Our Board Members

The work of the MNTB is overseen by a board made up of representatives of shipping companies, seafarer unions, maritime educational establishments and interests.  The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Department for Transport have ‘assessor’ status at the Board, and the Maritime Skills Alliance attends Board meetings by invitation.

The Board’s Chairman is Mark Bobby

Mark Bobby is a Marine professional with over 30 years experience covering all aspects of the industry. Mark’s career started as a Engineering Cadet with Stirling Shipping ‘ Harrisons of Clyde’ leading to the rank of Chief Engineer serving on a variety of ships within the Stirling Shipping and James Fisher fleets before joining Gardline ltd in 2001 where he is employed as Marine Manager.

As well as being responsible for Gardline’s Marine Department he is a DNV-GL appointed member for the West Europe & Africa Technical Committee and Director at SSTG.

‘It gives me great pride to be the first Engineer appointed as Chairman at the MNTB and I look forward to continuing the brilliant work already underway and the challenges ahead.’

Mark was appointed MNTB chair in April 2019.

The Board consists of:

Employer Members

Gemma Griffin, DFDS
Tim Springett, UK Chamber of Shipping
Mark Bobby, Gardline Geosurvey Limited
Richard Graham, RFA
Ian Hampton, Northern Marine Management
Harry Knox, DOF (UK) Limited
Dieter Jaenike, Viking Recruitment
Matthew Jaenicke, Viking Recruitment

Seafarer Organisations

Mark Dickinson, General Secretary – Nautilus International
David Appleton, Nautilus International
Lee Moon, Nautilus International
Derek Byrne, Nautilus International
Martyn Gray, Nautilus International
Darren Procter – RMT Representative
Mark Carden – RMT representative
Vacancy (x1) – RMT representative

Educational Members

Paul Little, Principal & CEO – City of Glasgow College
Neil Atkinson, Head of Fleetwood Nautical Campus
Syamantak Bhattacharya, Southampton Solent University
Colin McMurray, Clyde Marine Training
John Wyborn, Chair IAMI
Simon Ashton, South Shields Marine School (IAMI)

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Harry Deans, Maritime & Coastguard Agency

Observer status

Kerry Hourihan, Department for Transport