Quay Crew collaborates with The Crew Academy to deliver senior leadership course

Superyacht recruitment specialist and director of Quay Crew, Tim Clarke, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker on the industry-renowned command and senior leadership course delivered by The Crew Academy.

The director of Quay Crew will be presenting a two-hour standalone session on aspects of sourcing, securing and managing crew that will complement Emma Neill and her HR, Recruitment & Retention modules.

Following the release of The Crew Academy’s recent mental health report, Clarke will also incorporate how to create a positive onboard culture that promotes good mental health and crew longevity.

The next intake of the course, which starts on 15th February 2022, will provide more than 20 senior crew members with the knowledge and tools needed to lead, manage and maintain a productive crew and effective onboard environment.

Over 130 hours of live virtual lectures, online learning and self-development will be delivered in a three-part programme over a 12-month period.

Clarke will be joined by 10 other subject matter experts who will cover an additional 18 modules including Self & Personal Effectiveness, Conflict & Collaboration and Listening & Communication.

Tim Clarke, director at Quay Crew, commented, “I’ve long been a believer in any form of professional development, particularly in leadership and management because it is so crucial to any business and often lays the foundations for success in almost every other area. In the yachting sector, however, it’s not recommended nearly enough and if there was one key takeaway from our crew mental health survey, it was that poor leadership is contributing to stress, burnout and crew tension which in turn leads to poor mental health.”

The command and senior leadership course was launched by The Crew Academy in 2021, with over 40 captains and HODs currently studying or having graduated the programme. Feedback has regarded the course as of being transformational, outstanding and brilliant. 

Tim Clarke, continued, “From a personal perspective, I want to take part in the course to ensure I’m continually improving my management skills and learning new strategies and techniques. I’ve heard amazing feedback from those who have already completed it. From a keynote speaker point of view, this collaboration has been in the making for some time and I’m delighted to be able to share my expertise to support senior crew to build and retain a happy, healthy and valuable team.”

Andrew Roch, founder of The Crew Academy, added, “We are delighted to be welcoming Tim to the cohort as both student and speaker. Tim’s journey will hopefully mirror that of Captain Brendan O’Shaughnessy, who also was a student and speaker and who has since risen to the challenge of becoming a firm fixture on our keynote circuit. Tim’s insight into recruitment from a corporate perspective as well as yachting background will be invaluable to all fellow students, and we all look forward to getting a more personal insight into his journey form yacht crew member to business leader.”

For more information, visit Quay Crew.


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