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Governance structure

Nautilus International’s members are at the heart of the Union’s governance structure. Here’s some information about how it all works.

Nautilus International Council

Our governing Council ensures Nautilus International is run according to the resolutions passed at branch conferences and General Meetings.

The Council members are serving maritime and inland waterways professionals. They serve a four-year term and meet four times a year in the UK and Netherlands. There are 32 elected members: 23 from the UK, eight from the Netherlands and one from Switzerland, plus the general secretary.

The Council delegates some of its governance work to specialist committees, which focus on implementing particular areas of Union policy. These committee members must also be elected members of the Council (except in the case of the Nautilus Welfare Fund Committee, which draws some of its members from industry and from retired members).

The Council is also the Trustee of the Nautilus Welfare Fund, a registered charity administered by the Union.

Dates of relevant Council meetings can be found in Events.

Nautilus forums

In the Nautilus International governance structure, there is provision for specialist forums of Nautilus members to advise the Council on particular areas of its work.

Trustee directors

The assets of the Union must by law be held by a trustee and, in the case of Nautilus International, this trustee is a corporate body: Nautilus Trustee Ltd. There are four trustee directors, appointed periodically by the Council. They bring a mix of specialist expertise, but are not members of the Union.

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