Maritime charity president’s HQ visit

President Sir George Zambellas (left) and Chief Executive Commodore Malcolm Williams

President Sir George Zambellas (left) and Chief Executive Commodore Malcolm Williams

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A Chichester based maritime charity has welcomed its new President to see staff at work.

Admiral Sir George Zambellas GCB, DSC, DL, FRAeS was invited by the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society to its Chichester headquarters to attend a grants meeting to learn more about support the Society gives to those facing financial difficulties in the retired and serving seafaring community.

Admiral Sir George completed thirty-five years service in the Royal Navy as First Sea Lord in April 2016.

Sir George said: “To take up the office of President for a maritime charity with such a distinguished history spanning 178 years was a great honour. My visit today has given me an even greater insight into the vital and much needed assistance the Society gives to those who have served in the merchant navy or in fishing, and their dependants, and who are now facing financial hardship.”

Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society chief executive, Commodore Malcolm Williams, said: “We are very fortunate to have Admiral Sir George as our 17th President following a long line of distinguished predecessors. He is a proven leader with an instinctive empathy for the fishermen, merchant mariners and their dependants whom the charity supports.”

To find out more about the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, visit the website at www.shipwreckedmariners.org.uk. The society provides help and assistance to fishermen and mariners and their dependants suffering hardship, misfortune or poverty.

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