Captain Snider, an experienced ice navigator from Canada with 30 years in naval, commercial and Canadian Coast Guard shipping, joined The Nautical Institute in 1989 while studying for his Watchkeeping Mate’s certificate of competency. He received his Master Mariner certificate of competency in 1997 and is a member of the Company of Master Mariners of Canada.
Duke has long been a director of The Nautical Institute’s British Columbia Branch and has been an active and enthusiastic member of Council. He was elected Senior Vice-President at the 2014 AGM and President at the 2016 AGM.
Duke holds a holds a Bachelor of Marine Studies degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and is an internationally recognised expert in ice navigation. As author of Polar Ship Operations, Duke expects to see the start of the Institute’s Ice Navigator Training Accreditation and Certification schemes, which complement the IMO Polar Code Polar Waters Training programmes during his time as President.
Chairman of the Executive Board
Prior to his retirement in August 2009 Capt James Robinson had been a mariner for 42 years, having spent 36 years in the Irish Navy and 6 years in Irish Shipping. Service with Irish Shipping included a cadetship and periods as Third and Second Officer. He was commissioned into the navy in 1973.
His naval career comprised many appointments afloat and ashore and included 9 years in command at sea. He served for two years in the Lebanon, Sinai Desert and Egypt as a UN Military Observer and as a staff officer. He also served for a year in Vienna as a military planner for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He is a graduate of the Command and Staff School of the Military College.
In 1985 while in command of LE Aisling he was On-Scene Commander for the first 18 hours of the search and recovery operation in the aftermath of the crash of Air India Flight 182, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal as were three members of his ship’s company. He retired as Officer Commanding, Naval Operations Command and Second in Command Naval Service, where his duties included command of the Irish naval fleet.
He was a Vice President of the Nautical Institute from 2002, was elected Senior Vice President in 2008 and served as President from 2010 to 2012 during which significant change in the Institute was carefully managed to successful fruition. He gained a Harbour Master Certificate and a Management Diploma through the Institute’s Distance Learning Programme.
He is a past Chairman of the Ireland Branch and was among a small group of people who re-activated the branch with its core based in Cork around the Nautical College and the navy.
Although born in Waterford, he lives with his wife Frances in County Cork. They have two adult children, Hillary living in Dublin and Gavin in Sydney.
Honorary Treasurer, Executive Board
In May 2003, Philip Wake became the Chief Executive of The Nautical Institute, having served in the Secretariat since November 1999. Prior to that, he was Chairman of the voluntary London Branch 1998/99 and was elected a Fellow in 1996.
Previously, he served at sea from Cadet to Chief Officer with Ellerman City Liners before coming ashore to a container consortium (including establishing a new commercial department). He became a Senior Consultant in shipping economics at LMIS, and latterly was a Director of Clarkson Research Studies.
He holds an MSc in Shipping, Trade, and Finance from the City University Business School, London and a Master’s Certificate of Competency (Foreign Going). He also served in the Royal Naval Reserve specialising in Mine Counter Measures and Naval Control of Shipping.
In 2015 Philip Wake was awarded an OBE for services to the maritime industry.
Chief Operating Officer
John joined The Nautical Institute from the Australian Maritime College (AMC) in Tasmania where he was a Professor in the National Centre for Ports and Shipping. During his seven years at AMC he had a two years leave of absence to set up the Angolan Maritime Training Centre. Before joining AMC he spent two years working in the Vanuatu Maritime College.
John’s varied career prior to these appointments included four years in senior positions with Flagship Training in the UK, 10 years with Warsash Maritime Centre as a senior and principal lecturer in simulation and operations, and two years as a marine pilot in Walvis Bay. He served at sea from 1975 for 16 years, gaining command in 1987.
Head of Delegation at IMO
Prior to working for The Nautical Institute John was employed by the New Zealand Maritime Authority as Manager Licensing, looking after all seafarer licensing issues, including examination and auditing training establishments. In addition he was one of the rostered National on Scene Commanders for oil pollution response and was the Harbourmaster at the Port of Taharoa.
Prior to working for Maritime New Zealand John was the Harbourmaster and Maritime Manager for the Bay of Plenty Region in New Zealand and before that was Deputy Harbourmaster for the Wellington Region.
John spent some time as a ship planner for a large container company before commencing the Harbourmaster route and prior to that spent twenty four years at sea on different types of ships, finishing as Master on a drill ship.
Director of Finance
Director of Publishing & Marketing
Bridget Hogan is Director of Publishing & Marketing of The Nautical Institute, where she is responsible for the Institute’s 100 plus book titles, its magazine production and its marketing and communications. She has been involved with the publishing industry for more than 40 years and has worked in the maritime industry in various roles for over 35 years.
After starting in newspapers, Bridget moved to industrial reporting, first in the motor industry, then ports and finally shipping. She was appointed a News Editor at 21 and then moved to Lloyd’s List as its senior shipping writer. From there she moved to the shipping industry.
After working for a shipowner, developing the group’s newbuild and offshore programmes, she set up her own consultancy. During that time, she worked in projects, marketing and communications for, among others, shipowners, ship managers, a flag state, ports, the Baltic Exchange, Lloyd’s Register of Shipping, the Oslo Stock Exchange, and the Renault Group.
Bridget has also edited Marine Money and a local newspaper, contributed to a number of international maritime and related journals around the world and has trained and mentored many over her career. After moving to LR Fairplay to manage third party publications, she joined the The Nautical Institute six years ago.
Director of Projects
David Patraiko is the Director of Projects for The Nautical Institute, and coordinates its Technical and Professional Development Committees. He is responsible for developing and managing major Institute projects and he represents the professional interests of members in general shipping, training and technical forums.
Much of this work is aimed at assisting members of the Institute with continuous professional development. He has led research and produced many papers and articles on training, electronic navigation, the associated ‘Human Element’ effects created by technology, and Marine Spatial Planning. He is currently involved with the international debate on e-Navigation and is Chairman of the IALA e-navigation working group for Strategy and Operations, Chaired the Industry ECDIS Training Group, and is Chairman of the Green Awards Board of Experts.
After a brief period as an independent consultant and surveyor, in 1997 he accepted the position of Project Manager for The Nautical Institute, and became Director of Projects in 2003. A graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (US), he sailed on a variety of international vessels in his twelve years in the Merchant Navy (1985 – 1997). He holds an Unlimited Master Mariners licence, and was awarded an MBA degree from Henley Management College (UK).
The Nautical Institute is the recognised international professional body for qualified mariners and others with an interest in nautical science. Its purpose is to promote high standards of knowledge, qualifications and competence amongst those in control of sea-going craft, both afloat and ashore. The Institute holds Non-Governmental Organisation status at the International Maritime Organization.
Editor of Seaways
DP Certification Manager
Ghulam Hussain joined the Institute as Accreditation Manager in September 2014. He is a Master Mariner, having sailed for 14 years, and has been self-employed since coming ashore. Having resided in Hong Kong for 14 years and thereafter in Bangladesh and with substantial involvement in chartering , ship broking and ship management activities, he brings with him a wide range of experience and knowledge.
He is a Fellow of The Nautical Institute , the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and the Institute of Logistics and Transport . He is also a member of the Royal Institute of Navigation. He obtained an MBA in Shipping and Logistics from Middlesex University and is pursuing an LLM in Maritime Law from the World Maritime University.
Training and Quality Manager