Expert Voice.

Setting the tone – a podcast series.

How has seafarer wellbeing been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?

This time around, we talk about how seafarer wellbeing has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our discussion is framed by the recent survey Lloyd’s Register (LR) undertook with the UK Chamber of Shipping and the Mission to Seafarers that assessed the impact of COVID-19 on the maritime workforce.

This online survey was targeted at employees across the global maritime industry and ran for three months between June and September 2020. To find out more about the survey, please visit our website here.

Nicola Good hosts this conversation, the Head of Brand and External Relations for Marine and Offshore at Lloyd’s Register and our panel of experts includes:

• Mike Bradshaw, Global Head of HSEQ at V. Ships.

• The Revd Canon Andrew Wright, Secretary-General at the Mission to Seafarers.

• Joanne Stokes, Human Factors Manager, LR.

• Volkan Arslan, Senior Consultant, Human Factors, LR.


Our Expert Voice participants.

About our host, Nicola Good, Head of Brand and External Relations at LR.

Nicola Good is the Head of Brand and External Relations for Marine and Offshore at Lloyd’s Register and has worked in the maritime industry for more than two decades. Until November 2018, she was journalism director at IHS Markit, a leading global provider of maritime data, analysis and consulting and the executive editor of Fairplay.

Prior to joining IHSM, Nicola was a long-standing member of the Lloyd’s List editorial team and responsible for a number of flagship product launches and was the custodian of the Top 100 listing. She was named Seahorse International Editor of the Year in 2016.

Mike Bradshaw CMgr FCMI, Global Head of HSEQ – V. Ships.

Mike is currently the Global Head of HSEQ for VGroup and has oversight for 18 ship management offices. Mike joined V.Group in 2000 after sailing as a dual officer (Deck and Engine Officer). Since coming ashore, he has taken up roles within V.Ships, including ship operations, post-fixture, and HSEQ. His current expertise is within leadership, safety culture and wellbeing. Mike represents VGroup at a number of industry working groups including the UK Chamber of Shipping and Partners in Maritime Safety.

Mike is the current Chairperson for the Chamber’s Safety Culture Working Group. Mike is a Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, the professional institution for management and leadership within the UK.

The Revd Canon Andrew Wright, Secretary-General at the Mission to Seafarers.

The Revd Canon Andrew Wright was educated in Oxford, at The University of St Andrews, where he studied Theology, and in Cambridge where he prepared for ordination in the Church of England. In February 2013 he was appointed Secretary General of The Mission to Seafarers, with the responsibility of leading this global charity through a period of extensive change. The Mission to Seafarers provides welfare support to seafarers in around 200 ports in 50 countries. It has also launched a range of new projects, including its Seafarer Family Support Networks and the Seafarer Happiness Index.

Alongside his responsibilities at The Mission, he is also currently Chairman of the International Christian Maritime Association, the umbrella body bringing together most of the organisations engaged in front-line maritime welfare.

Joanne Stokes, Human Factors Manager, LR.

Joanne Stokes is Senior Principal Human Factors Consultant with over 20 years’ experience in human factors. After gaining her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology at Surrey University, she went on to work in the Defence Industry with QinetiQ whilst gaining her Masters of Science at Bath University.

Joanne has worked at LR since 2003, where she has held various technical and business development positions in human factors. Joanne has worked across a wide range of safety-critical industries including Marine and Offshore, Defence, Aviation, Rail, Oil & Gas, and Medical.

Volkan Arslan, Senior Consultant, Human Factors, LR.

Dr Arslan is a Senior Human Factors Consultant at LR. He is a Naval Architect with a PhD degree in the area of Human Factors. He has extensive project experience in Human Factors within the safety-critical industries, predominantly in maritime.

Furthermore, he has extensive experience in safety culture & safety climate assessment and improvement, accident & incident analysis, human reliability analysis (HRA), workload analysis, task analysis, risk assessment, key performance indicators identification & management, training, and procedure review, development and improvement.

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