"A number of factors are combining to increase the frequency, complexity and types of crises companies face. Organisations must ensure they stand ready, respond effectively and recover stronger."
An industry leading reputation, built over many years, can be irreversibly damaged during a crisis by an action, comment or decision taken in the heat of moment.
Decisions made in the minutes and hours after disaster strikes can be critical.
Conversely, an incident well-handled can do much to enhance an organisations reputation with its customers and peers.
Ensuring an organisation has resilience embedded into its culture could be the difference between a crisis morphing into headline news or transforming into a minor internal challenge.
By providing a critical, impartial and fully independent external lens, MTI Network’s highly experienced response service works in tandem with your company’s internal organisation and stakeholders to ensure a smooth, timely and transparent response to public, media and governmental interest.
Our aim is to ensure clients effectively communicate and arrive at a successful conclusion to incidents and issues of any size or scale.
Managing risk or uncertainty form the backbone of any continuity and response plan. While we cannot predict the future, through years of experience MTI can help you shape your internal policies, and stress test your organisation’s resilience through training, drills and exercises.
Having handled most of the major maritime incidents over the past two decades, we aim to make firms confident to take on whatever is thrown their way - giving sanctity of mind to management, employees and business partners in advanced of incidents or issues arising.
- – Crisis response plans
- – Social media policies
- – Incident drills
- – Training
“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success” – Alexander Graham Bell
Learning how to respond to a crisis, during one, is a shortcut to failure.
Our industry recognised media training courses provide employees at all levels, from seafarers to management, with the experience and techniques on how to respond appropriately during the pressure of an incident.
MTI offers the following training formats:
- Advanced Media Response
- Aimed at management or spokespersons this course seeks to prepare participants to actively engage with the media through various interviews, press conferences or door-steps (media ambush).
- Conducted over a full day this course is very practical and interactive giving participants the opportunity to practice dealing with the media during a realistic incident
- Basic Media Response
- This course prepares office staff in how to deal with the media during an incident when they are not the company spokesperson.
- This course typically lasts half a day and includes realistic media calls, door-step interviews (media ambush) and the use of social media to give participants experience in these situations
- eLearning – NEW
- Family/NOK Response
- Aimed at the crew management or personnel who deal with crew and their families.
- This course prepares them for dealing with the challenges of communication with Next of Kin during an incident.
All participants of MTI courses receive an accredited certificate upon completion.
Investors and business partners are asking for more clarity from shipping companies on ESG reporting and target setting. This opens the door to many probing questions that can potentially harm reputation.
MTI Network is a fully accredited SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board) Alliance member.
SASB is an organisation which sets financial and sustainability reporting standards to assist clients with the potential minefield of ESG disclosure, sustainability discussion, and target setting.
From the SASB documentation, we have created a metric collection sheet, which meets the SASB disclosure standard, as well as incorporating important aspects of the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investing (PRI).
This documentation can now be turned into an ESG Long Form Report and ESG Markets document for wider distribution; both with a comprehensive survey of sustainability factors, so providing greater confidence to investors, financial institutions and business partners.
For those more advanced in ESG matters, we are now offering ‘Materiality sessions’ and ‘Benchmarking’ on an anonymous basis.
The first step is to disclose the metrics you measure, and competently discuss what future steps are being taken on Environment, Social and Governance issues. It is all about progress, and now offers a huge opportunity for those that find themselves ahead of the curve.
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Patrick Adamson is Chairman and Founding partner of MTI Network.
Mobile:+44 7836 766 947
Allyson Cover is Chief Operating Officer of the MTI Network and a Director of MTI Limited, London. Allyson is responsible for co-ordination and liaison between clients and Network Partners on all matters such as training, quality and administration.
Allyson also takes a lead role in organising and running all levels of MTI training courses worldwide.
Mobile:+44 7885 137 229
Martin Baxendale is the Managing Director of Maritime Technical International Ltd. Martin was educated in the UK and holds a BA (Hons) from London University. After working for a City based advertising and public relations agency, he joined the MTI Network’s London office in 1998. During his time with MTI, Martin has overseen traditional public relations projects, as well as working extensively on incident response and reputation management programmes.
He has advised on a number of high-profile media incidents, as well as a wide range of pre-emptive strategic programmes. He is also closely involved in MTI’s various training programmes.
Mobile:+44 7802 954 616
Mark Clark has over 25 years of working on crisis desks in both the commercial world and UK government transport and health departments. He has provided strategic media handling advice to many of the world’s leading shipping companies and has been on the front line in numerous high profile casualties.
Formerly a print journalist, and then behind the microphone on both the BBC and independent radio stations across Europe, Mark was also a personal press officer to a UK Cabinet Minister for a lengthy period and spent some time at the very highest level of government.
Between 1997 and 2011 he headed the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency’s public relations and media department. During this time he handled many significant shipping, yachting and oil incidents and worked closely with many companies and teams within the oil and gas sectors. He has been involved in many multi-faceted drills, training exercises and on-line simulations of casualty situations to test organisations, local authorities, government bodies and shipping and energy companies.
Mobile:+44 7795 170 603
William joined MTI Network in 2014, having completed his Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Exams and winning an award for high marks in one of them. He was educated at the University of Leeds gaining a BA (Hons).
Since then William has been heavily involved in all aspects of the business in London, with first hand experience in dealing with maritime crisis and contributing to the MTI training programme throughout Europe.
Mobile:+44 7526 548 910
Since joining MTI Network in 2018, Charlie has been heavily involved in all aspects of the business, with first-hand experience in dealing with a number of high-profile maritime incidents.
Charlie is responsible for managing MTI’s monitoring team, as well as, taking an active lead on the execution of special projects, including; social media strategy and the use of ‘Dark Sites’ to help manage a crisis.
Charlie is also closely involved with MTI’s global media training program.
Mobile:+44 7568 500 075
Alice joined MTI in 2021, having graduated her Masters’ degree in International Relations, with distinction, and BA International Relations and Politics from the University of Sheffield. Since joining, she has taken on an integral role in the media monitoring team and contributes to MTI’s global media training program.
Mobile:+44 797 919 5450
Blake joined MTI Network in 2017. He leads our ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) programme.
He holds an M.A. (Hons) in Economics.
Mobile:+44 7850 178 527
Jacob Brown is an ESG consultant with experience in sustainability disclosure and strategy development, supply chain due diligence, greenhouse gas accounting and life cycle analysis across multiple sectors including maritime, mining, finance and agriculture.
Carima Gomari takes a lead role in many aspects of the accounts management and financial administration of MTI Network.
Prior to joining MTI Network in 2012, Carima worked as property and accounts manager in the real estate sector.
Alison Lloyd joined in 2018 and is a key member of the accounts team responsible for preparation of all clients’ accounts. She is also responsible for the maintenance and updates of the MTI database and client information.
Alison has also been instrumental in updating and refreshing the MTI Network app, which was relaunched at the beginning of 2023.
Anthony is responsible for MTI’s administrative centre in Guernsey. After graduating from Oxford University he joined Schroders in London where he became SFA Registered as a Securities Representative for the Financing & Structured Products Division of J. Henry Schroder & Co. Limited. During his time there he was primarily involved in both onshore and offshore private banking in a variety of jurisdictions. Anthony is an associate member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers, is involved in many aspects of financial administration and sits on the boards of various asset holding and trading companies.
Graham has handled crisis-communications assignments for some of the world’s best-known companies and has supported MTI in the UK for the past 10 years.
A former UK Board director of one of the world’s largest communications companies, he has provided high-level strategic advice to conglomerates in sectors ranging from shipping and nuclear to transportation and chemicals. A former award-winning newspaper editor, he was instrumental in building two of the largest and most successful independent PR consultancies in the UK.
Graham, who is based in Glasgow, Scotland, has carried out media training for global brands across Europe and continues to be recognised as a leading issues-management specialist, having handled major assignments for multi-nationals from North America to Asia. These have included everything from an oil slick in the Philippines and a tanker adrift in the Indian Ocean to the capsizing of a tug in Scotland. He also ran a successful media and political campaign to save the North Sea emergency response and rescue fleet.
His other assignments have ranged from handling industrial blackmail for a US computer giant and various nuclear emergency incidents across the UK to animal welfare brutality in West Virginia, the Dunblane Primary School massacre in Scotland and explosions and a bomb threat at chemical plants in England, France and Italy.
Mobile:+44 7920 757 736
Having worked as a corporate communications director with Royal Nedlloyd and P&O Nedlloyd, Cor Radings joined MTI Network in 2001.
As Senior Partner he is specialised in 24/7 media advise during high-profile shipping and offshore incidents.
Cor Radings is also involved in MTI Network’s worldwide media training programme.
Mobile:+31 62 63 16 854
Bart De Clerck
After completing his Law degree at the Antwerp University, Bart De Clerck has worked as a journalist for Belgian newspapers and television for over 10 years.
Throughout his media career, port related matters have always been one of his specialties and Bart has since left journalism to set up his own Antwerp based communication company which focuses on crisis communication and media training.
Bart has been MTI’s representative for Belgium since 2008.
Mobile:+32 477 67 36 57
Christina Dupré Roos
Christina worked with INTERTANKO (The International Association of Independent Tanker Owners) for 15 years prior to her 16 year track record within maritime PR. Christina has arranged and led over 50 maritime press tours around the world (Houston, Rio de Janeiro, Dubai, Murmansk, Vancouver, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Gothenburg, Hamburg, London and Oslo). She is regularly called up by leading global companies to arrange press events for selected maritime and offshore journalists. Christina is also press responsible for Nor-Shipping, a position that she has held for 13 consecutive years.
Roddy is a British national who has lived in Norway for over 20 years. During his career in London he worked in editorial management roles for leading global publishing houses focusing on illustrated reference books and multimedia. He relocated to Oslo to work for international shipping news provider TradeWinds, then moved into maritime communications. Roddy enjoys the craft of writing, editing and translating, and supporting clients to get their message across.
Steve is a UK-educated journalist with more than 30 years’ experience in business and PR writing in the energy and maritime sectors, having previously worked for leading industry publications Upstream and TradeWinds. Based in Norway, he has covered investigations related to offshore incidents, written extensively on key issues such as decarbonisation and digitalisation for maritime clients in relation to PR activities and has developed strong expertise in media relations.
Marina Leonidhopoulos is the founder of Out of the Box PR that represents MTI Network in Greece; she is now the agency’s Managing Partner. Marina started her career as a copywriter in advertising but was soon won over by the PR industry and founded her first agency, Stigma Communication in 1994; the company later became the Greek subsidiary of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, a member of the Ogilvy Group in Athens.
In 2004 left the Ogilvy Group and founded Out of the Box PR that offers the full spectrum of Public Relaions services to corporate and consumer brands. Over the year she has worked with several clients from different industries on Issues & Crisis Management programmes.
Mobile:+30 693 739 3999
Dimitris Roulias is the CEO of Out of the Box PR that represents MTI Network in Greece. Dimitris is a seasoned PR professional with over 20 years’ experience in Corporate Communication and Issues & Crisis Management. He started his career as the Head of Communication at IBM Hellas and later moved to the Ogilvy Group to set-up Ogilvy Interactive. He then became the CEO of Ogilvy One in Athens before moving on to Communication Effect, the Edelman affiliate in Greece as VP.
As of 2008 he is a partner at Out of the Box and the agency’s CEO. He is currently a member of the Board of HACA, the Hellenic Association of Communication Agencies, serving a term as Secretary General.
Mobile:+30 694 6799 501
Sheena Campbell-Royle O.B.E. is a psychology graduate and has developed her career in the world of communication over the last 30 years.
Sheena moved to Spain in the seventies and is currently CEO of SCR. Founded in 1986, the company has offices in Madrid and Barcelona. The company has a long history in Crisis communication, lobby and media training. During 11 years Sheena was President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain and President of the British Chambers of Commerce in continental Europe. Sheena is an expert communicator and has handled many shipping specific crisis includents with a recent emphasis on Somali vessel hijackings.
Laura Grani is Italian by birth and moved to Spain 12 years ago. She has been working for SCR for 10 years and is the company Head of Media Relations. Laura has an engaging character which enables her to get the most out of the media using her in depth knowledge and intelligence. She has been involved in various maritime incidents which have involved looking after crew, passengers and press alike, is multilingual and has a full understanding of the shipping industry.
Antonella graduated from the University of Salerno in 1993. Following work experience in New York and London and Milan, she joined Noesis, MTI’s partner in Italy, in 1997. In Noesis, she heads the Corporate, Finance and Health Care divisions. In the last few years she has specialized in crisis communications, advising clients on acquisitions, reorganizations, media attacks, judicial enquiries. The most recent crisis she managed was that of Asso Ventidue, the Italian ship occupied by the Libyan military. Antonella is qualified as a professional journalist. She speaks Italian, French and English.
Mobile:+39 348 317 5493
Martin began his career in shipping as a marine insurance broker at Lloyds. Following a BA at Essex University and a Ph.D. at MIT, he taught for several years at the Universities of Harvard, Clark (USA), Essex (UK) and Turin (Italy) before taking up a post in the UK Treasury advising ministers on agricultural and trade policy. In 1991, he founded Noesis, MTI’s partner in Italy, which is one of the country’s leading PR companies. Expert in crisis management and issue management, he has advised clients in many areas of business including finance (American Express, Fidelity, M&G, Clerical Medical, Credit Suisse, Deutschebank), Energy and chemicals (Lyondell Basell, Solvay), Pharmaceuticals (Pfizer, Abbott, MSD, Novartis), Food and Beverage (Fratelli Beretta, Stock, Warsteiner, Bonduelle) and shipping (Navigazione Montanari, Augusta Offshore). Languages: English, Italian, French.
Mobile:+39 348 317 5494
Béatrice de Veyrac
Having previously worked at Hill and Knowlton and Francom (PR Group) as an Organizational and Communications Consultant, Béatrice is now President of PR Agency Arjuna in France. She holds a Masters in Law, as well as a postgraduate certification in Information Science and Communication. A qualified audiovisual journalist and graduate of the National Audio-Visual Institute (INA), Béatrice’s knowledge and expertise extend to all aspects of the public relations profession.
Mobile:+33 6 08 63 01 71
Barış has worked in both print media and television as journalist, editor, and news director respectively. He has also worked as Deputy Economy Manager for the Habertürk daily newspaper. He has worked as media adviser at the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) for two years and has been the General Manager of Mese Communications since 2012.
Mobile:+90 533 208 6005
Deniz has worked in communications for over 30 years including roles as Editor-in-Chief, Content Development, Copywriters Group Director, Business Development Director and media strategist.
He has provided communication consultancy for dozens of leading national and multinational brands, from hugely varying sectors, ranging from finance to aviation and shipping.
Crisis & issues management stand out as areas where his expertise has deepened, in addition to reputation and brand management. He has been with Mese Communications since 2010.
Mobile:+90 533 276 9440
Jim Lawrence is Chairman of MTI USA and President and founding partner of MTI Network, along with Patrick Adamson in London. Jim’s involvement in, and depth of knowledge across, all sectors of the Marine industry provides MTI clients with the highest level of maritime communications consultancy and crisis management preparation.
Mr Lawrence is Chairman of the publishing company Marine Money, which produces the monthly magazine Marine Money, the weekly on-line report Freshly Minted, the newsletter International Ship Registry Review, and the annual directory Official Guide to Registries. He is also Chairman of International Marketing Strategies Inc. a US based sales and marketing company providing US and non-US based maritime focused companies, governments and associations with sophisticated entry to North American markets.
Darrell Wilson is President of MTI Network USA and is responsible for leading industry crisis response efforts. Darrell joined MTI after his retirement from a 21 year career with the US Coast Guard as a Public Affairs Chief.
Darrell worked in New York, San Francisco and, for the last 10 years of his career, Alaska where he managed the Public Affairs program for the State. Darrell handled media/community relations and managed Joint Information Centres to handle community concerns during major incidents. He has been involved in a wide range of incidents ranging from stowaways, drug smuggling and rescuing stranded boaters, to major shipwrecks, fires and oil spills.
Darrel has extensive experience teaching Public Affairs, Crisis Communications and JIC operations to Coast Guard men and women and industry partners. Darrell is based in the US Gulf Coast where he is just a short flight from any coast in the US. His experience, enthusiasm and Coast Guard knowledge has enhanced MTI’s ability to provide the best Reputation Management services to our clients around the world.
Jonathan Chia is SVP of MTI Network USA, handling incident response for the Americas and leading the new media technology response in the ever- evolving era of social media. Jonathan joined MTI Network in 2019 and since then has handled a variety of high-profile incidents, including the largest salvage operation of a capsized vessel in U.S. history. Jonathan brings over 15 years of communications experience for major U.S. corporations to his work for MTI Network advising clients on actions and communications during an incident.
Jonathan is involved in all areas of MTI Network’s business of global media response and media training. Having worked extensively in incident response and media/community relations in a Joint Information Center (JIC) with the U.S. Coast Guard and various state organizations, Jonathan is equipped to handle any reputational, media, and community issues that arise during a major incident.
Jonathan also handles communications, content, and investor relations for Marine Money, and is well-versed in commercial market priorities & response, management issues.
Ian began his consulting career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in the UK before moving to Central and Eastern Europe and working with multinational investors on M&A and privatisation projects, with clients including Unicredit, Allianz and Deutsche Telecom.
In 2001 he joined Mmd – the leading corporate communications and public affairs consultancy in Eastern Europe – providing board-level counsel to companies in the energy, mining, steel, telecoms and financial services sectors. He developed and led offices in seven markets before assuming overall responsibility for the CEE region.
He has directed pan-European campaigns for Visa, Google, HP, Nokia and GE, working with European and global communications directors to set strategy and directing international teams in up to 19 countries to ensure effective delivery in each territory. In 2009 he left Mmd and co-founded Speyside.
Ian has extensive experience in issues and crisis management, financial communications, and managing communications and public affairs for foreign investment projects for top-tier global companies.
Mobile:+55 11 961 682 301
Andrew Leahy is the Director for Southeast Asia of the MTI Network and a senior responder with casualty experience dealing with some of the most significant incidents in recent history. Based in Singapore, he is also involved in MTI Network’s worldwide media training programme.
Andrew worked for over a decade as a Broadcast Journalist in Australia for a major Australian Network giving him an unprecedented understanding of how the media works and the methods they use to elicit information. His ability to translate this media experience into tangible learnings for clients makes him an excellent crisis management trainer for the Maritime Industry in Asia.
Nick is the Regional Director of Maritime Technical International and focuses on the business in the Asia Pacific region. Nick was educated in the UK and holds a BA (Hons) from Bristol University.
He has worked in the shipping industry since he graduated in 2004. Having started his career at VShips in London, he continued to work in shipbroking for Maersk Broker and Wallem in Hong Kong. His background in commercial shipping brings first hand knowledge of operations, chartering and ship management to MTI Network.
Nick is involved in all areas MTI Network’s business of global media response and media training. Having worked extensively in incident response and conducted executive media training programmes and seafarer conferences throughout the region.
Yoshinori Fukushima graduated from Meiji University with a major in Agricultural Chemistry. After a few years working under film production, he joined a leading company of retail chain stores as a director of research and development division of new media, and as a sales manager of TV copyrights.
He now works as a PR director of Japan PR Vision, whose main clients include e-commerce business, IT business, retail business, entertainment business, and others.
Mobile:+81 90 9305 3478
Yap Boh Tiong
Yap Boh Tiong is the Managing Director of Mileage Communications Pte Ltd. He has more than 30 years experience in the mass communication field encompassing journalism, public relations, advertising and marketing.
He worked with a number of leading companies such as Singapore Airlines, United Overseas Bank (UOB) and Inchcape Berhad in senior public relations and marketing positions. He also has provided public relations advice and service to the National Productivity Board for almost a decade, the Housing and Development Board, the Singapore Central Provident Fund Board, the Ministry of Education, and Singapore Red Cross.
Yap Boh Tiong has a Masters Degree in Social Science (Sociology) from the University of Singapore and also holds a Diploma in Public Relations from the internationally regarded CAM Foundation in London.
He was the President of the Institute of Public Relations of Singapore (IPRS) from 1985 to 1993 and is a member of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA). For his outstanding work for the Institute and the industry, he was conferred the title of Fellow by IPRS in 1994. In February 2000, the Institute named him PR Professional of the Year, in recognition of his contributions to the PR Industry.
Patsy Phay is the Executive Director of Mileage Communications Pte Ltd. She has more than 18 years of banking experience. Prior to joining Mileage, Patsy was with the Credit Department at the Regional Head Office Singapore of Deutsche Bank AG.
Patsy made a career switch to public relations by making use of her public relations qualifications which she acquired from the internationally regarded CAM Foundation in London. At Mileage, she developed investor relations programmes for public listed companies. She also spearheaded the communications programmes for companies in the financial, IT, biotech/pharmaceutical/healthcare, high-end consumer & lifestyle sectors. Patsy has handled many shipping and non-shipping crises for clients over the past 10 years.
Vidheesh Tyagi is Vice President of Mileage Communications (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Vidheesh has over 19-years of experience in corporate and marketing communications, tourism marketing and hospitality sales. He has successfully handled various PR initiatives, marketing promotions and events for Mileage clients in India. His strengths lie in communication skills, strategizing, below the line promotions besides crisis communications.
Mobile:+91 98 1126 6564
Sunil Puri is Managing Director of Mileage Communications (India) Pvt. Ltd. a joint venture company with Mileage Communications Singapore.
Sunil has over 25 years experience in finance, marketing, tourism and public relations, and has created and implemented a range of successful PR programs for international clients. His strengths include marketing communications, finance, designing PR strategies and crisis communications.
Mobile:+91 98 1115 3318
Gina de los Reyes Virtusio
Gina Virtusio is an experienced PR and communications professional with a demonstrated history of working in various industries, of which currently- is in renewable energy. In the past, she has worked with domestic shipping, hospitality, travel/tourism, real estate and property development, retail, and international non-profit organizations.
Gina has successfully worked on strategic programs and earned a number of recognitions and awards in PR and Corporate Communications, Crisis Communications, Building Brands, Marketing Communications, Media Management, Advertising, Special Events Management and Fundraising for non-profits.
Mobile:+63 918 800 4462
Ashley has more than 20 years of experience providing strategic communication counsel on reputation management, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, media relations and crisis management to clients in a wide range of sectors. Prior to joining FCR in 2004 from a leading public relations agency, he worked with the Olympic Co‑ordination Authority and the Institution of Engineers, Australia. Ashley was educated at Sydney University and has completed business courses at the Australian Graduate School of Management and Finsia’s masters of applied finance.
Anthony Tregoning is Managing Director of Financial & Corporate Relations (FCR), a leading corporate and investor communication agency which has assisted with 25 IPOs and 27 M&A transactions in the past three years.
He advises a wide range of clients throughout the Asia-Pacific region on communication strategy, investor relations, corporate image marketing and issues management. He previously operated a financial media/marketing consultancy after spending three years as chief executive of an international trade finance company. Before this Anthony was director of an international educational publishing group, responsible for companies in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.
Phone:+234 802 309 2800
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Melwyn is a passionate communications practitioner and trainer whose 12 years of experience in the Middle East spans public relations, social media and crisis communications. In addition to a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies and a Certification in Coaching, he holds a Google Certification in Digital Analytics.
Mobile:+971 508 543 528