Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Trustee appointments to Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust

The Chief Executive of the Milford Haven Port Authority, Alec Don, has accepted an invitation to become a Trustee of the Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust.

He joins another recently appointed Trustee, Mr Phil Thompson, on the board, strengthening the Trust which is leading unique and high profile heritage initiatives in Pembrokeshire.

Mr Don joined the Port Authority in February while Mr Thompson, now a director with CIOTEK PR and Events, retired earlier this year as Public Affairs Manager at Chevron’s Pembroke Refinery.

Welcoming the new Trustees, Trust Chairman William McNamara said: “As a Trust we have made considerable progress in a short time but we are very much aware that we needed to recruit active Trustees who are prepared to work hard to help progress our exciting plans which have caught the imagination of so many people.

“The Port Authority has been a key supporter of the Trust from the beginning and Phil Thompson has worked closely with us all this time as well so we are delighted that they have agreed to join us.”

Already the Trust has established a unique visitor attraction in the Flying Boat Centre in the former Pembroke Dockyard and which has attracted over 7,000 visitors. It is also working towards recovering the remains of a wartime Sunderland flying boat which sank locally 70 years ago, and moving ahead with plans with partner organisations for a military heritage centre at the beautifully restored Garrison Chapel, one of Pembroke Dock’s most famous and historic buildings.

“The military heritage of this area is remarkable and of national and international importance and our new Trustees will help us to take our plans forward,” added Mr McNamara.

Alec Don said: "I am delighted to become more involved with this fantastic project. The Sunderland Trust is to a substantial extent intrinsically about the history of the port of Milford Haven and Pembroke Port. The large Sunderland hangars at Pembroke Dock continue to have a vibrant economic life as part of the port and I hope eventually we will see Sunderland T9044 raised and installed at the centre of a new national visitor attraction for Pembrokeshire.

“I very much look forward to working closely with William and my fellow Trustees to make this hope a reality."

Caption to picture:

New Sunderland Trustees Alec Don (left) and Phil Thompson.
PICTURE: Martin Cavaney Photography.

Attract Marketing  is working with the Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust to develop the visitor attraction.

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