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UK Marine industry figure David Pougher takes over the well respected role of British Marine President from Fiona Pankhurst who has held the position since 2014.

During her time as President, Fiona led the organisation forward and was instrumental in seeing British Marine unveil a strong new identity that stands out within the context of modern brands in the marine sector. The brand, launched last year, was the result of a year-long exercise which was undertaken in-house and overseen by Fiona and the British Marine Management Board. It strongly connects the organisation’s members with Britain’s reputation for quality, excellent design and innovation, giving British Marine the opportunity to really promote what is great about the British marine industry. As immediate Past President, Fiona remains on the management board of British Marine, enabling continuity of the strength of purpose she has helped to build.

Incoming President, David, has been involved in the UK marine industry for over 35 years, retiring from his position at Yamaha as Divisional Manager, Marine and All Terrain Business in 2013. David then set-up Deep Consultancy, a marine business consultancy specialising in SME’s and maintaining a business interest in Yamarin Boats from Finland, Selva Marine/Marlin RIBS from Italy and the PWP (Personal Watercraft Partnership). He has had extensive involvement with British Marine over the years, as a British Marine member and also through a number of British Marine groups and committees such as the British Marine Engines & Equipment Association, the Boating Environment & Facilities Committee, the British Marine Boat Shows Board and the British Marine Management Board.

On taking over from Fiona, David commented: “It is an honour to become the next President of British Marine. The organisation provides members with invaluable support, opportunities and benefits to help grow their businesses and it does a great job in raising the profile of the UK marine industry. My fellow British Marine members and the team at Marine House have my commitment, focus and drive to assist, support and protect over the next two years.

“I look forward to this position and challenge and it’s my intention, during the next six months, to visit every region, every British Marine association and as many committees and individual members as possible. I look forward to working with our members, our Management Board, the British Marine Boat Shows team and all the staff, for the good of our industry.”

Howard Pridding, British Marine Chief Executive, commented: “Firstly I would like to take this opportunity to thank Fiona for her commitment to British Marine during her time as our President and her enthusiasm in undertaking all of her British Marine duties. The successes she has helped to achieve will drive the industry forward. I am delighted to welcome David as the new President and am looking forward to working with him and the new Vice-Presidents, Alice Driscoll and Anthony Trafford, to continue to raise the profile of the British marine industry both at home and overseas.”

Published in Marine Trade

British Marine launches its exciting new campaign today to help raise the profile of the varied and rewarding career opportunities within the marine industry. Designed to increase the number of young adults choosing careers within the sector, particularly amongst those aged between 10 and 21 years of age, British Marine has developed a toolkit to inspire the workforce of tomorrow.

Amanda Simpson, Training Manager for British Marine, comments: “There is a variety of truly fantastic career opportunities within the marine industry that we want to ensure are highlighted to young students starting out their working life and our new 12-month campaign is a great way to celebrate these. We want to appeal to the marine engineers, designers, marine carpenters, berthing masters and on-water instructors of tomorrow to consider a rewarding career in our industry.”

To tie in with the launch of the new campaign, British Marine has run a poll amongst 2,000 adults1 already in employment. Results show that the opportunity to work outdoors (17%), do something unusual (31%) and make a physical product (22%) are the qualities that make for the happiest workers.

Amanda continues: “Unfortunately, new research shows many are unhappy in their choice of career, with 9.1 million2 saying they’re in the wrong career and 2.7 million2 saying they aren’t happy in their job. Only one in ten surveyed said they had all the things which make for a satisfying career. There is a real opportunity to highlight the range of highly fulfilling and valuable careers that are on offer within our thriving industry.”

The careers toolkit developed by British Marine to be rolled out over the coming 12-months includes:
- A film aimed at 16 to 21 year olds, focussing on the question, “Where do your skills fit in?” View it here:

- A film aimed at 10 to 15 year olds, built around the question asked by many children, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

- Marine job cards, a pack of brightly coloured cards in ‘Top Trumps’ style, illustrating the variety of jobs available in the marine industry. Aimed at young children, these cards will be issued to careers advisors and teachers as a way of starting to talk to pupils about the options available to them in the marine industry.

- A brand new careers section of the British Marine website, offering a wealth of information for young adults considering apprenticeships and their career options.

Amanda concludes: “This informative and highly engaging toolkit will allow the industry to connect with those looking at starting out their working careers, as well as those guiding them in their decisions.”

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