The Viola Trust
The charitable trust behind plans to bring the Viola back to Hull brings together an influential group of people from a variety of business, nautical and political backgrounds.
The trustees are working with fund-raising experts and media professionals to drive the campaign. They have also secured the support of Hull City Council, which is eager to see the Viola take her place in the Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City project.
The Trustees are all experts in maritime matters. Paul Escreet is Chairman of Hessle-based SMS Towage Ltd. Dr Robb Robinson is a historian based in the University of Hull’s Maritime Historical Studies Centre. Rear Admiral Nick Lambert is a master mariner. Dominic Ward is Senior Partner at Andrew Jackson Solicitors and a specialist in shipping law for more than 30 years.
Chris Try is senior partner of Try Lunn & Co. Chartered Accountants of Hull, a company dating back to 1879 which has always served fishing and maritime clients amongst its client portfolio. Professor David J. Drewry is a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Hull who has also served as a director of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and former Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute among other organisations.
Andrew Marr is a Director of Andrew Marr International Ltd. and brings an extensive knowledge of matters nautical, national and local.
The Trust has also secured the support of Alan Johnson, the former Hull West and Hessle MP who held a number of senior government roles, as its patron. Mr Johnson said: “The Viola is part of our fishing and our maritime heritage. Wouldn’t it be great if we could bring it back up the Humber to its home city, restore it and have it as part of our nautical heritage?”