Charity Governance

Charity Founder

Brendon Prince 
Water loving adventurer, lifeguard, water safety crusader and educationalist, blessed with an awesome family in Devon. A teacher of outdoor and physical education for over 25 years with a passion for open water swimming and riding boards.  Brendon has been an open water lifeguard for over a decade and has set up over 50 water based events for thousands of swimmers and athletes.  Chairman of Torbay Surf Life Sving Club, he has always promoted water safety, drowning prevention and 'getting wet' for the health benefits to body and mind.  Brendon set up the charity Above Water with the help of Jonathan Harry after the tragic drownings that occurred at Mawgan Porth in 2014.

Charity Trustees


Conrad Gillespie
‘Impact & Partnership Development Manager for Emerging & Enabling Technologies’ at the University of Exeter.
His primary role is to help innovative businesses to develop and commercialise new technologies emerging from pioneering scientific research. By building robust strategic relationships across industry, academia and policy-makers, Conrad develops collaborative opportunities, to drive impact and help underpin the future of UK industry.
Conrad was born and bred in Guernsey, surrounded by the sea. His waterborne passions include surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, swimming and kayaking, and he is keen to promote the education of water safety.



Daniel Tisdall
Managing Director at Quanta Consulting and Quanta Investment


Martin Smith Charity Trustee

Martin Smith

Maritime Skipper focusing on Charity policy.


Becky Mason Above Water Trustee

Becky Mason

PE Teacher and schools sports coordinator focusing on our Youth work provision and safeguarding.


Ricard Rowley Above Water trustee

Richard Rowley

SW Water reporting manager focusing on charity growth    

Accounting Partner

James Twigger
Chartered Accountant and owner of Accounting4Everything