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.