Kathryn Neilson - Director, Merchant Navy Training Board, UK Chamber of Shipping
- The reality of life at sea
- Challenges in recruiting crew
- Crew welfare
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Kathryn started her career as a teacher and spent much of the early part of her career working within the training and development sector. When the opportunity arose in 2011 to branch off into Maritime Training, she jumped at the chance.
For seven years, she worked for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line as their Safety and Compliance Officer responsible for the UK fleets certification and Compliance and was also responsible for overseeing their UK and International Cadet Training Programme. She took over the responsibilities of MNTB Director in August last year.
As the Director of the Merchant Navy Training Board, she is responsible for the overall operation of the MNTB, overseeing and facilitating its technical work, new entrant training programmes, careers promotion strategy and managing the charitable work of the Maritime Education foundation.