Brought up on the west of Scotland Tim developed a sense of adventure, a love for nature and passion for sailing.
At age 19 he worked as 1st Mate on John Ridgeways 57’ Sail Training Ketch English Rose VI and enjoyed the experience of helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds overcome their limiting thinking.
Tim sailed as Mate on a transatlantic yacht delivery then joined the Historic Sailing Vessel Britannia as Cook/Mate. He worked hard, showed a natural ability to sail a large gaff rigged boat and after passing the Yachtmaster qualification was given responsibility of charter skipper at 21. Tim was well liked by all our guests and matured into a very capable sailor dealing with crisis calmly and showing great qualities of leadership.
Tim continued for 5 years working as skipper and mate on Britannia and other historic vessels such as the sailing trawlers Excelsior and Leader and the Bristol Pilot Cutters Alpha and Dolphin. During the winter Tim sailed as Mate on yacht deliveries for the renowned Peter Haward Sea Ferries. At age 26 Tim moved on from sail training and graduated with a BEng (Hons) in Electrical Engineering.
This led to a 23 year career in the offshore Industry working as an ROV Technician, Supervisor and Instructor. In 2011 Tim earned a corporate HSE leadership award from Oceaneering for raising safety concerns to the client and working with all parties to find safe and practical solutions. In Angola he advocated for equal rights for the national workforce and provided coaching to help develop their skills on the personal and professional levels. Tim continued sailing by taking his family and friends on sailing holidays on the west coast of Scotland, Cornwall, Turkey and Greece.
In 2013 Tim began a new career working as an ROV Instructor for Saipem Ltd and developed a passion for experimenting with workshop design to help participants develop team & leadership skills whilst attending operational, technical and safety training. Tim volunteered for STEMNET and helped Dyce Academy pupils at a science club. He also assisted social workers at Aberlour Trust with group activities to help young people overcome trauma, develop resilience and improve their employability skills.
In Feb 2020 Tim moved on from Oil & Gas and his is preparing to return to Sail Training and Yacht Delivery. In his spare time Tim is researching historical methods of navigation and seamanship and investigating ways in which group facilitation can enhance learning from sail training and make it more transferable to the challenge’s crews may face at home and work.