Tim Churchill

Marine Navigation Advisor

Tim is an ex-UK military corporate strategic and operational senior manager and decision-maker. He is a maritime navigation specialist and a builder and implementer of maritime operational capability.


  • Seven years (2011-2018) working in West Africa with CARES Ltd to enhance maritime Management and Operations of water-ways after completing 32 years of Service in the Royal Navy.
  • Strong track record in project delivery, problem-solving, leadership, strategic/operational management processes, organisational re-structuring and cross-function integration.
  • Extensive experience in building and implementing maritime operational capability.
  • Aids to Navigation policy formulation and Implementation Plans.
  • Identifying maritime risk ‘enabling activities’ to enhance port and ship safety.
  • Specialist navigation expert and adviser to The Navigation Board.
  • Lead Project Manager and Project Director for interventions to prove/test concept port channel designs.
  • Sierra Leone – adviser the Government of Sierra Leone in adopting effective Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) of national waters and shore security to counter illegal activities.

Typical Recent Assignments

  • IMO aligned maritime Formal Safety Assessments to enhance maritime safety risk for the Port of Lagos and Bonny River (Nigeria).
  • The proving and examination – via a variety of processes including simulation – of new port capabilities (e.g. the inaugural planning for a Floating Production Storage & Offloading (FPSO) vessel to Nigeria
  • Operational assessments (ship safety risks) of conceptual channel designs.
  • Maritime interventions – including use of a navigation simulation capability – in West Africa for port companies/authorities such as: Maersk; Samsung; Pacific International Lines (PIL); Integrated Oil and Gas; ASPM Ltd; APM Terminals; Channel Management Companies; Tin Can Container Terminal; Nigerian Ports Authority.
  • Advice at company Board of Directors level regarding vital port management requirements.
  • Advice to senior management teams for appropriate capability and capacity development processes.
  • Create bespoke ‘workshops’ for organisation staff to develop maritime corporate knowledge and ‘skills-transfer’.