Meet the Whirlwind Trustee Team

Chris Riley

Chris Riley has been a trustee for seven years and is the current Chair. A former soldier and commercial diver, he now runs a family construction business. His main interests are his family, sailing, guitar and Archie.



Ben Cussons

Ben is Whirlwind Company Secretary.  After studying maritime business and law, Ben worked as a commercial shipbroker for many years and is now Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club, a Trustee of The RAC Foundation and a director of Motor Sports UK. Ben’s many interests – broadly labelled under the “Adventure Travel” banner – include motorcycling in Chile and exploration of the Northwest Passage by sea.


Natalie Levin

Natalie joined the Whirlwind team in 2019, an experienced fundraiser and mentor with over 11 years’ experience in the charity sector.  A keen Sailor and volunteer, Natalie brings a real client side perspective to our team along with experience building long-term professional friendships with supporters and donors.


Steve Chipperfield

Former Whirlwind Chairman and one of our founding Trustees, Steve is a retired entrepreneur in marketing communications and publishing. Today he applies his brand communications experience to a small consultancy focused on the yachting industry and remains a keen follower of all matters maritime. Steve,in his early days raced, cruised and enjoyed a dynamic business relationship with Whirlwind’s original benefactor Noel Lister.


David Lister MBE

A founding Trustee, David is the nephew of Whirlwinds original benefactor Noel Lister and a former Olympic rowing coach.   David enjoyed a successful international coaching career as chief coach to the National Mens’s and Women’s Light Weight, and Women’s Rowing Squads.  David runs various businesses including management of rental properties, property development, and private yacht charter boats on the Thames.


Lee Bonham

Lee joined the Whirlwind team in 2019.  He brings expertise in business strategy, finance, marketing and operations within technology, fintech and services firms.  Lees, interests include sailing, walking and international travel.