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Our Team

Board of Directors


Stuart Reid - Chief Executive Officer, Isles of Scilly Steamship Group

Chief Executive Officer

Stuart Reid


Stuart joined Isles of Scilly Steamship Group as Chief Financial Officer in July 2013 and appointed as a Board director in June 2015. Originally from Mullion, Stuart graduated from Cardiff University with a BSc (Hons) degree in Pharmacology & Toxicology and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2007. Stuart previously worked at Smart Solutions Recruitment, one of Wales fastest growing companies. Stuart is a member of the Isles of Scilly Transport Board, Island Futures Board and Smart Islands Project. In his spare time, Stuart is a keen cyclist and triathlete competing over multiple distances.

Ian Howard - Chairman, Isles of Scilly Steamship Group

Chairman

Ian Howard


Ian joined the Board on 1 February 2019 becoming Chairman on 1 April last year. Having qualified as a solicitor in 1980, Ian spent most of his working life with Siemens the global electronics concern undertaking a range of diverse roles. Working out of Munich, his last job was as Senior Vice- President, Mergers and Acquisitions. In parallel Ian has served on the board of the British Triathlon Federation, latterly as President, and on the boards of the International Triathlon Union and the British Olympic Association. Ian chairs the Nominations Committee.

Judith Piper - Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

CFO & Company Secretary

Judith Piper


Judith Piper joined the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group as Chief Financial Officer in October 2018 and was appointed as a Board director in May 2019. Before joining the Group, Judith worked for W. Stevenson & Sons Ltd as Finance Director, Company Secretary and Acting MD. Her earlier career included Finance Manager at Unipart Group Ltd and Financial and Management Accountant at Westcountry Ambulance Services NHS Trust. Originally from Cornwall, Judith graduated from Plymouth University with a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology. She qualified as an ACCA accountant in 2001 and was awarded Fellowship (FCCA) status in 2006. Judith lives in St. Levan with her husband and three children enjoying many sporting activities and the local beaches.

Stephen Hicks - Board Director, Isles of Scilly Steamship Group

Board Director

Stephen Hicks


Born on St Mary’s, Steve Hicks was educated on the island and at Truro School before becoming a cadet in the Merchant Navy with P&O. He spent over twenty years at sea predominantly in sea going tugs and in the offshore oil industry in the North Sea. In 1995 Steve spent his first full year in the family passenger launch business. In February 2018, after twenty years, he sold the vessel built on St Mary’s to his design in 1997. He is one of the three pilots licensed for the waters of Scilly and a former lifeboat crew member, He is now the Lifeboat Operations Manager for the St Mary’s Station. Steve now intends to pursue more fully his lifelong hobby of painting and drawing. He is married with three children and four grandchildren to date.

Sonya Bassett - Board Director, Isles of Scilly Steamship Group

Board Director

Sonya Bassett


With over 20 years’ experience in law and business, Sonya spent 10 years in corporate and commercial roles in a number of leading international law firms, as well as five years in-house in the private sector as Legal Director for a leading renewable energy company running projects for both Tesco and Marks and Spencer and working closely with the government Department of Energy and Climate Change in respect of the Green Deal project. Sonya is currently a partner at Coodes solicitors and heads up the Corporate team which is particularly experienced in working with regional SMEs and has notable expertise in the renewables, construction, tourism and rural businesses sectors. In her spare time Sonya enjoys adventures with her son in their campervan and being in or on the water.

Gary Randall - Board Director, Isles of Scilly Steamship Group

Board Director

Gary Randall


Gary joined the Board in April 2018 and is from St. Mellion, in east Cornwall. He has been practising as a Chartered Accountant for the last 25 years, developing an extensive client base across Devon and Cornwall. In 2013, he merged his business with Prydis to broaden the services provided to clients of both companies, and become Managing Director of Prydis Accounts Ltd. Gary, embraces the challenges of General Practice and particularly enjoys the interaction between the other facets of the business with Financial Planning, Corporate Law and Governance all forming part of the key day to day deliverables at Prydis.

Sam Hicks - Board Director, Isles of Scilly Steamship Group

Board Director

Sam Hicks


Sam Hicks is from a longstanding St Agnes family. He was educated in Scilly, then at Truro School and graduated from University of Bath in 2001 with a BSc Hons in Business Administration. He worked in various commercial management roles on the mainland before returning home to help grow the family business. Together with his wife and parents he manages Troytown Farm dairy, self-catering cottages and campsite. Fully engaged in the local community, Sam is Watch Manager of the island fire service, a coastguard officer, captain of the cricket team and a member of the Shah gig crew. He has three children at the Five Islands school.

Kevin George - Board Director, Isles of Scilly Steamship Group

Board Director

Kevin George


Kevin’s early career was with British Airways as an avionics engineer, progressing through to senior roles in marketing and operations. In 2007 Kevin joined Monarch Airlines initially as their operations director before taking the position as CEO in 2011. After 30 years in aviation he moved to the marine industry and joined the Red Funnel Group as CEO in 2014 and then became Chair in 2018. In addition, Kevin is Chair of Discover Ferries, the industry campaign to promote ferry travel, Chair of Trustees at UKSA, a Business Director of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and a National Council member of Maritime UK.

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