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Equality and diversity

22 November 2022 14:00 - 16:00

Equality and Diversity Forum

Venue: Bristol – Mercure Holland House Hotel.

Date: Tuesday 22 November 2022
Time: 14:00-16:00
Location: Mercure Holland House Hotel, Bristol, UK

Members could register for online attendence up until midday (UK Time) on Friday 18 November 2022. Registrations for in person attendance closed Thursday 20 October 2022.

Are you interested in promoting an inclusive maritime workplace? You'll find like-minded people at the Nautilus Equality and Diversity Forum on 22 November.

It's a chance to discuss the big issues, network with fellow members and influence Union policy, with the main meeting enhanced by special breakout groups for women members, LGBT+ members and young maritime professionals.

This is the first time in several years that the Forum has been held in person as well as online, and there will be a warm welcome in Bristol. Support is available to some full members who have limited resources to attend the Forum at the Mercure Holland House Hotel and stay on for the Nautilus UK Branch Conference the next day.

The EDF forum was launched at the Union's General Meeting in Rotterdam in October 2019, and acts as the overarching umbrella group for the original Women's Forum and Young Maritime Professionals Forum. It meets twice a year.


UK-based members who registered online are also welcome to stay and attend the UK Branch Conference being held on 23 November 2022 at the Great Eastern Hall of the SS Great Britain Museum in Bristol, UK.

Members can now login to their My Nautilus area to find the UK Branch Conference 2022 Report, a guide to Conference and other resources for UK Branch Conference 2022.

To attend the November Equality and Diversity Forum in person, members needed to have signed up by 17.00 on Thursday 20 October.

Registration for online attendance closed at midday (UK Time) on Friday 18 November 2022. 

Social media

Members who have Facebook accounts can however keep in touch online via our social media accounts on Facebook, and LinkedIn. Female members can also join the Nautilus Women's Group. This Facebook group is for female members of the Union only.  Members of the group will be invited to share stories on relevant issues, discuss the growing impetus to encourage more women into maritime industry, network and support each other. The group is in addition to the Young Maritime Professionals Facebook group which is also for members only.

The Union may also set up women members' and young maritime professionals' WhatsApp groups. Members can express their interest in joining these chat groups or registering interest in attending the Forum by emailing the EDF secretary Danny McGowan

Who to contact

Nautilus remains committed to having a dedicated female organiser available who can deal with any workplace issues or provide advice to members who wish to speak to a female representative.  Please contact Rachel Lynch by emailing

There is also a dedicated young members' organiser available who can deal with any workplace issues or provide advice to members who wish to speak to a younger union representative. Please contact Martyn Gray on or

Meet the Nautilus equality and diversity team

Equality and Diversity Forum secretary Danny McGowan

Danny McGowan heads the Nautilus Equality and Diversity Forum. He provides reports to the Union's general secretary and puts member requests in action as required. Email Danny

Young Maritime Professionals lead Martyn Gray

Martyn Gray leads the Nautilus Young Maritime Professionals (YMP) Forum and can provide advice to members who wish to speak to a younger union representative Email Martyn

Women's lead Rachel Lynch

Rachel Lynch is our organiser dedicated to assisting female members with any workplace issues or provide advice to members who wish to speak to a female representative. Email Rachel

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