Clyde Training Solutions key personnel


Colin McMurray – Clyde Training Solutions Director

Colin’s career began with BP Shipping Ltd where he started as a Deck Cadet before rising through the ranks to become 2nd Officer. After working as Chief Officer and Fleet Training Officer with Seacat Fast Ferries for around five years before joining Clyde Marine Training in 2004 and subsequently becoming General Manager before moving to Managing Director in 2008. Colin is a Fellow of IMarEST and a past President of the Scottish Shipping Benevolent Association, sitting on the Board of Trustees for the Sailor Society and Glasgow Humane Society. As a leading industry figure, Colin is also a member of the MNTB Main Board, City of Glasgow College Board of Management, and the Industry Leadership Group for Aerospace, Defence and Marine.

Gareth Mathias – General Manager

Gareth started in the Marine Industry over 20 years ago, beginning with his Cadetship in 1995 on large containerships, operating worldwide with P&O Containers, which subsequently became P&O Nedlloyd then Maersk Line. As a Navigating Officer Gareth rose through the ranks from Cadet to Chief Officer until he left Maersk Line in 2010 to pursue a career in the Oil and Gas industry. Gareth started with Dolphin Drilling on anchored Semi-Submersible Rigs and then served 3 years as Offshore Installation Manager/Master, before in 2017 leaving to become General Manager with Clyde Training Solutions. Gareth is a Master Mariner and an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute and brings a wealth of experience due to his Marine & Offshore background, leadership and commercial background. The fact that he has undertaken almost all of most of the courses that CTS offers also helps! Gareth is uniquely placed to lead CTS through this tremendous period of growth and expansion in both the UK and global marketplace, further developing Clyde Training Solutions position as a market leader in the field of safety training.

Kris McDonald – Training Centre Manager

Kris has worked in the industry for over 15 years, starting in warehouse safety training within his home town of Northumberland. The majority of his experience, however, lies within offshore oil and gas competence lead programmes, with the last 12 years being spent in South East Asia, Australia, Scotland and the USA. Kris spent four years at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas, as an operational lead for the Hi-Con programme. As the first commercial offshore oil and gas service provider to operate at a NASA facility, Kris contributed heavily in the training of government employees to instruct offshore oil and gas programmes, gaining industry approved accreditations and contributing to ISO certifications. The highlight of the experience was being able to work with some of the most dynamic and innovative individuals within the NASA community, culminating in receiving an international OPITO award for Training Provider of the year in 2013. We are delighted that in 2015 Kris agreed to return back to the UK in order to take the new role of Training Centre Manager at Clyde Training Solutions.

Tammy Martin – Training Services Manager

Tammy Martin has worked in the marine and offshore sector with leading global training providers for over 20 years. Beginning her career in Personnel, Tammy’s skill-set and ambition to educate saw her later transferred to the Training Department, where she progressed from Training Officer to Training Manager. Previously responsible for the training of over 4000 seafarers, Tammy has implemented and executed training programmes which have met expected training standards and improved the overall efficiency training development within the company. Tammy’s extensive remit has also included Cadet Management, Officer Study Programs, and Officer Training Competence, and as Training Services Manager, Tammy’s role is pivotal in the Administration Management of Clyde Training Solutions.

Symon Needham - Fire Team lead

Symon’s career began in the Royal Navy at 17 as a Junior Rating before rising through the ranks to senior middle management. During his career he has trained and mentored many Naval ratings and senior Naval Officers in Firefighting and Damage control techniques onboard Royal Navy Warships, and was also the Royal Navy’s representative working with BAE Systems in England and the USA on ships developments before leaving the Royal Navy in 2014. Since joining Clyde Training Solutions as a Firefighting Instructor Symon has been instrumental in the production of an extensive range of firefighting MNTB / STCW courses for Clyde Training Solutions, allowing us to gain the necessary course approvals. Now in the position of Fire team Lead within the Clyde Training Solutions company he is looking forward to new challenges and helping to take the company forward with an excellent team of Fire Fighting Instructors behind him within the maritime and offshore oil and gas sector, as Clyde Training Solutions continues to grow and develop.