Andrew Wright - Secretary General

Following the University of St Andrews and Cambridge University, Andrew Wright was ordained in Liverpool Cathedral and went to serve as a curate in one of Liverpool’s most deprived estates. From there he went on to serve in parishes in Carlisle and Wigan before becoming Chaplain of St Edward’s School in Oxford. 

After 16 years he moved on to become Senior Chaplain and Director of Operations at the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen before becoming Secretary General of the Mission to Seafarers in 2013.  

Andrew is married to Julia and has four children, the youngest of whom is a bona fide seafarer. In what little spare time he has,  he enjoys mountain walking, sailing and theatre – and is also determined to expand his knowledge of history and art history. 

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Martin Sandford - Executive Director 

Born in Sheffield, Martin originally trained as a Civil Engineer at the University of Southampton but, after seven years in the profession, specialising in docks and harbours, he went to London Business School for two years and has worked in general management ever since. 

The major part of his career before joining the Mission was 21 years with BTG plc, managing teams commercialising early stage technology, generally by licensing patents. 

At the Mission, he has overall management responsibility for all the lay activities at International Headquarters.  He has represented Great Britain at rowing (in 1968) and competition aerobatics (2000 and 2001).


Jos Standerwick - Director of Development and External Affairs

Jos grew up by the sea in West Sussex. His family ran a wholesale seafood business throughout his formative years, as he often recounts his first-weekend ‘job’ was doing all sorts of grizzly things to crustacea! Upon leaving school in 2003; Jos worked in Kampala, Uganda as a general manager for a company importing industrial generators from the UK and running a farm growing vanilla on the shores of Lake Victoria. In 2008 he gained a BSc in Politics & International Relations from the University of Southampton.

Since graduating Jos has worked in maritime welfare, firstly at The Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen and then at the maritime grant giving charity Seafarers UK. Jos joined the Mission to Seafarers in January 2016 as Director of Development.

In his spare time, he enjoys most sea-based activities, he as an avid listener of podcasts on subjects spanning from film to ‘stories from the Cold War’ and much to the annoyance of his wife, buys books that invariably sit on the shelf gathering dust, unread! He also enjoys running and taking part in endurance events, although due to a new addition to the family, 2016 has been a fallow year!

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