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The Autumn Expo features a keynote speaker line-up from across the industry, with more joining every day.

 

  • Brian Johnson –  Maritime & Coastguard Agency
  • Katy Ware –  Maritime & Coastguard Agency
  • Richard Parry –  Canal and River Trust
  • Gareth Stephens –  Canal and River Trust
  • Liz Rushall – Rushall Marketing
  • Greg Munford – Richardsons Boating Holidays
  • Nigel Richards – Waterways Holidays
  • Robert Parton –  Church Minshull Aqueduct Marina
  • James Burnell – Operations Director, P&D Marine Services Ltd
  • James Scott-Anderson – Environment, Health & Safety Executive, British Marine
  • Ben Taylor – Taylor Digital LTD

 

Jamie Marley – Electric & Hybrid Propulsion Consultant & Engineer - Marine Electrification Solutions Ltd

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Brian Johnson – Chief Executive - Maritime & Coastguard Agency

Brian Johnson

Brian graduated in chemical engineering at Cambridge University and worked at Imperial Chemical Industries for 15 years doing research work, technology development, site production management and business restructuring leadership. Whilst working in Louisiana (USA) in the early ‘90s, he led the design and commissioning of the world’s first industrial scale plant making ozone friendly refrigerants.

After a short spell at Tate and Lyle, he moved to Remploy for 4 years, a company employing 6,000 disabled people in its extensive manufacturing activities around 80 UK sites, where he was Operations Director. The introduction of intensive personal learning activity and full engagement of factory teams in improvement work created productivity gains of up to 60% and gave many of the employees the confidence to find employment outside Remploy.

He moved to the affordable housing sector where he was CEO of 3 companies over 13 years. Most recently of Metropolitan. Over 5 years, he led a team that turned around Metropolitan from near collapse to a sector high performer - substantially increasing its annual profits from a break even position, re-establishing a large new build programme, and making significant, lasting improvement to the personal resilience of 17,000 customers per year.

Brian joined the Maritime and Coastguard Agency as Chief Executive in October 2018.

Brian is married with two daughters – both at university. He enjoys sailing the gaff cutter that he built several years ago in the Solent.

Brian graduated in chemical engineering at Cambridge University and worked at Imperial Chemical Industries for 15 years doing research work, technology development, site production management and business restructuring leadership. Whilst working in Louisiana (USA) in the early ‘90s, he led the design and commissioning of the world’s first industrial scale plant making ozone friendly refrigerants.

After a short spell at Tate and Lyle, he moved to Remploy for 4 years, a company employing 6,000 disabled people in its extensive manufacturing activities around 80 UK sites, where he was Operations Director. The introduction of intensive personal learning activity and full engagement of factory teams in improvement work created productivity gains of up to 60% and gave many of the employees the confidence to find employment outside Remploy.

He moved to the affordable housing sector where he was CEO of 3 companies over 13 years. Most recently of Metropolitan. Over 5 years, he led a team that turned around Metropolitan from near collapse to a sector high performer - substantially increasing its annual profits from a break even position, re-establishing a large new build programme, and making significant, lasting improvement to the personal resilience of 17,000 customers per year.

Brian joined the Maritime and Coastguard Agency as Chief Executive in October 2018.

Brian is married with two daughters – both at university. He enjoys sailing the gaff cutter that he built several years ago in the Solent. 

 

Katy Ware – Director of UK Maritime Services & Premanent Representative of the UK to the International Maritime Organisation, Maritime & Coastguard Agency

Katy Ware

Katy Ware is responsible for the UK flag and port state control regimes, including survey and inspection operations, the UK’s safety, security & environmental regulatory regimes, seafarers training, navigational safety, civil hydrography programme and UK Ship Register.

Katy is responsible for all vessels registered on the UK flag operating in UK waters including the domestic passenger ship and fishing fleet, UK vessels operating outside UK waters and foreign flagged vessels in UK waters.

In 2011, Katy was appointed the Permanent Representative of the UK to the International Maritime Organisation and retains this status with her current role at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. As Permanent Representative, Katy is responsible for the oversight and negotiation of UK policy and interests in relation to international maritime matters. 

Katy leads a diverse work force, including operational surveyors and port state control officers, technical policy officials, legal and economic advisors and administrative support staff.

 

Richard Parry - Chief Executive - Canal & River Trust

Richard Parry

Richard joined Canal & River Trust as Chief Executive in July 2013, and has led the new charity through a series of changes as it has developed its new identity and explored the many new opportunities available in the third sector. Prior to joining the Trust, Richard spent 19 years at London Underground - where he was acting Managing Director for a year - followed by a brief spell at FirstGroup.

 

Graeme Hawksley - Managing Director - Hybrid Marine Ltd

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Graeme has been in the electronics industry since the late 1970s, and has worked both in the UK and USA in aviation, marine and silicon chip manufacturing. With a lifelong love of sailing, Graeme quit his job in 1993 and sailed out of Portsmouth Harbour in his old 26' wooden sloop. Four and a half years later he found himself in New Zealand, married and with a child on the way. Consequently Graeme returned to the UK in 1998 but thoughts soon turned back to the sea. A UK government grant provided funding for research into the use of hybrid systems in small craft. In 2003 Hybrid Marine was born and has been manufacturing system for the last 17 years. Three patents have been granted in the UK, US and Europe for his work on Hybrid systems.. Graeme has an MSc in Microelectronics and is married with two children. He has built his current (hybrid) sail boat and occasionally finds time to sail it!

Graeme to Barrus from the Engineering Education sector, and was involved in training and education of apprentices and young people for the engineering industry, placing students with employers and monitoring their in work progress.  He has been at Barrus for more than twenty years, involved in the day to day running of the R&D Department, which is a sub section of the Special Products Division.  This as the name the name implies produces modified products to suit specialist applications that are not available through the normal supply chains for commercial and military customers.

More recently involved with low emission and zero emission propulsion projects to meet the 2025 zero emission capability requirements and the 2050 Clean Air Policy full zero emissions. This includes being a partner in the recently announced joint Hydrogen Fuel Cell propulsion project.

 

Gareth Stephens - Waterspace Manager - Canal & River Trust

Gareth Stephens

Gareth has worked for the Trust and its predecessor British Waterways since 2005. During his time with the organisation he has held a number of positions and previously managed the Trust’s London Docklands estate. Prior to joining the organisation Gareth managed a large coastal marina in Wales and has over 25 years’ experience in the marine industry.

 

Matthew Moss – Knowledge Transfer Network

Matthew Moss

Knowledge Transfer Manager: Maritime for the Knowledge Transfer Network. Circular economy advocate. Doctor of Chemical & Biological Engineering from the University of Sheffield.

 

Mark B. Elcocks – Specialist Risks Executive Insurance, Risk & Claims Management ltd

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Mark Elcocks is the Marine & Specialist Risks Executive for independent Marine Trades & Yacht Insurance brokers  IRCM; he is the lead underwriter for IRCM’s exclusive Marine Trades Insurance scheme as well as being responsible for broking marine and non-standard business to the wider insurance market.  Mark is also the Chairman of British Marine Midlands region

 

Ross Wombwell – Head of Technical Services, British Marine

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Ross joined British Marine as a Technical Executive in 2014, moving into the Technical Manager role in 2015 before being promoted to Head of Technical Services in 2018. 

Ross has worked in the marine industry since the age of 18 in various roles ranging from a Dive Vessel Coxswain in South Devon and crewing onboard tall ships including Kaskelot, Earl of Pembroke and Phoenix to an independent surveyor in the Balearics, Spain. 

Ross's role at British Marine is to represent the UK marine industry in discussions with national and international standards bodies and regulators and to provide members with comprehensive technical advice and guidance. This role includes chairing the British Standards Small Craft Committee and representing UK interests in the ISO standards development of both small craft and large yacht standards.

 

Ulrika Lawerance – Training Executive, British Marine 

Ulrika

Ulrika joined British Marine in 2019. Prior to British Marine, she was an Employer Services Co-ordinator at Fareham College working with employers and apprentices to provide advice, guidance, and support to both throughout the apprenticeship journey.

At British Marine, Ulrika takes the lead on apprenticeship development on both new Apprenticeship Standards and supporting established Apprenticeship Standards. She also promotes careers in the industry by attending events, working collaboratively with training providers and key stakeholders. She also provides information, advice and guidance around education, careers and apprenticeships for British Marine members.

 

Brian Clark – Head of Public Affairs, Policy and Research, British Marine 

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Blue Davies – Head of Training British Marine

Blue joined British Marine in August 2016 and is Head of Training.

He is responsible for the development & delivery of training services to member companies, including courses, Apprenticeship Standard development and Careers in the Marine Industry. He is specifically responsible for the suite of Marina Management courses and certifications offered by British Marine through the Global Marina Institute, of which he is a Board Member. He also sits on the Board of the Maritime Skills Alliance and on the Engineering & Manufacturing T Level panel for the Department for Education. 

Prior to joining British Marine, Blue has worked in FE Colleges and a Private Training Provider for over 10 years with responsibility for managing, delivering and developing curriculum within the Engineering and Construction sectors, including apprenticeships.

 

Phil James – Senior R & D Engineer EP Barrus Ltd

Phil joined Barrus from the Engineering Education sector, and was involved in training and education of apprentices and young people for the engineering industry, placing students with employers and monitoring their in work progress. He has been at Barrus for more than twenty years, involved in the day to day running of the R&D Department, which is a sub section of the Special Products Division.  This as the name the name implies produces modified products to suit specialist applications that are not available through the normal supply chains for commercial and military customers.

More recently involved with low emission and zero emission propulsion projects to meet the 2025 zero emission capability requirements and the 2050 Clean Air Policy full zero emissions. This includes being a partner in the recently announced joint Hydrogen Fuel Cell propulsion project.

Regional committee member of the British Marine Federation.

 

Jonathan White – General Manager, TYHA

A lifelong boater and watersports enthusiast Jon became General Manager of the Yacht Harbour association in 2014 following a 17 year career with RYA. Marinas are Jon’s perfect environment as they combine engineering (his original trade), boats and people people participating!

Initially joining RYA as head of windsurfing Jon went on to set up and run the Development division of the organisation which focussed on participation, hence his passion to get more people having fun on the water. It’s therefore no surprise that he is now also Head of Participation for British Marine.

Moving from engineering to sales Jon worked for Mitsubishi in print and publishing and prior to joining RYA spent 2 years working in Dubai.

 

Ben Taylor – Taylor Digital LTD

Ben Taylor LTD

Ben Taylor is a young entrepreneurial marketeer who specialises in marketing technology to the marine leisure and superyacht industries globally. He runs his own marketing company Taylor Digital Ltd, based near Manchester, UK. He’s part of the British Marine federation and hosts his own radio show “Flagship Digital Insights” on Yachting International Radio.

When Ben isn’t attending boat shows you may find him on the water wakeboarding or under the water freediving. On rare occasions away from water he’ll be exploring new business ventures, public speaking, playing the piano or skiing in the Alps. Ben is an advocate for networking and prides himself on connecting with people through his international network of industry experts, collaborators and close friends. 

Website Address: ben-taylor.digital

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/ben-taylor-digital-marine/