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Simon O'Toole (Chair of Trustees)
Simon is a barrister practising in London, and a Governing Bencher of the Inner Temple. He has extensive experience of working with the voluntary sector in education and outreach at a practical level, and in governance. Simon is currently chair the ethical Advisory Committee of Charifaith, a common investment fund managed by BlackRock, which is the first fund in the UK to reflect the ethos and teachings of the Catholic Church. He has just stepped down after six years as a member of the Advisory Board of the European Programme for Human Rights Education for Lawyers.
Dr Esteban Pacha (Vice Chair of Trustees & Chair of the International Committee)
With a strong maritime background, Esteban accumulates significant diplomatic experience having served as Director General of the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO), Founder Commissioner of the United Nations Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, Representative of Spain to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Governor of the World Maritime University. As a seafarer, he progressed his career at sea to the rank of Captain before moving ashore as Harbour Master, and subsequently Regional Director of the Spanish Department for Transport. Currently, he serves as the Transport and Infrastructures Attaché at the Embassy of Spain in London, promoting increased efficiency, sustainability and internationalization of transportation systems. Esteban holds a doctorate in Nautical Sciences and Engineering and a Diploma in Public Administration, is married with three daughters and enjoys weekend sailing in the Thames.
Helen Brennan (Chair of Finance, Audit & Risk Committee)
Helen is a chartered accountant, a director at KPMG, an elected member of ICAEW Council representing London and the Vice-President of the London Society of Chartered Accountants. Her professional interests include audit quality, professional human factors, non-financial assurance and responsible business. She plays piano and directs the choir at the family Mass at her local church as well as supporting Everton FC.
Robert Ashdown is the Secretary General for the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS). Before joining IACS, Robert served as Secretary General of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) in Brussels and has also worked for the UK Chamber of Shipping. He holds a History degree from Queens’ College, Cambridge, enjoys sailing, fishing and cricket and is married with three children.
William Azuh is a Maritime Policy Analyst and Administrator and holds a post graduate degree in Maritime Policy from the University of Greenwich, London. He is currently the Head, Africa Section, Technical Cooperation Division at the International Maritime Organization (IMO). William is responsible for the provision of technical assistance to countries in Africa and the Middle East in their compliance with relevant IMO instruments, including support to those countries in the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Prior to joining IMO Secretariat in 2011, William was Nigeria's Alternate Permanent Representative to IMO for ten years. During his tenure he held a number of positions which included Member of the Governing Board of the World Maritime University, Chairman of both the Advisory Committee and the Assembly of the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO). He is an ardent follower and supporter of the work of the of the Apostleship of the Sea. William is Nigerian by birth, and is married with three children.
A trained teacher, Louise was an AoS port chaplain and regional coordinator for six years in the Southwest of England. She was instrumental in initiating the work of AoS in the region by raising awareness of seafarers and the work of the Church, building a wide network of relationships with lay people and clergy. Louise currently chairs the AoS' Chaplains Pastoral Committee. She is Formation Director for the L'Arche communities of the UK, and Vice-Chair of the newly formed Diocese of Southwark Spirituality Commission. She holds a MA in Pastoral Studies from Heythrop College, University of London. Louise is a keen walker and traveller and is actively involved in her parish as well as volunteering with the local homeless outreach project initiated by Churches Together.
Theresa read Geography and Economic History at Leicester University and joined the UK Civil Service in 1981. She worked in a number of Government Departments, dealing with issues as diverse as access for the disabled, radioactive waste management, housing and marine environmental protection. For six years she was Head of Shipping Policy in the Department for Transport, where she was responsible for a wide range of maritime issues and from 2010-14 she was Deputy Director responsible for the Safety and Standards Department at the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in Lisbon. After three years as Executive Director of the UK Major Ports Group, in November 2017 she became CEO of the International Maritime Rescue Federation, an international charity which aims to improve maritime search and rescue capability around the globe. In her spare time, Theresa is a school governor and sings in a local choir.
James Gosling, ESQ, OBE
James is a lawyer with HFW, initially in the Shipping Finance Department but moved quickly to the Admiralty Department which deals with maritime casualties, marine insurance and ‘wet’ work. He was Head of Department from 2004 until retirement in 2016. In 2014 James was recognised for the 4th year running as one of the most influential lawyers in Lloyd’s List Annual ‘Top 100 Most Influential People in Shipping’ report. In 2012, he won the Lloyd’s List Global Award ‘Maritime Lawyer of the Year’. James is an acknowledged piracy expert and was appointed Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year’s honours announced in December 2006, in particular for his role in pioneering the global shipping industry’s response to piracy in Somalia. James has been named in The Legal 500's UK Hall of Fame. He was educated in Ampleforth College, York; St Catharine’s College Cambridge; and Guilford Law School. James interests include ships, barges, narrow boats, vintage cars, building, rugby, skiing, opera, beer, brewing, tennis, antiques and modern art. He supports Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.
Reverend Monsignor B Richard Madders MBE
Monsignor Brian Richard Madders was born on 12th August 1949 in Hastings, Sussex and continues to have a home in St Leonards-on-Sea. He was ordained a priest of Arundel and Brighton Diocese in 1978. In 1983 he undertook studies at Heythrop College (University of London) gaining a Postgraduate Diploma in Pastoral Theology. Fr. Richard was commissioned a Royal Navy Chaplain and appointed as Catholic Chaplain to HM Naval Base Portsmouth. In 2002, he was selected as Principal Roman Catholic Chaplain (Naval). In this capacity he also became Director of Training for the Naval Chaplaincy Service. Fr Richard was awarded the MBE in 1996. Pope John Paul II created him a Prelate of Honour in 2002. He was made a Queen’s Honorary Chaplain in the same year. A keen motorcyclist, Mgr Madders was President of the Royal Navy Motorcycle Club and remains an active life member of the Club. He is a prolific traveller and has so far visited 98 countries. He is Parish Priest of St John the Evangelist in Tadworth, Surrey.
Bishop Paul Mason, Bishop of the Forces
Bishop Paul Mason was appointed AoS Bishop Promoter for England & Wales in 2017. He was born in North Shields, Tyne & Wear and attended St. Anselm’s Roman Catholic High School, North Shields, and then Kings College, London. He then worked in Turin for Olivetti, and later moved to London to work for Hewlett-Packard until September 1992. He was ordained to the priesthood in July 1998, in his home parish of Our Lady & St. Edmunds, Backworth, and his first appointment was as assistant priest was to the parish of Saint John the Baptist, Purley. In 2012 he became Pastoral Director, Allen Hall Seminary, at the same time taking on the role of Director of Southwark Ongoing Formation. In 2014 he left Allen Hall, to take up the new post of Episcopal Vicar in Kent. In April 2016 he was named as Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark by Pope Francis, with the Titular See of Skàlholt. In July 2018, Bishop Paul was appointed eight Bishop of the Forces by Pope Francis. Bishop Paul was also a former AoS cruise chaplain.
Reverend Dr Stephen Morgan
Stephen is Dean of Faculty of Religious Stuides at the University St Joseph in Macau. He is a Permanent Deacon of the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth and was Financial Secretary (Oeconomus) and Project Leader for Academy Conversion. He holds a doctorate in Theology from the University of Oxford and teaches at the Maryvale Institute. He previously worked in senior managerial and executive positions for various private companies. He served in the Royal Navy as midshipman for two years. Stephen is married to Caroline and they have three children. He enjoys fly fishing for trout, is a keen follower of rugby football and supports Wales Cardiff Blues and Bath Rugby football teams.
Right Reverend Stephen Robson, Bishop of Dunkeld
Carlisle-born Bishop Stephen Robson is a graduate of Edinburgh University and St Andrew’s College, Drygrange. He was ordained by Cardinal Gordon Joseph Gray at Our Lady & St Joseph’s, Carlisle, in March 1979 for the Archdiocese of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh. Bishop Robson served in Kirkcaldy, Edinburgh, Duns and Eyemouth, Dunbar, East Calder, North Berwick and Broxburn; staff in St Mary’s College, Blairs and as spiritual director of the Pontiﬁcal Scots College in Rome from 1998-2006. He was also Episcopal Vicar for Education; Chancellor 2007– 2013, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia 2012; Conventual Chaplain for Knights of Rhodes and Malta. He was nominated titular bishop of Tunnuna and auxiliary of St Andrews and Edinburgh in May 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI and ordained on 9th June 2012. He was appointed Bishop of Dunkeld by Pope Francis in December 2013 and installed at St Andrew’s Cathedral in January 2014.
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