Paul Butterworth has been named the new Chair of Seafarers UK at the charity’s Annual Meeting, after serving as a Trustee for three years.
Mr Butterworth is a partner and head of the Maritime & Shipping Practice at the global executive search firm Odgers Berndtson.
He has 28 years’ experience in the maritime sector, 15 in executive search and before that the Royal Navy where he enjoyed two ship commands. Mr Butterworth trained at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, and has an LLB (Hons) Law degree from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.
A Younger Brother of Trinity House and Member of the Nautical Institute, Paul is also a Liveryman and Court Assistant of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, sitting on its Nominations Committee.
Paul Butterworth succeeds Vice-Admiral Peter Wilkinson, who chaired Seafarers UK's Board of Trustees for 10 years.
'I am deeply honoured to be taking the helm of the Seafarers UK General Council, particularly during this year's Seafarers Awareness Week,' Mr Butterworth said. 'Over the last few months, the plight of stranded seafarers has gained increasing visibility and the work of Seafarers UK has never been so needed since our founding in 1917.'