Meet our MCA & STCW team

Our instructors and course advisors have a wealth of industry knowledge and experience.

Bill Tate

Head of Maritime Training

A Master Mariner with over 30 years of sea going experience and 20 years of teaching MCA yacht modules. I am a IAMI Director and Chair the IAMI Restricted CoC sub group, working with MCA on the Yacht Officer training programme and the Maritime Skills Alliance. I teach all Officer of the Watch (OOW), Master courses and ECDIS, EDH and Simulator modules.

“UKSA is an inspiring place to work.”

Gregor McGowan

MCA Training Manager

After spending a couple of seasons as a water sports instructor for UKSA, I decided to return here and work as a Yachtmaster instructor. My current qualifications are MCA Chief Mate (Yacht) 3,000 gross tonnes, MCA Master 200 gt (unlimited), MCA AEC, RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Examiner/Instructor. I currently teach the Yachtmaster and Ocean Theory, General Ship Knowledge, ECDIS and the STCW 2010 at UKSA.

“I enjoy training our professional students and helping to equip them with the skills and qualifications they require in order to progress in their careers.”

Rob Burton

MCA Instructor

I started my career as a Dinghy instructor which led onto me getting my Ocean master and Ocean master Instructor. I then worked on Super Yachts for 8 years, cruising the Med, Caribbean, USA, Red Sea, UK, Baltic and Norway. I hold the Chief Mate <3000 GT and Master <200 GT CoC. I currently teach the OOW modules of Nav & Radar, GSK and ECDIS at UKSA.

“I have always enjoyed teaching/instruction so this was a great way for me to come land based whilst staying in the industry.”

James Potipher

MCA Instructor

I started working in the industry as a water sports instructor, teaching people to become future instructors. I transferred my skills form working water sports for 6 years into the yachting industry. Master 200 and Advanced Powerboat instructor. I continually work to gain higher qualifications with the aim to get my Master 3000 ticket.I teach the STCW course for new super yacht crew & PSCRB at UKSA.

“I want to give my knowledge and experience of the industry on to the future generation of superyacht crew.”

Ross Kennedy

MCA Instructor

I sailed upon deep sea commercial oil tankers for 15 years as a deck officer. I teach the MCA and STCW courses from greenhorns all the way up to masters.

“I came ashore and wanted to continue working in the maritime environment whilst being able to enjoy family life.”

Paul Martin

MCA Instructor

I was a radio officer and station manager at Portishead progressing to teaching Master Stability and construction for Bluewater in various countries. I teach a variety of specialist marine courses including GMDSS GOC and Masters Stability 3000. At UKSA I teach the GMDSS GOC, Master Stability 3000 (Yachting), Ship Security Officer, STCW PST, STCW PSSR & STCW PDSD courses.

“I enjoy working in a fun, friendly and diverse environment. UKSA is a fantastic place to meet new people and to change the lives of young  people.”

Beth Neydorff

MCA Course Advisor

I started as a Watersports instructor in 2008, specialised in outdoor activities and working with young people. I’m a fully qualified watersports instructor, ERCA working at Height and Generic Rescue trained, I also have a diploma in Leadership and Management level 3, MCA STCW & HELM Operational Level. My role at UKSA is the MCA & Recreation training course advisor.

“I love working for an organisation that not only makes a difference to thousands of young people, I have the ability to grow professionally.”