The Trustees 2017-09-04T08:26:16+00:00




The Alderney Maritime Trust is honoured to have His Royal Highness Prince Andrew KG, KCVO as its patron. HRH has been very supportive of our efforts and is keen to be informed of progress on a regular basis.  On 21 July, 2005, the project was honoured by its first visit from the Duke of York.

He is the second son and third child of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. Christened Andrew Albert Christian Edward, he was titled The Prince Andrew until his marriage in 1986, when he was created The Duke of York. In 1979, HRH joined the Royal Navy on a short-service commission as a Seaman Officer, sub-specialising as a Pilot. Midshipman Prince Andrew passed out of Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth in 1980, before undergoing fixed-wing and helicopter flight training at RAF Leeming and Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose respectively. In 1981 HRH was presented with his ‘Wings’ and the award for the best pilot by The Duke of Edinburgh. The Duke’s active service with the Royal Navy spanned twenty-two years during which, as Lt Cder The Duke of York, he was selected to command the Hunt Class Mine Counter Measures Vessel HMS COTTESMORE. HRH returned to flying duties, taking up an appointment as Senior Pilot of 815 NAS at RNAS Portland – he departed from active service with the Royal Navy in July 2001. Today, The Duke’s work continues to have a strong economic and business focus, as he seeks to recognise the people and organisations striving to ensure that Britain has the workforce, intellectual property and entrepreneurial culture to remain a global economic leader¹.

HRH Prince Andrew

Duke of York


President of Alderney, 2011 – current. Stuart followed a marine career from 1967 until 1985, rising to master and superintendant. Since 1985 he has worked in business internationally, holding a number of directorships and chair with various companies. Stuart is a member of The Honorable Company of Master Mariners, and The Nautical Institute.

W. Stuart Trought


[Dip. Cons.] An accredited conservator with over 35 years of experience in conservation. Following his initial training at the Ancient Monuments Laboratory and the Institute of Archaeology, London, he set up and ran the first conservation laboratory in Wiltshire providing conservation services to museums and archaeologists throughout the country. In 1986 he moved to the National Museum of Wales where he was Head of Archaeological Conservation, and later Head of Conservation for the Museum. In 1991 he returned to English Heritage’s Ancient Monuments Laboratory, initially to manage its conservation teams, and then as Head of the Laboratory. In 1999, following the move of the laboratory to Portsmouth, he became English Heritage’s first Chief Scientist, a post he held till his retirement in 2002. Since retiring he has continued his interest in in situ preservation of archaeological remains and has undertaken missions to India and Iran for UNESCO’s World Heritage Office. Has been a member of the Mary Rose Advisory Panel for the conservation of the ship’s hull, and is an adviser to the Newport Medieval Ship Project and Board Member of the Rose Theatre Trust. Fellow of the International Institute of Conservation and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (1986).

Mike Corfield

Conservation Advisor

[F.C.A.] Retired Chairman of International Corporate Finance Business of the international accountancy firm KPMG. Joined London branch of Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co (the predecessor firm of KPMG) in 1959, became Partner in 1971. Business experience, initially in audit and accountancy and latter in international cross-border mergers and acquisitions in the UK, most West and East European Countries, Russia and Middle East, India, Far East, China, Australia, North and Central Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Canada and the USA. Resident in Paris 1967-1996. Retired to Alderney in 1998.

Dickin Drew


Retired Marine Law specialist; in particular litigation and arbitration in the marine, commercial and insurance sectors including salvage, collision, total loss, wreck removal and hull insurance. Has acted for many of the world’s major insurers, European, Japanese, Chinese and American, as well as shipowners, international salvors, tug owners and protection and indemnity insurers. Qualified as solicitor 1971. Made partner of Clyde and Co 1974, established its Marine Casualty Department. Admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong 1982. 1990-1995 based in Paris; set up Clyde’s Paris office and worked for Paris Commercial and Marine Insurance. Admitted as an Avocat a la Cour d’Appel de Paris in 1994. Retired from Clyde & Co 1997.

Michael Harrisson


Joined the Trustees in February, 2007, after many years on the team, first as a diver and later as a Chief Diver. Since his earliest memories in Sheffield (where he began work in the steel industry), Phil has always been fascinated by ships and the sea. This led to diving. In 1978 he became a sports diver, in 1981 a professional commercial diver and, in 2005, a Comercial Dive Supervisor. In 1986 he was sent to Alderney to carry out underwater maintenance on the breakwater, and has been working on it most years since. In addition to being a mainstay of the wreck team, Phil is also one of the Island’s lifeboat crew and an instructor with the Alderney Diving Club. Phil lives in a house he built beside the lighthouse from where he can look out over the wreck site.

Phil Murray

Dive Master

[BA (Hons) MSc FSA MIFA RPA] Appointed December 2013. Associate Professor in Marine Archaeology, Bournemouth University. An experienced archaeologist and diver / diving supervisor who has directed maritime archaeological projects that range in date from the Bronze Age to the Second World War and in scope from strategic studies to extensive field investigations. He has worked extensively throughout the British Isles as well as the Baltic, Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea. His research interests focus on the archaeology of seafaring and ship construction of all periods but can extend into underwater cultural heritage management on occasions.

David Parham

Director of Archaeology

[BEd (Hons)] Insurance broker who went on to become a yacht master and sailing instructor with Island Cruising Club Salcombe, where he spent 7 years before taking up the teaching of English and French at Stanbridge Earls School (specialising in dyslexia).  This led him to the formal study of linguistics at Exeter University from where he graduated in 1978 – following which, he taught French in schools (including Alderney) till 1995. He was chairman of the Alderney Society (1992-2010), Chairman of Alderney Maritime Trust (1993-2000) and returned as a Trustee in 2004.

Royston Raymond