Head Office Team

The International Institute of Marine Surveying worldwide membership is ably supported by a dedicated head office team of experienced professionals, located at the Institute’s Head Office in Portchester, Hampshire, United Kingdom.

MIKE SCHWARZ
Chief Executive Officer
Mike joined IIMS as CEO in January 2014. Although from neither a technical nor marine background originally, Mike brings a wealth of skills gained from senior roles in media, publishing, membership and events organisations and is a keen exponent of the internet, digital and social media. His fresh set of eyes means he has been able to identify new opportunities and shape the Institute for the digital age. This has necessitated a great deal of change, which he is actively pursuing with the help of his head office colleagues for the benefit of the membership. Mike is also Chair of the Certifying Authority Professional Standards Working Group and has become increasingly passionate about driving up marine surveying standards in general. In his spare time, he is a keen tennis player and passionate music fan.

CAMELLA ROBERTSON
Office Manager & Membership Secretary
Camella (Cam to her friends and members) joined IIMS in January 2017. Cam is responsible for handling new membership applications and for dealing with membership correspondence. Her other responsibility is to be the confidential minute taker for executive and management board meetings that take place quarterly. Away from the office Cam enjoys spending time with her family and is often found in the kitchen on a Sunday cooking for 12. She has a black Labrador – (named Boris) – who is still in his puppy years and loves nothing more than walking him on the beach. Email.

CRAIG WILLIAMS
Designer
Craig has been with IIMS in a full-time capacity since 2013 but was engaged on a temporary contract basis prior to that. Craig has a very busy workload and is responsible for designing the increasing amount of marketing and promotional material, The Report magazine, handy guides and member news bulletins, as well as handling the production and amending of over 30 HNC and HND course modules. Originally from South Africa, Craig is now happily settled in the UK with his wife and two young children. With a keen eye for detail, Craig is a talented designer. Email.

LORNA ROBINSON
Education, Training & Events Co-ordinator
Lorna has previously worked in Education for 8 years and is the newest member of our team. She has an A Level in English Language, as well as Music, Sociology and Media and is keen to learn lots more to help in her new role. In her spare time, Lorna loves spending time outdoors, visiting different areas within the UK, taking in the beautiful scenery and testing out the coffee and cakes in quirky tearooms! When she’s not out exploring, she likes to catch up with friends and also enjoys keeping fit at the gym and signing up to races and fun runs, particularly ones that involve obstacle courses! Email.

JENNIFER ARGENT
Management Accountant
Jennifer joined the Institute as Management Accountant in July 2018 having previously worked in finance for local charity and community interest companies, which has given her a good working knowledge of the not for profit sector. Jennifer has completed the AAT qualification and is continuing her studies with ACCA. In her spare time she enjoys working out and spending time with friends and family. Email.

ELLY BRYANT
Accounts Support Administrator
Elly initially joined IIMS to provide maternity cover. Now in her full-time role, she gives support to IIMS Management Accountant, Jennifer Argent, which she does with great enthusiasm. Elly is responsible for invoice generation for IIMS and the Marine Surveying Academy and has recently completed and passed an NVQ qualification. Email.

HOLLY TRINDER
Office Administrator
Holly has a mixed career background and she hopes her range of experience can add to her new role and benefit the rest of the IIMS head office team. Holly is very excited about joining the Institute and looks forward to learning as much as she can about the marine surveying industry. In her spare time Holly can usually be found in a brewery or pub sampling the latest beers. Email.

DAVE PARSONS
Certifying Authority Administrator
Dave  joined IIMS from a hospitality background, where he managed many functions and events over the past 10 years for a membership club based in the city. He is a big football fan and is often found at Fratton Park supporting high flying Portsmouth FC. At weekends and in his spare time Dave likes to spend time with his nieces and family. Email.

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