The Steamboat Association
of Great Britain

to foster and encourage steam boating and the building, development, preservation and restoration of steam boats and steam machinery

to stimulate public interest
in steam boats
and steam boating

to promote high standards
of workmanship,
safety and seamanship


Lord Forsyth

Vice Presidents:    
Adrian Birtles      Richard Havard      Brian Smith       Sam Wilkinson


Kevin Slater

I am a Chartered Engineer and have spent 35+ years at sea as a Marine Engineer. I now run a small engineering consultancy specialising in steam boat plant.

I feel that, as a result of my working life, I have some useful experience to bring to the SBA. I am also a Boiler Inspector and Boiler Design Assessor for SBAS Ltd. My wife, Gillie, and I own and run SL Zara Finn.

Hon. Secretary


Gillie Slater

From the 2020 AGM, I agreed to take on my second stint as Hon. Secretary to the SBA. For anyone who doesn’t know, I am the current Chairman’s wife and we joined the SBA together – both being lovers of boats and water. Learning about steam engineering was a new thing for me and something that is (and will always be) a work in progress. I come from a sailing family and love being on the water – whatever form of craft and propulsion. By career, I am a lawyer and so I hope to assist the Association by my considerable experience in the legal and commercial fields.


Hon. Treasurer 

Nigel Thomson

I joined the SBA in 1994 and have found the association to be source of great friendships and adventures. I have just finished the building of a 25ft saloon launch, which means I can start planning the next one.  In my opinion steamboating is the ideal way of spending time with friends. 

Hon. Membership Secretary


Roger Powell

I'm a life-long SBA member, first as a family member then in my own right from 1970. I've owned 2 boats, one I converted to steam myself.  The engineer in me hasn't died though after serving a full engineering apprenticeship I've spent my life in sales and sales management.  Now with a new home workshop up and running, and the task of managing the SBA Membership, I am well occupied in these Lock-Down times.

My plea(s) to SBA Members is - do keep in touch - do tell me your email address (it saves me so much time) - do keep you email address up-to-date - and do join the Direct Debit scheme for subscriptions (again it saves me and the Treasurer so much time - when we could be in the workshop!).



Vice Chairman

John Jewsbury

11 years experience renovating and re-engineering a steam launch which had slipped into sad disrepair. I feel therefore that I can offer some relevant knowledge to members thinking of embarking on a similar journey.

I would also hope to offer the club sales, and even organisational, skills gleaned from many years running my own business. "Vapor diligere "

Dot Bullough

I have been a member of the SBA since 2002 and have owned and run "SL Aurora" since 2003, on my own since my husband's death.  I am NW rep for the SBA and a founder Trustee of the historic Windermere steam saloon launch "Shamrock".
Over the past few years the SBA Committee has been keen to promote proactivity within the Area Reps.  As a rep I am aware of the pitfalls of this and I am keen to help with this aspect of the development of the SBA.
Also I am what could be referred to as a 'non-technical' steam boater; to have people on the Committee who are not inclined to do their own maintenance nor who have the facilities to do so I see as an asset.

Daniel Hutchinson

Having been actively involved in steamboats and the SBA from a young age, am passionate about promoting my hobby and providing at platform for like minded people to interact.

I have reasonable experience in running a successful online community and have significant exposure to individuals who promote events and organisations professionally.

While 30 this year I find myself as one of the younger members of the association and feel this gives me the approrate footing to promote the SBA to the next generation of potential members.

Adrian Greco

Having spent over 35 years around various craft powered by wind, after only 10 minutes aboard Silkie in August 2015 I knew that I had to have one. This makes me a novice and possibly a bit rash. And an optimist, because my original intention was to build a steam engine and boat....until I realised the timescale involved. 

That was all BV (before Vesuvius) and now everything makes much more sense.

I have a Physics degree and a background in Avionic Systems but the majority of my working life has been spent in high volume manufacturing. So steam seemed a logical regression.

I hope to be able to assist in developing and continuing to build the SBA for the greater good. As for that engine, well, I least I now have a lathe.


Helen Steeple

After a career in public relations and engineering administration, I retired to Cumbria to learn how to steam and to acquire a steamboat. The SBA was key to making connections and learning about this unique pastime and I am very happy to bring my love of industrial history into the mix - along with learning the intricacies of historic boat preservation and a genuine enthusiasm for getting grubby while cleaning out my boiler.

I remain acutely aware that the next generations now need to be actively involved in keeping this part of the UK’s maritime heritage alive and steaming on the water.


Roger Heise

I have been a member of the SBA for twenty years, owning a boat all that time, having lots of fun - and still learning about steaming.  I have come to value the knowledge and skills of building and operating steamboats that the SBA members possess.  As a result I could feel confident enough to build a new steamboat myself.  I want to ensure that the fund of information in the SBA is passed on to to new members of the Association.


John Winn

I joined the SBA in the eighties when I was building my first steamboat “SL Paraffinalia “

For a long time I held the position of Health and Safety Coordinator and for ten years I was Chairman of the Steamboat Association Services.

In my present role as Committee Member I endeavour to support the committee in its day to day running and when required help on matters of a technical nature.

My present boat Chimera is probably best known as a test bed for the many engines and boilers I have made over the many years as an SBA member.


Felicity Palmer

I became a committee member after five years active and enjoyable participation in the SBA.  Our first boat (steamboat) has given us many exciting outings from Darmouth to Ireland, and has made us many friends amongst fellow Members.

I bring to this post the relatively recent experience of being a new member, not to mention considerable enthusiasm for the hobby.  I have practical experience of event organisation as a Scout Leader of many years, and have a wide range of outdoor interests outside my day job of teaching.

I have, apparently, gained a small band of supporters who know my ability to engage seriously with the task in hand, be it simple weed of the propellor or a bit of mass catering!


Keith Ward

I joined the SBA in the summer of 2002 looking for help to build a steam narrowboat. I quickly benefited from the wealth of experience and knowledge available without which, despite a couple of decades as an engineer, I wouldn't have succeeded. After my apprenticeship in fabrication and sheet metal work I studied engineering at Coventry University. Since then I have worked as an engineer creating new processes and machinery in the manufacturing sector. I now look forward to applying whatever skills and knowledge that I possess to put something back into the association. 


Appointed by the Committee

Vice Chairman: John Jewsbury
Membership Correspondence Secretary:
Sandra Brown
European Secretary: Roger Heise
Events Secretary:
Felicity Palmer
Funnel Editor:
Dick Plumb
Public Relations Advisor:
Post vacant
Safety Information Coordinator:
Keith Ward
SBA Sales:
Mike Bell

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