The MNWB is pleased to welcome the following two new trustees who bring with them a vast range of expertise and knowledge to the Board’s Council of Management.
Brian Boxall-Hunt has joined the Board representing the ‘Accommodation Providers’ category in the Voluntary sector.
Educated at the London Nautical School in Waterloo, Brian Boxall-Hunt joined the Royal Navy in 1970 as a cadet at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. There then followed an exciting and fulfilling 35 years of mainly seagoing life as a Seaman (or Deck) Officer, firstly specialising in Gunnery, then Navigation and more broadly as a Principal Warfare Officer, ending as a Commander in Singapore in 2005 performing the dual duties of RN Liaison Officer and Naval Attache. He was appointed O.B.E in 1996, an operational award for his key part in a long-running and successful maritime embargo operation in the Adriatic Sea. Having served in a broad range of interesting and challenging appointments both at sea and ashore, including command of HMS DRYAD in the rank of Acting Captain, he takes pride and satisfaction in looking back at a most varied, enjoyable and adventurous first career.
Commander Boxall-Hunt retired in 2005, determined to maintain links with the maritime fraternity and giving his time to supporting seafarers. He was invited to assume the duties as Chief Executive to the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society in September 2006.
Additionally, he is actively involved with the Britannia Association as a Trustee, visiting the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth to be a BA “ambassador” there encouraging Young Officers before they join the Fleet to support the Association and its charity. Together with being the Secretary of the Royal Navy Club of 1765/1785, a member of the RN Warfare Officers’ Association and City Naval Officers Club, his links to the Service and its charities remain strong.
He is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute (FNI), a Younger Brother of Trinity House, and Freeman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners. Although now not sailing as often as he would like to, he remains a keen yachtsman, a member of the Royal Naval Sailing Association and the Britannia Yacht Club.
Richard Ballantyne will be joining the Council representing ports in the category of Persons able to make a particular contribution of value to the charity because of their specialist experience.
Richard joined the British Ports Association in 2007 and became the Chief Executive in 2016.
He represents the BPA on a number of industry bodies and is a member of a wide range of government stakeholder groups and international committees.
Richard has in-depth expertise in ports, transport and environmental policy matters as well as a wide experience of the legislative process around the UK.
He is a Director of Maritime UK and was previously a Director of Port Skills and Safety Ltd.
Before joining the BPA Richard spent five years at a Westminster political consultancy and was previously an MP’s researcher in the House of Commons.
The Board is delighted to have Brian and Richard join as trustees and looks forward to working with them to help improve UK seafarers’ welfare.