The programme for this year’s Shipwrights’ Lectures at the Nuffield Theatre, University of Southampton Campus
on Wednesday, 16 October is now finalised.
The lectures aim to inspire young people working in or studying for the UK leisure marine industry
and to highlight our unique international position as leaders in design and technology. There are
currently some 4,800 businesses and 33,000 employees generating £3.2 billion in revenue and
overseas sales that grew 16% in 2017/18, which means everyone involved is a major contributor to
the UK economy.
We are very pleased to have the continued support of The University of Southampton for the
Shipwrights Lectures which is seen as part of their overall educational programme.
The first speaker, Bob Sanguinetti, CEO, UK Chamber of Shipping will evidence the importance of
the ‘Leisure’ sector to the UK economy and the part contributed by Apprentices and young Boat
Then Steve Hancock, Training Manager, Pendennis Shipyard will conduct a session discussing
career progression with second and fourth year Apprentices, also a Manager who has progressed
from his apprenticeship into the Company’s leadership team.
This will be followed by Nigel Stuart, Managing Director of Spirit Yachts who will outline the concept
and background to their ‘Spirit 111’ which has been designed and built for sustainable sailing.
The Panel, again under the chairmanship of Matt Sheahan – writer, producer and broadcaster – will
focus on ‘Sports boats & Superyacht tenders’, a sector where the UK is a world leader. Matt will be
joined by MD’s of some renowned companies together with Charlotte Mille, the Project Manager for
the Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge who we expect will add a slightly different dimension to
Further speakers will be announced in September and the closing session will include the 2018
winners of the prestigious Queen’s Silver Medal Award who have been invited to talk about
their participation in the course and its career benefits.