People

The Trust’s governing body is chaired by Richard Dannatt and is made up of ten non-salaried Trustees.

Patron

Lady Dannatt MBE, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk

The Lady Dannatt MBE, HM Lorde-Lieutenant of Norfolk, was born into an old Norfolk family.  She remains a partner in her family farm.  Whilst serving as a military wife she trained as a counsellor for Relate, also formerly volunteering at the Sue Lambert Trust in Norwich to help survivors of abuse.  Lady Dannatt has served as High Sheriff, taking mental health as her theme.  She is a Lay Canon of Norwich Cathedral, Vice President of SSAFA and a former Deputy Chair of its Adoption Panel.  She is also Past President of The Army Widows’ Association, Past President of The Norfolk Club and active Patron of numerous county-based organisations, particularly those involved with mental health.  Lady Dannatt lives in Keswick near Norwich with her husband Richard. They have four married children and nine young grandsons and two granddaughters.  Lady Dannatt was appointed as HM Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk in August 2019.

Lady Dannatt MBE, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk

Vice-Patron

Professor Michael Mainelli MStJ FCCA FCSI(Hon) FBCS

Michael is a scientist and economist educated at Harvard, Trinity College Dublin, and the London School of Economics, where he was also Visiting Professor in innovation and IT.  He became a senior partner of accountants BDO Binder Hamlyn, and Corporate Development Director for the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Evaluation & Research Agency.  During a mergers & acquisitions spell in merchant banking with Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, in 1994 he founded Z/Yen, the City of London’s leading think-tank.  Michael is a fellow of Gresham College, Kings College London, and Goodenough College, visiting professor at UCL’s Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple, and non-executive director of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service and a listed mining company.  He is active in twelve livery companies, past Master of the World Traders, a Waterman & Lighterman, an Alderman of the City of London, and late Sheriff of the City of London 2019-2021.   Michael’s interests include racing boats & barges, sitting on the world’s oldest sailing racing body, the Thames Match.  Together with his wife, Elisabeth, he undertook the restoration of Thames sailing barge Lady Daphne, and still lectures on and supports sailing barges and their history.

Professor Michael Mainelli MStJ FCCA FCSI(Hon) FBCS

Trustees

General The Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL

Richard Dannatt was a soldier for forty years concluding his career as Chief of the General Staff. Since retiring from active duty in 2009, he was Constable of the Tower of London until July 2016. In 2011 he became an independent member of the House of Lords and is a member of the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy. He is a frequent commentator on defence and security issues in the media. He is passionate about welfare issues relating to both serving and veteran members of the Armed Forces. In 2007, he co-founded Help for Heroes and is involved with several other military charities.
Currently he is President of the National Emergencies Trust and Chairman of the Normandy Memorial Trust and on the International Advisory Board of the defence company Teledyne/FLIR. He is a former chairman of the Royal Armouries and of Cadence Consulting, and a former Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces and of the Windsor Leadership Trust.
Lord Dannatt divides his time between London and Norfolk where he runs the family arable farm. He set up and chaired the Norfolk Strategic Flooding Alliance from 2021 to 2023, is a past President of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association and is President of the Norfolk Churches Trust, YMCA Norfolk and Veterans Norfolk. His wife, Philippa, was appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk in 2019. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of both Greater London and Norfolk. He published his autobiography: “Leading from the Front” in 2010, and a second book: “Boots on the Ground – Britain and her Army since 1945” in October 2016. His third book: “Victory to Defeat – Britain and her Army, 1918 – 1940” is due to be published in September 2023. He loves watching cricket, football and rugby and plays golf rather indifferently.

General The Lord Dannatt
GCB CBE MC DL, Chair
Former Chairman of the
Royal Armouries

Andrew Barnes

Andrew is a non-practising solicitor who spent the majority of his legal career as a partner in the regional law firm of Howes Percival, becoming its managing and then senior partner. 
He is a trustee of several charities including Priscilla Bacon Norfolk Hospice Care, St George’s Guildhall and Creative Hub, The Almshouse Association and The Forum Trust, is chair of governors of City College Norwich and also chair of the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches for the Diocese of Norwich.

Andrew Barnes

Henry Cator OBE FRICS FRAgs DL

Henry Cator is a land agent and lives on his family’s farm at Salhouse. A past chairman of the Norfolk Agricultural Association, The Royal Agricultural Society of England, the Association of Drainage Authorities, the Broads Internal Drainage Board and the Norfolk Community Foundation. He was made High Steward of Great Yarmouth in 2013. He is Chairman of the Norwich Cathedral Trust, President of the Great Yarmouth Minster Preservation Trust and Patron of the Broads Society. He was awarded an OBE in Her Majesty The Queen’s 2008 Birthday Honours list for his service to the community in Norfolk. Henry led the fundraising campaign for Norwich Cathedral and helped to raise £12.3m to build the new Refectory and Hostry buildings adjacent to the Cathedral. He is Chairman of the Great Yarmouth Town Deal Board which has been awarded £20m toward regeneration projects in the town.

Henry Cator OBE FRICS FRAgs DL
High Steward of Great Yarmouth

Dominic Christian

Dominic Christian is Global Chairman of Aon Reinsurance Solutions and a member of the Global Executive of Aon. He is a Deputy Chairman of Lloyd’s and a long-standing member of
its council/board. He chairs the Inclusion@Lloyd’s Group. Dominic is Chairman of the Sainsburys Centre of Visual Arts (SCVA) and a Director of the StandUp Foundation and of the Bermuda Society. He is a former Chairman of ClimateWise, President of the Insurance Institute of London, Lloyd’s Tercentenary Foundation and of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation He is a member of the Common Council of the City of London. Dominic is married to Kate, a Canadian, and has two children, Joey and Julia. His children describe his interests as family, conversation, history, architecture, football, tennis, cats and overworking. Not all are approved of. He holds an honours degree in History from the University of East Anglia and an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law.

Dominic Christian
Chairman of the Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts

His Honour Philip Curl DL, LLB

Philip Curl was born and brought up in Norfolk. He practised as a Barrister before being appointed a Circuit Judge in 1996. He was Designated Family Judge for Norfolk from 1998 – 2007 and also sat as a Deputy High Court Judge for some 18 years. Philip was a Chairman of the Mental Health Review Tribunal from 2002 – 2017. He retired from the Bench in 2015 and has since been involved with a number of charitable organisations including being a Patron of Childhood First, and Chairman and a Director of the Norfolk Boat (sponsoring and assisting disadvantaged young people to sail offshore). He is also involved in the MCC Foundation which aims to transform young lives through cricket. Appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Norfolk in 2016, Philip is currently a Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority. He continues to enjoy participating in and watching most sports and, with a naval tradition in the family, has always been interested in maritime history.

His Honour Philip Curl DL
Retired Circuit Judge

Chris Dugdale


Chris trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Moore Stephens in London, winning a national prize for his results in the professional examinations.
Chris is also a Trustee of The Assembly House Trust, Trustee of Priscilla Bacon Lodge Support Group, Member of Norwich Cathedral Trust Committee and Treasurer of Blakeney and District Wildfowlers Association.

Chris Dugdale
Partner at M+A Partners

Sir William Goodenough Bt

William Goodenough was born in New Zealand and educated at West Hill Park Prepararory School, Stanbridge Earls and Southampton Art College. He began his career as a Designer Siebert Head & Allied International Designers – London, becoming Managing Director at Allied International Designers Asia, based in Singapore. He was a Founding Partner and Joint MD, then Executive Chairman of Design Bridge with offices in London, Amsterdam, Singapore and New York. Design Bridge is a Branding Agency, responsible for the design of global brands for a number of large multi-national companies such as Unilever, Diageo, Akzo Nobel and LVMH. He retired in 2018 and is now a Governor of Goodenough College London, which is a residential college in Bloomsbury, with over 600 students undertaking MBA Degrees from over 50 countries. Will is also a Governor of Gresham’s School – Holt Norfolk, Chairman of Green Park Digital, based in London, with offices in Paris, Brazil, Singapore, Jakarta and Manila. His Interests include: Managing Businesses, Fishing, Golf, Food & Wine.

Sir William Goodenough Bt
Former Executive Chairman Design Bridge

Professor Claire Jowitt FEA FRHistS FHEA

Claire Jowitt  is Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of East Anglia, having previously worked at the University of Southampton, Nottingham Trent University, and Aberystwyth University. Currently she is on the Board of Trustees for the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and serves on the Councils of both the Hakluyt Society and the Society for Nautical Research. She is an award-winning author and has published widely on maritime culture and history and early modern travel writing. As Associate Dean for Research in Arts and Humanities at UEA between 2015−22, she was responsible for improving research reputation and research income and for supporting and developing research culture for the Faculty. Since 2019 she has been the Historical Lead on the Gloucester Project (https://www.gloucestershipwreck.co.uk). She is the Principal Investigator for the Project Grant awarded by the Leverhulme Trust (2021-24) to produce a history of the Gloucester frigate. She co-curated the exhibition ‘The Last Voyage of the Gloucester: Norfolk’s Royal Shipwreck, 1682′ held at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery (February to September 2023) and took principal responsibility for writing the exhibition catalogue.

Professor Claire Jowitt 
Professor of Renaissance Studies University of East Anglia

Sheila Oxtoby BSc CPFA

Sheila has been a Chief Executive for over 10 years, firstly at North Norfolk District Council and for the last 6 years at Great Yarmouth Borough Council. A qualified accountant and experienced leader, Sheila’s passion is for place-based regeneration and growth, equalising the life chances of all. In her role Sheila works with elected members and a wide range of partners to maximise opportunities for Great Yarmouth residents and businesses to drive economic growth in the area, broaden the tourism
offer, promote Yarmouth’s cultural heritage, and find sustainable ways to address complex challenges to meet the needs of local communities. Health and wellbeing is high up her agenda both in her public role and private life, having completed four Ironman triathlons and a keen marathon runner. She is a Board member for Active Norfolk and actively promotes healthy lifestyles and sport tourism.

Sheila Oxtoby BSc CPFA
Chief Executive Great
Yarmouth Borough Council

Clare Whelan OBE DL

Clare Whelan was brought up in Norfolk. She spent most of her working, civic and voluntary life in London where she was as a local councillor for 24 years (1990-2014). She represented local government at national and European level and worked with councillors across the country on leadership and improvement. She was chairman of the London Mayors’ Association (2016-2020) with extensive experience of involvement with voluntary organisations. Clare’s ‘day jobs’ at Westminster involved working with parliamentarians and the policy world. Clare was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London in 2001 and made an OBE for services to local government in 2013. Current roles include Chair of Norfolk County Council Independent Remuneration Panel, Norfolk Citizens Advice Development Board and the Council of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association. She recently supported the Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk’s Platinum Jubilee and Coronation initiatives. Clare enjoys playing tennis, learning to fly and trying to play the saxophone.

Clare Whelan OBE DL
Former Chairman of London Mayors’ Association

James Woodham (Brig Retd) CBE MC

James Woodham enjoyed a 33 year career in the Army, serving on operations in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. During his successful career, he rose to the rank of Brigadier, and had the privilege of commanding the 1st Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment, 7th Armoured Brigade and the UK’s Task Force in Afghanistan. Through a series of roles in the Army and Ministry of Defence he developed expertise in the management of complex government major programmes. James currently works as a Director in a ‘Big 4’ management consultancy firm specialising in supporting transformation programmes in the public sector and leading part of their
Defence business. James is proud to live in Norfolk with his young family, and having previously enjoyed diving on the wrecks off the Norfolk coast is excited to support the Gloucester 1682 project as a Trustee.

James Woodham (Brig Retd) CBE MC
Transformation Director, Deloitte

Development Committee

Henry Cator OBE FRICS FRAgs DL

Henry Cator is a land agent and lives on his family’s farm at Salhouse. A past chairman of the Norfolk Agricultural Association, The Royal Agricultural Society of England, the Association of Drainage Authorities, the Broads Internal Drainage Board and the Norfolk Community Foundation. He was made High Steward of Great Yarmouth in 2013. He is Chairman of the Norwich Cathedral Trust, President of the Great Yarmouth Minster Preservation Trust and Patron of the Broads Society. He was awarded an OBE in Her Majesty The Queen’s 2008 Birthday Honours list for his service to the community in Norfolk. Henry led the fundraising campaign for Norwich Cathedral and helped to raise £12.3m to build the new Refectory and Hostry buildings adjacent to the Cathedral. He is Chairman of the Great Yarmouth Town Deal Board which has been awarded £20m toward regeneration projects in the town.

Henry Cator, Chair

Julian Barnwell

Julian Barnwell is the joint managing director of the award-winning Barnwell Print Ltd, the oldest family-owned print business in the UK, having served his apprenticeship there from 1982 to 1986.
In parallel with this, Julian’s extraordinary diving career has taken him from messing around in the family boat as a child to being the highly qualified professional diver that he is today.  With their father’s early guidance, Julian and his brother Lincoln went on to develop their skills to a point where they could look for one of the most historically interesting wrecks lying off the Norfolk Coast – the Gloucester 1682. Julian’s qualifications include BSAC Advanced Diver (1996), BSAC Advanced Nitrox Diver (2000) NAS (Nautical Archaeology Society) Part I Certificate in Foreshore & Underwater Archaeology (2012)and HSE Professional Scuba Diver (2019).  Eventually, after a search spanning many years using specialist survey equipment, they discovered the Gloucester 1682. Julian’s love of the water has led him to water-ski across the English Channel, circumnavigate the UK in a RHIB (Ridged Hull Inflatable Boat) and incredibly, to row across the Atlantic.  These achievements all raised money for his beloved Multiple Sclerosis Society of which he was chair of the Norwich Branch for many years. Julian is the spokesman for the Gloucester 1682 project and gives lively and fascinating presentations which engage audiences with the story behind the discovery. In 2021 he became Honorary Research Fellow of the University of East Anglia.

Julian Barnwell

Lincoln Barnwell

Lincoln Barnwell is the joint managing director of the award-winning Barnwell Print Ltd, the oldest family-owned business in the UK, having served his apprenticeship there from 1982 to 1986.  Away from the print business Lincoln’s extraordinary diving career, love of the sea and interest in shipwrecks has taken him from enjoying time on or under the water with his family when younger to being the highly experienced professional diver that he is today. With their father’s early guidance, Lincoln and his brother Julian went on to develop their skills to a point where they could look for one of the most historically interesting wrecks lying off the Norfolk coast – the Gloucester 1682. Lincoln’s qualifications include BSAC Advanced Nitrox Diver (1998)  BSAC Advanced Diver (2000), RYA Skipper (2002), NAS (Nautical Archaeology Society) Part I Certificate in Foreshore & Underwater Archaeology (2012)and HSE Professional Scuba Diver (2019). Eventually, after a search spanning many years using specialist survey equipment, Lincoln and Julian discovered the Gloucester 1682. Lincoln’s passion for the water has led him to water-ski across the English Channel and circumnavigate the UK in a RHIB (Ridged Hull Inflatable Boat). These achievements all raised money for the brothers’ beloved Multiple Sclerosis Society.  In 2021 Lincoln became Honorary Research Fellow of the University of East Anglia.

Lincoln Barnwell

David Ellis

David Ellis is Director of Development at the University of East Anglia, a UK top 30 university, joining in 2012 after a 25-year career in local government and regional public sector improvement. He now heads philanthropic fundraising for UEA, successfully closing the University’s £100m Difference Campaign in 2021. David is a Freeman of the City of London (1996) and a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Barbers, where he serves on the charity committee and organised the company’s first external fundraising campaign, supporting King’s College London’s medical outreach programme. He is also a stroke oar on the company’s Thames cutter, which accompanied Gloriana in the 2022 Diamond Jubilee Reflections tribute to HM Queen Elizabeth II and marking the accession of King Charles III. Following in family tradition, David served in 257 General Hospital, RAMC(V) (1989 -1992) holding a technical commission. He also served as an Honorary Commander in the United States Air Force (Europe) between 2006 and 2012, at RAF Lakenheath.  A true East Anglian descended from Norfolk farmers and Suffolk shepherds, David is a keen gardener, regular golfer, occasional dinghy sailor, and lives in Suffolk with his wife of thirty years, with whom he shares two adult children.

David Ellis

Michael Harrowven  FloD JP DL

Mike takes a great interest in the education, housing and the social wellbeing of all in our communities. Born and educated in Norfolk, Mike has always played a very active role in the commercial and local community worlds including Chairing the Institute of Directors, Trustee of Norfolk Scouts, as a Councillor on a number of Parish Councils and a member of Parochial Church Councils also a past Governor of the Norwich City College.
Following a career in the Banking, International Investment Management and Social Housing Sectors Mike decided to focus his efforts on his passion for Charitable/Voluntary work including serving as a Magistrate and as a Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Norfolk.

Michael Harrowven  FloD JP DL

Professor Claire Jowitt FEA FRHistS FHEA

Claire Jowitt  is Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of East Anglia, having previously worked at the University of Southampton, Nottingham Trent University, and Aberystwyth University. Currently she is on the Board of Trustees for the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and serves on the Councils of both the Hakluyt Society and the Society for Nautical Research. She is an award-winning author and has published widely on maritime culture and history and early modern travel writing. As Associate Dean for Research in Arts and Humanities at UEA between 2015−22, she was responsible for improving research reputation and research income and for supporting and developing research culture for the Faculty. Since 2019 she has been the Historical Lead on the Gloucester Project (https://www.gloucestershipwreck.co.uk). She is the Principal Investigator for the Project Grant awarded by the Leverhulme Trust (2021-24) to produce a history of the Gloucester frigate. She co-curated the exhibition ‘The Last Voyage of the Gloucester: Norfolk’s Royal Shipwreck, 1682′ held at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery (February to September 2023) and took principal responsibility for writing the exhibition catalogue.

Professor Claire Jowitt 

Tom Lee

Tom Lee began his career in the Royal Navy, serving as a warfare officer and diver, both as a regular and reservist. He saw active service in Iraq in 2003, attached to UK Land Forces, and also as a UN military observer in the Western Sahara.  Tom then spent a number of years conducting private security operations around the world and also worked in emergency relief, most notably in the Rwandan Refugee camps in 1994. He subsequently spent many years in business, producing banknotes, high security documents for governments, election monitoring, national ID programmes and other infrastructure projects at De La Rue. Tom now consults for a number of companies, their focus being as diverse as the production of banknotes, medals and national honours, for central banks and governments, to biometrics used in the production of secure ID documents. In the voluntary sector, Tom is currently RNLI Lifeboat crew on the River Thames at Teddington Station, and is training to become a Helm .  Tom is  also a Trustee and member of the Board, at the Battle of the Atlantic Memorial in Liverpool. This comprises of a museum and garden of remembrance for those who served on the ships involved, during WWII.  At the Worshipful Company of Barbers, Tom is the Honorary Bargemaster, responsible for the upkeep and use of its cutter, as well as being a member of the Court.

Tom Lee

Garry Momber BA, MSc, MCIfA, FSUT, FSA

Garry Momber has worked within the academic, consultancy and charitable sectors where he has lead pioneering projects that have helped steer a course for the discipline, nationally and internationally. With his ambition to make the UCH more accessible for the public, he has focused on research and interpretation. Making use of evolving technologies to visualise the cultural heritage on the seabed and make it accessible, he actively promotes the relevance of the underwater cultural heritage within contemporary society. Garry has published extensively in academic journals and promoted the discipline as an expert in numerous documentaries. He has been awarded fellowships in the Institute of Antiquaries and the Society for Underwater Archaeology, sits on many advisory boards including the Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology and Joint Nautical Archaeological Policy Committee. He has acted as an expert for the 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of Underwater Heritage, within which the Maritime Archaeology Trust is an accredited organisation. 

Garry Momber

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Nicholas MBE DL

Mark Nicholas was born in Norwich in 1976. He studied History (BA) at UEA and War Studies (MA) at King’s College London. After passing out from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Mark served in the British Army for 18 years taking part in many operational deployments including Afghanistan and Iraq. He was also appointed to the Ministry of Defence and the Army HQ to undertake operational management and strategic development roles.
 
Mark is currently Managing Director of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association which promotes and supports food production, farming and the countryside in Norfolk. Prior to his current role he led the campaign to raise £12.5m for the Priscilla Bacon Hospice project. Mark is a trustee of the Food & Farming Discovery Trust, Chairman of trustees of the Royal Norfolk Regiment Museum and the Royal Anglian Regiment County Colonel for Norfolk. Until 2023, Mark was Chairman of the Board of Governors Langley School.

Mark Nicholas

Sheila Oxtoby BSc CPFA

Sheila has been a Chief Executive for over 10 years, firstly at North Norfolk District Council and for the last 6 years at Great Yarmouth Borough Council. A qualified accountant and experienced leader, Sheila’s passion is for place-based regeneration and growth, equalising the life chances of all. In her role Sheila works with elected members and a wide range of partners to maximise opportunities for Great Yarmouth residents and businesses to drive economic growth in the area, broaden the tourism
offer, promote Yarmouth’s cultural heritage, and find sustainable ways to address complex challenges to meet the needs of local communities. Health and wellbeing is high up her agenda both in her public role and private life, having completed four Ironman triathlons and a keen marathon runner. She is a Board member for Active Norfolk and actively promotes healthy lifestyles and sport tourism.

Sheila Oxtoby

Clare Whelan OBE DL

Clare Whelan was brought up in Norfolk. She spent most of her working, civic and voluntary life in London where she was as a local councillor for 24 years (1990-2014). She represented local government at national and European level and worked with councillors across the country on leadership and improvement. She was chairman of the London Mayors’ Association (2016-2020) with extensive experience of involvement with voluntary organisations. Clare’s ‘day jobs’ at Westminster involved working with parliamentarians and the policy world. Clare was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London in 2001 and made an OBE for services to local government in 2013. Current roles include Chair of Norfolk County Council Independent Remuneration Panel, Norfolk Citizens Advice Development Board and the Council of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association. She recently supported the Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk’s Platinum Jubilee and Coronation initiatives. Clare enjoys playing tennis, learning to fly and trying to play the saxophone.

Clare Whelan

Rosie Littlehales

Rosie Littlehales has had a lengthy career in fundraising – delivering a major funding programme at Government Office for Yorkshire and The Humber, then as a freelance consultant and latterly as a Development Manager at the Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton. She has experience of securing funding for major heritage projects, managing patron and supporter programmes and in working with museums, universities, colleges and charities – supporting and helping them achieve their fundraising ambitions.  Born in Sydney, Australia Rosie has lived most of her life in the UK. As a confirmed anglophile she graduated with a degree in English Literature and Art History from the University of Leeds and has a lifelong love of British art, history and archaeology.  In 2020 she settled in Norfolk and is currently Chair of her local Parish Council and Secretary for a local philanthropic charity. Rosie is thrilled to have joined The Gloucester1682 Trust at an early stage and is looking forward to an exciting journey – helping the Trust to realise its vision.

Rosie Littlehales
Director of Development

Meet the Finders

Julian Barnwell

Julian Barnwell is the joint managing director of the award-winning Barnwell Print Ltd, the oldest family-owned print business in the UK, having served his apprenticeship there from 1982 to 1986.
In parallel with this, Julian’s extraordinary diving career has taken him from messing around in the family boat as a child to being the highly qualified professional diver that he is today.  With their father’s early guidance, Julian and his brother Lincoln went on to develop their skills to a point where they could look for one of the most historically interesting wrecks lying off the Norfolk Coast – the Gloucester 1682. Julian’s qualifications include BSAC Advanced Diver (1996), BSAC Advanced Nitrox Diver (2000) NAS (Nautical Archaeology Society) Part I Certificate in Foreshore & Underwater Archaeology (2012)and HSE Professional Scuba Diver (2019).  Eventually, after a search spanning many years using specialist survey equipment, they discovered the Gloucester 1682. Julian’s love of the water has led him to water-ski across the English Channel, circumnavigate the UK in a RHIB (Ridged Hull Inflatable Boat) and incredibly, to row across the Atlantic.  These achievements all raised money for his beloved Multiple Sclerosis Society of which he was chair of the Norwich Branch for many years. Julian is the spokesman for the Gloucester 1682 project and gives lively and fascinating presentations which engage audiences with the story behind the discovery. In 2021 he became Honorary Research Fellow of the University of East Anglia.

Julian Barnwell

Lincoln Barnwell

Lincoln Barnwell is the joint managing director of the award-winning Barnwell Print Ltd, the oldest family-owned business in the UK, having served his apprenticeship there from 1982 to 1986.  Away from the print business Lincoln’s extraordinary diving career, love of the sea and interest in shipwrecks has taken him from enjoying time on or under the water with his family when younger to being the highly experienced professional diver that he is today. With their father’s early guidance, Lincoln and his brother Julian went on to develop their skills to a point where they could look for one of the most historically interesting wrecks lying off the Norfolk coast – the Gloucester 1682. Lincoln’s qualifications include BSAC Advanced Nitrox Diver (1998)  BSAC Advanced Diver (2000), RYA Skipper (2002), NAS (Nautical Archaeology Society) Part I Certificate in Foreshore & Underwater Archaeology (2012)and HSE Professional Scuba Diver (2019). Eventually, after a search spanning many years using specialist survey equipment, Lincoln and Julian discovered the Gloucester 1682. Lincoln’s passion for the water has led him to water-ski across the English Channel and circumnavigate the UK in a RHIB (Ridged Hull Inflatable Boat). These achievements all raised money for the brothers’ beloved Multiple Sclerosis Society.  In 2021 Lincoln became Honorary Research Fellow of the University of East Anglia.

Lincoln Barnwell

James ‘Tiny’ Little

James ‘Tiny’ Little joined the Royal Navy aged 16 and after training joined the Royal Yacht Britannia.   He went on to become a qualified Royal Navy Diver in 1973 and a Qualified Royal Navy Diving Supervisor in 1974.  After leaving the Britannia in 1977 Tiny went to engineering school for two years joining the submarine service as chief technician in nuclear submarines in 1979.  In 1982 he became a qualified submarine exit/re-entry diver.   Tiny left the Royal Navy in 1986 and bought the popular Alexandra Tavern in Norwich which he still runs with his wife Anita.  He co-founded the Chalk Hill Brewery with David Blake and Bill Thomas, a group of friends with a shared interest in sailing and beer.   Together Tiny and Bill Thomas bought the Royal Navy diving tender Dornoch in 1997.   Tiny first met Julian and Lincoln Barnwell in 2005.  He joined The Gloucester project and the Dornoch became the dive boat as they searched for the Gloucester 1682.  2005 was a memorable year in which Tiny also rowed solo across the Atlantic from the canaries to Antigua. He has also completed the NAS (Nautical Archaeology Society) Part I Certificate in Foreshore & Underwater Archaeology (2012).

James ‘Tiny’ Little

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