Chair, LISW21 Steering Group
Tom Chant was appointed SMI’s Chief Executive in the summer of 2020 having been promoted from the Business Development Director role where he started in 2017.
Tom has been the lead for the UK pavilions at the world’s major maritime exhibitions and created multiple missions and seminars to benefit member companies. Tom will continue to represent the SMI on many industry panels and Maritime UK working groups focussing on the needs of the engineering and business services sector.
Tom has a long association with the marine industry having been an active sailor and student of boatbuilding in Southampton. His career has encompassed a wide range of market sectors and he has gathered experience of business development, marketing and distribution in an international business environment. A nine year period at the trade body for the leisure, superyacht and workboat sector was committed to developing the members’ export business.