The Global Marina Institute (GMI) has appointed Mr Bruce Birtwistle as its Chairman for the next two years. A seasoned marine industry professional of nearly three decades, Bruce is the General Manager Australia, Bellingham Marine and a director of the Marina Industries Association (MIA). A huge supporter of industry education, Bruce holds an MBA from Massey University in Auckland and has completed the GMI management courses.
The GMI is a partnership between British Marine and the MIA which delivers consistent global marina management training to increase professional marina management standards.
The GMI co-ordinates with the American Marina Institute (AMI) in providing globally recognised accreditations; Certified Marina Manager (CMM), Certified Marina Professional (CMP) and Certified Marina Operator (CMO).
The outgoing Chair, Tony Browne CMM, Marina Director Porto Montenegro commented, “When starting a career in any industry it is important to see a pathway for progression. The GMI not only delivers this by way of standardisation of courses and accreditation, but also offers positions as board members to industry professionals who may be looking to give back.” Joining Bruce on the Board are Suzanne Davies, CEO MIA, Clemens Overdijk CMM, Marina Manager, Sydney Superyacht Marina, James Burbury, Managing Director Burbury Consulting, Lesley Robinson, CEO British Marine, Tony Dye CMM, Marina Consultant and Manjinder Mahey, Head of Training Manager, British Marine.
Of his appointment, Bruce commented, “The GMI is a great career pathway for marina professionals and its courses and accreditations are recognised right around the world. I am privileged to join this esteemed Board and look forward to furthering the profile of marina education and the professionals it certifies.”