Those members who are involved with the Certifying Authority work that the IIMS does will be very familiar with Carol Allen, who is our current Certifying Authority Administrator. Sadly after a period of 18 months, Carol has decided to leave for pastures new, but not in the marine field.
During her time with the IIMS, Carol has made significant strides in her area of operation and leaves the CA systems and procedures in a better place. We shall miss Carol, who leaves the business on Friday 27 February.
Tania Bernice has been appointed to replace Carol and formally joins the Institute on Monday 9 February. Tania brings with her 17 years of senior administration experience gained within a government department. We wish her well in her new role.
The wholly owned subsidiary of the IIMS, the Marine Surveying Academy, started to gather momentum towards the end of 2014. The RMCI (Registered Marine Coatings Course) is now well underway and half a dozen are scheduled for 2015. Hilary Excell is joining the team with a remit to develop the MSA as a commercial business. Initially she will be working on a part time basis two days a week, increasing to four days a week as the business develops. Hilary brings with her a wealth of training and project management experience that will be hugely beneficial to the MSA. And yes, if you thought you recognised her surname, she is the wife of John Excell – the IIMS Chairman of Small Craft Surveying.
We wish Carol well in her new role and of course also extend our best wishes to Tania and Hilary.