BMF South West welcomes new Board Directors

Education, training, collaboration and cake top the agenda as

BMF South West welcomes new Board Directors

Two leading figures from the training and education sector have been appointed as Directors of the South West region of the British Marine Federation.  Adrian Bevin of South Devon College and Adam Corney of Plymouth University were voted onto the board at the region’s AGM, which also celebrated the Federation’s 100th anniversary with a special cake.

Adam Corney is the Marine Commercial Director at Plymouth University, and is responsible for creating, maintaining and developing partnerships with commercial marine sector businesses on behalf of the University.  This requires understanding company and individual’s needs and matching those with the skills and facilities within the University and its 3000 staff.  Formerly employed by the British marine Federation, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and contacts to the board.

Adrian Bevin is responsible for the development of South Devon College’s marine academy at Noss Marina, Kingswear.  This centre of excellence for water-based outdoor education and training offers a range of nationally recognised courses including marine engineering and boat maintenance.   Talking about his appointment, he said, “I hope to benefit the local community and marine industry by raising awareness towards the fantastic career opportunities and training available in the South West region.”

Apprenticeships, training, collaboration and communication were amongst the key topics discussed at the BMF South West’s AGM and annual conference.   Delegates from over 40 marine companies benefitted from round table discussions about key matters affecting those already working in or training to join the marine sector including marine conservation zones, commercial marine sector opportunities, and the growth of tourism and its effect on the marine industry.  The event was held at South Devon College, and the day concluded with two apprenticeship students presenting details of their training courses to the audience.

Howard Pridding, Chief Executive of the British Marine Federation, said, “BMF South West is one of our most active regional associations  and they staged an excellent networking opportunity on 8 February. My colleagues and I welcomed the opportunity to be involved and engage with so many of our members on the day. The workshops were relevant and informative and particularly the outcome of the one on Marine Conservation Zones will greatly inform the BMF’s response to the Government consultation on this issue. Finally, it was delightful to end the conference with a cake to celebrate the BMF’s centenary year.”

The conference welcomed notable speakers including Malcolm Bell, head of Tourism and Visit Cornwall, Nicholas Ames from Supacat and representing the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Dr Gillian Glegg, lecturer in marine environmental management teaching from Plymouth University.  It was supported by sponsors Bartons Solicitors, Hayes Parsons Marine, Boatshed Dartmouth and South Devon College. 



For more information about the BMF South West visit; or BMF SW Secretary and Treasurer Paul Singer, Boatshed Dartmouth, Tel 01803 867578 or 07710 426754 or email

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Notes to Editors:

The total marine industry revenue is valued at £2.855 billion with circa 31,000 employees in around 4,200 businesses.  The BMF South West region is the largest in the UK representing 30.3% of the total industry.

The BMF SW has 169 members across the South West and Channel Islands and added over 20 new members in 2012.

Further Information about:

Adrian Bevin, South Devon College

Adrian was inspired by the sea after he started sailing aged eight in a Mirror dinghy, developing through competitive sailing in Albacore and Fireballs classes in his teens.   After a brief stint owning ski boats, Adrian purchased his first yacht in his early 20’s, when he also joined the crew of a Sigma 38, racing from Brixham Yacht Club in regattas, coastal and offshore races such as the 2005 Fastnet.

After leaving school, Adrian completed an apprenticeship as a panel beater and paint technician. After completing several repairs on GRP, he developed a keen interest in composites and boat construction.   He joined South Devon College in 2004, working within the automotive vehicle body repair section. This was soon relocated as part of the colleges move to vantage point, where a purpose built facility was created. After successfully growing this provision and achieving grade 1 outstanding by Ofsted in 2009, Adrian was given the opportunity to play a key role in the set up of the college’s marine academy, at Noss Marina.

He says, The marine academy has received tremendous support from all areas of the marine sector, particularly from the British Marine Federation who have not only assisted us to engage with local employers but also helped to develop our broad curriculum.”


Adam Corney, Marine Commercial Director, Plymouth University

Adam joined the Royal Navy in 1989.  After training as a submarine officer and navigation and warfare specialist, he served in various ships and submarines, before becoming executive assistant to the submarine admiral for two years,and finally security and transport officer at Torpoint.  Leaving the Royal Navy in 2000, Adam set up and ran Marine South West, a not-for-profit company, concerned with business development of the marine sector in areas such as skills, communications, careers, networks and productivity improvement. Principally funded by the SW Regional Development Agency, MSW became a national example of best practice by establishing four Marine Skills Centres across the region.

For 2 years, Adam was the South West Regional Manager of the British Marine Federation, the national trade association for the marine leisure industry.  He was responsible for assisting members to overcome barriers to growth and representing their interests on the national stage.

In 2011 Adam moved to Plymouth University as Marine Commercial Director and is now responsible for creating, maintaining and developing partnerships with commercial marine sector businesses on behalf of the University.  The role involves understanding companies and individual’s needs and then matching those with the skills and facilities within the University and its 3000 staff. The aim is to add value to the students learning and employability, transfer knowledge to the private sector and bring revenue into the organisation.  Plymouth University is world renowned in its marine activities and Adam’s job is to work with marine companies all over the world to create benefits for both sides.  The facilities available include a research vessels fleet, state-of-the-art wave tanks, ship simulator, mini-submarines and Diving Centre on the waterside in the heart of Plymouth.

March 24, 2013