PYNDA | Alumni association for Plymouth's maritime graduates

PYNDA is a thriving group of alumni who have studied marine and maritime degrees at University of Plymouth - and all its previous incarnations. We continue to be closely involved with the University and are keen to welcome new members.

Who we are

Formed back in 1970 by some of Plymouth’s earliest graduates in Nautical Studies, today PYNDA boasts a membership of around 400 individuals who are in regular contact with the University, and each other, through networking opportunities, communications, and much more.

Our network reaches far and wide across the sector, with PYNDA members occupying all levels within the maritime industries - from new entrants to influential business leaders.

Han Ozturk recently took over from Mark Warner as the New Chair of PYNDA and looks forward to greeting members, new and longstanding, at future events.

Become a member

As a member of PYNDA, you'll be connected with hundreds of nautical, marine and maritime professionals across the sector. You'll benefit from numerous opportunities for professional networking, collaboration and the forming of mutually beneficial relationships.

By becoming a member of PYNDA, you demonstrate your commitment to supporting the ongoing success of this established network of Plymouth graduates.

We charge a small membership fee of £10 per year, which covers events and administration costs. This payment is processed entirely outside of the University, by the PYNDA Committee. If you're a current student, or have graduated within the last year, you're eligible for free membership.

For more information and to join PYNDA, visit our website.

Past events

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Inaugural Meeting of PYNDA Greece
<p>PYNDA Singapore</p>
PYNDA Singapore event
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Frank Herzig of Bannermans with students at Lloyds

Meet the PYNDA committee

Meet the PYNDA committee

Han Ozturk

  • Director of Nectar Group Holdings.
  • Han was elected as the Chair of the PYNDA Committee in 2016 and has over 30 years of experience in the shipping industry. Han is currently the Director of Nectar Group Holdings. After spending six years at sea as Chief Officer, Han came ashore in 1989 and has worked for a variety of companies, including Van Ommeren Shipbroking and Inchcape Shipping Services.

Nicholas Ingle

  • Commercial Project Manager for the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.
  • Nick graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Maritime Business and Maritime Law, 1997, and an MSc in International Shipping, 1998. His career highlights to date include eight years with the Department for Transport and a stint in aviation security training - which included being part of a team responsible for air restrictions during the London 2012 Olympics.

David Plumer

  • Treasurer of PYNDA since 2016, taking over the role from Han Ozturk
  • He is an advisor to various shipping services businesses and is a Non-Executive Director of Nectar Group
  • David graduated from University of Plymouth with a BSc in Nautical Studies and also holds an MBA from Cranfield University
  • He spent six years at sea with P&O Group before studying at University of Plymouth and subsequently worked in the container leasing business and in ports & terminal management before spending ten years in the express transport industry with TNT and DHL. Most recently he was CEO of Pole Star Space Applications

Andrius Vitas

  • Case Handler for Pequod Associates.
  • Andrius, who is fluent in both Lithuanian and Russian, graduated from University of Plymouth in 2010 with a first-class degree in BSc (Hons) Maritime Business and Maritime Law. He went on to achieve a second bachelors degree and Legal Practice Course with the College of Law in London.
  • Now working for Pequod Associates, Andrius' principal area of practice is cargo claims relating to carriage of goods by sea, road and air, focusing on international conventions.

Paul Wright

  • Visiting Fellow, University of Plymouth Marine Institute.
  • Paul has been involved in the international shipping industry for over 50 years, having entered HMS Conway Merchant Navy Training School at the age of 13, and later undertaking a Deck Officer apprenticeship with Alfred Holt and Company of Liverpool.
  • In 1979, Paul joined Plymouth's School of Maritime Studies as a lecturer and embarked on an academic career, undertaking an MSc International Shipping in 1986. He retired in the summer of 2014 following time as Leader of the International Shipping and Logistics Group (2000-06) and Associate Director of the Marine Institute (2006-14). In retirement Paul continues his interests in the industry through work with many external organisations, including the Nautical Institute, Maritime Foundation and the South West Ports Welfare Group. He is an active member of PYNDA.

Marius Vitas

  • Insurance Assistant for V Ships.
  • Marius, a native speaker of both Lithuanian and Russian, graduated with a first-class degree in BSc (Hons) Maritime Business and Maritime Law in 2012. During his student years, he was awarded with the PYNDA Prize for Outstanding Performance in the Maritime Business and Maritime Law degree.
  • After graduating, Marius joined the V Ships Insurance department in London, managing insurance claims and facilitating the placing of different marine insurance covers.

Denis Atnaguzins – Joint Secretary

"Graduate of BSc Maritime Business and Maritime Law (2007 - 2010 class), at University of Plymouth. My first professional engagement within intentional shipping was with Italian shipping giant Grimaldi. The group of family owned companies having a solid fleet of roro, ropax, ferries, and deepsea conro and roro type vessels specialised in shortsea and deepsea trades within Continent, Mediterranean, and Southern Atlantic. During years 2011 to 2014 I have worked as Commercial Specialist within Project cargo department, and Traffic and Planning Specialist within Traffic and Operations department.

In early 2014 I have made a sharp turn into Dry Cargo Brokering environment. I have been given a chance to join renowned London based brokering shop Galbraith's where I put my determination on the line and faced the most challenging Dry cargo market of all times. Thanks to my determination and focus, even then I was still able to establish strong professional relationships with new and established clients, as well as create new numbers of deals. I have carried huge chunk of my current professional expertise from those challenging years in shipbroking.

Currently I am back with owners, and back to Roro business in a role of Fleet Deployment Analyst at CLdN (Cobelfret). CLdN is a Roro division of a family owned group of companies with a head office in Luxembourg. Within shipping group company owns fleet of Roro type ferries, various size bulkers, roro terminals, agencies, and logistical subsidiary. My main objective within my current role is to monitor, supervise and analyse with commercial acumen the movements and schedules of a fleet of about two dozens of roro ferries."

Dr Sarah Tuck

  • Lecturer in Maritime Business, University of Plymouth.
  • Sarah served in the Merchant Navy for 12 years as a deck officer and qualified as a Master Mariner. Her research interests include sustainable ports and shipping, qualitative research methods and short sea shipping. 
  • Sarah’s role on the PYNDA Committee is to connect the Committee to University of Plymouth staff and students. 

Dr Stavros Karamperidis 

Stavros is a Lecturer in Maritime Economics. Prior to joining Plymouth, he has conducted research in various UK Universities which was funded by industry (e.g. ports, logistic companies) and UK research councils. 

His primarily research interests are in shipping and ports logistics, transport performance measurement, indices development, cyber security and employability of millennials in logistics. Stavros currently has several projects which are funded by EU and UK research councils and companies. 

Before joining academia, Stavros worked in various companies ranging from SME’s to multinational companies. 

Stavros is regularly invited to chair several key European and UK commercial and academic conferences. Stavros is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.