Meet our mentors
Are you an ex-seafarer who has skills and experience to become a mentor? Are you committed to helping seafarers make a successful transition ashore?
Then do consider joining our growing bank of Coming Ashore mentors. We will pair you up with one of our applicants and then it’s over to you! Minimum time commitment is required and you will provided with basic training before being signed on to the programme.
To register please click HERE and complete the GoogleDocs form.
JEFFREY BLUM FICS, FCIARB
Jeffrey Blum has been involved in shipping and trading since 1972. He is the fourth generation of a shipping and freight forwarding family, a member of the Baltic Exchange since 1976 and worked with a Lloyd's underwriter, a Lloyd’s broker and as a shipbroker, owner, operator, gasoil futures broker, charterer and commodities trader in London and abroad. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) by examination since 1979, he has served on various International Committees and the Committee of the London and South East Branch since 1983, including its Chairman (2005-2007) and Education Officer (2000 to date). A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators since 1997, he has been an arbitrator since 1994 with LMAA, SCMA and ICSAS and an expert witness since 1983. Since 1984 he has been lecturing globally on several subjects of Maritime Studies and Law at universities and colleges (including his own since 2002) including as a Visiting Professor at World and Shanghai Maritime Universities and frequently at bespoke, academic and public conferences and masterclass workshops. A maritime and commodities commercial claims consultant for varied global clients and governments, he is considered a specialist in commercial operations, shipping contracts and claims management.
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Fena is a former Deck Officer having worked at sea for over 8 years and moving ashore in 2014. After working in asset protection for a short period of time, Fena worked for the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) where she oversaw the national promotion campaign ‘Careers at Sea’, the management of cadet contracts and assisted with determining the requirements of cadet and seafarer training. Alongside this she ran ‘Careers at Sea and Beyond’ which aims to help junior officers find their first role at sea and help seafarers move ashore. As part of this work she assisted with the writing and checking of CVs and cover letters, helping with interview techniques and the job application process, providing assistance and feedback when needed. Fena moved to a leading trade association where she oversaw the development safety policy for the maritime industry, managed the improvement of safety culture at sea and ashore. She now works as a Surveyor for a leading maritime consultancy and is keen to help seafarers move ashore.
Steve trained at sea as navigating officer and ashore with Cunard Cargo Shipping for 10 years, before joining the founding management team that for 20 years, successfully ran O.T. Africa Line, a specialist Africa liner shipping, logistics, and terminal operations company. As the company grew from 12 to 1,200 employees in Europe, Africa and on ships, Steve was involved in recruiting, mentoring and developing staff at all levels. In 2001 he founded CMR, a specialist consultancy focused on the Maritime, Ports, Supply chains and African markets. With his portfolio of 150 marine experts, he provides; business development, risk, and investigation consultancy, and experts for dispute resolution. Also previously recruiting executives for shore-based roles, Steve has been involved in mentoring them through their career change.
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After 17 years working both on/offshore within various maritime industries, Kerrie is an industry Consultant and CEO of the Workboat Association - “The trade association for Workboat Owners, Operators, Stakeholders and Professionals.”
Once a workboat vessel Master, he has substantial offshore experience onboard CTVs, Survey Vessels, Dive support and Anchor Handlers. Kerrie spent a number of years managing a fleet of workboats for an International company based in the Netherlands and has gained experience from working across the globe.
Kerrie has a strong background in promoting a well-accepted safety culture, responsible work ethics and cross organisation understanding. He has designed QHSE documentation, systems/ controls and has led significant incident and accident investigations. Organising and providing training and technical advice to on/offshore workforces, he is an ISM lead auditor, certified in the International Maritime Dangerous Goods code and has developed and implemented ISO/OHSAS/IMO certification of various company Safety Management Systems.
Will joined the maritime industry in September 2014 when he was hired by Carnival UK as a Deck Cadet. Following his Cadetship, undertaken at Fleetwood Nautical Campus, he qualified as an OOW and spent the next 18 months working in the P&O Cruises fleet as a Third Officer. Will decided at this point that working at sea was not where he saw his career moving forward and transitioned to a shore-side role. Initially, Will remained within Carnival UK, working as a Specialist in Emergency Response and later as a Consultant in Service Coordination, providing operational support to the business. In February 2021, Will made the move to the Maritime & Coastguard Agency to become a Compliance & Policy Coordinator. Since then he has changed roles to utilise more of his seafaring background as a Seafarer Standards Adviser and is currently involved in the Cadet Training & Modernisation Programme - looking at ways to improve the training and employability of UK seafarers.
I was at sea for nearly 14 years on a range of vessels and after obtaining my Master Mariner CoC I served as Chief Officer. On leaving the sea in 1982 I studied for a BSc (Hons) in Nautical Studies. I then went to work in Dubai as a Marine Surveyor/Consultant in 1984, for a London based company. After 2 years I was promoted to Office Manager and in addition to a wide range of survey work I was also responsible for all management/administrative aspect of the business. In 1990, I returned to the UK to study law and qualified as a Solicitor in 1995.
My legal career was spent in Shipping and Admiralty law, with particular emphasis on ship casualty investigations and dealing with the claims arising from such incidents. I am now retired from law but am actively involved on the Nautical Institute's IMO Committee and the NI London Branch activities. I am also a mentor with another maritime cadet mentoring scheme.
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Sinead is a former Deck Officer with over 15 years in the marine industry. She has primarily worked on a general cargo vessels and passenger ferries. As well as her professional capabilities, Sinead is passionate about promoting a positive safety culture and has put particular emphasis on health and safety since coming ashore in 2018 and is a Technical member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).
Sinead is also a certified ISM/ISO auditor and has conducted internal audits on board and ashore as well as conducting incident and accident investigations. She has a strong background in developing and implementing Intergrated Management Systems and QHSE material.
Sinead is presently the QHSE Manager DPA for a UK based company who manages a fleet of offshore energy support vessels.
I am the product of a traditional cadetship founded upon the firm foundations of the MNTB Record Book. I have been fortunate to have sailed and worked ashore with some amazing leaders that always showed an interest in my career and development. This is an opportunity for me to give back. My career has spanned from Cadet to Master, SIRE Inspector, and a variety of shore based positions from Operations SI to Managing Director of Technical Ship Management of chemical, product, crude and over the past 17 years the introduction of LNGC's including FSRU Arc7 Icebreaking vessels, LNG to power and an LNG Bunkering vessel.
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SIMON JONES AFNI, AFRIN, AVI
Captain Simon C Jones AFNI, AFRIN,AVI, Born 1983, Mentor and Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, Accredited Vessel Inspector and Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute and Royal Institute of Navigation. Employment: Over 20 years at sea from deck cadet to 2nd officer with Gearbulk and offshore vessels, Chief Officer with Northlink Ferries and Master at Prysmian Group. Areas of specialist knowledge: oil and gas industry, marine assurance & consulting, marine warranty, cable laying, Ro-ro passenger ferries, auditing, ISM lead Auditor and mentoring. I have recently left the sea to start work ashore as a Principal Marine Consultant offering Clients a varied range of services under the Maritime Assurance & Consulting bracket.
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STEVEN JONES FRSA
Steven spent a decade working as a navigation officer in the merchant navy, primarily on cable ships. He has a Chief Officer Certificate and BSc (Hons) in Maritime Studies. After leaving the sea he subsequently worked across the maritime industry, within marine fraud investigations, ship management, marine insurance as well as professional bodies and trade associations. With Masters’ Degrees in Marketing, Communications and Public Relations, and also International Relations, Steven has worked with a number of maritime organisations to assist them in bridging the gap between the ship and shore, and their efforts to engage with seafarers and the shipping industry. He has qualified as a chartered shipbroker, marine surveyor and ISM/ISO Auditor. He is Past President of the Propeller Club Liverpool, a Member of the Nautical Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Proprietor of The Athenaeum. He founded the Seafarers Happiness Index assisting the Mission to Seafarers to address the concerns of crew, and currently works with the UK Department of International Trade to ensure maritime services companies can take advantage of new business opportunities globally.
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Sanket came ashore in early 2019 after being 10 years at sea onboard Crude oil tankers and LNG carriers with Chevron. He holds a UK Master Unlimited Certificate of Competency and a MBA in Oil and Gas Management from University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, India. Sanket is presently the Head of Operations at Onboard Maritime, which specialises in digital education for seafarers. In his previous role, he was a Training Superintendent with a European tanker Shipowner looking after their Training department based out of Mumbai, India. Sanket is a certified ISM/ISPS/MLC auditor and has conducted internal audits onboard as well as been a part of various Incident Investigation teams.
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I worked at sea for about 20 years from cadet to master, about 10 years deep sea followed by about 10 offshore, mainly on DP dive support vessels. I obtained an LLB degree and qualified as a solicitor. I have almost 30 years experience in legal practice mostly involved in casualties at sea including collisions, salvage and pollution claims. I have worked with law firms in London and Singapore.
Michael has over 50 years’ experience of working in the shipping industry, almost all of it either serving on board tankers or in and around the management of tankers.
He has 28 years sea-going experience on board dry cargo ships, crude, product and chemical tankers, including eleven years as Master.
In 22 years ashore within the shipping industry he has worked as a Chartering & Operations Manager, Consultant, Auditor, Oil Majors Vetting Inspector in the OCIMF SIRE programme, Marine Superintendent and Marine Department Manager (DPA/CSO) with responsibility for a fleet of over 40 ships.
He offers advice as expert witness and technical consultant in litigation proceedings and arbitration tribunals involving tanker casualties and charter party disputes.
Since 2015 Michael has been employed as Academic Course Director with Lloyds Maritime Academy responsible for a one-year on-line course leading to a Diploma in Tanker Management.
Michael is a Younger Brother of the Hull Trinity House, a Fellow of the Nautical Institute and a Freeman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners.
Paul went to sea on a Cadetship with Carnival UK and, once qualified, found his dream job onboard a research vessel. He stayed there until had his Masters, when he tried out yachts and then came ashore to spend more time with his now-wife (and less time waking up at 0330). He has also spent time working on Ro-Ro ferries and tall ships. Whilst on a sabbatical, he started offering MCA orals tutoring on the side. This, combined with other fortuitous events, led to the creation of Whitehorse Maritime, which now offers operational and training consultancy to ports and vessel operators of various types, as well as MCA orals prep to both companies and individuals.
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