeavour. Ron is a trustee of the UK Association of Sail Training Organisations and was its chairman for 10 years until 2010.  He was awarded an OBE in 2007 in recognition of his Services to Sail Training.
Contact Ron Dadswell – ron.dadswell@sailtraininginternational.org

Knut Western
Knut has a higher university degree from a humanistic faculty. He has now retired from his position as head of information with the Fredrikstad City Council and was Chairman of the Norwegian Sail Training Association 2005 - 2009. He is a yacht enthusiast and has been involved with the Tall Ships Races since 1997, occasionally participating as a trainee. Contact Knut Western – knut.western@sailtraininginternational.org