Meet the Team

Introducing the hard-working people who put their heart and soul into helping our fishermen and their families.

Working for the Fishermen’s Mission means being part of a family. We’re a supportive and considerate team, we believe in what we do and we care about the fishing communities we help.

We spend our resources wisely. That means we keep our staff to a minimum so money can be used where it’s needed most: helping fishermen who face tough times. It also ensures we’ll be here to help them for many more years to come.

Let’s take a look at who’s who in the Fishermen’s Mission Trustees and Executive Team:

 

Trustees
of the Fishermen's Mission

Rear Admiral Sir Jeremy de Halpert KCVO CB

The Very Reverend Dr David W Lacy DL

Venerable Simon Jefferies Golding CBE

Mr Trevor James

Mr Ian Gatt

Mr Johnathan Shepherd

Mr Edward Whittle

Mr Tom Maier


David Dickens

Alison Godfrey

 

Libby Woodhatch
Deputy Chairman - Trustee

Libby Woodhatch joined the Board of the Fishermen’s Mission in 2012 and has worked for many years in the seafood industry, latterly at Seafish, and more recently setting up her own consultancy business as well as taking on the role of Executive Chairman of IFFO RS, the Global Standard for the Responsible Supply of marine ingredients

Michael Vlasto
Chairman - Trustee

Michael, who for many years was the Operations Director for the RNLI and has previously served as the Chair of International Maritime Rescue Federation

Alison Godfrey
Director of Business Development (Deputy Chief Executive)

Alison Godfrey joined the Fishermen’s Mission in 2012 as the Director of Business Development and the Deputy Chief Executive. Alison has been a fundraiser for more than 25 years in a career spanning roles with a number of charities including Barnardo’s, Worthing Churches Homeless Projects and more recently, Chichester Cathedral Restoration & Development Trust.

David Dickens
CBE RN - Chief Executive

Commodore David Dickens CBE RN joined the Fishermen’s Mission as Chief Executive in 2011. David joined the Royal Navy (RN) in 1975 and saw service for many years on both submarines and ships. He served as the Director of Naval personnel and his final RN role was as the Naval Assistant to the Naval Secretary.