Paul Russell

Senior Marine Training Consultant


Paul completed a traditional cadetship with Cunard Shipping Services. During his career as a ship’s engineer, he served on all types of vessels from passenger ships to super tankers. His sea service also included medium-speed engines powering small tankers, slow-speed engines driving bulk carriers and steam plant providing power for the first container ships.

Following the successful completion of his class one certificate, Paul undertook service as assistant superintendent, after which he was recruited by the National Sea Training Trust to introduce marine engineering education and training into the college at Gravesend. Subsequently, Paul also took time to obtain a Masters Degree in Educational Management at The University of Greenwich. As Head of the National Sea Training Centre at North West Kent College, Paul undertook the role of Course Director for the Diploma in Marine Surveying run with Lloyd’s Maritime Academy (LMA) and is now the current Course Director for the Middlesex University/LMA MSc in Marine Surveying.

In 2010 Paul started his own maritime consultancy dedicated to the professional development of seafarers. The first project was to complete the business plan for a new multi-million pound marine training and conference complex under development by Viking Recruitment Limited in the UK. Subsequently Paul has completed; a change management strategy for a leading maritime charity, updated two marine engineering books, delivered a teaching program for undergraduates learning marine engineering and provided leadership to an MSc program in Marine Surveying.


Chris Harris

Marine Training Consultant


Chris Harris has joined the Viking family of companies as a lecturer in the disciplines associated with sea-going personnel, including Fire Fighting, Shipboard Security and Personal Safety and Social Responsibility. He brings extensive experience from many years working within the industry and has been instrumental in the development of the fire training facility at the site in Whitfield, Dover. Chris joined Townsend Thoresen in 1975 as an Engineer and continued in that role when P&O took over the company. During that time he joined the Kent Fire Brigade (Retained Service) achieving the rank of Leading Firefighter.

In 1998 Chris left P&O to join the National Sea Training College, Gravesend as a lecturer in Marine Engineering and Firefighter and within a short period of time the Fire Fighting became his primary responsibility. During his time at NSTC Chris developed both the fire ground and a series of courses including STCW 78, Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting and Advanced Fire Fighting. He also undertook the concept and accreditation for fire training centres in France, Spain, Fort Lauderdale (USA) and Liverpool (UK) enabling them to meet the standards required by the MCA to teach STCW 78, FP & FF and AFF. He now looks forward to working with Viking’s new training division the Maritime Skills Academy.


Tony Poynder 

Marine Training Consultant


Following his education at the T.S. Mercury on the River Hamble, Tony joined the Merchant Navy from a young age. He served as a Deck Apprenticeship with Silver Line, a London based company of which their ships consisted of bulk carriers, iron ore carriers and chemical and gas carriers. On obtaining his First Mate’s foreign going certificate, Tony joined the Liverpool based company Bibby Line, again serving on many different classes of vessels, including OBO’s, container ships, and general cargo and LPG carriers. On achieving his Master’s foreign going certificate, in 1978, Tony returned to Bibby Line, before joining Townsend Thoresen which later became P&O Ferries. Tony remained with P&O Ferries on the Dover to Zeebrugge and Dover to Calais services until leaving the sea in 1985 due to health problems.

Since his time at sea Tony has become an approved MCA tutor and examiner. Tony is qualified to deliver and examine courses such as PST, Life Boat and Fast Rescue Boat Courses, EDH and Crisis Management and Human Behaviour.

Tony brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Viking team and has helped make the Maritime Skills Academy an excellent training facility. 


Terry Atkins

Marine Training Consultant


After leaving school in 1971 aged 15, Terry joined the Royal Navy, serving for 8 years. Following this he joined Hampshire Constabulary for 27 years up until 2006. He was involved predominantly in Traffic & Firearms Operations, completing his final three years as an instructor at a Police Training Academy. He was then a consultant with the Highways Agency, (Now Highways England) assisting in the setting up of the training program for the Highways Agency Traffic Officer Service, and Major Incident Management training. He was also an associate lecturer at De Montfort University in Leicester, delivering training for PCSO’s employed by Leicestershire Constabulary.

Terry then returned to sea in 2008 as chief security officer on numerous large & small cruise liners for Princess Cruises. In 2013, he took up a position in aviation security at Manston Airport until it’s closure in May 2014 when he became a surveyor with the Office for National Statistics.

Terry joined in 2015 bringing his experience and knowledge to the to the Viking team and has helped make the Maritime Skills Academy an excellent training facility. 


Liz Baugh

Marine Training Consultant


Liz Baugh is our Lead Medical Trainer. She has been in the Maritime industry now for 18 years. She started out her maritime career in the Royal Navy completing her medical training at the Royal Hospital Haslar in Gosport. She then went on to serve on board Frigates and Destroyers as well as spending time with the Royal Marines and working as the Designated Person Ashore (Medical) looking after ships with no medical staff. 

After leaving the Royal Navy she completed her Offshore Medics qualification which enabled her to work within the Oil and Gas sector before moving on to training and consulting which allows her to pursue her passion for helping others become more confident with their first aid and medical skills. Having so much hands on experience from initial responses to medical evacuation and coordinating repatriations means that her focus is very much on the whole process rather than just the medical aspects.

Liz joined in 2016 bringing her experience and knowledge to the to the Viking team and has helped make the Maritime Skills Academy an excellent training facility. 

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