About Us

John Haynes - Managing Director

NEXT GEN Workshop Lead and Training Developer. AFNI - FRINA
Advanced Powerboat Instructor - Commercial Yachtmaster Ocean
Subject matter expertise includes 30 years professional sector consultancy, training
and strategic product development. Working in UK, EU, US, Canada with over 100
maritime organisations including commercial operators, military, border force, SAR,
police, coastguard, ports, designers, legislators, boat & equipment manufacturers.

Claire Donnelly - Operations Manager

NEXT GEN Workshop and Training Organiser.
Extensive experience of organising NEXT GEN workshops and training
for mixed groups and individual organisations both sides of the Atlantic.
Expertise includes global market analysis of marine technology and innovation.
Manages NEXT GEN digital communications from websites to video conferences.

NEXT GEN - The Team

NEXT GEN Workshop and Training Presenters are Subject Matter Experts.
Diverse expertise is required to address evolving topics - NEXT GEN brings together
a flexible international team from maritime organistions, transport and safety sectors.
All are excellent communicators, delivering current knowledge and unique insights.

NEXT GEN - Shaped By Experience

John was in the 1979 Fastnet Race when Storm Force 10 struck the fleet.
Fifteen people died as 300 boats were caught in extreme breaking seas between Lands End and Southern Ireland. Rescue efforts were the largest at sea since World War Two. This seminal disaster resulted in a major rethink of small craft safety. The experience shaped his approach to the need for relevant training, effective safety planning and over engineering to prevent single points of failure at sea.


Seawork Maritime Professional of the Year

The nomination: ‘John Haynes is a thought leader in the high speed craft,
shock mitigation and hybrid marine power sectors with a unique ability to engage
and create momentum globally. John has a passion for these sectors, rooted in his own
maritime background. He has a genuine vision of improving people’s lives on boats.
His work with over 100 organisations is testament to this.’

Presenting the award in front of hundreds of industry professionals at
The Vestry in Southampton, BBC News presenter Laura Trant said,
‘This award celebrates exemplary individuals within the maritime sector.
John Haynes has been voted Maritime Professional of the Year for his

passion,innovation and dedication to the marine industry’.