About Us

The SS Robin Trust as a registered charity, has a Board of Trustees with an exceptional range of local and national expertise, along with an experienced team of staff and volunteers and enthusiastic supporters.


Our Board of Trustees


Eric Reynolds (Chair)

Eric Reynolds is the founding director of Urban Space Management (USM). He has been involved in numerous urban regeneration schemes since the early 1970’s. His projects include setting up Camden Lock Market, revitalisting the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, creating Merton Abbey Mills, bringing new life to Spitalfields Old Fruit and Vegetable Market, turning Greenwich Market around, building a new indoor tented market in Swindon, creating a small business centre out of Sneinton Wholesale Market in Nottingham, devising Gabriels’ Wharf and refurbishing Bishopsgate Goodsyard.

He created Container City, USM’s design and build side based around re-using shipping containers. He leads the work at Trinity Buoy Wharf, home to London’s only lighthouse as a centre for arts and creative activity. In addition he acts as a regeneration advisor across the country and is a trustee of several voluntary bodies.


Dr Paul Brickell

Paul trained as a molecular biologist, and was from 1995 to 2002 Professor of Molecular Haematology at the Institute of Child Health at Great Ormond Street Hospital, University College London. Paul completed a career change in 2002 in order to contribute to the gathering regeneration of his “home town” of east London, first as Director of Regeneration and Chief Executive of the Bromley by Bow Centre and then as Chief Executive of Leaside Regeneration.

Paul joined the Olympic Park Legacy Company (now London Legacy Development Corporation) as Executive Director of Regeneration and Community Partnerships in October 2011.


David Green

Dave Green joined the SS Robin project in January 2014 as Project Director, and became a Trustee in 2015. He joined the SS Robin project from The National Trust, to further pursue his long held interest in championing heritage's part in urban regeneration. Dave brings experience from years of working in local authority museums and the heritage charity sector, along with specific knowledge of the London tourist market. Past venues he has been involved with include world famous attractions such as The Natural History Museum, Nottingham Castle and the Old Royal Naval College Greenwich, as well as smaller museums, galleries and heritage sites. Dave's priority is to ensure heritage assets are conserved whilst playing a visible and important role in their communities.


Kevin Whittle

Kevin has extensive career experience in planning and regeneration in London, with a special focus on East London and Tower Hamlets.

Our Team

Richard Albanese. Maritime Heritage Project Manager for SS Robin & Trinity Buoy Wharf

Richard comes from a specialist background of working with museums, industrial and maritime heritage in a range of disciplines. Specialising in museum interactives, exhibit design and interpretation, along with restoration and assembly of a range of large exhibits and historic machinery. He has also crewed, helped maintain and restore a small range of heritage steam and motor vessels afloat, not disimilar to SS Robin. Most recently he worked as Project Coordinator at The London Museum of Water & Steam on a £2.4 million pound regeneration supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund for reinterpreting the collections and providing new displays and exhibits over seven years relating to the history of London's water supply.

Matthew Friday, Project Support

Matt has joined the SS Robin project after working in museums and heritage, including the British Museum and Historic Royal Palaces, and volunteering at the William Morris Gallery, NMM and the Charles Dickens Museum. Before joining the heritage sector, Matt had a successful career in software quality assurance.


Our Previous Trustees

The SS Robin Trust would like to thank the previous board members for their continuing efforts and commitment to the SS Robin, without whom the achievements to date would not have been reached.


Our Volunteers

Our volunteer team makes a crucial difference to the SS Robin project. We have volunteers who provide (and learn) a range of skills, and help promote and conserve the SS Robin.

If you would like to join us, please click here.


Our Supporters

The SS Robin Trust is grateful to our other supporters and partners, who help make the project possible. His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT, in particular, has been very supportive of the project. To see more on his most recent visit, click here.

Honorary Member: 
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT

Lord Greenway
Jim Fitzpatrick MP