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Updated 4th November 2008

Admiral Sir Peter Abbott GBE KCB - Chairman

Captain William Alexander CEng FIEE FIMechE

Stephen Baily (representing Portsmouth City Council)

Dr Robert Blyth (representing the National Maritime Museum)

Anne Dixon

Michael Gambazzi

Professor Richard Harding BA(Hons), PhD, PGCE, FRHistS (representing the Society for Nautical Research

Victoria Hardman

Barry Miller

Commodore Thomas Morton RN

Ken Robinson CBE FTS

Commodore Peter Wykeham-Martin RN

Biographical information

Admiral Sir Peter Abbott GBE KCB


Articled Clerk (1963)

Joined Royal Navy (1964)


HMS Chawton

HMS Ambuscade

HMS Ajax

Promoted to Rear Admiral (1989)

Commanded Second Flotilla in run up to Gulf War

Promoted to Vice Admiral (1993)

Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic

Promoted to Admiral (1995)

Commander in Chief Fleet (1995-1997)

Vice Chief of the Defence Staff (1997-2001)

Commissioner, Commonwealth War Graves Commission (2001- )

[Appointment: Ends March 2013 ]

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Captain William Alexander CEng FIEE FIMechE


Joined BRNC Dartmouth Sept 1952. Qualified as Weapons Electrical Officer 1960. Served in HMSs Lion and Chichester and at the Admiralty Surface Weapons Establishment, RAE Aberporth and Admiralty Underwater Weapons Establishment. Promoted to Commander from Fleet Technical Staff 1974. Squadron WEO for the 2nd Frigate Sqd ( 14 frigates) serving on HMS Apollo 74-76. Then NDC Latimer followed by NA2 to Controller of the Navy 77-79. Commander HMS Vernon 79-81. Seawolf Trials and Acceptance Manager 81-84. Promoted Captain 1984-Project Director Seawolf 'till 87 then NATO Defence College Rome for 6 months before joining staff of CinC South in Naples as a Commodore, responsible communications and information systems in the whole of the southern region of NATO 'till end of 1990.Retired from RN and joined BAe as Naval Adviser 91-99.

In retirement, serves as a volunteer reader and governor of Southsea Infants School and helps RNM with their oral history programme with particular emphasis on the evolution of technology in the RN.

[Appointment ends March 2012]

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Dr Robert Blyth

Curator of Imperial and Maritime History, National Maritime Museum

[Appointment: Nominated by the National Maritime Museum from April 2008]

Anne Dixon

Managing Director, Customer to Advocate ( 2007- present day

Director of Customer Services, National Trust ( 2001-2007

Managing Director, Workhouse Television 1998-2001

Marketing Director, Institute of Physics Publishing 1992-1998

Marketing Director, Domark (now Eidos) Computer Games 1989-1992

Marketing Director, Conran Octopus Publishers 1987-1989

Marketing Manager, Book Club Associates 1983-1987

Editor, Franklin Watts & MacDonald Educational Publishers, 1997-1983

Publications: See bibliography at

Event Organisation: See and

Michael Gambazzi

Retired January 2008 as Deputy Director Naval Staff and Head of the Naval Staff Secretariat

Previous appointments included

Director of Finance and Management Support (DG Information nd Communication Systems)

Head of Policy and Plans, Defence Estates Oganisation

District Secretary Southern District UKLF

Defence Export Services organisation

[Appointment ends March 2013]

Professor Richard Henry Harding BA(Hons), PhD, PGCE, FRHistS


Lecturer & Senior Lecturer, Harrow Coll of Higher Ed (1980-90)

Senior Lecturer & Principal Lecturer, Polytechnic of central London (1990-92)

Director of the Management Development & Accreditation Centre, Univ of Westminster (1992-99)

Chair of Dept of Human Resources, Marketing &Law (1997-2000)

Professor of Organisational History, Univ of Westminster (1999 - )

Chairman, Society for Nautical Research

[Appointment: Nominated Trustee from the Society of Nautical Research]

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Victoria Hardman

 Independent trustee of the Disaster Emergency Committee since 2004

 Board member of Save the Children 1997-2004 (Deputy Chairman from 2001)

 Previous appointments include

 Chief Executive, Camden & Islington Health Authority

 General Manager, The Royal London Hospital

[Appointment ends March 2013]

Barry Miller


Ministry of Technology, Ministry of Defence, Civil Service Department (1961-2002)

RCDS (1984)

Director General Defence Quality Assurance (1986-1992)

Director General of Test and Evaluation (1992-1994)

Director General Finance (Procurement Executive) (1994-1996)

Assistant Under-Secretary (Naval Personnel) (1996-1999)

Director General of Service Personnel Policy (1999-2002)

[Appointment ends March 2012]

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Commodore Thomas Morton RN

Career: Commanded: HMS Leeds Castle (1984-1985)

HMS Sirius (1988-1990)

Staff Officer responsible for implementation of RN CIS Policy DNW (1990-1992)

Assistant Chief of Staff CIS on staff of Commander in Chief Channel and

Eastern Atlantic (1992-1994)

Commanded HMS Coventry and 1st FS (1994-996)

Assistant Chief of Staff (Warfare) FOSF (1996-1998)

Assistant Chief of Staff (Operations, Plans and Policy), NATO and

Senior British Officer, Portugal (1998-2001)

Administrator at Portsmouth Cathedral (2001- )

[Appointment ends March 2012]

Kenneth George Robinson CBE FTS

Independent advisor on Tourism and Visitor Attractions. 

Current appointments include:

Chairman, Visitor Attractions Forum, UK

Vice Chair and Board Member, The Tourism Alliance

Council Member, The Tourism Society and Think Tank Chairman

Vice Chairman, Partners for England

Member, British Tourism Development Committee

Board Member, Tourism South East

Vice Chair, Sail South East England

Member of the Royal Yachting Association Marketing Committee

Has been principal consultant on numerous projects and studies for appraisals and development of leisure, recreation, and attractions projects for the UNWTO, government departments and agencies, major private sector companies, local authorities, trusts and private investors. Many projects have focussed on Museums and Maritime Heritage.

[Appointment ends March 2013]

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Commodore Peter Wykeham-Martin


Joined Royal Navy 1966 as Supply and Secretariat Officer

1973 - Navigator yacht ADVENTURE Whitbread Round the World Race

1975-77 - Secretary  to RNM Executive Committee

1977-79 - Supply Officer HMS ZULU

1982 - Promoted Commander

1982-84 - Exchange Service with US Navy based in San Diego

1987-88 - Supply  Officer HMS DOLPHIN

1988-89 - Supply Officer HMS INTREPID

1991 - Promoted Captain

1991-94 - Secretary to Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command 

1995 - Fellow Australian College  Defence and Strategic Studies

1995 - Promoted Commodore

1995-98 - British Defence Adviser Australia

1998- 2000 - Director Naval Personnel and Corporate Planning

2000 – 2001 - Deputy CEO SSAFA Forces Help

2001 – 2008 - CEO Royal Ocean Racing Club

2006 - Qualified Commercial Mediator

2007 –               Managing Partner GWM Racing Ltd (superyacht race management) and Director Wild Blue Consultancy

Qualified Ocean Yachtmaster.  Member of Royal Yacht Squadron, Royal Ocean Racing Club and Life Flag Officer RNSA.

Trustee Samuel Woodcock Fund supporting youth sailing in RN.

Vice Chairman Friends of Royal Naval Museum 2008 -

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