Mission to Seafarers appoints Boardley as chairman

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The global maritime charity Mission to Seafarers has appointed a new chairman. Tom Boardley of Lloyds Register succeeds Robert Woods.

The Executive Vice President of the classification society will formally take on the role on the 1 April 2017. 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.«

Boardley has been with Lloyd’s Register since 2009, has 30 years experience in the maritime sector and has worked in senior positions at some of the world’s largest shipping concerns. He is currently the President of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects. Previously, he acted as President of the UK Chamber of Shipping (2015/2016) and was appointed to the UK Maritime Growth Study Advisory Committee in January 2015.

»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«, Boardley said in a statement.

The Mission to Seafarers was founded in 1856 already. It is entirely funded by voluntary donations and offers emergency assistance, practical support, »and a friendly welcome to crews visiting over 200 ports around the world in 50 countries«. The patron is the British queen.

»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 says.