The Mission to Seafarers is pleased to announce that Tom Boardley, Executive Vice President of Lloyd’s Register has been appointed as the new Chairman of the global maritime welfare charity. Tom will formally take on the role from the incumbent Chairman Robert Woods CBE on the 1 April 2017.
Robert Woods said, “I am pleased to be handing over the chairmanship of The Mission to Seafarers to Tom Boardley. Tom has a great reputation within the industry, and I have no doubt is the right person to steer the Mission through the next stage of the charity’s evolution. I wish him all the very best in his new role.”
Tom who has been with Lloyd’s Register since 2009, has 30 years experience in the maritime sector, has worked in senior positions at some of the world’s largest shipping concerns and has featured in the Lloyds List Top 100 People in Global Shipping and the Tradewinds Power 100. Tom is currently the President of RINA (Royal Institution of Naval Architects). Previously, Tom was the President of the UK Chamber of Shipping (2015/2016) and was appointed to the UK Maritime Growth Study Advisory Committee in January 2015.
On hearing of his appointment, Tom said, “The Mission to Seafarers plays a crucial role within the maritime industry, it is an honour to be invited to be Chairman of a charity with such a proud history and bright future”.
The Mission to Seafarers
Founded in 1856, and entirely funded by voluntary donations, today’s Mission to Seafarers is a registered charity that offers emergency assistance, practical support, and a friendly welcome to crews visiting over 200 ports around the world in 50 countries.
Whether caring for victims of piracy or providing a lifeline to those stranded in foreign ports, we are there for the globe’s 1.5 million merchant seafarers of all ranks, nationalities and beliefs.
The Mission to Seafarers’ Patron is Her Majesty The Queen and our President is Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.
To find out how we help those facing shipwreck, abandonment, loneliness and danger, visit our website:www.missiontoseafarers.org
Our essential port-based welfare services include:
Emergency response: we respond swiftly to tragedy, maritime disaster or personal crisis with welfare teams trained inpost-trauma care and critical incident stress counselling.
Seafarers’ Centre hospitality: we offer seafarers’ centres which provide a safe and warm environment for crews to relax away from the ship, or to seek confidential counselling and advice.
Communication facilities: we provide free Wi-Fi hotspots either on board ships whilst they are in port or through Flying Angel centres, allowing crews to reconnect with loved ones at home.
Transport: our minibuses and cars transport hundreds of thousands of seafarers from the bleakness of ports to our centres and to relevant places of interest, such as shopping centres and banks.
Ship-visiting: welfare teams welcome crews to port by visiting them on arrival, and providing mobile communications to those who are unable to get ashore due to working patterns. If necessary, they can also provide practical and spiritual support and counselling to seafarers who request it.
Hospital and prison visiting: when a seafarer is injured or is detained by the authorities, welfare teams can visit regularly and help in sourcing medical or legal support.
Spiritual support: In line with our Christian principles, we are able to offer spiritual guidance to seafarers, as well as provide information on places of worship for all major faith groups. Christian services are carried out either on board ship or in a centre when requested.