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Date(s) - 16/11/2019
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The Heath Cottage Hotel, Dewsbury

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The 2nd Annual NORFED Conference & Presentation



Saturday 12-30 hrs. Conference Speakers:

There is a charge of £5-00 entry per person.

Mae Dorricott.

Mae, 22, is interested in the avenue of scientific communication, an area she first encountered during her time in Plymouth when she worked at The National Marine Aquarium as a host. The task of bridging the gap between the latest science and the public and trying to generate dialogue is the area Mae is now most interested in pursuing, resulting in her current undertaking of a Masters in Scientific Communication. The opportunity provided by the OWUSS as the European Rolex Scholar is a phenomenal chance for Mae to try and capture a snapshot of what is out there, and help her achieve her dream of reconnecting others back to the sea.

Martin Sampson.

Martins presentation is ‘From Tyres To Nurdles: The Impact of Plastic Pollution’

Martin hails from Bristol and is a former Diving Officer for WestFed. He and his wife Caroline have been running their diving business, Anglesey Divers, in Holyhead for over 30 years. He is a BSAC National Instructor, PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and Scuba Schools International (SSI) Master Instructor. He was awarded Platinum Pro Diver by SSI for contributions to the diving industry over last 30 years. He is also volunteer crew on the Holyhead All Weather Lifeboat as Navigator. He is passionate about diving being used to help educate society at large and is pushing the reduction in plastic use along with Surfers Against Sewage on Anglesey which recently won the Plastic Free Anglesey award.

Cmdr. Brian  Thompson

Brian qualified as a mine warfare and clearance diving officer in 1988.  He was second-in-command and diving officer in a mine-hunter during the Gulf War of 1990-91 and for the mine clearance operations that took place after Kuwait’s liberation.  After command of a shore-based clearance diving unit he qualified as an above-water warfare officer in 1994, subsequently serving in destroyers and frigates. Further warfare appointments included chief of staff in a mine countermeasures squadron, frigate second-in-command and operational training and inspection of mine warfare and patrol vessels.

In 2001 he became director of the RN Division at the UK Joint Services Command and Staff College and deployed to Iraq in September 2004 as the military assistant to the first head of the newly-formed Iraqi Coastal Defence Force.  He returned from Iraq to command the Fleet Diving Squadron, comprising all the RN’s shore-based clearance divers delivering world-wide clearance diving capability to the fleet and providing emergency explosive ordnance disposal across the UK

Ken Crow judging the Annual Photo Competition.


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