January news from the SS Robin
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Breaking News...

You may recall the promise of news in the new year, well the wait is over.

In order to provide the Robin with a sustainable future and ensure that she is conserved and presented to the highest possible standard the Trust will be submitting a revised bid to the national HLF board for an uplift in funding towards total project costs of £4 million.  
To ensure we present the strongest possible application,  build further partnerships and the capacity which will be required as we enter the final phase of preparation, capital works and opening, the board has decided to make some changes to it's lineup.   
It is our pleasure to announce that Lord Andrew Mawson OBE will be the new Chairman of the SS Robin Trust. Lord Mawson has been a patron of our charity for some time and is a serial social entrepreneur with a strong track record for the social impact of his projects in East London.  We also welcome Sir David Varney, Dr Paul Brickell, Frank Creber and David Mann.  Rosemary Ewles will continue to serve on the board with the new trustees , giving vital experience of HLF and the wider heritage sector.  
You can find out more about the new trustees on the 'about us' page of the website.  
We would also like to thank the outgoing board members for their service and commitment to the SS Robin, without them we would never have reached our current position. We are pleased that they have agreed to remain involved with the project as advisors when required, adding their historic knowledge and experience.

Coincidentally David Green, CEO and Project Director will also be changing his role shortly.  From mid February David will be working with the Trust in a voluntary consultancy capacity,whilst continuing his professional employment with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, leading their London operations from their centre in Barnes, West London. This voluntary role includes accepting the new board's offer of becoming a trustee and David is very much looking forward to  remaining part of the team and seeing the SS Robin and her community work develop further. 

Our dedicated volunteers putting into practice the traditional ropework skills they have learnt, splicing lines on to our new 'tours today' banner.
The big display board outside ExCel promoting the SS Robin. This is one of 5 slides that were running during the Boat Show and illustrates our partnership with the Oasis Academy Silvertown.
This is the Robin, with the banner up, looking glamorous in the evenings during the London Boat Show.
Ongoing project work....

We are excited to announce that  IHS Maritime and Trade have selected us as one of their corporate sustainability partners for 2015. Following a 'hard hat' tour that we arranged for some of their staff, they were so enthused by the project that they decided to put us forward for adoption as one of their charities.  We look forward to working with them over the coming year and would like to thank them for their support. 

Thank you to everyone who has shared our fundrazr campaign. If you haven't yet had the chance, please donate and share the link today.
We need to secure funding during this key stage of our development, while awaiting the outcome of our bid to HLF.
As always, you can contact Clare and Matt at

The SS Robin Trust
2d/2e Royal Victoria Place
London E16 1UQ

registered charity 1095884