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The Seaborne Team

Patrik Wheater, Managing Director

A technical shipping journalist, editor and PR director with 20 years’ experience, Patrik has a naval engineering background with the Royal Navy, after which he read History at Kingston before embarking on a career in maritime journalism and communications. He has lived and worked in Southeast Asia, where he regularly featured as a shipping industry analyst on Channel News Asia bulletins. He has an extensive network of media and industry contacts across all sectors of the global shipping and offshore marine sectors and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists.

Penny Thomas, PR Account Manager 

Penny Thomas began her career in maritime journalism more than 14-years-ago working with IHS Markit, subsequently becoming the managing editor of the prestigious Safety at Sea, Ports & Harbors and Dredging and Port Construction magazines. After a course in Public and Media Relations, Penny joins Seaborne Communications as PR account Manager raising the profile of Seaborne’s clients across the maritime, offshore and defence sectors.

Bill Thomson, Journalist

Following a career in engineering design, Bill entered marine technical journalism in the 1980s, working for recreational boating magazines. He then went on to edit some of the shipping industry's foremost titles, including The Motorship, Safety at Sea and Marine Propulsion International. 

Jackie Gaffney, Operations Manager

With over twenty years' experience managing key accounts for Unilever followed by ten years as a High Level Teaching Assistant, Jackie ensures Seaborne Communications operates to optimum efficiency, managing all back-office administrative functions.

Laura Jones, Arts & Graphics

With over 12 years’ professional design and illustration experience, Laura develops all our bespoke creatives, balancing traditional and digital techniques to ensure outstanding graphics that make an impact.

Mark Rouvray, Websites & SEO

Providing web design services and support, Mark specialises in developing impacting, user-friendly websites. Seaborne web packages include everything you need to get online, including the domain name, hosting, and email.