Stephen started at sea in 1980 as Deck Trainee, took his Deck Officer’s exams at the Merchant Navy College, Greenhithe in 1984 and then sailed as 2nd Mate for a couple of years before moving ashore. After three years in retail management he joined the National Sea Training College (NSTC) at Gravesend, as Nautical Instructor teaching safety and seamanship to Pre-Sea Trainees.
In 1996 Stephen became Nautical Lecturer delivering nautical and safety courses. During this time Stephen has also been programme coordinator for distance learning students studying Marine and Port NVQs. During his time in maritime training Stephen has completed a Certificate in Education with Greenwich University, NVQ Assessor and Internal Verifier Awards, ILM Certificate in Management and ILM Diploma in Management.
Bharat has more than 30 years maritime experience. He started his career with the Shipping Corporation of India as a junior engineer in 1980, after graduating from the Directorate of Marine Engineering Training. He continued to rise in ranks, sailing as Chief Engineer for three years with Univan Ship Management, before taking a job ashore as a marine engineering trainer. Since then, he has lived in various countries such as Canada, USA, Singapore, Australia and India, working in senior management positions for a shipyard, a large ship management company, a marine consultancy and a ship services company. Presently Mr. Hora is working independently as a vessel auditor, maritime trainer and new building consultant. He is a Member of IMarEST and Supply Chain Management Association of Canada and a Life Member of the Institute of Marine Engineers (India) and Institution of Naval Architects (India).
Susan is a principal lecturer in International Trade and Shipping law at London Metropolitan University, and Associate Professor at the London Law Centre of the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana, USA). After qualifying as a barrister, Susan worked in P & I, before going into academia. She is currently also the academic consultant to the Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA). Susan also is visiting lecturer at Cass Business School, City University School of Engineering, Copenhagen Business School, and BCA Athens, teaching on postgraduate and professional shipping courses.
Mark is a former officer of HM Customs & Excise and established his own Customs Consultancy, PORTCULLIS ISC, in 1999. He advises on Customs, Excise and VAT issues and delivers training courses in all aspects of Controls, Procedures and Management of these areas. He is qualified in International Relations, Export Management and Statistics and gained his Masters Degree in 1995. Mark is a qualified linguist, fluent in French, Portuguese and Spanish, along with a working knowledge of German and Dutch. He has since worked as Customs Analyst in the international logistics sector before becoming an independent Customs & Excise Consultant in 1999. Since then, he has added Marine Cargo Security and Management issues to his portfolio. Mark has had several articles published in several international trade and logistics magazines and journals on issues concerning Customs & Excise and Marine matters, as well as papers published in journals of several Universities. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and he is also the Chair of its Maritime Forum.
Nigel is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He qualified with a small firm of accountants before moving to Coopers and Lybrand as a training manager in 1971. In 1982 he set up his own training practice and has specialised in training finance in the Ports Industry since 1983. He currently lectures to large and small businesses and governmental bodies in the UK, Europe, Africa, USA, South America and the Far East.