Chief Executive Officer
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.
Mass Rescue Operations Project Manager
After 9 years in general cargo ships, David joined the UK Coastguard in 1983. He worked in rescue coordination centres and in various management and training roles, retiring in 2008 as Head of Search and Rescue. David began working for the IMRF in 2010, and is now our mass rescue project manager and our technical lead at the IMO and our lead representative on the ICAO/IMO Joint Working Group on SAR.
Financial Controller & Company Secretary
After gaining a degree in Chemical Engineering at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Jill then worked as an accounts assistant in various companies including Accenture, while she worked for her accountancy qualification. She is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. She then spent two years in Canada, where her husband was working, and on return to the UK briefly worked as an accountant for Chevron. Jill then had some time off while raising her two children and started to volunteer as an accountant for the IMRF in 2010 one day a week. The IMRF now employ Jill four days a week as Financial Controller. In 2016 she also took over the role of Company Secretary from David Jardine-Smith.
IT Management & Digital Creative Officer
Wendy studied as a nurse and worked for 12 years in the administration for several non-profit companies in the Netherlands and Scotland. Since 2009 she followed various courses in IT and Website design and expresses her creativity in making short videos and designing websites. From 2010 to 2012 she volunteered for the Maritime Rescue Institute (MRI) in Stonehaven, Scotland, as an Website Designer and an Access Database "Builder". She is now currently employed as the IT Management & Digital Creative Officer for the IMRF.
Caroline has worked in the UK charity sector for 9 years and in that time she predominantly worked as a fundraiser for 'Action on Hearing Loss' and the 'British Heart Foundation'. She has also spent time working at CRI, a drug and alcohol charity, as a project worker. There she worked with a range of clients with offending backgrounds and substance addiction.
As of March 2016 Caroline became the Fundraiser Manager of the IMRF Fundraising Project, where she will be developing and expanding all aspects of fundraising for the IMRF.
Rebecca Jeffries has worked in the shipping and maritime SAR industries since 2001. A former officer of the watch with P&O Princess Cruises, and a watch officer with HM Coastguard – the UK’s maritime SAR coordinators – she has also been a crew member and trainee helm with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) in Stonehaven since 2013. Most recently she has been employed as business administrator with the Marine Training Academy in Stonehaven. As of April 2016 Rebecca is working as an Executive Officer for the IMRF - Stonehaven.
Deputy Manager APRC
Zhang Rongjun graduated from Dalian Maritime University with major in Law. He worked for China Rescue and Salvage Bureau and China Maritime Coordination Center. Presently, Zhang is the Deputy Director of Donghai Rescue Bureau. He gather rich experience in coordinating and organizing maritime search and rescue mission, as well as pollution control operation. Zhang is also good at Maritime Law and Arbitration especially in commercial salvage area. His is now appointed as Deputy Manager of APRC and in June 2015 he became one of the Trustees of the IMRF.
APRC Executive Officer
Qin Huapu graduated from Shanghai International Studies University in 2009. She started her career as a Foreign Affairs secretary in Donghai Rescue Bureau of China Rescue and Salvage. From 2012 to 2013, Ms Qin has furthered her education on Maritime Safety and Environment Administration in the World Maritime University in Sweden and obtained her master’s degree of science there.
Ms Qin is now seconded to APRC as the executive officer.
APRC Executive Officer
After graduated from the University of Manchester in 2012, Zeng Haowei returned to his homeland and started his career in China Ocean Engineering Shanghai Company (Shanghai Salvage Company). In November 2015, Zeng was seconded to the APRC as the executive officer.