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IMarEST HQ specialist head to Australia and Singapore

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David Loosley

Two key members of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) headquarters team have packed their bags in order to take up posts, on secondment, in Australia and Singapore. Dr Hannah Flint has moved to Australia to take up the role of Divisional Manager, ANZSPAC, the Institute’s Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific Division, and Patrik Wheater will be editing Shipping World & Shipbuilder from Singapore.

“As a professional body we constantly refer to CPD – continual professional development – and what better way is there to demonstrate this than to help members of our own team add to their competencies and life experience?” asks IMarEST’s Chief Executive, David Loosley. “Hannah has had one highly successful secondment to Australia and when the position of Divisional Manager became vacant, she was the obvious choice.  Patrik’s move is very much on the basis of South East Asia being the hub for shipbuilding, so that is where we should base our Editor. Hannah is already in Australia; and Patrik will move to Singapore in mid-August.”

Dr Flint is already thoroughly enjoying her new role; having previously had a successful three month secondment within IMarEST’s ANZSPAC Division she had built strong relationships with the ANZSPAC branch heads – IMarEST has branches in Auckland, Newcastle, North Queensland, Queensland, South Australia, South Island, Sydney, Tasmania, Victoria, Wellington, and Western Australia – and the Divisional President, and is building on those relationships, and with members, helping to deliver their expectations of their Institute. Hers is purposely a peripatetic role – currently she is based in Melbourne and will move to Perth WA in October.

Before her secondment, Hannah Flint was appointed as Technical Development Manager having previously worked as Membership Development Manager for IMarEST since January 2009, and she continues to work with the Technical team at IMarEST’s HQ in London to deliver the technical strategy and increase its strength by providing an international dimension in collaboration with Jenny Seow, the Divisional Manager of the Institute’s South East Asia Division, who is based in Singapore.

“Mention of Singapore brings us to Patrik Wheater’s change of location, this makes very sound economic sense, and we know he will relish the change, and also have a close working relationship with Jenny Seow and the strong membership in South East Asia, which has seen a 25% growth over the past year, ” says David Loosley.

Patrik Wheater adds his views: “With many European companies and organisations relocating to Singapore to capitalise on the industry’s shift from east to west, it is a logical step forward for the IMarEST to have an editorial and sales presence in this important maritime hub. Since its inception in 1883, Shipping World & Shipbuilder has always had a more global appeal but having Editors both in London and Singapore will ensure readers continue to benefit from topical and relevant independent coverage.  I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to help establish the Singapore bureau and to ensure that the journal remains at the vanguard of the shipping world.”

Patrik has been editor of Shipping World & Shipbuilder since mid-2007, and worked at IMarEST between 1998 and 2004 first as Deputy Editor of MER – Marine Engineers Review – and then as Editor. In the intervening years his work as a freelance journalist, for the Argus Media Group and for the Gas Strategies Group provide him with a wide and highly relevant knowledge base. Prior to becoming a journalist he was in the Royal Navy.

Further information on IMarEST its branches and publications is available at www.imarest.org.

About IMarEST

  • The IMarEST (Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology) is the leading membership body and learned society for marine professionals, industry, research and education, with 50 branches and 15, 000 members worldwide
  • Professional Recognition: qualifications for membership are based on the educational background and/or multi-disciplinary experience ensuring that high professional standards are maintained
  • The only membership body that can award Chartered Marine Scientist and Technologist, Chartered, Incorporated and Engineering Technician status to their professional engineering counterparts
  • The IMarEST is part of the Marine Engineering, Science and Technology Federation
  • IMarEST Marine Partners:  a membership network for organisations in industry, research and education operating in the marine and offshore sectors • Maritime journals include MER (Marine Engineers Review); Shipping World & Shipbuilder incorporating Maritime IT & Electronics; The Marine Scientist; and the Journal of Operational Oceanography.
  • IMarEST Publications: Technical Proceedings Journal of Marine Engineering and Technology (JMET), Journal of Operational Oceanography (JOO) and a catalogue of 100+/- books
  • The IMarEST Library is now housed at Lloyd’s Register at 71 Fenchurch Street, where IMarEST members and non-members alike have access to an extraordinary knowledge base. There is member-only access to a small but growing number of eBooks via www.imarest.org/knowlege.
  • IMarEST organises 30-40 events and conferences annually; and was the host organisation for the World Maritime Technology Conference held in London 6-10 March 2006

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