Captain Dickie has spent the last 40 years in the maritime industry. This has encompassed 20 years at sea from cadet to command and on various ship types from oil, chemical and gas including combination carriers, bulk carriers and container ships. John was manager of the Marine Technical Division for a survey company in the middle east which he helped set up, as well as having been a marine superintendent and operations manager. Five years were spent in an IACS member as head of the ISM Code, which involved being Chairman of the IACS ad hoc Group ISM Code. Plus, liaison manager to the USCG and CEFIC for ISM Code matters on behalf of IACS. John has qualifications in auditing to the following standards, ISO 9000, 14000, 18000, SA8000 and ISM Code.
Becoming a lecturer was an important step and the years spent teaching were most enjoyable. During this time John took the opportunity to enhance his own credentials with various teaching qualifications as well as completing a BA degree in Adult Education. In the summer of 2010 John set up his own company, JDass Ltd, providing bespoke training to companies, ensuring the client requirement is met whilst still meeting the many requirements of legislation within the maritime industry.