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Updates from Maritime Film UK’s Rob White, TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN

ON THE CASE

21 April 2023

This is Simon Williams, HMS Victory project director. Simon was Assistant Project Director until the untimely death of Stephen Green (see MFUK blogs passim.) Eventually he stepped into Stephen’s shoes and is now in charge of the day-to-day work in what must be the most ambitious maritime conservation project in the world – and the most important, as there is no other 18th century warship in such an excellent state of preservation worldwide. Excellent yes, but needing constant work and checking to keep her so. Simon carries this responsibility calmly, but with an intense focus – always there, always on site, working to overall project leader, Andrew Baines. This latest phase, the renewed hull planking, is a major, multi-year step forward – and it’s one Simon had to take on step up to at literally no notice. And Victory is a global icon.

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About Rob

Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years of experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four-time award winner, whose awards include a coveted Royal Television Society award for his work on Channel 4 News. His association with the Maritime Foundation goes back to 1995 when he won the first Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award for a series of reports that led to a major documentary on the loss of the bulk carrier Derbyshire.

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