ASTO is delighted to announce that Mark Todd has been appointed as their new Chair. Mark has been a Trustee since 2019 and takes over from James Stevens who has been Chair for the past 10 years. Mark is also the Chief Executive of ASTO member organisation OYT South.
Mark says “It is a huge honour to be appointed as the Chair of ASTO. I would like to pay tribute to the outgoing Chair, James Stevens, who has been a passionate advocate for Sail Training and has played a vital role in supporting UK Sail Training organisations. He remains a close friend of ASTO and a champion of our work.
As with many outdoor education providers, it has been a very difficult year for most Sail Training organisations who have been unable to operate due to Covid 19 restrictions. However, I am looking forward to helping this exceptionally worthwhile industry get sailing again this year: doing what it does best and supporting people of all backgrounds and abilities, helping them recover from the disastrous effects of COVID-19 by discovering the joy of being outside, making friends and improving their mental and physical wellbeing. Valuable work at a time when it has never been more needed.”