Meet the Team

On a day-to-day basis, the Centre is managed and run by a team of full-time, part-time and volunteer staff. They’re a talented bunch of great people who truly enjoy their job, we are privileged to have a diverse crew many of whom came through the Centre Programmes and are now back teaching the next generation.

The Crew

  • Benjamin Davis

    Benjamin Davis

    Centre Director

    Benjamin has been working at DSWC for just over 20 Years, he is more of a sailor than anything but can handle himself in a kayak and is not too shabby on a windsurfer either. A qualified RYA Powerboat Instructor and RYA Senior Dinghy Instructor, Benjamin knows his stuff, but unfortunately being the centre manager he does spend the majority of his time in the office, keeping the bigger things behind the scenes running smoothly.

  • Marianne Troullis

    Marianne Troullis

    Finance Administrator

    Mal has been with the Centre since 2004, so knows it well and has also seen all the many changes that have happened over the years. Mal keeps herself hidden away upstairs in her own little office while she grinds away at figures and invoices. Mal loves the sun and a tan, so come the summer she is out catching what she can.

  • Simon Conway

    Simon Conway

    Chief Instructor

    Simon works with all the waterside bookings, Youth Racing and Funding applications over the year. Simon has a depth of knowledge in all things Sailing both big and small boats. With Racing being his passion he has competed in a vast range of boats including his most loved, the 49er, even racing at the 49er Worlds in Croatia in 2012. He’s also an RYA Power Boat Instructor and Start Windsurf Instructor so you may see him on the water when he’s not inside organising bookings and looking at funding applications.

  • Amy Duncan

    Amy Duncan

    Events Coordinator

    Amy started in 2014 and took on the role of Events Coordinator in March 2016. If it’s anything events you want, Amy is the one you want. Organising weddings, birthdays and dragon boat events, she has got them covered. Despite not being a massive fan of the cold and deep water, in particular, Amy has completed her RYA Dinghy Level 1, tried her hand at windsurfing, kayaking and paddle boarding.

  • James Hardy

    James Hardy

    Senior Instructor

    James is our Senior Instructor; he is probably the friendly face you will see the majority of the time outside and on the water. James has been with us since March 2012, and he is very well acquainted with the running of the centre. James is an RYA Intermediate Planing Windsurf Instructor, Windsurf Foiling Instructor, Windsurfing and Dinghy Senior Instructor, British Canoeing Level 2 Coach and RYA Powerboat Instructor.

  • Buoy


    Golden Retriever
    Resident Good Boy

    Buoy has learnt to swim, he still has a lot to learn about retrieving things and rarely comes back when called. We all love him though and so do the kids/big kids/adults! He loves a stroke, cuddle or just a pat on the head but his favourite thing is plastic, he will find even the tiniest piece and guard it with his life! He brightens up the day of everyone who meets him and we wouldn’t know what to do without him.



  • Maggie Phillips

    Maggie Phillips


    Maggie joined the board in 2010 as Representative Trustee for the Association of Island Communities Voluntary Council. Away from the Centre she is also Chair of the St John’s Tenants & Residents’ Association (TRA), Secretary of the Association of Island Communities and a trustee of Mudchute Park & Farm.

  • Eric Sorensen

    Eric Sorensen


    Eric was CEO of the Docklands Development Corporation, and the Corporation was instrumental in setting up the Sailing Centre. Since then he has worked on programmes to support the regeneration of Thames Gateway. He is a trustee of various local community organisations.

  • Andrew Delaney

    Andrew Delaney


    Andrew has been a Trustee of the sailing centre since 2018, and is a member of the Executive Committee. He was part of the Canary Wharf College parents’ group that worked with environmental charity Hubbub to bring Plastic Fishing to Millwall Dock, establishing DSWC as the ‘home port’ of Poly-Mer, the country’s first boat constructed entirely of recycled plastic. He is President of A-Team Group, a FinTech publishing company, and member of Crostyx Hockey Club, where he helps run the club’s junior section.

  • Martin Young

    Martin Young


    Martin, a barrister in private practice, began his life in Tower Hamlets studying at Queen Mary College in 1977 where he was a law undergraduate finally moving to Cubitt Town in 1987. He served as a local councillor for the former Millwall Ward between 1994 and 2002 and chose to continue active involvement with a number of local voluntary organisations and charities, including Docklands Sailing Centre Trust. Ensuring access to sport and leisure for all in the community at a properly run, a well-funded DSWC continues to motivate Martin in his work for the Trust.

  • Sue Stollery

    Sue Stollery

    ExCom Chair

    Sue joined the board as a Trustee in 2018. Although not a sailor herself, she had connections with the centre for a number of years as all her children attended the summer Youth Afloat activities. A Limehouse resident for over 30 years, Sue also is a Governor of Cyril Jackson School and a member of the Limehouse Youth ward panel

  • David Chesterton

    David Chesterton


    Dave has lived in Tower Hamlets since 1974 and is qualified in Social Work and Community & Youth Work. He is Chair of the Tower Hamlets & City of London Youth Justice Management Board and a Youth and Family Magistrate (Lead Family Magistrate for East London). He pioneered the creation of Dockland’s Water Sports Centres, including DSWC. He was CEO of a charity accommodating 600 homeless and vulnerable young people in east London. He has served as a local councillor and trustee of many charities.