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Meet The Team

John Gillard



John sailed out from Liverpool and regularly across the Irish sea from a young age.


After moving to the south coast, he was lucky enough to start a traineeship with Britannia sailing in Southampton and over the course of 2 years work, achieved his Yachtmaster offshore qualification. He then went on to a successful professional career at sea that spans almost 30 years so far.


He is passionate about now passing his wealth of knowledge and experience of the diverse worldwide marine industry to the young adults of Plan B, to help give the next generation the opportunity he received of a route to employability.


He works tirelessly to those ends to try and ensure that no student is left behind.

Vikki Gillard



Vikki aka ‘Admin’ is our office manager, bookkeeper  and much more.  Coming from a large dockyard town with a Shipwright Grandad, she has a passion for the community and has the marine industry in her blood. Vikki spent 20 years working in the industry with highlights of a 3 year circumnavigation from 2004-2007, followed by 7 years working for Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s Clipper Ventures. Vikki has always supported John’s youth projects and Alternative provision work in the background, until coming fully onboard in 2017 and not looking back. She is known for her meticulous attention to detail, and against all odds, always manages to dot the I’s and cross the T’s.

Chris Hill



Chris (aka Obelix) has worked full time in the watersports industry since he was 15 years old.


He has previously specialised in performance dinghy, windsurfing and catamaran sailing as well as power boat and rescue boat instruction. He is experienced in the management of multiple beach activities working alongside a team to ensure safety and fun on the water. Later in his career, he went on to run sunsail beach clubs worldwide before deciding to come ashore for a time. He is also a keen mountain biker and qualified to lead groups as well as the service, maintenance and repairs required to all cycles. He now enjoys instructing the next generation to help them go forward into enjoyable and fulfilling lives.

Gill Heron



Gill is now on her second career, having had 30 years as a dental nurse, she is well placed to remind students of the importance of dental hygiene amongst many other physical and mental health responsibilities.  She is our staff member primarily responsible for student wellbeing,  transport and attendance. She is dedicated to ensuring students arrive daily and are enthusiastic to engage and learn.. She has a passion for the safeguarding of students at Plan B and in the community and understands that this starts before they arrive with us and does not end when they leave. This means she communicates with parents and carers regularly, building bonds across the family support network of our students, giving a holistic approach to their time at Plan B.

Martin Bennett



Martin has come aboard at Plan B, not only for his good looks and charm, but because he is a trained chef with over 30 years experience in the catering industry. During Martin’s previous work in alternative provision, he re-discovered his passion for teaching culinary skills, and has proven he can bring the passion for cooking out in Plan B students. He was raised on a large council estate alongside some of the families that Plan B works with currently, and has a heart for the community, surpassed only by his strong family values and his kind, caring nature. With all this in mind, and combined with his love of fishing and thirst for life makes Martin the ideal person for his role at Plan B.

Adam Pankhurst



Adamskii was commissioned to Plan B as a Year 10 disengaged from education and frequently involved with the police and disturbance in the community. He quickly found his passion working and training in the marine industry and  is now on the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) cruising scheme pathway towards gaining his Yachtmaster Offshore qualification. Once qualified, he would like to stay on and help pass on the skills he has learnt to the next Plan B generation, before pursuing a career in the superyacht industry.  He enjoys boat building and workshop tasks as they give him an insight into the structures of vessels which will help his career. Above all he loves being on the water sailing and that is where he is happiest…

Dan Johnson



Dan brings a wealth of talent and enthusiasm to Plan B. Having been a musician for over twenty years, he now uses those skills to help students regulate, enjoy and achieve. He has experience in multiple instruments and loves to teach. After working in schools and alternative education, he decided to make Music Matters to fill in the gaps and help the young people that would benefit from music the most.

Having seen first-hand the power of music and the positive effects it can have on the mental health and wellbeing of SEN students; it has become a core part of Plan B’s daily provision.

We could not have been blessed with anyone better to help deliver that message at full volume. Music Matters not only resonates across our site, but also reach’s the community and estates Hampshire wide.

Lily Gillard



Lily is the youngest member of the team and brings an extra level of youth and enthusiasm to Plan B.


She helps with anything that needs doing from clothing to clearing up. Her real skill base is around IT and social media to ensure the ‘oldies’ keep up to date with posts, trends and hashtags. 

As John and Vikki’s daughter she has been on the water from a young age. She has sailed thousands of miles inshore and offshore and despite suffering from seasickness offshore, always maintains an A1 attitude and gets on with the tasks in hand onboard.


She achieved her RYA powerboat certificate at 12 years old, and has competed at 3 NJIRC’s (National Junior Indoor Rowing competitions) She loves helping out and is passionate about helping the next generation of Plan B students be their best selves.

Stuart Mcclellan aka Stuey Mac



Stuart has once again joined us on our journey to help support the students, families and communities in which we work.


Having previously worked alongside him for many years, we could not ask for a better person in this role. He is a highly knowledgeable and experienced fundraiser with a unique and innovative approach backed up by his tireless and thorough research.


Stu totally shares our passion for Plan B, and will be designing our strategy in line with Plan B's vision to do even more for the young people of Gosport, Portsmouth, Havant,

Southampton and beyond.

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