Neale is an experienced marine professional with 14 years sea-going experience on a variety of ship types including Bulk carriers, RoRo, tankers and general cargo & multipurpose / reefer ships, including 2 years in command.
Since coming ashore in 1994, Neale has worked in the UK and Far East, initially as a marine surveyor and consultant and subsequently as QA, Commercial and Operations Managers, before joining a major P&I Club where his most recent appointment was Divisional Director with responsibility for loss prevention.
Shore-based experience includes cargo, ship and loss adjusting surveys, inspections and assessments; QA / ISM documentation, manuals and training programmes and audits; chartering and commercial operations, including charter party reviews, post-fixture formalities, P&I and cargo claims and hire payments; and management responsibility for regional operations, planning and logistics for a major container owner and operator.
P&I responsibilities included working with and leading the Club’s Loss Prevention department to achieve its principal aim to help minimise claims and losses incurred by the Association’s Members. This was done by reviewing, highlighting and discussing safety awareness with seafarers and managers and sharing best practices and initiatives via technical seminars and workshops, management reviews and causal analysis.
Neale regularly provided timely, accurate and verifiable expert advice and assistance on Marine and Technical enquiries from P&I claims handlers, shipowners & managers, seafarers and lawyers. This included claims and queries on high value and high profile claims as well as routine cargo, navigation and technical enquiries, and the answers provided were generally used to decide a course of measurable action.
Neale joined TMC in October 2021 as Group Director for Insurance Services.