Isles of Scilly Steamship Company Directors

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Stuart Reid

Chief Executive

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 then qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2007. Stuart has previously worked as Financial Controller at Smart Solutions Recruitment, one of Wales fastest growing companies.

Ian Howard


Ian joined the Board on 1st February this year becoming Chairman two months later.

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.


Peter Hardaker

Vice Chairman

Peter Hardaker joined the Board in 2003. His working life in Cornwall, has been in the Land Based sector as machinery manager and CEO of a Requisite Co-operative before retiring from full time employment sixteen years ago.  He has spent many years working in a number of roles including Cornwall College Corporation, to support the development of Agricultural and Horticultural education within Cornwall.  He worked as a founder Director of the Eden Project and has been actively involved and committed to the development of the rural economy and wellbeing of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. He serves as Vice-Chairman of the Steamship Company and Chairs the Audit and Remuneration Committees and sits on the Nominations Committee.

Judith Piper, CFO, Isles of Scilly Steamship Group

Judith Piper

Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary

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 Managing Director. 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 now lives in St. Levan with her husband and three children enjoying many sporting activities, the local beaches and running the coastline.


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 three grandchildren to date.

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

Sam Hicks is from a longstanding St Agnes family. He was educated in Scilly, and then graduated from the 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

Kevin’s early career was with British Airways as an avionics engineer. In 2007 he joined Monach Airlines and took up the position of CEO in 2011. After 30 years in aviation he moved to the marine industry and joined the Red Funnel Group as CEO in 2014. In addition, Kevin is Chair of Discover Ferries and is a Council member of Maritime UK.

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