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ROBERT ROBSON OBE
Robert Robson joined the Royal Navy as a General List Seaman Officer in 1981, before going to London University to read History at Royal Holloway College on a University Cadetship. He served in minesweepers, frigates and destroyers in various different theatres.
In 1987 he joined Barclays plc and followed a generalist career with roles in branch relationship management and Operations, Regional Sales Director, Group Personnel and as Chief Operating Officer of the Large Corporate Banking team. He became Deputy Managing Director of European Business Banking in 1999 and then moved to the Group Strategy team to lead the educational work delivering a cultural change programme to the senior cadre of the Barclays Group.
In 2002 he moved to Barclays Private Bank, where he set up a new role as Global Head of Banking and Credit, followed by two years in Geneva as Head of European Offshore Banking, before returning to the UK as COO of the International Private Bank covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Robert became the founding CEO of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity in September 2008. The RNRMC is the strategic charity partner of the Royal Navy, established through the amalgamation of over 70 multiple funds and charities. The task was to create a grant-making and fundraising charity, building on firm governance foundations, selling the charity to its key stakeholders, and creating a team, culture and reputation that would allow the Board to deliver its strategy. Over ten years the Charity Group grew to deliver over £50m in grants to beneficiaries, serving, retired and their families. In 2018 he retired from this role and focused on building a portfolio career. In 2019 he completed the Professional Certificate in Coaching at Henley Business School.
He is currently Treasurer of the ADVANCE Study Charity and has been a Governor of The Royal Starand Garter Homes, Trustee of the Forces in Mind Trust, The Officers’ Association and a Director of COBSEO - the Confederation of Service Charities, Veterans Scotland and a Member of the Mary Rose Trust. He is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights and Younger Brother of Trinity House. He was awarded the OBE in the 2017 for charitable service to naval personnel.Robert lives on the South Downs with his wife Amanda, a specialist teacher and English tutor, and their labrador, Lira.
STEVE FORWARD MSc FRAeS FCMI
Steve is an ex-RAF fast-jet pilot who joined the RAF in September 1981 after graduating with a BSc(Hons) in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Leeds University. He flew over 3500hrs in the RAF as a front-line pilot and Qualified Weapons Instructor (mostly in Harrier and Tornado aircraft), commanded the RAF’s ground-attack operational evaluation squadron, spent many years involved in campaign planning, command and control, and finally retired from the RAF as an Air Commodore in 2013, with his final role being to conduct a study that resulted in the establishment of the RAF’s Safety Centre.
As a civilian, Steve then moved into the Aviation Safety environment as Director of the UK Airprox Board (UKAB) where he led a jointly sponsored and co-funded Civil Aviation Authority/Military Aviation Authority team charged with assessing and reporting on near-mid-air collisions in the UK in order to help prevent future incidents and accidents. Steve became a member of the CHIRP GA and AT boards in 2013 on taking up the UKAB role and, on retiring from the UKAB, joined CHIRP as Director Aviation in April 2020. In his spare time, Steve has been a budding glider pilot in the recent past, and graduated with an MSc in Aviation Safety Management from City University, London in January 2019.
Deputy Director (Engineering)
Terry has held the position of Regional Maintenance Manager for Panasonic Europe since 2016, looking after 16 stations in Europe that supports all the major Airlines from around the globe. This not only involves working with many Airlines but also with different regulators, such as EASA, FAA, CAAS and CAANZ.
Previously to this, Terry worked with Virgin Atlantic for 8 years initially as Hangar Manger for both LHR and Gatwick Airport operations and then moving into Overseas Line maintenance and also outsourced maintenance as a manager. Prior to that he spent 18 years with British Midland at LHR as a Licensed engineer and also as Hangar and Line manager.
Cabin Crew Programme Manager & Company Secretary
Stephanie joined in May 2012 as the Administration and Cabin Crew Programme Manager. She started her career in aviation in 2004 working for bmi British Midland as a Customer Service Agent based at London Heathrow. After 3 years she moved to the Flight Training Department, based at the Stockley Park Training Centre working as the Flight Training Administrator and was responsible for organising the cabin crew and flight crew training.
Her principal responsibilities are the analysis and administration of the CHIRP Cabin Crew Reporting Programme, whilst ensuring the smooth running and administration of the CHIRP Office.
In October 2018, she was appointed as Company Secretary.
CAPTAIN JEFFREY PARFITT FNI
Jeff is a professional mariner with a career that spans four decades. In 1976, he commenced his seagoing career with Shell and served on tankers and general cargo ships until 1990 when he took a shore position as a government specialist investigator.
In 1996, he returned to the offshore world of dynamic positioning with Co-Flexip Stena and Subsea7, serving on dive/subsea construction vessels operating in the North Sea and on a global basis.
Most recently, Jeff has operated as a consultant to the offshore and global maritime insurance industry.
Jeff is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute and a Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners. He has an informed passion for safety at sea, borne out of first-hand experience, and a continued drive for environmental protection
Deputy Director (Maritime)
A professional seafarer with a career spanning five decades starting in 1971 as a cadet with BP Tankers. After 10 years deep sea with that company I took a position ashore as a member of HM Coastguard before returning to sea in 1986.
I worked in the offshore sector on DP vessels, predominantly Diving Support and other DP Construction vessels working in the North Sea and further afield on a global basis. With over 30 years experience as a watch keeping Senior DP Operator extensive experience has been gained in many aspects of DP operations.
After my final seagoing appointment in 2017 I joined CHIRP in 2018 to make use of and share my accumulated experience in the ongoing drive to improve safety for seafarers.
CAPTAIN IAN SHIELDS MNM
Ian joined Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd in 1974, progressing through the ranks to Chief Officer and gaining experience in Oil Tankers, LNG, Chemical Tankers and Bulk Carriers en route. He spent a three year period ashore as Operations Superintendent in the early 1990’s, this being particularly focussed on the Company’s VLCC fleet, thence returned to sea, and was promoted to Master in 1997.
Ian then spent a five year period from 2004 Training and Auditing on all current HSSE Industry issues within the Shell Fleet before coming ashore in 2009. In 2010 he worked in Dubai alongside the Royal Navy, where he was the first Merchant Navy Liaison Officer to the UKMTO.
He held the role of Technical Security Advisor in OCIMF for two years from February 2011 and in June 2013 changed focus to the Nautical Advisor role within the OCIMF Secretariat. Ian works as an independent maritime consultant from January 2016.
Ian was awarded the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service in October 2018.
CAPTAIN ALAN LOYND FMI FITA MCIArb BA(Hons)
Maritime Advisor (Hong Kong)
After serving with the RFA, Alan joined the Swire Group and sailed with China Navigation and Swire Pacific Offshore. He then joined HK Salvage & Towage, where he spent 20 years as mariner, salvor and manager before founding his own consultancy in 2007. He is a founder member of the International Tugmasters Association, and served as Chairman from 2012 to 2015.
Maritime Advisor (Singapore)
Ranjith was employed for over six years as Managing Director of a ship management company in Singapore until he retired in September 2017.
He qualified as Master Mariner from India in 1981 and completed MSc (Maritime Education and Training – Nautical) from World Maritime University, Malmö, Sweden in 1995.
After a seafaring career spanning fourteen years, since 1974, including more than six years as a ship captain on large tankers, Ranjith continued in the maritime profession ashore, since 1988, initially as a part of the shore management of a shipping company in Mumbai and later with a ship management company in Singapore. Ranjith has sailed as a cadet, deck officer and chief officer on general cargo ships, bulk carriers and oil tankers. He has worked ashore as a maritime trainer and course developer for over six years before moving to technical management, ship quality assurance and safety management with the shipping company and subsequently with the ship management company.