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Diploma for Harbour Masters

Professional development distance learning course for those involved in port marine safety, operations and management

Starts 20 April 2021

Delivered by tutored distance learning


Course Director

Captain Kevin Richardson AFNI
President of the International Harbour Masters’ Association - IHMA
Former Chief Harbour Master, Dover Harbour Board

Kevin has over 40 years operational experience in the marine industry both ashore and afloat. He spent 18 years deep sea in the reefer trades before coming ashore in 1986. He moved to Dover to work for the port in 1987, culminating in the position of Chief Harbour Master in 2011 from which he retired at the end of March 2014. During his time at Dover, Kevin carried out a wide variety of roles in all areas of port operations, including VTS and terminal management. As Chief Harbour Master, Kevin was responsible for all areas of marine compliance, including safety of navigation, port security and the management of the marine environment. He maintains that the efficient management of safety, security and the environment have many similarities and are absolutely essential in today’s ports industry. Kevin holds a Master Mariner (Class 1) Foreign Going Certificate of Competency, National Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH), Level 5 Oil Spill Management qualification, a GMDSSS Certificate and is a qualified ISO BS EN 9002 auditor. He is an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute, a past President of the UK Harbour Masters’ Association and a current Vice President of the International Harbour Masters’ Association. He is also a member of the UKTI Port Advisory Group - a government sponsored focus group supporting the UK’s ports industry.

Course Advisors

Rear Admiral Bruce Richardson RN (Retd), CB, FNI
Former Chief Harbour Master, Port of London Authority
Past President, International Harbour Masters' Association
Before taking up his present responsibilities, Bruce served for 32 years in the Royal Navy, principally at sea, where he commanded a variety of vessels ranging from a single frigate to a flotilla of 47 ships. 

He served in three posts as a Rear Admiral before retiring in 1992. On leaving the Navy, he subsequently spent two years as Managing Director of an oil-related vessel management company based in Aberdeen, before taking up the job of Chief Harbour Master of the Port of London Authority (PLA).  In this capacity, he was responsible for all operational and navigational matters affecting the port, including pilotage, vessel traffic management, hydrography, harbour services, regulatory enforcement and emergency management. 
A major contributor to the drafting of the UK Port Marine Safety Code, he was responsible for its implementation in London and for introducing its associated navigational safety management system.  He also coordinated the implementation of the International Ship and Port Security Code, and chaired the London Port Security Committee throughout his twelve years with the PLA. He has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Harbour Masters’ Association (IHMA) for ten years, of which he was its President from 2000 to 2006.  He also acted as the Vice Chair of the VTS Committee of the International Association of Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) for 8 years. 
He now manages a marine consultancy (Sea Sense Ltd) specialising in risk management.

Course Tutors:

Captain Cliff Brand BSc (Hons), FNI
Marine Consultant, Eagle Lyon Pope Ltd

Captain Cliff Brand started his career at sea as a fisherman in the early 1970’s. By the time he was in his twenties he was serving as skipper on deep sea fishing vessels. After a period of ten years in the fishing industry he took up a career in the Merchant Navy, initially as an Officer of the Watch, progressing to Master on a variety of vessels, serving latterly on board AHTS vessels.

After period of 12 years in the Merchant Navy and a period ashore in ship superintendence, he joined the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch as a Nautical Inspector. During the eight years he spent at the UK’s MAIB he was responsible for investigating more than 60 serious accidents, many involving loss of life. Also during his time at the UK’s MAIB he obtained a BSc Honours Degree in Shipping Operations, as well as Diploma in Marine Surveying. He has travelled extensively delivering presentations and courses on maritime safety.

In February of 2004 he took up the post of Maritime Administrator for the Government of Gibraltar, where was head of the Gibraltar Maritime Administration. During his tenure he was directly responsible for substantial growth of registered tonnage on the Gibraltar Ship register as well as Paris MOU “White List” status recognition. He was also actively involved with the IMO.

In 2008 he returned to the UK to take up the post of Harbour Master / Marine Manager for Harwich Haven Authority after having served for a period of 2 years as Chief Executive of Gibraltar Port Authority where in addition to port business he was involved extensively in marine casualty salvage. Captain Brand is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute, a Younger Brother of Trinity House and has always had a very keen interest in maritime safety and flag state affairs. He left Harwich Haven Authority to take up a consultancy role at Eagle Lyon Pope.

Jan Brooke
Freelance Environmental Advisor

Jan Brooke is a freelance environmental advisor working with the ports, dredging and navigation sector. As a specialist in water management and nature conservation issues, Jan assists port and harbour authorities and navigation organisations in understanding environmental requirements in relation to compliance, licensing and consenting issues. She has extensive experience in the environmental implications of on-going activities such as maintenance dredging and disposal, and in preparing or contributing to environmental impact assessments and associated investigations and appraisals for new development proposals.

In Europe, Jan participates in several initiatives which aim to help ports ensure compliance with legislation such as the EU Birds, Habitats and Water Framework Directives. At the international level through her involvement as the UK representative on the Environmental Commission of the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC), she works alongside port managers and environmental specialists from around the world to prepare internationally-relevant technical guidance documents.

Nicola Clay
Group Manager, HR Wallingford Ltd

Nicola is Group Manager for HR Wallingford’s Environment Group. She has a background in marine environmental science and legislation with more than 11 years experience of working in the maritime sector.

Nicola joined HR Wallingford after 6.5 years at the Port of London Authority (PLA) where she held the position of River Regime and Environment Manager. Nicola was responsible for ensuring that PLA's operational and regulatory duties complied with environmental legislation and also for confirming as acceptable the environmental impacts of all developments on the Tidal Thames.

Nicola also represented the UK ports industry on National and European legislation and initiatives. Prior to joining PLA she worked as an EIA Project Manager for Royal Haskoning and was involved in developing the renewables work area.

As Marine Consents Manger at MAFF (now Defra), Nicola headed one of the two FEPA Licensing Teams and was responsible for the issuing of licences for dredging disposal and marine developments around the coast of England and Wales. During her time at CEFAS Nicola advised government on the environmental impacts of dredging and disposal operations and marine construction projects.

Alèxe Finlay
Managing Director, Harbour Management Solutions

After a long stint in London, both in law and publishing, Alèxe moved to the Tees in 1989. Initial work in public relations for the port led, in 1997, to the development of a business specialising in port waste, oil pollution response, port/marine safety and port security, with clients throughout the United Kingdom and beyond.
A firm believer in lifelong education, Alèxe has added to her qualifications in law and management by undergoing continuous further training to develop her areas of work. She is committed to the idea of an integrated approach to conservancy related activities in ports, and to the welfare of seafarers.

Budha Majumdar
Ports and Terminals Consultant

Budha is a highly experienced ports, shipping and logistics professional who has worked in port and terminal management since 1976, and most recently in the training and education of future port professionals and as a Port Consultant. During his career he has worked in the departments of marine, cargo operations, corporate planning and central executive, gaining a broad experience and knowledge of the global ports industry and the needs of the customers they serve.
Most recently, Budha was General Manager and CEO of a newly won container terminal concession in Tartous, Syria where he set up a local company, obtained all necessary Government approvals and successfully established Syria’s first specialised private sector container terminal on behalf of International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI).

Previous to this Budha was Managing Director of Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, and was responsible for merging the activities of the Port of Liverpool with that of the Manchester Ship Canal.

Budha has also worked for Associated British Ports (ABP), including being the Port Director of their South Wales Ports, Regional Manager North-West Ports and a member of the ABP Board of Directors, and Port Director of Short Sea Ports. During his tenure, Budha was responsible for a number of major developments, including setting up the P&O ferry terminal in Troon, and the building of a silo complex in King’s Lynn, which is the most modern and versatile grain facility of its kind in the UK.

His considerable experience included running the UK’s largest grain terminal, briefly managing a shipping line, as well as being part of the team which established the largest and most successful Freeport in the UK.

Budha is a Master Mariner and has worked on overseas consultancy projects, including advising on port planning and marketing for the Port of Mundra in Gujarat India, and on the development of new terminals in North America and in the Middle East.

Jane Marshall
Principal, Jane Marshall Ltd

Jane is a Coach, facilitator, consultant and trainer who believes wholeheartedly that all people can be motivated to make a difference.

Jane is never happier than when a client asks her to undertake an “impossible” challenge. Working with both individuals and teams, Jane’s main focus is on Personal Effectiveness and Motivation. Jane had 7 years of Operational Production Management experience and 5 years of Senior HR Management experience before she started her consultancy, which has now been running successfully for 16 years. Her clients are both in the Private and public sector and her assignments tend to be ‘everything and anything’ to do with people.

Jane helped Kent Fire and rescue service achieve Key Performance indicators for answering 999 calls and runs a yearly programme to assess staff feeling and review balanced scorecard for Armitage Venesta. Jane has a fairly unorthodox approach to most assignments because she strongly believes that all people are different and need different solutions.

Captain Mark Sansom
Chief Executive and Harbour Master, Falmouth Harbour Commissioners

After a career in the Merchant Navy and Sultan of Oman’s Royal Yacht Squadron, followed by 3 years as a Salvage and Mooring Officer for the Ministry of Defence Mark moved to Falmouth as Deputy Harbour Master in 1992.

He was promoted to Harbour Master in 2000. During his time at Falmouth he obtained a Diploma in Management and had a number of papers published in the area of mooring management. He addressed the Nautical Institute seminar dealing with the Post ERIKA issues and has addressed the BPA conference on casualty reception in UK ports.

He sits on the Pilotage and Marine Working Group of the British Ports Association and has recently been appointed as the UKHMA representative on the European Harbour Masters Committee of the International Harbour Masters Association.

Captain Mike Sutherland
Former Chief Executive and Harbour Master, Fowey Port and Marine Services

Captain Mike Sutherland was Harbour Master and Chief Executive for the port of Fowey for 25 years, before retiring at the end of June 2011. Prior to this he was the Deputy Harbour Master, a Trinity House Pilot in Mounts Bay the furthest south and west pilotage district, and managed a fishing co-operative in Falmouth, where he grew up. His sea service was with the New Zealand Shipping Company, joining in 1962 as a cadet until gaining his Masters certificate in 1972, and the Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service based in Devonport serving on cable ships and ocean going tugs, which included the “cod war”. A founding member of the UK Harbour Masters Association, he served as vice chairman on both this and the British Ports association and was also treasurer for both. Mike was the founding chairman of three organisations: SW Ports Association, Channel Ports Federation and Destination South West, the later promoting cruise line business to the south west. He has chaired and remains a member of the Fowey Missions to Seafarers and has been the Hon Agent for the Shipwreck Mariners for Fowey, Polruan and Par since 1984. In Mounts Bay he was a deputy launching authority and emergency coxswain of the Penlee Lifeboat and has been chairman and vice chairman of the Fowey RNLI branch. Mike has been the Chairman of the Merchant Navy Welfare Board‟s south west committee since 2006, previously serving as vice chairman and chairman since having joined in 1995. He is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute and a Freeman of the Town of Fowey. He was awarded an MBE in the 2010 New Year‟s honours for services to the ports industry in the south west.

Ralph Tiffin BSc, FCA, AMIMechE

Ralph is principal of McLachlan+Tiffin, chartered accountants and registered auditors. The practice has a wide range of clients and Ralph deals mainly with the larger audit clients.

Ralph also acts as a consultant to many companies in the UK and overseas on subjects ranging from project appraisal, budgetary control systems through to fraud prevention. He acts as training consultant to several shipping and ship management companies. With his background in engineering Ralph spends approx one third of his time lecturing on accounting topics, often related to engineering - project appraisal and management issues. This lecturing is in the UK with the IOD, ICAS, IChemE, CCH, Croner, Informa and in house clients.

Approx 12 weeks a year is spent on lecturing and consultancy on similar topics in the Middle and Far East. He is author of a range of texts on project appraisal, accounting, IFRS and auditing. All are texts aimed at understanding and the practical implementation of techniques for better business management. Ralph has been a public member of Network Rail since its inception and has just been reappointed for a further three years.

Finally he serves on the board of Claverhouse group, Dundee, a charity concerned with the training of the unemployed and their return to active work.