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November Lunch – Catherine Spencer New CEO of Seafarers UK
6 November 2019 @ 12:30 - 15:30Free
Guest speaker Catherine Spencer the New CEO of Seafarers UK
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Our lunch tickets cost £50 per person.
Catherine Spencer has been appointed the new Chief Executive of Seafarers UK. She took over the helm from Commodore Barry Bryant CVO RN following his retirement after 17 years of service.
Catherine Spencer has spent the last three years as Director of Communications and Change Management at icddrb, a complex international health research organisation based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Prior to this Catherine spent seven years at the Army Families Federation in senior management positions, including three as Chief Executive. During her tenure at icddrb Catherine worked with key donors, technical experts, government departments and international organisations, whilst playing a pivotal role in developing and implementing the charity’s organisational strategy.
Whilst leading the Army Families Federation Catherine represented soldiers and their families during particularly difficult times for defence, ensuring that the needs of an overlooked but vital community were understood at ministerial level and contributing to better support to soldiers and their families. Catherine was also a Trustee and council member of a wide range of grant-giving and advocacy organisations.
Catherine Spencer said: “I am honoured to have been chosen to lead Seafarers UK during an exciting new chapter for the charity, and as so much is changing in maritime welfare and the wider maritime sector as a whole. Some elements of the challenges facing seafarers and their families are familiar to me as the wife of a serving solder; I hope to combine my personal experience of enduring routine separation, understanding a dangerous physical working environment and working hard for the betterment of my community, with my professional experience of advocating to government and stakeholders to deliver change.
“I will ensure the efforts of everyone with an interest in the maritime community are harnessed to improve the lives of those who work at sea and their families, and in helping those supporting seafarers.”