SS Robin Trust

Our Charity aims to restore, preserve and maintain the SS Robin for the education and benefit of the public through displaying her as a historic ship, allowing access onboard as far as possible. The Trust’s income is via grant funding, bequests, donations and occasional paid admissions from visitors. It relies on a small paid staff and volunteer team to deliver its aims.

The SS Robin Trust is grateful to its many supporters, patrons, partners, retired Trustees and volunteers who have helped make the project possible and kept SS Robin safe for over forty years.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT, has taken a keen interest in SS Robin project and maritime heritage in general. To see more on his visit, click here.

Honorary Member: 

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT


Lord Greenway
Jim Fitzpatrick MP

Our Volunteers

Our volunteer team makes a crucial difference to the SS Robin project. They provide and learn a range of skills and help promote and conserve the SS Robin.

If you would like to join us, please contact us.


Eric Reynolds - Chairman

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, revitalising 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 Gabriel’s’ 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 including maritime heritage. In addition he acts as a regeneration advisor across the country, is Chairman of SAVE Britains Heritage and is a trustee of several voluntary bodies, including Royal Museums Greenwich and Row Barge ‘Gloriana’.

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. He 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 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; The Natural History Museum, Nottingham Castle and the Old Royal Naval College Greenwich, as well as smaller museums, galleries and heritage sites.

Kevin Whittle

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


Richard Albanese. Maritime Heritage Project Manager

Richard has worked mainly in museums, industrial and maritime heritage. Specialising in museum interactives, exhibit design and interpretation, along with restoration and assembly of large exhibits and historic machinery. He has crewed, helped maintain and restore a small range of heritage steam and motor vessels afloat. 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. He shares his time between SS Robin Trust and Trinity Buoy Wharf which has a small collection of heritage vessels. He is a board member of the Maritime Heritage Trust and Steam Tug Brent Trust.

Matthew Friday, Project Support

Matt 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, National Maritime Museum and Charles Dickens Museum. Before joining the heritage sector, Matt had a successful career in software quality assurance.