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Harbour Master, Port of London Authority

Terry and his team look after the major infrastructure project that is the Thames Tideway Tunnel, which involves numerous construction sites in the river. As a dedicated and professionally qualified mariner, Terry is well versed in marine operations to provide full-time expertise that is demanded by the complex project.



Professional and Technical Assistant, Nautilus International

David joined Nautilus International in 2013 having previously worked as third officer for Princess Cruises and Deck Cadet for Maersk Line.
He holds a BSc in Maritime Studies (Merchant Shipping) from the University of Plymouth and an OOW Unlimited ticket.



Principal Consultant, Marico Marine

Consultancy in Marine related projects including Navigation risk including ships, harbours and offshore energy installations, Shipboard Operational Risk and Accident and Incident Investigations.

Providing Technical Advice to the Parliamentary Select Committee, Legal Practices including in court (Expert Witness) and IMO Technical Committees.

Regulatory Ship Inspections for Bahamas Maritime Authority. Investigations of Marine Accidents and Incidents for Bahamas Maritime Authority and Loss Assessment of Insurance.



Elder Brother, Corporation of Trinity House

Roger Barker joined Trinity House in July 2005 as Navigation (Examiner) Manager. Roger has worked in the Marine industry since he was 16 years old as a Deck Cadet with P&O, progressing his way through the ranks with United Baltic Corporation and Andrew Weir to Master, serving on vessels operating principally in the Baltic trades although completing many worldwide voyages.

Before moving to Trinity House he was asked to come ashore and take over as Marine Superintendent at Andrew Weir Shipping Limited, advising on all nautical matters within the fleet.

During his time both afloat and ashore he has been closely involved with several new buildings, and has taken particular interest in the development of integrated bridge systems and new technology in general.



Marine Manager, Stephenson Harwood LLP

Andrew joined the international law firm Stephenson Harwood in 2016 as part of their Marine Insurance Casualty Response Team. He is involved in casualty investigations and providing technical advice across the marine and international trade practice. He previously spent six years with Zodiac Maritime, engaged with the Safety Management of their large fleet of tankers, container ships, car carriers and bulk carriers. He served 13 years as a deck officer with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, on operations with most vessel types worldwide, before a period in fleet management at Navy Command HQ in Portsmouth. He started his career with 8 years as an officer in the Royal Navy, followed by a spell involving trials of new build warships and work on a small research vessel and a large motor yacht.

He holds a valid Master's Certificate of Competency and a Graduate Diploma in Law obtained part time from BPP University, London. He was elected a Fellow of the Nautical Institute (FNI) in 2013. Outside of work, he has served as volunteer lifeboat crew on the Thames at Teddington since 2002.



Secretary of Labour Affairs, Dutch Ship owners Association for Pelagic Fisheries & the Pelagic Freezer Trawler Association



Cruising Manager, Royal Yachting Association

Stuart Carruthers joined the RYA in January 2005 as the Cruising Manager. He took up sailing at an early age and has been passionately fond of the sport ever since. He has sailed extensively in many parts of the world including most of the European and North Mediterranean coastline and as a boat owner has acquired a detailed knowledge of the many issues which are of concern to the recreational boating sector.

Stuart is a Chartered Marine Engineer and is registered as Eur Ing with FEANI. Apart from his technical responsibilities, he takes a keen interest in regulatory matters that affect the recreational sector and is a member of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) International Regulations Commission. He frequently represents ISAF at the International Maritime Organisation on a number of committees and sub committees. He is a member of the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) Experts Group and a number of its related sub committees.

Above all, Stuart is committed to the ethos of the RYA which embraces the need for self-reliance, safety and proper training.



Lieutenant Commander, Full Time Reserve Service, Royal Navy

Captain David Carter MN joined Shell Tankers (U.K.) Ltd as Deck Cadet in 1980, gained his Master’s certificate in 1992, command in 1998 and continued with Shell as Master until 2012. During his last four years with Shell he was lead master of the Qatar Gas LNG fleet, having stood by, delivered and performed the first cargo on the first Q-Max LNG carrier MOZAH, the largest gas carrier ever built. He followed this with two 2014 commands with Dynagas in new build Ice class duel fuel diesel electric LNG carriers built for the Arctic Northern Sea Route transits. He is a Bachelor of Laws, Younger Brother of Trinity House and MNI. He has been a Royal Naval Reservist since 1997, latterly sailing in MOD chartered commercial shipping as an RN Liaison Officer until September 2014 and is now Lieutenant Commander on Full Time Reserve Service as the Royal Navy’s Merchant Navy Liaison Officer.



Professor, Norwegian Centre for Maritime Medicine

Tim Carter is a medical doctor and specialist in occupational medicine. He is the Chief Medical Advisor to UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency with special emphasis on medical standards for seafarers, and of systems for approved doctors and the medical standards. He is also a supervisor of research on maritime health. His special interest in occupational medicine and medical history is reflected by an extensive list of publications in these fields.

On the 1st of October 2010 he was appointed a professor at the Institute of epidemiology and preventive medicine at the University of Bergen with his working place at the Norwegian Centre for Maritime Medicine.




Director, Blabey Engineering Ltd


Alan Cartwright is Director of consultancy Blabey Engineering Limited.  He served in the Royal Navy from 1975 until 1998 in a variety of sea appointments, including Senior Engineer HMY Britannia (1991-94), and shore postings including marine gas turbine R&D (1987-89) and warship refit superintendent (1996-98). 

As Head of Marine Engineering to the Port of London Authority (1998-2013), Alan updated fleet operations and provided engineering advice to the PLA’s executive and main boards. He also supported the UK ports’ sector, the UK DfT and the MCA on a variety of legislative, technical and environmental issues.  

Recently Commercial Manager at Warsash Maritime Academy (2014-2017), he developed specialist training packages and managed all tracts.  At international conferences, Alan chairs discussion on a variety of maritime subjects, as well as advising industry bodies and UK Government departments on competencies, safety and standards for seafarers and ships.

Alan is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the IMechE and the IMarEST, a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights.



Marine Pilot, UKMPA

Specialties: Marine pilotage, Shipboard operations, Petro-chemical transportation, Professional representation, Simulation training, Training and professional development, Human factors in maritime operations, accidents and accident prevention.



Human Factors Coordinator, Lloyd’s Register Foundation

22 years’ experience as Principal Human Factors Specialist for Lloyd’s Register coordinating Human Factors/Ergonomics/Human Element technical capability and marine product development.

UK delegate for ISO TC159 since 1985, editing Human Centred design process standards.

Previously a Consultant for BP.



Senior Marine Manager, Intertanko

Johan Gahnström currently holds a position as senior marine manager for INTERTANKO. He holds an unrestricted Masters license up to date. Among others, background as master, VTS manager, marine pilot and harbour master.



Safety and Training Officer, National Federation of Fishermen`s Organisation (NFFO)


Appointed to help supply a safety culture within the fishing industry, Robert is responsible for liaising closely with the NFFOs partner organisations such as the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Department of Transport to ensure new safety legislation is practical for those working at sea.

Originally from a fishing family in Selsey, Robert joins the federation following 14 years as a sea safety instructor at industry authority, Seafish.


Secretary, Corporation of Trinity House

Secretary to the Corporation of Trinity House from 2009 – Present.
Director of IMarEST from 2002 to 2009.
Engineer Officer in the Royal Navy from 1973 to 2001.



Royal Navy, MOD, Whitehall

Andy Jordan joined the Royal Navy in 1992 as a full career seaman officer.  In a varied sea-going career, he has served in 11 warships and the Royal Yacht.  He has commanded 4 of those ships at sea: HMS BRECON, HMS RAMSEY, HMS IRON DUKE and HMS SUTHERLAND; conducting operations in home waters and around the world.  Additionally, he has commanded the Royal Navy’s largest shore training establishment, HMS Collingwood, in his role as Captain of the Maritime Warfare School, during which assignment he was appointed as ADC to Her Majesty the Queen.  He is currently serving in the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall, where he is leading the development of a10-year pan-Defence People Transformation portfolio, embracing both the
military and civilian workforce.

He also commanded the Royal Navy Presentation Team, delivering the Service’s strategic communication messages and has considerable financial and manpower planning experience in both the Navy Command Headquarters and the Ministry of Defence.

He is a graduate of the University of Exeter (Economics and Accountancy), holds a Master’s degree from King’s College London (Defence Studies) and is a member of the Royal College of Defence Studies, having attended the 2018 course.

He is a trustee of the Royal Navy Benevolent Trust, a member of the Maritime Advisory Board of the CHIRP charity (The Maritime
Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme) and is a Freeman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners.

He is married to Catherine, a Fleet Air Arm Lynx helicopter observer, who has also commanded at sea.  He has 5 daughters and a son.



Tees Bay Pilot, UK Maritime Pilots Association



Senior Technical Advisor, IMarEST

Maria is the IMarEST Senior Technical Advisor (engineering) with the lead on the IMarEST representation at IMO committees related to Engineering and Safety in conjunction with the Heads of Delegation.

Maria has 10 years of employment in the Maritime sector, developed an extended knowledge of the Shipbuilding Industry and a thorough understanding of the Plan Approval process, New Building specification reviews, negotiations and on site supervision. Having the role of the Technical Manager, she has managed the complete lifecycle of four New Building projects.



Head of the Division of Maritime Human Factors Group and Navigation at the Department of Shipping and Marine Technology

Monica Lundh is a PhD and former Marine Engineer with a work experience from the Swedish merchant fleet. She served 11 years all together, the last five as an engineer. She holds the current position as senior lecturer and head of the Division of Maritime Human Factors Group and Navigation at the Department of Shipping and Marine Technology at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Dr Lundh is responsible for the research filed Engine Room Ergonomics and Safety which addresses the work environment within the engine department and the changes in work performance which the technical developments on board have implied.


Royal Navy

A Chartered Marine Engineer, Gavin is currently the Head of the Operating Safety Group with responsibility for the day to day safety management of the Royal Navy’s surface ships.  Having served in the RN for 17 years he has fulfilled a range of roles including Chief Engineer (MEO) at sea, operability engineer for the new aircraft carriers, post maintenance and capability assessment through delivery of marine engineering trials, performance assurance for a class of ships and engineering training delivery.


Associate Professor at Warsash Maritime Academy & Vice Chair of INTERTANKO's Human Element Sub-Committee

Claire Pekcan has worked in the maritime sector since 1996 and her area of expertise is applied maritime psychology, more commonly known as the Human Element. Claire was conferred the title of Associate Professor for her academic leadership, public engagement and research activity in 2012. Claire leads the maritime research cluster MUSTER at SSU, which coordinates and showcases the university’s research into maritime science and engineering.

Claire also plays an active role in the maritime industry and was elected Vice Chair of the INTERTANKO’s Human Element in Shipping Committee and became a member of Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology’s (IMarEST) Human Element Working Group (HEWG) in 2014. Claire is also a member of the MCA’s Human Element Advisory Group.

Claire holds an MSc in Occupational Psychology - the study of human behaviour in the workplace.  Currently, Claire is pursuing her doctorate, researching the effect of the employment relationship on a seafarer’s capacity and motivation to behave safely.


Marine Surveyor, Charles Taylor & Co

A Master Mariner and Marine Surveyor with over 30 years sea-going experience in all ranks on Bulk Carriers, General Cargo and Tanker vessels, with over 18 years as Master on Cape and Gearbulk carriers and General Cargo vessels.

He has extensive ship-handling experience in a variety of different sized vessels and extensive experience in the loading, carriage and discharge of a wide range of Bulk and Break Bulk Cargoes.



Chief Technical Superintendent, Royal Fleet Auxiliary

Cdre Ian Schumacker joined the Royal Fleet Auxiliary as Engineer Cadet in 1975 and has seen service on a large number of RFA vessels, complemented with a variety of diverse MoD shore appointments, including Chief Technical Superintendent, culminating in his current position within DE&S Ships Commercially Supported Shipping. Responsible for the provision of safe to operate platforms for RFA and RN Hydrographic and Patrol vessels. A Sponsored Reserve who is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Safety professional and Fellow of IMarEST with an MSc in Health and Safety Management.



Area Lifesaving Manager - RNLI

Stuart Wallace went to sea as a Deck Cadet with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in 1985. He subsequently sailed with the British Antarctic Survey (including an overwinter as Boats Officer at Rothera Research Station) and Stena Line. He gained his Master’s certificate in 1994 and whilst at Stena Line sailed as Master in High Speed Craft. In 2004 Stuart came ashore into fleet and port management with Stena Line. In 2010 he moved to a role in consultancy predominately taking instructions from Underwriters and lawyers but also working with an oil major in marine logistics and port development. 2016 saw a move closer to home to work with the RNLI where he is now an Area Lifesaving Manager in North Wales.

He is a Bachelor of Laws, a Younger Brother of Trinity House, AFNI, served to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve and is a Trustee of Caernarfon Harbour Trust.




Steve joined Simwave in August 2017 after eight years at Warsash Maritime Academy, where he was head of bridge simulation.  Having served for 21 years as an officer in the Royal Navy in a variety of roles, he still serves at sea as a reserve officer, where he assesses the Royal Marine Landing Craft Cadre in navigation.

With a wide portfolio of command and leadership experience, Steve served as the Queens Harbour Master (Portland), and spent a total of five years on the training and assessment staff of Flag Officer Sea Training.  After a short diplomatic posting as a NATO consultant to the navies of the Baltic States, his last appointment in full-time service was as Head of Royal Navy diving training at the Defence Diving School. 

In addition to being a qualified teacher and university lecturer, Steve completed his MSc in Leadership and Management in 2015 and is currently working towards his PhD in human error in the maritime domain with the Open University.  He is a Member of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered
Management Institute and an Associate Fellow of the Royal institute of Navigation.  He is also a panel member of the Maritime Advisory Board of CHIRP, an international confidential hazardous incident  reporting programme that shares knowledge globally to improve maritime safety.



Managing Director, The Honourable Company of Master Mariners

As a ship’s master and marine superintendent, he has first-hand experience of dealing with the adverse consequences of fatal accidents. He understands the importance of having an inclusive, proactive and company-wide safety culture, which more than fulfils the needs of retrospective legislation. His passion for safety is equalled by his desire for inclusive working practices to form the backbone of an organisation’s culture in the pursuit of business excellence.

Since founding WrightWay, his team has been delivering management and safety training courses as well as providing consultancy services worldwide for 15 years. Their clients are predominantly from the marine and oil industries, and include BC Ferries, the Carnival Cruise Corporation, V.Ships, BHP Billiton and Total Exploration & Drilling. The company has also worked for organisations in the pharmaceutical, aviation and construction sectors.

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