MNWB annual awards

About the awards

Since 1988, the MNWB has awarded an ‘Annual Award for Services to Seafarers’ Welfare’ to individuals who have provided an exceptional level of welfare service to seafarers and fishers, either in a voluntary or professional capacity. But this year, the awards have been reimagined to recognise more unsung heroes in the maritime charity welfare sector. There are now five new categories to choose from, including the introduction of an award for an organisation.

Volunteer of the year
Team member of the year
Lifetime achievement award
Most collaborative organisation
Innovation award

All nominations must have a history of making a positive and proactive contribution to the welfare of seafarers. To make a nomination please complete the ‘Submit Nomination’ form below. There is also a ‘Nomination Guidance’. Selection of the award winners are made by the MNWB Council and will be announced at our Port Welfare Conference in Liverpool (September 11-12). The closing date for nominations is July 31st.


Previous Recipients

2023 – Mr Robert Campbell

2023 – Mr Sandy Nairne

2023 – Ms Paula Daly

2023 – Sr Mary Scholastica

Roll of Honour

Mr Robert Campbell, Caretaker / Volunteer, Northern Ireland Fishermen’s Mission
Mr Sandy Nairne, Deputy Chair, Seafarers’ Hospital Society
Ms Paula Daly, Mission Area Officer, The Fishermen’s Mission
Sister Mary Scholastica, Nun-in-charge / Stella Maris, Welfare of seafarers at the Seamen’s Centre Port of Sunderland

Mrs Debbie Lake, Lighthouse Seafarers Mission, Falkland Islands
Mr Mick Howarth, Nautilus Welfare Fund, Mariners’ Park

Mr Jake Pass, The Mission to Seafarers, Humber

Ms Jane Davies, Mariners’ Park Care Home and Nautilus Care
Mr John Attenborough, The Mission to Seafarers, Southampton

Revd Peter Paine, The Mission to Seafarers, Great Yarmouth.

Mrs Ina Bruce, The Watch Ashore, Glasgow
Mr Alwyn Bamford, The Mission to seafarers, Port Talbot

Miss Alexe Finlay, The Mission to Seafarers, South Tees

Revd Frans Sahetapy, Sailors’ Society
Mrs Susan Newcombe, Merchant Navy Welfare Board

Mr Drew Anderson, Sailors’ Society/Church of Scotland
Superintendent Keith Dickson, The Fishermen’s Mission, Newlyn
Miss Dianne Erskine, The Mission to Seafarers, South Shields

Revd Howard Drysdale, Aberdeen Seafarers’ Centre
Mr Tony McAvoy, Apostleship of the Sea, Teesside

Mrs Elaine Elliott, The Mission to Seafarers, Fowey
Mr Frank Welsh, RMT

Mrs Penny Phillips, The Mission to Seafarers, Falmouth

Superintendent Geoff Chandler, The Fishermen’s Mission
Mr Robert Goldwin MBE, Mediterranean Mission to Seafarers

Mr Trevor Goacher, MSWMS Springbok
Mrs Helen Roth, Nautilus Welfare Fund

Reverend Canon Bill Christianson, The Mission to Seafarers
Mrs Gladys Eaton, The Mission to Seafarers