The Mission to Seafarers has announced that Tom Boardley, executive vice president of Lloyd’s Register (LR) has been appointed as the new Chairman of the global maritime welfare charity. Tom will formally take on the role from the incumbent Chairman Robert Woods CBE on the April 1 2017.
Woods commented: “I am pleased to be handing over the chairmanship of The Mission to Seafarers to Tom Boardley. Tom has a great reputation within the industry, and I have no doubt is the right person to steer the Mission through the next stage of the charity’s evolution. I wish him all the very best in his new role.”
Boardley, who has been with LR since 2009, has 30 years experience in the maritime sector, and has worked in senior positions at some of the world’s largest shipping concerns. He is currently the president of RINA (Royal Institution of Naval Architects) and before that, president of the UK Chamber of Shipping (2015/2016) and was appointed to the UK Maritime Growth Study Advisory Committee in January 2015.
Founded in 1856, and entirely funded by voluntary donations, today’s Mission to Seafarers is a registered charity that offers emergency assistance, practical support, and a friendly welcome to crews visiting over 200 ports around the world in 50 countries.