Meet the Judges: Kathryn Neilson


Kathryn started her career as a teacher and spent much of the early part of her career working within the training and learning development sector. When the opportunity arose in 2011 to branch off into Maritime Training, she jumped at the chance. For seven years, she worked for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line as their Safety and Compliance Officer responsible for the UK fleet’s certification and compliance and was also responsible for overseeing their UK and International Cadet Training Programmes. She took over the responsibilities of MNTB Director in August 2017. As the Director of the Merchant Navy Training Board, she is responsible for the overall operation of the MNTB, overseeing and facilitating its technical work, new entrant training programmes careers promotion strategy and managing the charitable work of the Maritime Educational Foundation.  Kathryn was recently appointed as a Maritime Skills Commissioner.

On the Maritime UK Awards, Kathryn says:

“There has never been a better time to recognise the exceptional innovative and entrepreneurial talent in our industry. The Maritime UK awards will allow successful businesses to showcase their achievements and the incredible contribution they have made, and I am delighted to be part of the selection process”