Bulletin: Queen's Honours
The week started off with some wonderful news, our past President Grahaeme Henderson was awarded an OBE for services to the international shipping industry in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. This is a wonderful recognition for Grahaeme who, as many of you will know, has been an outstanding champion for our industry over many years. I’d also like to congratulate Charles Hammond, CEO of Forth Ports for his OBE. A well-deserved recognition for his services to the maritime sector.
Yesterday afternoon I joined a call with the Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps who were giving an update on the Global Travel Taskforce. The Taskforce has a clear remit to seek ways of assisting the recovery of the travel industry, considering testing regimes and other measures, and we look forward to feeding into this and working with the government on policies which will help our members and the wider travel sector.
This week has been Maritime UK week with some great events promoting the whole of the UK maritime sector. Rachel Gurnett, Careers Manager from the MNTB, was part of the careers fair on Wednesday and she has written an excellent blog for us on the vitally important role ambassadors play in engaging, encouraging and inspiring the next generation of merchant seafarers. Through our ambassadors we can reach students when they are thinking about their career options, it’s a hugely important role and one Rachel talks about brilliantly in her blog. There is still time to sign up for a Careers at Sea webinar aimed at schools careers advisers around the UK which Rachel will be presenting.
Last week we announced plans for our first virtual conference and very soon we will be releasing ticket details, programme information and sponsorship opportunities. In the meantime we have our Maritime Labour Convention Course on 29 October and you can book your tickets here. And I am delighted to confirm plans for our next CEO seminar, building on the huge success of our last one which focussed on safety culture.
This next one, on 20 November will look at management challenges in a Covid environment drawing on recent lessons and experience. It should be a fascinating session, chaired by our President, John Denholm, and we will be sending out more details shortly.
Unfortunately, this week I do also have to confirm the postponement of our Scottish Lunch which was due to take place later this year. With the ongoing restrictions we regretfully had no option but to postpone. Be assured though, as soon as we can get back up to Scotland we will.