The Maritime Charities Group (MCG) has announced details of its high-profile conference which is returning for the first time since 2019.
Top of the bill - at the Trinity House event on Tuesday September 6 - are Maritime Minister Robert Courts MP, and Stephanie Draper who is the CEO of Bond, the UK’s international development network.
Other speakers comprise senior figures from the charitable sector, including Merchant Navy Welfare Board’s (MNWB) Deputy Chief Executive Sharon Coveney, the shipping industry and academia.
Chairman of the MCG Commander Graham Hockley LVO RN said:
“The MCG conference 2022 is a must for anyone involved in maritime welfare - and after three years’ absence this year’s event is going to be better than ever. The theme is “Collaboration in a Time of Crisis”. It’s all about sharing learning and ideas, developing new skills and, most important of all, networking face-to-face, which is why this is an in-person conference only.
“We’ll be covering all the critical topics affecting seafarers, including Covid-19, the Ukraine crisis, and equality, diversity and inclusion with top class speakers in every session.”
The conference format will vary through the day, with a mix of breakout sessions, expert panels and a range of workshops for hands-on learning.
Meeting with colleagues and making new connections is a key focus for the conference, Cdr Hockley added:
“The Covid pandemic really restricted our ability to meet with others and we lost so much as a result. So, for the first time, this year we are also hosting an evening for delegates the night before the conference for reconnecting with old friends and colleagues, making new contacts and sharing stories, before getting down to work the next day.”
The Maritime Charities Group (MCG) is an alliance of ten major seafaring charities in the UK including MNWB, Greenwich Hospital, ITF Seafarers’ Trust, Lloyd’s Register Foundation, Nautilus International, Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, The Seafarers’ Charity, Seafarers Hospital Society, The TK Foundation and Trinity House.
Membership of the MCG is open to any organisation that has a remit to ensure the wider efficiency UK maritime charity sector can actively promote and support the overall aims of the Group as summarised in the Mission Statement of the MCG.
To register your place at the conference, visit https://www.maritimecharitiesgroup.org/en/conference-2022/