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Captain David (Duke) Snider FNI

Captain David (Duke) Snider FNI

President

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.

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Captain Nick Nash FNI

Captain Nick Nash FNI

Senior Vice-President


Mr Walter Vervloesem FNI

Mr Walter Vervloesem FNI

Vice-President


Captain James Robinson DSM FNI

Captain James Robinson DSM FNI

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.

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Captain Robert Middleton FNI

Captain Robert Middleton FNI

Honorary Treasurer, Executive Board


Captain John Lloyd RD MBA FNI

Captain John Lloyd RD MBA FNI

Chief Executive 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.

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Captain Maneesh Varma AFNI

Captain Maneesh Varma AFNI

Training and Accreditation Development Officer

With 25 years experience at sea, Captain Maneesh Varma worked through the ranks to Captain for Maersk. After coming ashore he gained qualifications in Shipping, Trade and Finance (MSc from Cass Business School), PGCE and PG Diploma in Marine Law. He also worked in Commercial Operations for Holbud Ship Management, London and SPL Shipping, New Delhi.

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Mr Waheed Din

Mr Waheed Din

Director of Finance


Ms Bridget Hogan

Ms Bridget Hogan

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.

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Qasim Masood MSc MRINA

Qasim Masood MSc MRINA

Accreditation Manager

Having worked through the ranks from Deck Cadet to Chief Officer, Qasim came ashore to study for an MSc in Maritime Safety and worked for Lloyd’s Register as Senior Technical Specialist. Qasim brings a rich background in delivering technical guidance, leadership, and coordination for marine and offshore new construction and existing ships projects to The Nautical Institute.

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Mr David J Patraiko BSc MBA FNI

Mr David J Patraiko BSc MBA FNI

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.

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Ms Lucy Budd

Ms Lucy Budd

Editor of Seaways


Ms Jennifer Daintree

Ms Jennifer Daintree

DP Certification Manager


Captain Ghulam Hussain LL.M MBA FICS FCILT MRIN FNI

Captain Ghulam Hussain LL.M MBA FICS FCILT MRIN FNI

Technical Manager, Head of IMO Delegation

Ghulam Hussain joined the Institute as Accreditation Manager in September 2014 and took over the current post in February 2018. He is a Master Mariner gaining command in 1985 and was self-employed in Hong Kong for 19 years after stepping ashore where he dealt with commodity trading, ship management and operations as well as ship broking. Prior to joining the Institute, he was CEO of a ship owning company. His professional experience covers various sectors of the industry.

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