The RYA Training Conference is an annual event for RYA instructors, appointment holders and training centre principals. Here are some of the speakers and sessions expected to take place this year.
With Capt. Andrew Moll
Captain Andrew Moll, Chief Inspector MAIB, draws on his extensive experience, discussing the lessons learnt from recent accidents and incidents.
After joining the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) in 2005 as a Principal Inspector, Andrew was promoted to Chief Inspector in 2018. Prior to joining the MAIB, he served 27 years as a deck officer in the Royal Navy. Currently, he is a valued member of Trinity House, the Nautical Institute, and a Chairman of Trustees for the Southampton Sea Cadets. Andrew is also appointed as an RYA Powerboat Advanced Trainer.
With Simon Rowell
Simon Rowell, Meteorologist for the British Sailing Team talks all things weather and how you can link the forecast to the real-world.
Starting as a sailing professional in 1997, Andrew went on to study meteorology at the University of Reading. He worked as a freelance meteorologist, later becoming a meteorologist for the British Sailing Team in the run up to Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics. Since then, Andrew has worked on several notable projects, including the series “The Island with Bear Grylls’ where he provided location forecasts.
With Hannah Cockle
Hannah Cockle, RYA OnBoard Manager, shares how RYA centres can link in with local schools and colleges by utilising existing resources and exploring new routes to engagement
As OnBoard Manager at the RYA, Hannah has recently become a Dinghy Coach. She was the RYA Sailing Development Officer in the South Region before working for a charity in the wider sports sector. Hannah came back to the RYA in 2017 and has been developing the OnBoard (junior sailing and windsurfing) programme ever since.
With Rachel Griffiths
Rachel Griffiths, Executive Coach from The Natural Leader, aims to explore and reveal the natural leader in you. Natural leaders communicate effortlessly, they can capture and hold the attention of their audience moving them into action.
As a co-founder of Reputation Consultancy, Rachel spent ten years advising large corporations, their leaders, and their teams to form and maintain healthy personal and working relationships. Her clients include the Guardian, Lloyds Banking Group, Facebook, Oxfam, Unilever, NHS, and many more. Today, she remains a media spokesperson on the topic of reputation, featuring on Sky News, BBC World, the Washington Post and Financial Times.
With Liz McMaster and Vaughan Marsh
Liz McMaster and Vaughan Marsh from the RYA Training Team, investigate the different roles in your centre and their skillsets. How does this compare to the RYA qualifications they hold? Who has the responsibilities and liability for the actions of the centre?
Liz McMaster is the new Chief Instructor for Dinghy and Windsurfing. Liz has worked in the Water sports industry for 20+ years across a range of centres delivering across the majority of the small boat schemes. The training of Instructors has been a large part of the last 14 years in both the dinghy and Windsurf schemes.
Vaughan has been the Sail & Motor Cruising Chief Instructor in the Training Department at the RYA for 10 years.
With Brian Johnson and Phil Horton
Brian Johnson, previously CEO at the MCA and Phil Horton, the RYA’s Sustainability Manager talk about new propulsion methods in use with big and small ships. Also covering ways to decarbonise your training centre boats.
Brian graduated in chemical engineering at Cambridge University and worked in ICI for 15 years. Where he did research, technology development, site production management and business restructuring leadership. Most recently, he has been doing interim leadership work in the bio-pharmaceutical sector.
Phil is a Chartered Engineer and started his career working for the BBC. He later studied for an Environment MSc and moved to the Centre for Alternative Technology, where he led the development of a 2,000m2 eco-education centre. After working for a renewable energy co-op, he combined his 20 years of work in sustainability with his love for sailing, by joining the RYA.
With Victoria Jacobs and Craig Burton
Craig Burton, RYA Training Resource Manager & Victoria Jacobs, RYA Shorebased Manager, deep dive into the Day Skipper Shorebased course and how it links to practical courses.
Victoria is our Shorebased Manager and has held various roles within RYA Training over the past 14 years. Using Victoria’s experience in learning and development, her focus now is on updating the shorebased materials to reflect the RYA’s new ‘digital first’ approach to navigation.
Craig joined the RYA training department in November 2010 as the Chief Instructor (Sail Cruising and Shorebased Scheme). In 2013, he moved to a new role of Training Resource Manager to bring the shorebased, eLearning and publications teams closer together and to ensure their output complimented the practical training schemes as they developed.
With Niall McLeod and Rob Taylor
Niall McLeod from the RYA Technical Department and Rob Taylor from the MCA deliver an update on the revisions process for the small vessel code.
RYA Racing Services Manager, Niall, has led the RYA's Certifying Authority for the past 5 years. He has been Chair of the MCA's SCV Consultation Group and the committee responsible for recommending common interpretations of the code to the MCA. Niall is also the current Chair of the RYA's Safety Management Group.
Rob spent 15 years working on the technical aspects of national and international sports governance and Certifying Authority Management before making the move to the MCA. Rob became the Code Vessel Lead in June 2020. He now focuses on the review of regulations and codes of practice for small commercial vessels including workboats and those used for sport and pleasure.
With David Mellor
Led by Dave Mellor, the RYA’s Coaching Development Manager, this session takes a deeper dive into feedback and how we can use it to support learning.
David’s background is in PE teaching and dinghy racing. Since 2011, he’s been the RYA Coaching Development Manager. His main responsibility is developing all the coaches that the RYA use for the British Sailing Team and various Youth & Junior squads. As well as helping to lead the RYA Race Coach programme.
With Katie Loucaides and Andrea Gates
Katie Louciades and Andrea Gates from RYA Safeguarding, discuss policies, procedures & people. Understand how safeguarding has changed and how to ensure that your centre takes a modern approach to its safeguarding and welfare responsibilities.
As safeguarding and Equality Manager, Katie has reignited the RYA’s passion and determination for making boating accessible and inclusive to all. She has created, launched, and delivered on the new RYA Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategy: “Charting an equal, diverse, and inclusive course for the future of boating”.
Andrea Gates leads the daily operations of the safeguarding team, supporting Katie to ensuring the RYA delivers on its safeguarding action plan. Andrea has previous experience in safeguarding as the lead for three indoor leisure centres. She also has a keen interest in mental health and wellbeing, striving to raise awareness of it in sailing.
With Andy Sutton
This session, led by Andy Sutton from Access Composites gives an overview of what the materials are beneath the surface of the gel coat. Offering advice on when to do repairs yourself vs when to call in a professional.
Andy runs Access Composites Ltd, an engineering training company supporting the growth of composite materials. He has worked in a wide range of composite sectors but most notably marine, aerospace, F1 and automotive carrying out jobs from manufacturing, design, and technical support.
With Myles Farnbank
Myles Farnbank offers his knowledge and shares a range of techniques to potentially deepen our connection with the blue realm through our experiences afloat. He will discuss ecology, cultural history, folklore, native language, poetry and more.
Myles currently works at the University of Cumbria based in the outdoors studies department. Also, working as a freelance Consultant, Trainer, and Guide. He is an experienced wilderness guide with many years of sea kayaking, canoeing, sailing, and mountaineering in some of the world’s wildest places. He is committed to the principles of ecotourism contributing positively to communities and wildlife in the places that he works.