The HERO Jury of 2016 exists out of the following members:
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF)
Bruce joined the IMRF as CEO in September 2012, relocating from New Zealand to the United Kingdom. He has spent the past 13 years heading Charities and Not for Profit Organisations. His most recent role was 4 years as CEO of Coastguard New Zealand where he was brought in from outside the SAR sector to implement a significant change program for the organisation. Having successfully completed the change, he assisted the Board to recruit and induct his replacement. During his time with Coastguard, Bruce was also part of Central Government strategic groups such as the Drowning Prevention Council, NZ Search and Rescue Consultative Committee and Pleasure Boat Safety Forum.
Michael Vlasto - OBE
Retired as the Operations Director of the RNLI
Retired in July 2013 after 39 years of service
Michael is well known as the IMRF's Chairman of Trustees. He retired as the Operations Director of the RNLI in July 2013 after 39 years of service. Michael, who is a Master Mariner, was mainly responsible for changing the RNLI from being a traditional lifeboat service to a world class lifesaving service following the introduction of beach lifeguards, flood rescue operations and prevention and education programmes to reduce the increasing number of incidents being dealt with. He was first elected Chairman of the IMRF Trustees in 2007.
The General Manager Safety and Response
Maritime New Zealand (the maritime safety authority in New Zealand)
Nigel Clifford has been the General Manager Safety and Response since March 2012. He is a Member of the Executive Leadership team; is involved in the Operational Service (marine pollution response services, maritime security and intelligence services, maritime incident response capabilities, national and international responsibilities for search and rescue); national and international maritime distress and Safety Communications Services; Coastal aids to Navigation Services; Management of Strategic Assets (including emergency distress beacon satellite ground station, communications infrastructure and classic lighthouses) and Financial planning, budgeting and management. Nigel has been with the Maritime New Zealand since 2008 in several functions. Before 2008 he was the Deputy Director of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. From 1981 to 2016 Nigel was a Squadron Commander Pilot with the Royal Air Force. (Information from LinkedIn 2016)