Foundation Partners

Howard.jpgHoward Glenn

General Manager, Office of Boating Safety & Maritime Affairs
Transport for NSW

Howard Glenn leads the development and implementation of policy and regulatory reform initiatives for the full range of NSW maritime services functions, including commercial and recreational boating safety, waterways management, licensing and registration, and maritime property and infrastructure.

NSW has 2,140 kilometres of coast line, and a vast array of estuaries, lakes and rivers. There are around 500,000 licensed boat drivers, 250,000 registered vessels; and 120,000 small craft. Maritime property and infrastructure responsibilities include Sydney Harbour and Botany Bay, with land holdings in Port Kembla and Newcastle.

Howard joined NSW Maritime in 2008, and since that time has had a wide range of responsibilities involving legislative and policy reform; lifejacket wear campaigns; development of the national commercial vessel regulator; and infrastructure programs like the upgrade of Sydney Harbour commuter wharves and the Better Boating Program.

Immediately prior to coming to NSW Maritime, Howard managed the vehicle registration business of the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority. Howard has held several other executive roles with the NSW and Commonwealth Governments, specialising in bringing business, government and the community sector together to cooperate on complex policy and program reforms. This has included the establishment of the Aboriginal reconciliation process, the modernisation of Australia Day celebrations and awards, and a range of other human rights and social policy initiatives.


Jean-Murray-image.jpgJean Murray

Chair, Canadian Safe Boating Council

Jean Murray is Chair of the Canadian Safe Boating Council, a charitable organization which brings a wide range of partners and stakeholders together to promote boating safety. She also serves on the U.S. National Safe Boating Council.

During her 34 year career in the Canadian public service, Jean spent 14 years with the Canadian Coast Guard, including in the positions of Director General, Rescue, Safety and Environmental Response and Director General, Marine Navigation Services. She was also Executive Director of the National Search and Rescue Secretariat, National Defence and Director General, Emergency Management Policy, Public Safety Canada.

Jean is a strong believer in the value of collaboration and partnerships in addressing marine safety issues.






Pierre.jpgPierre Brugnon

Head of Mission: Prevention at Société Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer

Pierre Brugnon joined Société Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer (SNSM) in 2006 with a commission for Prevention.

SNSM is a French voluntary organisation founded in 1967 by merging the Société Centrale de Sauvetage des Naufragés (founded in 1865) and the Hospitaliers Sauveteurs Bretons (1873). Its task is saving lives at sea around the French coast, including the overseas départments and territories.

In 2009 the SNSM was responsible for about half of all sea rescue operations and saved 5,400 lives in 2816 call-outs and assisted 2140 boats in distress. 65% of funding comes from the private sector (donations, bequeathals and sponsorship) and 35% comes from the national government, the regions, the départements and the local communities.

Pierre was appointed SNSM Project Manager in 2007 for the complete redesign, testing, and allocation of new equipment for all SAR crew members and life guards, the principal objectives being the improvement of their safety, taking benefits from new technologies. By the end of 2010 he resumed his responsibilities for Prevention, focused mainly on lifejackets, the use of VHF by the boating community in place of cell phone, and the practice by yachtsmen of their safety equipment, so that they do not ask themselves questions in an emergency.

Pierre is a member of the AFNOR team working on lifejackets. He is also a member of the BSI/CEN/ISO committee on lifejackets. From 2008 to 2011 he was member of the Conseil Supérieur de la Navigation de Plaisance committee on Sea Safety.

Prior to SNSM, Pierre has worked mostly in international distribution and consulting. He is a former commissioned officer in the French Navy. He spends as much time as he can in Northern Brittany where he goes boating. Pierre and his wife Claire have three daughters and three grand-children.


Peter-Channel.jpgPeter Chennell

Sea Safety Manager, Royal National Lifeboat Institution

Peter Chennell joined the RNLI in 1995 as Managing Director of its trading division. In 2000 he took over the management of the RNLI Supply Chain, being responsible for all aspects of purchasing, storage, distribution, manufacturing, and boatyard activities.

For the last ten years Peter has been coordinating and steering the RNLI’s preventative activities, particularly amongst the leisure boating community. He is a member of the National Water Safety Forum, and Chairs its Sea Advisory Group. He is a founder member of the Maritime Casualty Review Panel. He also sits on the Irish Marine Safety Working Group, and is a member of two BSI/CEN/ISO committees, one on Lifejackets, the other on Small Craft.

Latterly he has also taken on responsibility for the RNLI’s Commercial Fishing safety activities, and is a member of the Fishing Industries Safety Group.

A key element of his focus is that of Lifejacket wear amongst the Leisure Boating community, working with prominent authorities on survival at sea, to bring awareness of the implications of not wearing a Lifejacket to the fore, and to try to understand the psychology of resistance to lifejacket wear.

A core belief is to freely share the RNLI’s experiences with other SAR and Safety organisations round the world, with some of its resources being adopted in whole or in part, and has presented his experiences at conferences and seminars in many parts of the globe.

Prior to joining the RNLI Peter’s career was primarily in the direct marketing industry, though he did start life as a pilot, then hovercraft engineer.

When not involved with the leisure boating community through his work, Peter is involved with the leisure boating community as a participant – he first took the helm of a boat at the age of five. Now an enthusiastic sailor, he spends as much leisure time as possible with his wife on board their boat, which is kept in France. He has also written a book on Passage Planning.


Alistair.jpgAlistair Thomson

Alistair (Al) works for Maritime New Zealand, based in Auckland and is a subject matter expert on recreational boating matters for Maritime New Zealand. His time is predominantly dedicated to recreational boating safety promotion and the operational delivery of the NZ Pleasure Boat Safety Strategy. Alistair is a keen recreational boater and fisherman and holds both recreational and commercial boating qualifications.

Alistair works closely with Maritime New Zealand’s safety partner organisations and members of the National Pleasure Boat Safety Forum to facilitate, develop and deliver programmes and interventions that seek to increase lifejacket wear amongst high risk groups, reduce boat drownings and accidents on NZ’s coast and waterways.