The Trustees have the role of Company Directors and are responsible for the Governance of the Society. Collectively they bring professional experience from the Royal and Merchant Navy, the fishing industry, national health service, architecture, banking, social services, accountancy and law. There are 10 trustees and they meet every quarter.

Mission and Governing Body


To enable the children of seafarers to reach their true potential and not be further disadvantaged because of the financial situation within the family

Patron – HRH The Princess Royal GCVO

President – The Right Hon. The Earl of Halifax

Board of Trustees

Chairman – Captain Christopher Towne

Vice Chairman – Mark Campey

holding handsThe actions of the Charity are defined by the terms of the Memorandum & Articles first drafted in 1919 and last revised on 4th August 2005. Click here to download a copy.

Every year, the Trustees approve and sign off the Society’s Annual Report and Financial Statements which by law have to be submitted to Companies House and the Charity Commission once they have been adopted at the Society’s Annual General Meeting usually held in August.

For our latest Annual Report please click on this link 2020-2021 accounts

Following the new GDPR legislation, please find below a copy of our General Privacy Policy and our Privacy Policy for our Beneficiaries. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.




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Mark has a commercial background both in the UK and around the world having run SME to Corporate entities in Europe and Asia.

Mark brings a commercial view to the board and is keen to motivate and lead new ideas.

Having now retired from the day to day running of his companies Mark spends his time sharing his vast knowledge and experiences.





David has almost 50 years maritime experience having sailed as a Chief Engineer in the Merchant Navy, as a Superintendent Engineer and as a Marine Surveyor and works closely with both the merchant and fishing industry around the country. He also has a similar time working with young people in the country’s Cadet Forces as a leader and has the welfare of young people to heart in many of the activities he participates in.



Helen has a background in HR having worked at Director level within Local Authorities and as a consultant to Schools, charity’s and large corporations.

She is a fellow of the CIPD and has particular expertise in child protection and good safeguarding practice as well as policy development and good Human Resource management practice.





A former civil servant in the benefits and education sectors, Julie has represented her community as a parish councillor since 1997 and has been a member of East Riding of Yorkshire Council for 18 years.

During her time with the council she has held the role of Lead Member for Children’s Services for ten years.



Deborah is a businesswoman who runs an independent family retail business in Hull.

She is also the ex-High Sheriff of the East Riding of Yorkshire.



Mike is a Partner is local accountancy firm Forrester Boyd and brings a wealth of financial experience to the Trustee Board.

Mike is from a seafaring background where his grandfather worked in the fishing fleet industry and in the Merchant Navy, his father was a Captain in the Merchant Navy, and his brother spent over 20 years in the Royal Navy.


Donna retired from her role as Partner and Head of Employment at a regional law firm in June 2017.

Donna specialised in employment law for in excess of 20 years acting for local and national businesses and charities in a wide range of issues including, employment tribunal claims, dismissal, business reorganisation.


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200 Years Of Care

The history of the Society dates back to 1821 and in 2021 we are celebrating our 200th Anniversary!

1821 – A meeting convened by public advertisement in the Boy’s school room to organise a Society, the designation of which was to be “Port of Hull Society for the Religious Instruction to Seamen”.
The floating chapel “Valiant” opened for worship in the Humber Dock.
1837 – Sailors’ Orphan Institute was established in Waterhouse Lane for clothing and educating children of deceased seamen and rivermen.
1867 – First orphan house opened in Castle Row. Society purchased Thanet House in Park Street for £4,500 to accommodate 100 orphans.
1868 – First Royal Patronage – HRH Rear Admiral, the Duke of Edinburgh.
1892 – Six Acres purchased at Newland on which to erect a model village.
1897 – School opened for primary level to teach the Society’s children.
1914 – First children of Royal Navy casualties received into the Society’s care.
1919 – Society incorporated under the Companies Act.
1936 – The inaugural meeting of the Old Scholars Association.
1956 – Beginning of subsidisation of children in their own homes.
1983 – Introduction of halfway houses for adolescents.
1993 – Redirected work at Newland to the residential care of abused children in conjunction with local authorities.
2003 – Last child leaves Newland and focus is entirely on helping children in their own homes.
2009 – Newland Estate is sold for student accommodation
2011 – The Society changes its names to Sailors’ Children’s Society in the presence of Patron HRH Princess Royal on board HQS Wellington moored on the Thames embankment.
190th Celebrations begin with a re-enactment of the first public meeting held on 18th April 1821. A book is written by June Clough.
2014 – Launch of the Caravan Appeal held at the HMS President in the presence of Patron HRH Princess Royal.
2017 – Launch of the 200 Business Club held in November in the presence of our Patron HRH Princess Royal at the Maritime Museum in Hull.
2019 – A 200 Business Club Royal Reception was held on the HQS Wellington in London in the presence of our Patron HRH Princess Royal.
2020 – This year has certainly been challenging for everyone.  Since the start of COVID19 lockdown, here at the Society we have been working from the safety of own homes and being fully operational providing assistance to those seafaring families in need.  Our main fundraising events, the Golf AM AM and the Sportsman’s Lunch were cancelled so we launched our first virtual event through the fundraising platform, Enthuse.  We held our AGM via Zoom and this was attended by over 20 people.
2021 – Monday 19th April – a meeting of four people including our Chairman and the Lord Mayor was held on the banks of the River Humber to mark our 200 Year Anniversary.  A huge thank you goes to SMS Towage and the crews of the vessels Superman and Pullman who kindly arranged to use their tug boat’s water cannons to launch the celebrations was spectacular.  Radio Humberside and Look North were present during this fantastic occasion.

  • Our 200 Year Celebrations Video is available to view on YouTube by clicking here
  • Deanne Thomas our Chief Executive Officer, Lord Halifax, our President and Christopher Towne, our Chairman presented on Zoom in the presence of over 100 people to commemorate and announce the start of the celebrations with our supporters, staff and Trustees and to launch our Together for 200 Campaign via Enthuse.

Man with two childrenThe Old Scholars Association was set up to provide focus for those brought up at Newland. There is a Newland Homes facebook page for anyone interested in getting in touch. For all enquiries for information relating to ex-residents or family history, please click on the link for the Hull History Centre who hold our historical records or the Yorkshire Film Archive which house our film records.

If you wish to purchase the 190th book written by June Clough or purchase a Newland Estate map, please make enquiries through

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