Maria Simpson was named the newest director on the board of The Apprenticeshop based in Rockland, Maine.
Simpson grew up in Maine and spent her summers sailing in Penobscot Bay. She attended McGill University in Montreal and graduated with a degree in English literature. After working for several years in book publishing, she moved back to the U.S. and began working on tall ships in the summers and boatyards in the winters.
Her travels included taking high school students on a voyage to Hawaii on Lynx, and traveling the Saint Laurence Seaway into the Great Lakes on Pride of Baltimore II. She was involved in the rebuild of Harvey Gamage at the North End Shipyard. She obtained her 100-ton master's license in 2005 and captained Appledore II out of Camden, Maine, that same year.
Simpson began working at Rockport Marine in 2006 as a rigger. Currently the yard manager, she meets with customers, coordinates projects, markets the boatyard and manages employees. Simpson is an avid sailor, cyclist and volunteer teacher at the Community School in Camden, Maine.
"I joined the board of The Apprenticeshop because I have grown to love its tight-knit community. As a Mainer and a sailor, I am excited to become a part of a school that continues the traditions and values that are close to me," Simpson said. "Furthermore, as a person who works in the wooden-boat industry, it is important to support a school that imparts the skills necessary to keep this trade vibrant and viable. I am honored to join such a fine group of people."
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Angus Bruce Jones was appointed managing director of Peters & May Ltd and assumes responsibility for the company's global, non-US operations.
Angus joined Peters & May as marine sales and logistics manager in early 2009 when his own company, Complete Freight, was acquired by Peters & May.
Other managerial changes were announced, including the promotion of Shaun Robinson to operations director with specific responsibility for powerboat manufacturers, brokers and dealers.
Supporting the company's yacht division business, Craig Stanbury assumes the position of marine manager of sail and events and Simon Judson takes on the role of marine manager of project cargo.