Dr Esteban Pacha has been appointed Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea) Chair of Trustees at a Board meeting held in Cardiff on July 17.
Prior to this he was Acting Chair of Trustees. He also chairs the Board’s International Committee.
The Board has also appointed Theresa Crossley as Vice Chair of Trustees. She also heads the newly-established Committee on safeguarding and human element.
Esteban is currently the transport and infrastructures attaché at the Embassy of Spain in London. He began his career as a seafarer on merchant vessels and went on to serve as a captain before becoming a harbour master.
He has served as director general of the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO); founder commissioner of the United Nations Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development; representative of Spain to the International Maritime Organization (IMO): and governor of the World Maritime University.
Theresa is the CEO of the International Maritime Rescue Federation, an international charity which aims to improve maritime search and rescue capability around the globe.
Their appointments will further galvanise the work of Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea) in ensuring the charity’s continued care for the physical, pastoral and spiritual needs of seafarers and fishers and their wellbeing.
It also bodes well as Stella Maris gears up to celebrate its upcoming Centenary next year, kicking off with the World Congress in Glasgow in October 2020.