YACHTING VICTORIA BOARD
CHERRY BIRCH - President
Year First on YV Board - 2011
Role - Women and Girls in Sailing Committee, Finance and Audit Committee
Other governance roles in sailing, past and present -
Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron – Treasurer 2004 – 2010, Finance Committee member 2002 - date
Other roles, either career or volunteer, past or present –Cherry currently runs her own consultancy, facilitating finance for non-finance managers training, leadership and management development as well as executive coaching.
Have presented for Leadership Victoria on the financial responsibilities of NFP Board members and currently run pro bono financial skills builder sessions for them.
Volunteer mentor for the School for Social Entrepreneurs
Qualifications – My original qualification is as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and I was a former Partner in a firm in London.
Sailing Highlights –I have been sailing since the age of 3; in early years this was cruising with my family around the Solent in the UK. Later I joined the Junior Offshore Group and competed in a number of cross Channel races as well as a few Cowes Weeks. I joined RMYS soon after moving to Melbourne in 1999. Currently crew there most Saturdays as well as jumping on a J24 down at Sandringham every other Sunday! Competed in a number of AWKRs. 2010 Melbourne /Launceston, 2011 Melbourne /Stanley and Melbourne/Hobart, 2012 Dennis Conner International Yacht Club Challenge – New York, 2013 J24 Nationals
Year First on YV Board - 2013
Other governance roles in sailing, past and present - SYC General Committee
Other roles, either career or volunteer, past or present – Sail Melbourne Jury Secretary, 99 Worlds Jury Secretary, 11 years running Navigation courses at SYC
Qualifications – BSc Chem, Grad. Dip. Eng.
Honours/Awards – ORCV Zeehan Navigators Trophy 2001
Sailing Highlights – SYC WISC winner, RMYS Women’s Keelboat Regatta winner
Year First on YV Board - 2015
Role - Board Member
Other governance roles in sailing, past and present -Linda spent a period as Commodore at RMYS. During this period the club’s major marina re-development was just one of the projects Linda played a key role in. Linda spent the best part of a decade in RMYS leadership roles, as well as being part of YV committees in the Facilities and Infrastructure Project, and Women and Girls in Sailing.
Other roles, either career or volunteer, past or present – Linda is a lawyer working with Trescox Lawyers in Melbourne.
Qualifications – Bachelor of Law
Other governance roles in sailing, past and present - SSCBC Committee Member
Other role, career or volunteer, past or present - Managing Director of The Partner Group
Qualifications - 35 years of Marketing and Media Experience
Sailing Highlights - Active Couta Boat and Dinghy Sailor
Other governance roles in sailing, past and present
Past rolls (none present):
Australian Representative Committee Member – International F18 Catamaran Association 2015-17
General Committee Member – Elwood Sailing Club 2014/15
Commodore - Port Melbourne Yacht Club 2012/13
General Committee and Sailing Committee – Port Melbourne Yacht Club 2009 (I think)-12
President – Mosquito Catamaran Association 1999/2000
Other role, career or volunteer, past or present
I currently own and operate Royston Capital, a private family office and investment advisory business.
Director – Royston Capital (family office and investment advisory firm) 2013 – present
Adviser – Mutual Trust (Family Office) 2007-2013
Committee Member at – Australian Communities Foundation (formerly Melbourne communities foundation) 2010-2014
Chairperson of Steering Committee - Impact Collective (sub fund at Australian Communities Foundation (2012-14)
Volunteer – Business for Millennium Development 2011-13
Master of Financial Planning RMIT
Bachelor of Business (Economics) La Trobe
I have been sailing since the age of 4. Growing up in Bendigo we had a very talented group that fostered great mateship and competition. I have tried many aspects of sailing from dinghy’s, catamarans, windsurfing, kiteboarding and keelboats. My passion lies with high performance boats and currently that is the International Formula 18.
Other governance roles in sailing, past and present:
Sean was a member of the Yachting Victoria Training Committee from 1992 to 2017, the last 10 years as chairman. Sean is Deputy Chief Instructor for the dinghy program and a Keelboat Instructor. Sean has been a Senior Instructor facilitating and delivering Dinghy Instructor courses for over 25 years. Sean is also on the Sailability Victoria Executive Committee.
Sean is a lifelong sailor with extensive experience racing dinghies, catamarans, trailerables and keelboats. Sean has completed many ocean races over the past 35 years including the Sydney Hobart and New Caledonia races. He has delivered yachts and cruised the east coast of Australia and Bass Straight. Sean is a member of Royal Brighton Yacht Club.
Sean Holds a Master’s Degree in Property and works for a substantial property fund in property development.