News Bulletin April 2023

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I would like to start my column this month by congratulating Gordon Foot. I have been following his progress towards an MBA (Maritime Operations) over the past 18 months and after he reached out to me, assisting him by answering the occasional questionnaire as part of his research for this project. He has now been awarded his MBA based on his thesis “Maritime leadership in a changing world: The role of the future professional mariner”.

I would also like to extend my congratulations to Virginia McVea following her appointment as Chief Executive Officer of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA). I do have a message for Virginia. The MCA has a vital role to play in framing the role of the future professional mariner at a time when the sands are shifting around us on a frequent basis. Good luck to you. It is important to remember that MCA regulations are mimicked around the world by other Flag States, and it is vital the organization remains a trailblazer for the maritime sector, gets ahead of the curve and sets the correct regulation direction of travel.

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