Gareth Long is the lead in the Department for Transport (DfT) Maritime Directorate for identifying new stakeholder relationships and partnerships. Alongside this, he is responsible for maintaining and enhancing the many existing relationships between Government and stakeholders across the Maritime sector. His responsibilities include ensuring the Ministers are fully briefed ahead of meetings and engagements, planning events such as London International Shipping Week (LISW), instigating regular meetings and visits between Senior Civil Servants, Ministers and stakeholders across the maritime spectrum. He also oversees the nominations and ceremony for awarding the Merchant Navy Medal.
Gareth joined the DfT in 2019 after spending over ten years at Transport for London (TfL). Where he was Correspondence Officer to then Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, an Assembly Liaison Officer managing the relationship between the Greater London Authority and TfL, preparing briefings, correspondence and Mayors Question responses for the Mayor of London, as well as preparing briefings for Peoples Question Time and for the Executive Management Team. He was an accessibility champion and also managed the relationships with watchdogs London TravelWatch and the Local Government Ombudsman.
Gareth is a member of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners where he serves as Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, a Trustee Governor of George Greens School and a Trustee of Greenwich Sea Cadets.