Our team

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Alex Jacobs (Chair)

Alex brings 25 years experience of working in charities at all levels and is currently the Director of the Joffe Trust. He is also a life long dinghy sailor and a member of Yarmouth Sailing Club on the Isle of Wight.

Damilola Ajagbonna

Damilola attended Greig City Academy as a pupil and then worked with Jon Holt as Assistant to the Head of Sixth Form and Outdoor Education. He is now a Deputy Headteacher of a CofE Academy in Islington. Damilola has seen first-hand the power of sailing and outdoor education to bend the arcs of children’s lives towards success. To the trust he brings an awareness of how schools and education work, a passion for the project and a view from the chalk-face. 

Allie Smith

Allie has raced around the world and is a commercially endorsed RYA Yachtmaster Offshore. She has a BA Sports degree and majored in Sports Management and Outdoor Education. Allie currently works for Oyster Yachts as Head of Events, organising their regattas and World Rally. She has been part of the Scaramouche journey since the beginning, starting with getting the yacht MCA compliant as well as supporting the first Fastnet Race in 2017.

Jon Holt

Jon Holt is Head of Sixth Form and Outdoor Education Lead at Greig City Academy, founded the the school sailing programme in 2014. He has a passion for sailing and the life lessons it can offer students. Jon is never far away from Greig City Academy, Cowes or boats. Jon is the driving force behind the project. He was YJA MS Amlin International Sailor of the Decade 2020.

Support to GCA Sailing
  • Media representative: Lou Johnson
  • Regular Skippers: Nick Hopwood, Amanda Mochrie, Cressida Robson
  • Regular RIB Support: Anthony Osborne, Gaye Andrews
  • Coaches: Matt Reid, Henry Blowers, Montel Fagan-Jordan