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An interesting piece of information is that the position of Harbourmaster, over and above his immediate employer, is answerable directly to the Secretary of State – a rather daunting prospect but one which Martin accepts as part of this important role.

Martin is also responsible for the management of the harbours including budgeting, managing some 40 staff, as well as port and harbour maintenance incorporating £1M worth of dredging equipment atWhitby.

Whitby in particular has a huge opportunity to take advantage of the offshore wind energy industry with its close proximity to the proposed wind farm development at Dogger Bank.

“Harbours generally have changed more in the last 5/10 years than in the previous 50. Whitby and Scarborough specifically have changed from small to medium sized cargo ports, which were heavily involved in fishing, to a more leisure and tourist type industry. As Whitby and Scarborough sit alongside the national park any future industries have to fit in with that.

The wind energy industry fits very well with that model and we also fit well with particularly the operations and maintenance side of the development, not just the fishing and marine support but engineering as well.” Martin explained.

He also confirmed his confidence in the future by stating “In short we see Whitby and Scarborough as an Operations and Maintenance hub whatever requirements there are.”

MARTIN’S LIFE AND EXPERIENCE Born and raised in Padstow, Cornwall, Martin always wanted to be a trawler skipper even though his family were more interested in the skies! (father in aircraft engineering and brother in the RAF). Martin was a qualified deep-sea- trawler skipper at 19 and owned his own boat – quite an achievement on its own.

The writing was on the wall however for the fishing industry in the early 1990s and Martin did not want to sit back and let things happen around him, so he moved on to working on supply ships serving the North Sea oil industry.

Martin worked up through the Merchant Navy structure and gained his masters ticket and skippered many different types of ships.

On a more personal note, Martin visited Whitby on honeymoon in 2001. “I met my now wife when she visited Cornwall on holiday from London – most holidaymakers bring back rock, but she brought me back as her souvenir!”

When Martin and his new wife got back from their honeymoon inWhitby the job of Harbourmaster and Pilot was advertised in the Telegraph and the rest, as they say, is history – destiny if ever you saw it!

Martin finally touched on the necessity for us all to act together as a larger region, so that we can help each other overcome the certain challenges and opportunities which lie ahead. A noble statement, but a sincere one, and one in which we would heartily agree.

ANNE HORNIGOLD CEO ofWhitby & District Fishing

Industry Training School

With the need for trained mariners to serve the growing offshore wind energy industry, the workers within the present fishing industry (who possess the transferrable skills required), are seen as an obvious source.

Where better to start than looking to educational establishments which offer training for young people who will fill the skills gap in the future?

TheWhitby & District Fishing Industry Training School was set up to serve apprentices in the fishing industry. It’s aim is to deliver quality training to young people entering the industry in order to to replace retiring fishermen. The centre was opened in 2002 although preparation and planning had taken place throughout the previous 2 years. Anne’s husband Tony was the original Director of Training and set up the training side of the business, whilst Anne as Company Secretary set up the legal requirements.

After a few years, Tony retired and after a reorganisation of the business, Anne took over the day to day running of the school. Anne wears four hats

The school has expanded its portfolio of training delivery to include not only the fishing apprenticeship, but also safety training and refresher safety training to existing fishermen. It also delivers RYA training to both the commercial and leisure sectors. The school is proactive in seeking new opportunities for course delivery with existing trainers, or by recruiting new trainers in maritime and other sectors. The nature of the school and its trainers allows for a high degree of flexibility, effectively allowing on-demand course delivery and is nationally recognised for the quality of its training.

The school has been featured in several high profile television programmes, produced for the BBC and a leading cable network series which has enhanced the awareness of the training available, and the industry as a whole. A BBC programme featuring the school and maritime apprenticeship training is under discussion for the future.

ANNE’S MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE Previously Anne worked for shipping companies as an export manager, started her own company advising on business development, before moving toWhitby from Teesside. She joined theWhitby & District Business Development Agency working as Deputy CEO and worked in an advisory capacity jointly with various experts within the fishing industry on the planning, development and opening of the school before taking up her role as CEO.

metaphorically speaking: Company Director, Company Secretary, CEO and she also heads up the pastoral care team for the apprentices. Successful applicants travel toWhitby from all points in the United Kingdom, and reside in ‘homely lodgings’ with local families.

Wind Energy NETWORK


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