With almost thirty years as a volunteer with the Foundation, including nineteen years as a Director, Carol has joined the staff as Chief Executive Officer in July 2016. Carol’s professional experience spans the corporate sector, principally in banking and finance and incorporating seven years in the City of London, and the government sector, in senior business management roles with three State government statutory bodies.
Already familiar with the Foundation, its operations, ethos and corporate values, Carol is keen to develop and implement the strategy to secure Leeuwin’s future as a long term deliverer of premium youth development outcomes in Western Australia.
Sarah Robinson developed a passion for tall ship sailing at the early age of 14, where like many of the young trainees she now helps train on voyages in the position of Captain; she sailed herself as a trainee on, British Square Rigger T.S Royalist.
After spending many years pursuing maritime qualifications and being involved in various sail training programs around the world, Sarah joined Western Australia’s STS Leeuwin II as Captain in 2008. With her professional manner, years of experience and background in originally starting as a trainee in a sail training program herself, Captain Sarah is the perfect person to oversee Leeuwin’s sail training program.
In addition to her everyday responsibilities including navigation, management of crew training, and ensuring safety standards are kept relevant and followed, Sarah is totally committed to the training and development not only of the trainees who come on board but also of the 10 volunteer crew and 4 permanent crew who sail with her.
Sarah has trained several people to levels where they can attend college and go on to pursue careers; she takes pride in the Leeuwin’s “home-grown crew,” with at least three of the permanent/ relief crew on Leeuwin having sailed as a trainee on the ship and undertaken the before mentioned process, to return to the Foundation as paid crew.
In the time Sarah has been in command of STS Leeuwin II thousands of Western Australian youths have benefitted from sailing with her and left the ship enriched, often coming back to volunteer their own time and sail again.
The Leeuwin and the wider Australian community is very fortunate to have her as a Captain, as she has inspired and had an impact both directly and indirectly on thousands of young people’s lives.
Angela Lewis has contributed involvement to sail training programs for almost half of her life. Her first Sail Training experience was at 14 years old as a trainee, on the STS Leeuwin II, where she took part in a 7-day youth-voyage. After discovering a passion for sail training Angela returned as a volunteer, both ashore and aboard, and has been heavily involved with the Foundation ever since. At 20 y/o Angela left her regular job to volunteer full-time on the Leeuwin for 18 months, filling a variety of roles and working her way up the ranks through to understudy Watch Officer. Through her own efforts and determinations, Angela went on to pursue further training, education and experience to, in 2010, be invited to join the permanent crew in the position of Second Officer/ Bosun, on the ship that first introduced her to Sail training, the STS Leeuwin II.
Having experienced the way our program has the ability to shape and impact people’s lives firsthand, Angela is the perfect person to occupy the role of sail trainer, passing on her own valuable knowledge, skills, patience and experience, to trainees and volunteers under her guidance.
Angela has been in the shoes of all volunteer crew that sail with her, so is the perfect person to provide sail training to these people. She can relate to all of the problems, challenges and insights she faced in the volunteer’s position and use this experience to provide effective training and mentoring in an empathetic manner.
Angela is a fantastic and thorough mentor/ role model to all of the young people she interacts with. She is regularly being asked how to become a Bosun and what she had to do to get her job. Angela’s work on Leeuwin has both indirectly and directly impacted positively on hundreds of young lives. She goes about her work in a calm and professional manner and if Sail Training is lucky, she will stay with it for many years to come and become a great future Sail Training Captain.