Cruise Ship Speakers

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Phil Giles
Aviation & Air Safety Investigator
RNLI Governor and Lecturer
Coming from: Emsworth,  Hampshire  UK
Captain Phil Giles wrote and appeared in the BBC documentary “The Bermuda Triangle” which investigated the disappearance of USN Flight 19. He is a Life Member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators and holds their Award for "Outstanding Service to Air Safety." He was an Air Safety Investigator with the UK AAIB from 1986 to 2002. Phil's talks cover air and sea safety investigations including the disappearance of Flight 19, "Black Boxes", Concorde, and Panam 103 at Lockerbie including the subsequent trial.

Stephen Musgrave
Maritime History
Lifeboatman J.P. Ph.D
Coming from: Poulton-le-Fylde,  Lancashire  UK
Dr Stephen Musgrave lives near Lancaster and in recent years has been an independent IT Consultant in the area of Computing in Education. He has a background at senior management level in Further and Higher Education, and was formerly a Merchant Navy Radio/Electronics Officer. Stephen maintains a keen interest in offshore sail cruising, and was a Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeboat crew member for 23 years, serving as Deputy Coxswain for 12 years. He is an accomplished speaker who regularly delivers his uniquely illustrated talks on maritime topics.

Howard Nichols
Destination Lecturer & Maritime Historian
Coming from: Bournemouth,  Dorset  UK
Howard was a Paramedic Instructor in the NHS Ambulance Service until 1989 when he was recruited by the RNLI to start up a new training course in Advanced Life Support and Care of the Survivor. He retired in 2004, but continues as a volunteer presenter for the RNLI Fund Raising Department. Having visited over 100 countries as a transport photographer he has a portfolio of nearly 90,000 images of destinations which enables him to give Port/Destination Lectures “bespoke” for each individual cruise.

Tom Ridyard MBE
RNLI Lifeboats Fundraiser
Coming from: Bolton,  Lancashire  UK
Tom has spent the majority of his working life in the textile industry covering different aspects. He has spent a number of years travelling to European countries and countries further afield. His interest in the RNLI stems from his many excursions to Blackpool with his grandmother, their trip always included a visit to the Lifeboat station. From this time onwards Tom was well and truly hooked, first as a fundraiser and then as Press Officer and later becoming the Chairman of the Bolton branch. His talks cover the work of the RNLI both past and present.

Peter and Christine Roach
Oceanographer & Ocean Yachtsman
BSc. CEng. MICE and BSc. PGCE
Coming from: Lewes,  East Sussex  UK
Peter is a Chartered Civil Engineer who specialised in Maritime Engineering. During his career, he was deeply involved in the design and construction of ports and harbours, and he has significant overseas experience, often in remote locations. He was an Officer in the Royal Naval Reserve for several years, and is an avid ocean yachtsman, over the years sailing his own 35' yacht to most parts of the world. He regularly speaks on cruise ships about his passion for Yachting.

Mick Testoni
R.N.L.I. Bronze Medal Badge holder
Coming from: Aldeburgh,  Suffolk  UK
Mick was born in Suffolk, but began his Police Career in 1964 in the Metropolitan Police, serving in London's East End. In 1974 he transferred to the Suffolk Constabulary and worked for many years in the Criminal Investigation Department until joining the Marine Department and completing 30 years service. Mick joined the R.N.L.I in 1977 and during his lifeboat service he was credited with saving 68 lives. He is the holder of the R.N.L.I. Bronze Medal Badge for his part in the rescue of 6 people from a yacht in force 11 gale and heavy seas in August 1996.

Martin Woodward MBE
Professional Diver and Marine Consultant
Treasure & Commercial Deep Diving, RNLI work, Adventure Challenges,
Coming from: Bembridge,  Isle of Wight  UK
Martin has been a professional diver since 1968, and is still actively diving in the UK and other locations worldwide. He was also involved with the RNLI for a total of 38 years. Martin’s diving career includes “deep saturation” diving in the North Sea, oilfields in the Persian Gulf and many other locations worldwide. His great love has always been finding shipwrecks and artefacts from under the oceans.