The Seafarers’ Hospital Society has appointed Captain Kuba Szymanski as the new chair of its board.

Captain Szymanski is secretary-general for InterManager, the international trade association for the ship and crew management sector, and has a well-deserved reputation for advocating for seafarers.

He will join the society in May following the retirement of current chair Peter McEwen MBE MNM, who was elected in 2010 and has led the society through a period of development, including the response to Covid-19 and the marking of its 200th anniversary.

The charity’s deputy chair Sandy Nairne said: “Although we are sorry to say goodbye to Peter McEwen after such a positive period of chairmanship, we are very pleased to welcome Captain Szymanski to the society.

“As the society expands from the provision of healthcare and advice services to seafarers and fishers to preventative measures that ensure better conditions throughout the industry, his in-depth industry knowledge and guidance will be invaluable and make him an excellent choice for this role.”

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