Meet The Team


The combination of the director’s expertise and passion for maritime heritage creates a unique formula that has directly contributed towards the growth and development of Lynher CIC in the past 5 years.

Dom and Barbara

Dominic and Barbara Bridgman were introduced to Lynher when they lived next to her in Cremyll. Having passed the laid up hull every day, they began to research the Tamar barges. After realising the historical significance of these vessels, it was clear that Lynher should be restored to her former beauty.

Both Dom and Barbara have considerable experience as sail training operators on historic ships. In the past three decades they have worked for various sail training charities and successfully managed a number of projects. During the years they have taught a host of trainees, some of them now expert seafarers and boatbuilders themselves!

Rob Webster MBE

A trained and qualified paratrooper, during his 27 years career in the military Rob has seen operational service in Northern Ireland, Yugoslavia, Kuwait and Iraq. He retired as a Squadron Leader in July 2001 to commence full-time study reading Communications Engineering with specific emphasis on cellular communications security and he works as an engineering consultant. He is extremely supportive of Lynher CIC’s aims and he advises on contract negotiation and legal issues.

Debbie Risborough FCCA

CEO of Cornwall Community Accountancy Service with over 15 years experience in the NGO sector and another 20yrs experience in commercial business. Debbie is our treasurer and has considerable knowledge in company law and finances. Debbie has travelled extensively to provide humanitarian help to women in remote parts of the world, from Nepal to Africa. Her charitable work involves teaching local women how to start and operate small community enterprises with their own resources and skills in order to survive and increase their confidence within an underdeveloped setting.

Hannah Hurford

Chief Communications Officer of sail cargo company EcoClipper. With extensive experience in the UK maritime heritage industry, Hannah has worked in both museums and on operational vessels. Hannah first sailed on Lynher as a SHTP2 Trainee with National Historic Ships. Since then she has worked in the sail cargo industry – spreading the word through communications and marketing. She also has done work with the Sail Cargo Alliance and has been a panelist on the Diversity and Inclusion Forum set up by National Historic Ships.

Volunteers and Crew

From refits to social media, there are a host of people that are essential to Lynher and the organisation. Without these dedicated and passionate people joining the project as it developed, Lynher would not be floating today.

Interested in becoming a volunteer or part of the team?

In the picture above from left to right: Sarah, Barbara, Simon, Dominic, Rich, Chris, Aidan, Ben, Rob and Phil.