The Executive

President Commodore R W Warwick OBE MNM LLD FNI

Vice Presidents: Sir Robert Crawford KB CBE
James Fitzpatrick MP
Tommy Steele OBE
Captain E M Scott RD** MNM FNI RNR

Master: Vacant

Honorary Deputy Masters:

Rosemary Fogg
Valerie Ledgard
Eleanor Sharpston
QC - Advocate General of the Courts of Justice of the European Union
Dr Peter Marsden
Donald Staddon MNI

Members of the Council:

Prof Brian Cotton - Radio Officers Association
Captain J Stanford - Gravesend & District MNA
Captain P Wearing - Marine Officers Society of Thanet (MOST)
T Stokes Esq - Cambridge MNA
Captain D Wells - Blackpool MNA
John Hill Ch Eng FIMAREst - Queen Mary Association
Mr W Taylor MBE Esq. - Vice President Bevin Boys Association
Councillor S Souster - Rye
D Graig - Chief Radio Officer West Scotland
William Summers AMIEC - Hon Member Scotland
Stuart Edmonston - Port of London Merchant Mariners

National Standard Bearer: Mr L Skeham Esq.

Advisory Members: Captain P F Albury PhD - Website
David Curr - Technical Advisor

Executive: Mr Derek Bristow OBE DL BA Chartered MCIPD - Chief Executive
Jane Curr - Welfare Officer
Pat Gibson - Treasurer

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 Derek H Bristow - OBE DL BA Chartered MCIPD, Chief Executive

Derek was an Engineer in the Merchant Navy and this led him to found the Cambridgeshire MNA of which he is current Chairman. He has also been both National Chairman and Vice President of the national MNA.

Without Derek there would be no Federation of Merchant Mariners. He is currently the Chief Executive and the key person in making it all happen.

Derek has recently completed his tenure as Chairman of the Cambridgeshire Reserve Forces and Cadets Association for Cambridgeshire but remains with them as a member. He served in the Territorial Army and the Army Cadet Force and retired with the rank of Colonel.

He is a Deputy Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire and an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)

He is a graduate of the Open University and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Derek was at sea in the 60s serving on Athel Line and France Fenwick he left when reaching Third Engineer. He served in the Police in various positions including being the planning officer for policing one of the largest demonstrations in the country and a responsibility for operations throughout the Force in he rank of Chief Superintendent.

To quote Derek, "My greatest wish is to see all MNAs working together in strength and harmony as a living memorial to the Merchant Navy."

The photograph shows Derek in his role as Chief Executive of the FMM at the dedication of the Cambridgeshire MNA Standard flown from the stern of a British merchant ship.


Jane Curr Joins us as a Welfare Officer. "Having worked for several years in the voluntary sector as a benefits advisor for disability charities, I am now looking forward immensely to working with the Federation of Merchant mariners as your Welfare Officer.

I will aim to answer any queries as clearly and sensibly as possible, and if I cannot do it, to be able to find a man or woman who can." Jane will welcome any queries on Welfare and may be contacted via our email address or by ringing the Veterans line (01480 412 9580).

To go to the Welfare Corner please click here.

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