Mark Broster BA(Hons) FInstLM AFNI AFRIN
Mark Broster was voted chairman to the Board of Directors in October 2008. He brings a wealth of ECDIS experience from early developmental stages of courses and equipment through to its incorporation in the Maritime Community.
To date he has personally trained and accredited over 1000 Officers including over 200 Masters and Inspectors in approved ECDIS courses. His additional modules to the IMO 1.27 course have made it widely considered to be the most informative and professional ECDIS course within the community. He continues to accredit and monitor the Safety of Electronic Navigation at sea by taking the ships officers from the classroom, to training onboard, to the final accreditation giving them approval to "go digital". His experience is being passed onto the ECDIS Ltd team in order to increase the safe application and development of ECDIS at sea; a field in which he is clearly passionate. Mark is a traditional paper navigator that has made the change to digital navigation, but still respects, and very much believes in the traditional principles of navigation.
Mark is also a Non-Executive Director to a global marketing company and a UK based IT company. He is an active Officer in the Royal Navy Reserve, an organisation he is extremely proud to be a part of. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute, an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation, and recently joined the Honourable Company of Master Mariners.
Mr Broster recently received accolade at the annual ND Association Prize for Contributions to Navigation; an extract from the citation mentions that he "has been instrumental in ensuring the Fleet transition to electronic navigation has been safe and effective".
Mark lives with his wife and children in Southampton, England. Outside of work hours you will find him avoiding the fairway on the golf course.