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Stuart Rivers joined Sailors’ Society as Chief Executive Officer in April 2013 following successful careers in the non-profit and corporate sectors. He worked in the commercial technology sector with BT and Ericsson before deciding to pursue his vocation in full time ministry with The Salvation Army and went on to head up Bible Society’s Enterprise arm, the commercial activity of the charity.

Sandra Welch, as well as being Deputy CEO, heads up the Society’s programme team, having previously worked with The Salvation Army for more than 18 years. Sandra’s previous roles include Assistant Projects Secretary for The Salvation Army’s community development projects in Southern Africa and more recently International Editor-in-Chief and Editor of three international periodicals.

After gaining a Diploma in Accounting Studies at Oxford, Andrew Pitcher qualified as a Chartered Certificate Accountant in 1988. He joined the Society in 1998 and as Director of Finance has overseen the implementation of new computer accounting systems and developed internal systems and financial controls. Andrew is married with three children and a granddaughter.

Having worked in administration with the Church of England, Ann Brogan was attracted to the ministry of Sailors’ Society and joined our Chaplaincy department in 1992. Now Head of Programme Support and Executive Relations, her role is extremely varied as one of the main contacts with chaplains, trustees and a number of long-serving supporters and volunteers.

A journalist for most of her career, Melanie Warman joined the Society in October 2015 as Director of Media and Advocacy. Having worked in newspapers, television and radio, Melanie spent some time in Brussels as Media Officer for the Conservative Party in Europe before working with a number of national and international brands on PR, marketing and reputation management.

Adam Stacey joined Sailors’ Society as commercial director in November 2015. Prior to this, he spent three years as CEO of a local charity in Hampshire and brings experience of running project-based social enterprises as well as being involved in a number of commercial businesses.