The Seafarers’ Charity has appointed Deborah Layde as its ceo, with Catherine Spencer stepping down from the role.


Layde has worked with the charity for a decade, most recently serving as director of impact. Her work has included examples of collaborative projects that are significantly enhancing the maritime welfare sector; for example, leading exceptional work during Covid-19 to provide an additional GBP2 million (USD2.42 million) of support for maritime welfare. More recently she has led a grants programme to support seafarers and their dependants facing severe deprivation due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Paul Butterworth, chair of the Seafarers’ Charity said: “We were unanimous in our decision to appoint Deborah Layde. She has a strong track record of delivering for seafarers and is well positioned to lead ihe Seafarers’ Charity as we continue to deliver on our ‘Thrive’ strategy. You can expect to see even more innovative work as we keep doing more for seafarers.”