The MNWB is pleased to welcome the following two new trustees who bring with them a vast range of expertise and knowledge to the Board’s Council of Management
Adrian Hodgson, UK Chamber of Shipping, will be joining the Council as a ship owner and ship management representative.
“As a Ship owner representative appointed by the UK Chamber of Shipping, I am looking forward to using my extensive knowledge and experience of the P&I sector to add real value to the Merchant Navy Welfare Board and, as an ex seafarer, play my part in improving the welfare of seafarer and their dependants.”
Adrian is a former Merchant Navy Officer. Currently a Senior Claims Manager at an International P&I Club. Adrian is a Trustee and Executive Member of Custom House and Canning Town Community Renewal Project which was established in 1994 and is based in the refurbished St. Lukes Church building in Canning Town. Their mission is to develop and manage self-sustaining local groups, community controlled assets and a range of activities and enterprises for the benefit of local people.
Up until recently Adrian chaired Peoples Empowerment Alliance for Customs House (PEACH) which is a National Lottery funded Big Local Group. PEACH aims to bring local people together and empower them to make positive changes that benefit the local community. PEACH works with the community and partners to support and influence decision making in relation to the regeneration of Custom House.
Adrian is a Freeman of the City of London, Member of the Nautical Institute and with a passion for the outdoors and our countryside.
Darren Procter, RMT, has joined the Board as a trade union representative.
“I have been lucky enough to work with the MNWB in previous roles and see first-hand the positive impact it has had for seafarers in various ports around the UK. I am also conscious that other maritime countries aspire to have a similar model to that of the UK and I will work tirelessly to support and promote the MNWB. It is a great privilege to be a trustee and I look forward to the working with all involved going forward.”
Darren worked at sea from 1995 -2014 as an engine room rating in various sectors of the industry including offshore, costal and the ferry sector, finishing his sea going career with P&O Ferries.
Throughout his career he held many RMT union representative roles including shipboard representative, health and safety representative, branch secretary, Council of executive member before taking up a position of ITF inspector for the southern region in 2014.
In 2018 Darren was elected by the maritime members of RMT to the position of National Secretary in June 2018.
The Board is delighted to have Adrian and Darren join as trustees and look forward to working with them to help improve UK seafarers’ welfare.