Apostleship of the Sea
Born in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham in 1973, Martin Foley studied Law at Manchester University. After qualifying as a Solicitor in 1998, Martin spent two years working in private practice in the West Midlands. In 2000, Martin undertook a Master’s degree in Healthcare Ethics and Law at Manchester University.
Upon completing his M.A., Martin was appointed as Personal Assistant to former Liberal Democrat MP, Lord Alton of Liverpool. In addition to his work for Lord Alton, Martin spent the next four years working as a researcher for a variety of MPs and Peers in the Houses of Parliament.
In 2005, Martin was appointed as the first chief executive of Life, a national charity that offers an innovative approach to supporting women and families throughout pregnancy and beyond, including the provision of supported housing for pregnant women and mothers of young children. In almost five years at Life, Martin led the charity through a period of significant change and expansion in its charitable outreach, particularly in its care and education services.
In 2010, Martin was appointed as National Director of the Apostleship of the Sea, a charity that offers pastoral, spiritual and welfare support to seafarers visiting UK ports. He is also a trustee of the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN).
Martin is married to Anna-Marie, a General Practitioner, and lives with her and their five children in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.
National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations (NFFO)
Robert Greenwood has been involved in the fishing industry since 1995. He began by working on small fishing vessels in the English Channel, fishing mainly for crabs and lobsters. He became a Seafish Approved Instructor in 1999, teaching health and safety as well as navigation, seamanship and radio courses.
In 2014, Robert was appointed as the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) Safety and Training Officer, a role that involves representing the English, Welsh and Northern Irish fishermen at national and international levels.
Robert is also a member of the International Labour Organization’s Work in Fishing Convention 2007 (UK ILO C188) working group, whose work involves adapting the UK laws affected by the scope of the Work in Fishing Convention – a task that is closely linked to the work of Human Rights at Sea.
Above all, Robert works to improve safety and working standards across the industry, to promote the lifestyle and produce that the fishing industry provides.
A communications, marketing and fundraising professional, Nigel Shattock has held senior posts across the financial services, publishing and charity sectors. Previous roles include: Director of External Communications at the British Bankers’ Association; Head of International Maritime Events for Lloyds List (as LLP Ltd); and Head of Communications for Citizens Advice.
Since 2011, he has been Director of Fundraising & Communications at the leading maritime charity, Seafarers UK – a fundraising, grant-giving and campaigning charity focused on supporting the provision of welfare services to seafarers in need, and their families.
Nigel’s focus at Seafarers UK is on building a long-term fundraising and profile-building strategy. This undertaking has involved a major brand review, the building of charity partnerships, the development of impact reporting, the growth of an annual public awareness campaign, the establishment of a new project fundraising process and the recent launch of a Centenary programme.
Nigel has extensive skills gained across a range of functions and specialisms, including brand and corporate communications, social and digital media, public affairs, media relations, marketing, fundraising, commercial services and events development.
Nigel holds an MBA in International Management.
Ment van der Zwan
Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association, FISH-Platform
Ment van der Zwan is senior policy advisor with the Pelagic Freezer-Trawler Association and is also head of the crewing department at Cornerlis Vrolijk.
He was born in 1957 in a fisher folk family. His mother was a net repairer and his father was a fisher who skippered many Dutch fishing vessels for small pelagic fish such as herring, mackerel, horse mackerel and blue whiting.
After a short period as correspondent for a Dutch social security institute, Ment started working for the Cornelis Vrolijk group of fishing companies in IJmuiden, Netherlands, in 1979.
Over the years Ment has represented the Dutch fishing vessel owners in various social dialogue committees. He was deeply involved in the making of the ILO Work in Fishing Convention, 2007; he was spokesperson for both the shipowners and seafarers when the Netherlands implemented the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006; he is spokesperson for the employers in the EU Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee in Sea-Fishing; and he is the chair of the FISH Platform.
Revd Andrew Wright
The Mission to Seafarers
The Revd Andrew Wright was educated at the Dragon School and St Edward’s School in Oxford. A ‘Gap Year’ was spent as a radio operator and aircraft dispatcher for the Grenfell Association, an organisation at the time responsible for the delivery of medical care in Northern Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada.
After obtaining a Master of Theology degree at the University of St Andrews, he trained for ordination within the Church of England at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. His first post, as curate, was in one of Liverpool’s most deprived areas, working on the now infamous estates of Croxteth and Norris Green.
Three years later, he moved to a parish in Carlisle before becoming Vicar of St James with St Thomas in Wigan, also working as Chaplain to Wigan Hospice.
In 1991, he returned to Oxford as Chaplain, Head of Religious Studies and, for ten years, Housemaster and Senior Housemaster at St Edward’s, a large independent boarding school.
In 2007, he was appointed as Mission Chaplain and Director of Operations at the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen, with overall responsibility for the delivery of the Mission’s extensive port work at a time of very significant change within both the charity and UK fishing.
In February 2013, he was appointed Secretary General of The Mission to Seafarers.
Beyond his work he has a range of interests which include sailing, walking and cycling. He has been heavily involved in drama, both as actor and director, and his writing has included a number of published travel articles. He enjoys a fundraising challenge and once delivered a 24-hour sermon which raised in excess of £5,000. He is married and has a son and three daughters.