MNTB director Glenys Jackson receives OBE


Glenys Jackson, director of the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB), has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to recruitment and training.

Glenys has worked for the MNTB for 17 years, of which she has spent the past decade as the organisation’s head – and is the first woman to hold the role. 

Her work has enhanced Merchant Navy recruitment and training practices and processes, ensuring they are continuously reviewed and updated to maintain their currency and applicability. Glenys’s achievements have included:

• establishing the Careers at Sea brand and Ambassador programme;

• updating the maritime National Occupational Standards;

• rewriting the MNTB Training Record Books for trainees,

• developing course criteria documentation to meet seafaring regulatory requirements used by all UK maritime training establishments and centres;  

• establishing Electro-Technical Officer training programmes.

Glenys has also driven implementation of the Foundation Degree and Scottish-equivalent programmes for merchant-navy certification. Today, these programmes provide the main routes of entry for those training for a seafaring career. She has also been a key figure in driving forward the new ratings apprenticeships programme.

During her tenure as MNTB’s director, the number of new entrants into seafaring training programmes has risen from around 300 to 900 annually, thanks to the increased range of educational courses available.

Glenys says of her honour: 

“This is not only a hugely-valued personal achievement for me but also a real accolade for UK seafarer recruitment, education and training as a whole. Working with this amazing industry and the amazing people within it is a real privilege – our collaborative efforts, with employers, maritime trade unions, colleges and universities, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and government, along with the MNTB staff team and board, and UK Chamber of Shipping colleagues’ expertise has made my job most rewarding and enjoyable.  

“I am immensely proud of the achievements of the MNTB.  Recruitment into the industry is now set for another growth period and we have everything in place to help make that happen.  The UK is well-placed to provide the next generation of high-calibre, highly-skilled seafarers, in all disciplines at all levels. To be a key part of this is something I could never have imagined and my thanks go to my colleagues and contacts, who have made it all worthwhile,” she continues. 

For more information contact:

Glenys Jackson OBE

Recognition services manager

020 7417 2876 / 07885 556636