Sandra Welch, Director of Programme for Sailors’ Society, has been promoted to deputy CEO of the global maritime welfare charity.
Ms Welch, who joined the charity in 2014, will continue to head up the programme team, overseeing chaplaincy work in 85 ports across 26 countries, innovative welfare app development, the charity’s Wellness at Sea programme and building houses, schools and medical centres for seafaring communities torn apart by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
CEO Stuart Rivers said: “Sandra has made an incredible impression in the time that she has been at Sailors’ Society and this promotion is well deserved. She will continue to help support a talented team at our offices in Southampton and in ports across the world to bring welfare support to seafarers and their families.”
The charity, which will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2018, provides spiritual comfort and practical help to merchant seafarers, like phone cards and transport to local shops, as well as liaising with families back home and helping with education.
Ms Welch added: “It’s a privilege to work for this charity and the many incredible people we support. In the last five years alone, we have reached out to 1.4 million seafarers and helped more than 4,000 people with healthcare, education and housing. I’m very proud of all we have achieved and look forward to a very exciting few years as we build up to our big birthday.”