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The John Percival Leadership Award  

“Commitment to Training, Commitment to Crew”

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Captain John Percival was an ambassador for on-board training and encouraging investment in a vessel’s crew.

The crew training centre he founded in 1996 aims to promote high standards in all levels of crew, in all departments, inspiring students to return to their vessel emboldened and ready to nurture junior crew.

In his memory, the John Percival Leadership Award was created to reward crew members, at all levels, who personify that ideal. 

Calling all crew – do you have a true leader on board?

Yacht crew in the galley with chef

  • Does your Bosun guide you in your career decisions, sharing knowledge and recommending courses?
  • Does your Engineer explain what goes on within the engine room, letting you shadow engine room checks?
  • Does your Chef share tips and techniques, encouraging crew to expand their culinary knowledge and abilities?

If so – tell us!

Email mate@hss.ac.uk explaining why a member of your crew (past or present) deserves to be the recipient of the 2021 John Percival Leadership Award.

2021 has been a particularly difficult year for all of us – tell us who has inspired you in a world that is changing ever more quickly.

Please send your nominations by Friday 14th January 2022.


JPMA are a group of experienced marine professionals and small craft practitioners, most of whom are Master Mariners or Chief Engineers who hold, or have held, senior positions within the Marine Industry.

We offer training and tuition to Superyacht, Workboat  and Merchant Navy professionals to all levels. Our speciality is preparation for MCA Oral exams for both Deck and Engineering, with a high pass rate on first attempt. We offer most of the written Yacht modules for Deck up to Master <3000gt and Engineering up to Y2/SV Chief Engineer