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, IIMS CEO

Mike Schwarz, IIMS CEO

MIKE SCHWARZ
Chief Executive Officer
Mike joined IIMS as CEO in January 2014. Although not from a marine background, Mike brings a wealth of skills gained from senior roles in media, publishing, membership and events organisations. His fresh set of eyes means he has been able to identify some new opportunities for the Institute and with the help of his head office colleagues, he is actively engaged in pursuing those for the benefit of the membership. Mike is also a keen exponent of the web and digital. In his spare time he is a keen tennis player and passionate music fan.

JAN COX
Membership Administrator
Another member of the team who is well known to the membership is Jan. Having been with the Institute for a number of years, Jan seems to have an almost encyclopaedic knowledge about members and where they are located and what they do.  Part of Jan’s other responsibilities is to be the confidential minute taker for executive and management board meetings that take place quarterly. Away from the office you will often find Jan pursuing her passion for gardening and she is a keen lover of dogs too.

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.

SAM LEGG
Office Administrator
For many members, Sam is the first point of contact for members at head office. Sam picks up the emails sent to info@ and deals with them or distributes them accordingly. Sam who is now in her second stint with IIMS is fortunate enough to live close enough to the office to be able to walk to work. Sam is a keen runner and jogs out with one of the local running groups when she can.

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 is the newest members of the IIMS head office team and joined initially 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 and is also learning to drive.