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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.

Jacqueline Gaffney, Operations Manager

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

Olaf Mager, Crisis Communications Manager

A crisis communications expert with over 30 years’ experience, Olaf has held senior press spokesperson positions with the Ministry of Interior of the Free State of Saxony, Dresden;  the Press Attaché Bureau, Bonn; the U.S. Embassy, Bonn; “Hamburger Hafen und Lagerhaus-Aktiengesellschaft (HHLA), and the German Association of Aerospace Industries (BDLI). In 2004, he was appointed Senior Vice-President, Corporate Communications, for German classification society Germanischer Lloyd. In addition to providing crisis communications support, Olaf runs Seaborne’s  Germany office in Hamburg.

Christopher Mayer, Consultant Editor

Chris is an award-winning journalist who spent some 30 years with the daily shipping industry bible Lloyd's List in a number of reporting and senior editorial roles. In addition, he worked closely with colleagues promoting the newspaper's  many global conferences and events, particularly in Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Turkey, the United States, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Laura Jones, Arts & Graphics

With over 12 years’ of 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.