The Committee

The Committee of The Watch AshoreThe National Executive Committee heads up The Watch Ashore Organisation and consists of ……

Chairman, Vice Chairman, Hon. Treasurer, Hon General Secretary, who hold the post for three years. Previously we have had various branches represented on our Executive Committee, and try to maintain this balance, but this is not always possible.

Our new National Chairman is Sue Williams from Plymouth, who was preceded by Chris Rankin (Plymouth), Margaret Gray (Glasgow), Sue Vickery (Plymouth), Pat Warren (Cardiff), Liz Swan (Derby), Doreen Morris (Sunderland), Fiona Cook (Glasgow), and June Barnes (London).

Annual Meetings

The Executive Committee organises our Annual Meetings which are held in a different part of the country each year. Members travel to the chosen hotel and enjoy two or three days of both social events and meetings. For more information and to view the gallery of past events please visit our previous meetings page. 

The Executive Committee coordinates all members nationally. Some of our members do not live within reach of a local branch and so are given the title “Country Member”. Country members exist all over Britain and meet up with all the other branches at annual meetings and sometimes join in branch events when in their area.

Chairman's Charity

Previously on her retirement from office the National Chairman nominated a charity, which all the branches supported for the following three years. Pat Warren, who was National Chairman 2003 – 2006, nominated The Jubilee Sailing Trust as her charity and handed over a cheque for £1562. This was the amount raised by the branches in support of her campaign. Read the Trust's response.

For her chosen 'Chairman's Charity' Sue Vickery (2006 - 2009) was able to donate the sum of £700 to The Mission to Seafarers The Mission to Seafarers National Fund and £700 to Falmouth branch. Once again this was the total amount raised by the branches over a 3 year period.

The Chairman, Margaret Gray, (2009- 2012), proposed that the Watch Ashore place a bench or plant a tree at the National Arboretum. This was the Charity for the year 2012/13.  During the AGM in London Margaret was presented with a cheque for £900 and this was used to have a dedicated bench at the Merchant Navy Wood in the National Arboretum.