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OMA Group appoints Neale Proctor

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Neale Proctor - OMA Group

Neale Proctor – OMA Group

OMA (West Africa) Group is pleased to confirm the appointment of Neale Proctor as consultant from April 1st. Neale has extensive experience of shipping and logistics in West Africa, and has previously worked closely with OMA in his role running the Ghana office and setting up partner agreements for GAC along the West African coast.

Gary Miller, OMA Managing Director commented: “We are delighted that Neale has agreed to join us, his wealth of experience and knowledge will be invaluable to us as we review and develop OMA’s strategic plans.”

Neale joins from GAC, most recently in Turkmenistan and Ghana and has previously worked in Nigeria, Indonesia and Dubai in a variety of roles in the shipping and logistics industry including country manager, managing a regional network of P&I Correspondents, and developing a network of partner and sub agent arrangements from Mauritania to Gabon.

OMA (West Africa) Group

OMA offers unrivalled expertise in logistics – both offshore and inland, liner and non-liner agency

And vessel husbandry in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo and Benin with support from a European sales & marketing office.

With over 30 years experience in West Africa we understand the challenges of doing business in emerging markets. The combination of operational know-how with unsurpassed local expertise enables us to respond quickly and efficiently to customer
needs. We are proud of our long-standing relationships with both customers and suppliers, and of our track record in the region.

Neale Proctor

A graduate of Liverpool John Moores University, Neale Proctor has over 35 years experience in the shipping industry.

Neale started his career as a seagoing Deck Officer for ten years, serving on tankers and anchor handling tug supply vessels. After a period working ashore at the Newcastle P&I association, handling a variety of incidents and claims, he joined a leading global shipping,  logistics & marine services company, Mobil Shipping Co. Ltd, based in Dubai, where he established and managed a regional network of P&I Correspondents across the Middle East.

After 11 years in Dubai, Neale moved to Indonesia, and took on the Country Manager role at GAC, handling a wide variety of vessel types at ports & terminals across the archipelago. The development of a successful cruise agency business was a welcome addition to the portfolio of services offered to customers.

Just over 25 years since his first visit to the region, Neale returned to West Africa with GAC to take on the Country Manager role at a very active shipping, logistics, marine and manning services operation based at a waterfront location in the Apapa area of Lagos. It
was during his time in Lagos that Neale was first introduced to the OMA West Africa Group.

A move along the coast to Accra, Ghana, followed four years later, where Neale was responsible for setting up a new country representative office and the development of a network of partner and sub agent arrangements from Mauritania in the north to Gabon in the south.

Most recently, Neale was based in Central Asia managing a marine services operation in the Turkmenistan sector of the Caspian Sea. A fleet of 19 offshore support vessels and a barge were managed from a dedicated marine & logistics base at the port of Turkmenbashy.

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