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East Cowes Mark Slawson OBE.Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries has announced that it has appointed Mark Slawson OBE as Fleet and Technical Director with effect from next month.

Mark is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineers and was awarded an OBE in the 2013 New Year’s Honours in recognition of his achievements in improving technical training within the Armed Forces.

His previous roles included Commandant of the Defence Technical College, the organisation responsible for UK-wide engineering training, as well as 30 years of senior marine engineering experience with the Royal Navy. He acquired a high level of management experience as Commanding Officer of HMS Sultan in Gosport and as Head of the MOD’s Fleet Customer Support Team. Previous roles included Superintendent of Fleet Maintenance at HM Naval Base in Portsmouth and substantial sea-going experience as the Senior Engineer Officer on-board the Royal Navy’s warship HMS Ocean.

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Mark joins Red Funnel at an exciting time as the business continues to grow. His significant project management knowledge and experience in organisational development will be invaluable as the Company plans for future vessel and terminal upgrades.

Kevin George, Red Funnel CEO commented:

“We are delighted that Mark is joining the team as his skills and experience will be invaluable in helping to improve both our operational efficiency and further developing our already high standards of service.”

Mark will begin his new role on 15th September.

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