Tall Ships International Limited

Directors

Christian Bickert
Chairman
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 

Chuck Lauwers
Chuck Lauwers has been involved in sail training since the age of 16, first as a trainee, later as watchleader and further up. After high school he started working on various sailing ships leading to taking the courses at the Enkhuizen Nautical College during the winter months, which lead to a master's certificate for sailing ships 500gt and watch officer for cargoships. He has worked for the British Army as a sailing instructor at their training centre in Kiel, Germany and is now working in the merchant navy. He is national representative for Belgium to STI.

Raul Mimbacas
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John Wadson
John is a founding member of the Sail Training Association of Bermuda (STA Bermuda) and is currently Chairman of the Board. A Bermudian, John has been a sailor all his life and started his deep water passage and racing career in 1970. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Accountant and has held a senior level financial position in the reinsurance industry and is currently group president of an offshore financial group operating from Bermuda. His education has been in Bermuda, Scotland and the USA.  He is a Graduate of Boston University and has lived and worked in the Boston area.
Contact John Wadson – john.wadson@sailtraininginternational.org