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Clemence Barbey named Apprentice of the Year from the Port of London Authority ( PLA)

Clemence Barbey, from the Port of London Authority (PLA), has been named Apprentice of the Year by the Marine Society.

The marine apprentice was presented with her award by Darrell Bate, the Marine Society’s director of maritime training and development in an online ceremony on 6 October.

Clemence was one of three apprentices who joined the PLA during the pandemic.

She said: “I’m really pleased to receive this award; it means so much. Thank you to the PLA and particularly Rachel De Bont for supporting me. I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere other than on the water.”

Clemence also thanked training provider SeaRegs, who work closely with our apprentices as they train and study for their Boatmasters’ licenses.

Rachel De Bont, PLA training officer, who oversees Clemence’s apprenticeship, added: “Clemence is a strong illustration of what hard work, dedication, and perseverance can achieve. We are exceptionally proud of her and look forward to watching her career progress.

The UK’s largest port, handling more than 45 million tonnes of cargo each year, employing more than 40,000 people and contributing over £3 billion to the economy annually.

Chairman Christopher Rodrigues CBE

Christopher Rodrigues became Chairman of the Port of London Authority in January 2016, Chairman of the Royal Ballet School in January 2020, and Chairman of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency in April 2021.  In May 2018 he became an Ambassador for the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), and in January 2019 Council Member and Chairman of the Development Committee at University College School, Hampstead.

Christopher was Chairman of Openwork from January 2014 – June 2020; Chairman of the British Council from 2016 – 2019; Chairman of the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association from 2013 – 2019; Chairman of VisitBritain from 2007 – 2017; Chairman of International Personal Finance and Windsor Leadership from 2007 – 2015; Chairman of The Almeida Theatre from 2008 – 2016.  Christopher was a Council member of the National Trust from 1997 – 2004, and again from 2010 – 2012, and a Trustee from 2012 – 2016.   He was on the Executive Committee of WTTC from 2007 – 2016.

Christopher is a graduate of Cambridge University (MA) and the Harvard Business School (MBA, Baker Scholar).  He was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University of Surrey (DUniv) in April 2013.  He rowed for Cambridge in the 1970 and 1971 Boat Races, is a past-Chairman of Leander Club and is a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta. 

Christopher was made a Commander of the British Empire in the 2007 New Year Honours list for services to British business interests and charitable works in the UK and USA.

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