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 for the Institute. 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 increasing 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
Membership Secretary
Having only been with the Institute for a short time Cam is enjoying getting to grips with our membership and learning the ropes. Her other responsibilities 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 who is still in his puppy years and loves nothing more than walking him on the beach.

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.

TANIA BERNICE
Certifying Authority Administrator
Tania Bernice took up the role of Certifying Authority administrator with IIMS in February 2015. Tania brings a wealth of administration experience with from having worked for the Office of National Statistics for many years. In her spare time Tania is a keep fit fan. She has competed in half and full marathons and has more planned in the future.

VICKY LAWRENCE
Financial Controller
Vicky is the longest serving member of the team and says she has been here for more years than she can recall. Many IIMS members will know her well from their dealings with her. When they are having trouble paying their invoices, Vicky is often the first port of call. Vicky is a key member of the team and holds the financial stability of IIMS together, often a challenge all of its own. She is also quick to remind us when we are not to spend money. When not at work Vicky enjoys the company of her children and can often be found pitch side at football training sessions and matches.

ELLE HARDHAM
Education Course Programme Administrator
For students enrolled in the IIMS professional qualification distance learning programme, Elle will be a name well known to them. She takes responsibility for running the education programme, ensuring students get their course materials and liaises with the tutors, markers and verifiers. Elle is another fitness fanatic and when not at work is probably to be found at her local gym, or planning her next endurance event.

ELLY BRYANT
Education & Accounts Support Administrator
Elly initially joined IIMS to provide maternity cover. Now in her full time role she gives support to both Elle and Vicky, which she does with great enthusiasm. Part of her job is to filter, handle and respond to the student inbox of those wishing to potentially join the IIMS distance learning education programme. Elly is currently taking an NVQ qualification.

DAVE PARSONS
Dave has 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.