Maritime training company Videotel Marine International has announced that
Bill O'Neil, formerly General Secretary of the IMO, is to become its new
President. "Bill O'Neil has done a great deal to promote the safety culture
in the maritime industry, and training is an inherent part of that culture,"
says Stephen Bond, managing director of Videotel. "His experience and
reputation will help ensure that Videotel remains at the forefront of the
In an unrelated move, Chris Haughton has stepped down as deputy managing
director to take up a post in the Leadership Centre at the University of
Lancaster. He will remain a consultant to Videotel, providing advice on new
training courses. His position at Videotel has been filled by a new General
Manager, Mike Potts, who has more than twenty-five years' seagoing
experience and has served as master on several tankers. Since then he has
spent three years in Japan with MISC and Shell, and has worked with Marine
Navigation as a quality, training and safety superintendent. Potts joins
Videotel from the BSI Inspectorate, where he was responsible for developing
in-house operational support functions.