Captain William Wells

Master Mariner

captain william wells

Captain William Wells, Master Mariner, is a former ship’s captain and commercial marine pilot, whose career at sea lasted just short of half a century.

Winning a scholarship whilst still a schoolboy, William moved to the UK from his native New Zealand to begin his officer training with the British Merchant Navy and was promoted to Captain by the age of 28

He then became a Trinity House licensed pilot in the Port of London, operating on the River Thames between Gravesend and London Bridge, and during his career as a pilot he served as Harbour Pilot in the Middle East for 10 years followed by 4 years in the Bahamas.

William spent a further two years operating in the busy and congested waters of the English Channel, Dover Straits and North Sea as a Trinity House licensed Deep Sea Pilot before returning to the Port of London where he ended his seafaring career as the Senior River Pilot.

Since leaving the Merchant Navy William has established himself as an expert motivational speaker; though his work as a keynote speaker centres mainly on his life as a mariner he also covers areas of self-development and personal inspiration when acting as a motivational speaker.

Recognised as an international informative and entertaining “Topic-Expert” speaker, he was an active member of the Professional Speakers Association, Member of the International Federation of Public Speakers and a former Vice President of Toastmasters International.

With a wide ranging programme he speaks regularly at conferences, seminars, after dinner and after lunch to a wide variety of different learned societies and organisations including the prestigious Bewdley Festival, BBC Radio, both local and national, as well as on board cruise ships, all with great passion, enthusiasm and authority.

To hire Captain William Wells as the keynote speaker for your corporate event or as the motivational speaker for your self-development seminar contact Champions Motivational Speakers by completing the online form or calling us directly on: +44 1509 85 29 27.

  • Master Mariner
  • Merchant Navy Captain
  • Motivational Speaker

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