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The Supermarine Seaplane TEAM

The Supermarine Seaplane Charity was founded with the desire
to recreate an example of the finest in AeroBritish engineering.
The team is highly experienced in the aviation field.


Will Hosie
Trustee & Project Manager

Professional Pilot: 22,000+ hrs, 60 years old, married with 2 children 
Types: Airbus, Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, Beechcraft, Bombardier, De Havilland,

inc. various Seaplanes, and Aerobatic displays and Charity Flights

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Ian Wood

​Ian’s working life has been in: ergonomics and vehicle design, design and branding, and strategy and communications. Out of the office he is a keen flier, albeit with no licence. 


He has flown an English Electric Lightning, Marchetti ST260, Mustang P51D, Aero L-39 Albatros and a de Havilland Chipmonk. He is keen to add to the list.


He does his best to apply his professional skills for the benefit of the charity.


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Paul Myers
Trustee & 
Professional Pilot

Types: Airbus Boeing Douglas Curtis-Wright

DeHavilland BACJP Piper Cessna Maule Stinson


Colin van Geffen


An avid aviation historian with over thirty years specialising in Materials Management, Procurement, and Production Control within the aviation industry. Following a series of redundancies, Colin became self-employed in 1996 and enjoys researching, writing, and presenting his popular and detailed Illustrated Talks on a range of subjects, many of which cover his passion – local aviation history close to his home near Calshot in the New Forest.

‘Landmarks’ in Colin’s working life include:


  • Founder member of:

    • Wellworthy Apprentices’ Association (former apprentice & employee) 1967.

    • The first Young Enterprise group in New Forest (1969), and later Young Enterprise adviser at Houndsdown Secondary School 1988.

    •  Lymington Hospital Radio.

  • Served on a number of committees, including Lymington Community Association, various Youth Clubs, employer’s staff, and social groups since 1965

  • Was heavily involved in preparing a permanent display of historical photographs and documents recording the history of 17 Port & Maritime Regiment at Marchwood.

  • (Former) Chairman of Fawley Historians

  • (Former) Executive Committee member of Waterside Heritage

  • Researched, collected & created a visual display of aviation history (seaplanes & flying boats) for permanent display at former RAF Station Calshot

  • (Former) Custodian at Calshot Castle 2012-13

  • (Former) Governor at Hounsdown School 1986 - 1990

  • (Former) PTA member at Blackfield Junior School 1988 - 1992

  • (Former) Chairman of Bournemouth Red Arrows Association (from 12 Apr 2017)

  • Honorary Vice President: Poole Flying Boats Celebration

  • Honorary Patron: Bournemouth Air Festival 2015 - 2018

  • Life Member & Former Trustee: Friends of New Forest Airfields

  • (First Illustrated Talk 1988; 120+ bookings annually in 2018, 2019

  • First Cruise Ship booking 2011; 16 working cruises completed to end 2019

  • Has contributed to a number of aviation & other publications including:

‘Racing Ace’ Julian Lewis

‘The Saunders-Roe Princess Flying Boat’ RW Wealthy

‘British Flying Boats’ Peter London

‘Schneider Trophy to Spitfire’ John Shelton

‘Flying Boats of the Solent’ Norman G Hull

‘View from the Wings’ Colin Cruddas

‘In Hampshire’s Skies’ Colin Cruddas

‘Flying Boats of the Solent and Poole’ Mike Phipp

‘A History of Calshot Spit’ Revised edition 2015.

‘Ancasta Guide Me safely Home’ a novel by Diana Jackson cover designs & aviation history adviser

‘Defenders of the Skies’ for H2 Tv Channel & DVD

‘The New Forest at War’ DVD

‘Transition GO!’ Army Air Corps DVD

  • Numerous live broadcasts with BBC Radio Solent


Chris Gotke
Chief Pilot

ETPS graduate, current Sea Fury display pilot. (18 years of display flying) 

Types: has displayed SeaFireSea Hawk, SwordfishSea HarrierHarvard

F35 Flight control development Pilot at Boscombe Down on the VAAC as well all Marks Harrier and Jaguar R&D.  Presently flying the Hawk as an aggressor pilot.


Rod Bellamy
Project Engineer

Licensed engineer & Inspector based in Cornwall
40+ Years of experience building over 30 aircraft such as the Fokker Triplane, Sopwith Camel, Sopwith Pup, Spad, Fokker D8, and many more...


Kasyan Bartlett
Marketing & Fundraising Partner

Over 30 years experience in industry, primarily in aviation and media with a strong focus on customer service, client retention, and commercial relationship management.

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Marketing & Social Media Partner

Wes is a talented and highly experienced Marketing and Social Media Specialist. Wes currently works with Populate Social- a marketing company based in Wales, with Global reach. 


Marc Panton


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Mike Burrell

Media Creator, Social Media & Product Design

Mike is the Voice of the Supermarine Seaplane Project, narrating and editing many of the project's videos. 

A diverse career: a PhD researcher, Strength & Conditioning coach, Copywriter, Voice Over Artist, Event MC, Video Creator and Metalworker, Mike is well suited to bring a unique insight to the project. 


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