Our people

SENIOR TEAM

Prasanta Roy

Director General Prasanta Roy was Chief Administration Officer at Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. between 2009 and 2018 and has more than 25 years experience in leadership roles with expertise in governance, financial management, business administration, risk management, strategy, operations and internal audit. During his career in banking and capital markets he worked for Barclays Capital, UBS, JP Morgan Chase and Nomura. Prasanta is a qualified accountant, has an MBA from Warwick University and PG Dip in Organisational Leadership from Oxford University.

Sandra Welch

As well as being Chief Operating Officer, Sandra heads up the Society’s programme team, having previously worked with The Salvation Army for more than 18 years. Sandra’s previous roles include Assistant Projects Secretary for The Salvation Army’s community development projects in Southern Africa and more recently International Editor-in-Chief and Editor of three international periodicals.

Andrew Pitcher

Andrew qualified as a chartered certified accountant with Ernst & Young in 1988 and later moved to a smaller local firm. He was a company auditor in public practice for 14 years specialising mainly in owner managed businesses. As Director of Finance & Administration, Andrew is responsible for financial governance, human resources and facilities management. Andrew is also Company Secretary for Sailors' Society's UK group companies. He joined the Society in 1998.

Melanie Warman

A journalist for most of her career, Melanie Warman joined the Society in October 2015 as Director of Media and Advocacy. Having worked in newspapers, television and radio, Melanie spent some time in Brussels as Media Officer for the Conservative Party in Europe before working with a number of national and international brands on PR, marketing and reputation management.

TRUSTEES

Sailors' Society's Trustees provide governance and oversight to the Christian maritime charity. They lend support and advice to the Chief Executive, who is responsible for executing the mission and vision of the Society. They are also legally responsible for ensuring compliance with the expectations of the Charity Commission.

Our Trustees voluntarily contribute their time and come from a variety of professional backgrounds, including business and banking, legal and accountancy. Some bring experience of seafaring and together they offer a diverse range of skills.

The Trustees regularly review and comment on plans and performance, review any major issues bearing on the well-being of the organisation and its endeavours and decide important new strategic directions.

It is the Trustees’ responsibility to formally approve our budget, annual report and accounts and report to the Charity Commission on annual achievements of the charity and delivery of public benefit to the community we set out to serve.

Our Chairman is Alastair Fischbacher and our Vice Chairmen are Michael Drayton and Dr Peter Swift, the charity's governance advisor is John Harte. Full information on our Trustees is available below.

A copy of Sailors' Society's annual accounts can be found here.

We are currently looking for three new Trustees to join our dedicated team, click here for more information.

Alastair Fischbacher

Alastair Fischbacher was appointed Sailors’ Society’s Chairman in 2014, having previously been the CEO of The Sustainable Shipping Initiative and previously General Manager at Rio Tinto Marine. He has also been the Chair of RightShip and of the World Ocean Council. A background at sea and ashore in the UK and abroad, he has strong industry knowledge and board experience in the business and charity sectors.

Michael Drayton

Following a 35-year career in ship-broking, Michael Drayton has been a Trustee since 2012. He was a Director of Galbraith’s Ltd from 1985 and of their Hong Kong office from 1978. He was elected Chairman of the Baltic Exchange from 2007-9 and was also Chairman of Arlington Tankers Ltd. in New York from 2004.

peter swift

Peter Swift’s career includes senior management, commercial and technical roles in the maritime and other international industries, which followed research and lecturing positions in engineering, marine transportation and economics. Having worked extensively in all five continents, his charity involvement today spans, among others: seafarer welfare, piracy and crisis response, maritime knowledge awareness, and the promotion of quality in ships and their management.

catharine bacon

Catharine Bacon retired from Cargill in 2016, having been a dry cargo broker, principal, and office manager in London. She has been a member of the Baltic Exchange since 1977, twice serving as a director. She is now on the Council and a trustee of the Baltic Exchange Charitable foundation. Catharine lectures in dry cargo chartering and has assisted in an expert witness case. She joined the Sailors’ Society board in 2018 – 15 years after she first got involved with the charity, completing the three peaks challenge and helping at subsequent events.

peter goldberg

Peter Goldberg served at sea with Port Line, Shell and British Rail Ferries, he left in 1966 as Chief Officer with Masters Certificate. He founded a computer bureau, which he sold in 1979. Peter founded a garden products business, which he sold in 2009 to retire. He became a Trustee of Sailors’ Society in 2004 and currently chairs the development committee.

Kay Penney

Kay Penney has been an HR leader across a number of sectors and companies, and has operated in countries across the Far East, Europe, CIS countries and Africa. Her most recent role was a Director for Associated British Ports, but she has worked in leadership roles in Premier Oil, AES Corporation and Invensys among others. Her board experience includes membership of the Berkshire Learning and Skills Council and the Port Authority for Milford Haven.

jacqueline zalapa

During her legal career, Jacqueline Zalapa has represented the maritime community in domestic courts and international arbitrations on legal issues in her areas of expertise. She is a partner at an international shipping law firm, chairs its Charity Committee and is tri-qualified in the U.K., U.S. and Australia having practiced in London, New York and Sydney. She holds an LLM and BA/LLB and is ranked in the Experts’ Guide for Shipping 2018/2019.

Patron and Presidents

Sailors’ Society’s Patron is Her Majesty the Queen. His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh is Honorary President of the International Sailors’ Society of Canada.

Our Vice Presidents are The Free Churches’ Moderator for England, The Right Reverend the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, The Right Reverend and Right Honorable the Lord Bishop of London, The Right Reverend the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, David Morris BSc, Captain Reg Kelso MBE, Ross Sinclair FCA, Frank Taylor BA CA J DIP MA and Captain Andrew Tyrrell.

“Sailors’ Society is here today, as it has been for the past two centuries, to care for those who work on our seas, and upon whom we all rely.”

Her Majesty The Queen, Sailors’ Society Patron

AMBASSADORS

We are fortunate to have eight Ambassador groups around the world, made up of more than 100 volunteers from shipping and related industries.

Our Ambassadors help to raise awareness of Sailors’ Society and its work, encourage financial support, and work together to organise an event or initiative in aid of Sailors’ Society.

Among the many benefits, in return Ambassadors receive priority invitations to relevant Sailors’ Society events, a chance to visit a Sailors' Society project and fantastic networking opportunities that come as a result of belonging to this unique group.

If you are interested in being an Ambassador for our charity, please do get in touch.

Australia

  • Warwick Norman, Former CEO, RightShip

Europe

  • Ignace van Meenen, CEO, Rickmers Group
  • Carsten Ostenfeldt, CEO, Dania Shipmanagement
  • Klaus Nyborg, Senior Vice-Chairman, Norden
  • Costis Frangoulis, CEO, Franman

Hong Kong

  • Andrew Brooker, Founding Partner, Latitude Brokers
  • Angad Banga, COO, Caravel
  • Christoforos Bisbikos, Partner, Watson Farley and Williams
  • Christopher Raven, Marine Consultant, Andrew Moore & Associates Ltd
  • David Browne, Managing Director, Andrew Moore & Associates
  • Emma Mu Yang, Sale and Purchase, Clarksons Asia Ltd
  • Fared Khan, Fleet Personnel Director, Wallem
  • Gerry Buchanan, Managing Director, LISCR (Far East)
  • Iris Lee, Business Development Executive, Marine Practice, Marsh
  • Jackson Davis, Director, Gulf Oil Marine
  • James Forsdyke, Marketing Manager - Hong Kong and Taiwan, Lloyds Register Asia
  • Jessica Syvones – General Manager, Telemar
  • Jian Jun Wang – Director SAF Equipment Management & Advisory, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Jonathan Patterson, Noble Chartering
  • Keith Mullin, CEO, Gulf Oil Marine
  • Martin Rowe, Managing Director, Clarksons Asia.
  • Michael McCollam, Marine Consultant, Andrew Moore and Associates
  • Moloy Das, Sales Manager, Wilhelmsen Ship Services
  • Nathan Wheeler, Managing Director, LSR Services
  • Navjote Chan, Business Development Manager, Watson Farley and Williams
  • P B Subbiah, Director Human Resources and Administration, Pacific Basin Shipping
  • Peter Mills, Director of C Solutions (HK), C Solutions
  • Richard Wilmot, Partner, Stephenson Harwood
  • Ron Clark, Admiralty Manager, Reed Smith
  • Russell Beardmore, Regional Head of Shipping Finance North East Asia, Santander
  • Safiul Gazi, Gulf Oil Marine
  • Simon Doughty, CEO, Wallem Group
  • Vanessa Toucas, Founding Partner, Latitude Brokers
  • Vijay Soman, Managing Director, Maritime Best Practice
  • Viraj Nilakanta, Manager, Business Division of Fleet Management, Caravel
  • Winton Porter, Business Development Manager, Marshall Islands Registry

India

  • Capt. Abhijit Chattopadhyay, Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL)
  • Capt. Anshul Rajvanshi Synergy Marine Group, Mumbai
  • Capt. Anuraj Singh, NYK Ship Management
  • Capt. Ashok Kumar Bhattacharjee, Secretary General, Indian Private Ports and Terminals Association
  • Capt. Chhote Lal Dubey, Principal, Mumbai Maritime Training Institute
  • Capt. Claren P Athaide, COO, MASSA
  • Ebez Yeshudas, Managing Director, Genesis Shipping
  • Capt. G.C Sekhar, Honorary Secretary General, Dufferin Rajendra Ex-Cadets Association
  • Capt. Girish J. Phadnis, ASP Ship Management (I) Pvt. Ltd
  • Capt. Ivan Franco, Port Captain, Chennai Port
  • Capt. H. Kumar, MD, Seaskills Maritime Academy, Coimbatore
  • Capt. K.S. Paintal, Managing Director, Elite Mariners Pvt. Ltd
  • Capt. M.P. Bhasin, Managing Director, MSC Crewing Services Pvt. Ltd
  • Capt. Mahesh C Yadav, Director, FOSMA
  • Capt. Mohan Naik, Dynacom Tankers Management Pvt. Ltd
  • Capt. Philip Mathews, Chairman, The Company of Master Mariners of India
  • Prakash M. Agarwal, Aurus Ship Management Pvt. Ltd
  • Capt. Rajesh Tandon, V Ships India Pvt. Ltd
  • Capt. S.M. Halbe, Managing Director, Gulf Energy Maritime Services Pvt. Ltd
  • Sanjam Gupta, President, WISTA India & Director, Sitara Shipping Ltd
  • Capt. Sankalp Shukla, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (India) Pvt. Ltd
  • Capt. Shashank Jahagirdar, Maersk Tankers
  • Capt. Shoukat Mukherjee, VGG India
  • Capt. Suresh Venkataraman, Crew Director, Scorpio Marine Management (I) Pvt. Ltd
  • Capt. Vinay Singh, Anglo Eastern Ship Management (India) Pvt. Ltd

Philippines

  • Alfonso A Pablo Jr, Head of People, Family and Community relations, Homer Foundation (Magsaysay)
  • Andrew Malpas, President, Survey Specialists Inc.
  • Beethovan Saguid,Senior Vice President, Doehle
  • Brian Phipps, Regional General Manager Marine HR, Wallem
  • Cliff Davies, Director/COO, Döhle (IOM) Ltd Group
  • David Kirley, General Manager, Gearbulk
  • Fiona Malca, Executive Vice President, Pandiman – Chair of the group
  • Geir Wingsternes, Owners Representative Asia, Gearbulk
  • Jamie Stewart, Group Representative, V-Ships
  • Marie Cooper, Head of Crew Operations, Maersk
  • Marlon Rono, President, Magsaysay
  • Tony Josue, Sales Manager, Survitec Group Ltd
  • Richard Griffiths, Dry Cargo Bulk Operations, MOL Bulk Shipping (Philippines)

Singapore

  • Capt. Aniruddha (Andy) Desai , Loss Prevention Executive, The North of England P&I Association Limited
  • Anuj Velankar, Senior Loss Prevention Advisor, Thomas Miller
  • Arvind Mohan, Managing Director, Bibby Ship Management
  • Audrey Nah, Manager, World Fuel Services
  • Brendon Hawley, Regional Operations Manager, Wilhelmsen Ships Services
  • Carl Ackerley, General Manager Handymax, Island View Shipping
  • Danny Rees, Commercial Director, S5 Agency World Asia
  • Harry Hirst, Partner and Master Mariner, Ince and Co
  • Ian Teare, Managing Partner, Wikborg Rein Singapore
  • Justin Gan, Lawyer, Stephenson Harwood
  • Peter Lye, Global Head of Shipping, Anglo American
  • Philip Chamberlain, CEO, Otto Marine Chartering Ltd
  • Rob Aarvold, General Manager, The China Navigation Company
  • Simon Bennett, General Manager for CSR, Swire Pacific Offshore and China Navigation
  • Simon Petch, Partner, Watson Farley & Williams
  • Thomas Hansen, Chief Operating Officer, Eastern Pacific Shipping
  • Tom Fulford-Smith, Founding Partner, Latitude Brokers Limited
  • Vinod Nambiar, Director, Inmarsat
  • Yanming Bay, Safety Innovators International Pte Ltd

UK

  • Adam Lewis, Manager Operations and Training, IMEC
  • Alastair Fischbacher, Chairman, Sailors' Society
  • Chris Feibusch, Head of Global Marketing, Wescom Safety & Rescue
  • Colin Hetherington, Managing Director, Cargo Ship Voyages
  • Dawn Williamson, Office Manager, Reed Smith
  • Dave Thompson, Managing Director, the marine travel company
  • Fleming Jacobs, Global Maritime Forum
  • Gareth Lewis, Global Media Relations Manager, ABS
  • Harry Abdy-Collins, Managing Director, Inigo Response
  • Jamie Freeland, Director Sale & Purchase, AM Nomikos & Sons
  • John Adams, Managing Director, Teekay Shipping Ltd (Glasgow)
  • Jonathan Stoneley, Director, Hydra Consulting
  • Jucilla Walters, Marketing and Communications Manager, Waves Group
  • Julian Bray, Editor-in-Chief , Tradewinds
  • Justine Heeley, Former CEO Orolia UK, MD of Oceanair Marine Ltd
  • Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes, Managing Director, Petrospot
  • Marcus Dodds, Partner/Master Mariner, Reed Smith
  • Mark Hoddinott, Managing Director, International Salvage Union
  • Neville Smith, Director, Mariner Communications
  • Nicola d’Hubert, Head of Brand and External Relations, Marine and Offshore, Lloyds Register
  • Nicola Good, Head of Brand and External Relations, Lloyd's Register
  • Nigel James, Director, Waves Group
  • Nigel Thomas, Head of Shipping, Watson Farley & Williams
  • Peter Broadhurst, SVP Safety & Security, Maritime, Inmarsat
  • Peter Goldberg, Trustee, Sailors' Society
  • Peter Swift, Chairman, Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme
  • Peter Tedder, Sales Director, LanoPro Pte Ltd
  • Ray Girvan, Publisher & Owner, International Bulk Journal
  • Robyn Lumbers, Strategic Marketing Manager, ABS Europe Ltd
  • Sophia Bullard, Director PEME, UKP&I Club
  • Stephen O’Keeffe, Managing Director, O’Keeffe & Partners
  • Stuart Edmonston, Director Loss Prevention, UKP&I Club
  • Stuart Wainwright, Associate, Master Mariner, London Offshore Consultants
  • Temi Binitie, Senior Executive Chartering, AET
  • Thomas Hansen, Chief Commercial Offer, Eastern Pacific Shipping
  • Vlad Docekal, Vetting Superintendent, RightShip

USA

  • Anuj Chopra, Vice President Americas, Rightship Americas LLC
  • Bijan Siahatgar, Attorney, Clark Hill Strasburger
  • Bob Fay (Captain), Senior VP Maritime Operations, International Registries
  • Brandy Delapaz, Senior Marketing Coordinator, ABS
  • Brocque Preece, Naval Architect Ports & Harbours, Braemar
  • Cathy Mann, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications, ABS
  • Keith Manara, Area Client Manager Marine a& Offshore, Lloyd's Register
  • Michael Reardon, Manager of Global Strategy and Freight Trading, Phillips 66
  • Nick Stillman, Managing Director, Clarksons Platou
  • Rick Beaumont, Claims Executive, Thomas Miller
  • Roger Horton, President, Clarksons Platou
  • Roy Robbins, Marine Surveyor, LOC

"I am extremely proud to have been appointed as an Ambassador of the Sailors' Society in Greece. I am a passionate advocate for the interests of seafarers, who are the backbone of our industry. My aim is to strongly support this important organization and the rights and interests of those serving at sea."

Costis Frangoulis, CEO, Franman

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