JULIA AND STEVE TABREHAM are widely travelled, having visited places such as Hawaii, Alaska, Australia, New Zealand and Laguna San Ignacio in Mexico, the number one place for seeing (and stroking) grey whales. Artefacts from their travels, everything from a didgeridoo to carvings made from whale bone, decorate the boat. But they realised that they’d hardly seen any of the UK. Julia had been on boating holidays as a child and suggested they try it. She told Steve he’d either love it or hate it. Not surprisingly, he loved it.
Julia has just retired as Chief Executive of the Carer’s Federation, a charity she founded more than 20 years ago to provide support to carers. She’s also just finished a ten-year stint as a non-executive on the board of her local hospital. But she’s not going to stop working completely. Last year, she was appointed to the board of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, the organisation that makes the final decisions on complaints about the NHS