About us

Maritime UK Solent is the go-to organisation for advice you can trust, international access, and all-important connections to the Solent maritime cluster.

Through strong ties with HM Government, Maritime UK and Solent Partners, Maritime UK Solent nurtures maritime success in the Solent. We champion Solent success worldwide. We lead by example with representation at maritime events and trade missions, and we enable our partners to target growth.

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The Solent Maritime network is incredibly diverse, with world-leading capability across Ports and Shipping, Maritime Defence, Training, Academia and Research, Shipbuilding, Leisure Marine, Heritage and Tourism, Professional Services and Regulation.

Meet the Solent Team

Stuart Baker

Managing Director at Maritime UK Solent

Stuart Baker is MD of Maritime UK Solent – the private sector led representative body for the Solent’s outstanding maritime sector. He is also an Executive Director at Solent Partners, leading work on economic strategy, skills, net zero, innovation, trade and investment, business support and sector development. Stuart is also an Executive Director at The Solent Cluster.

Lorna Wagner

Programme Manager at Maritime UK Solent

Lorna is our Programme Manager. Her primary responsibilities are the growth of the business network and stakeholder engagement. She has built a large network of maritime sector leaders and is able to utilise this to support key programmes. Prior to this appointment she worked with the Maritime UK national careers programme

Meet the board

Anne-Marie Mountifield

Director at Maritime UK Solent

Stuart Baker

Managing Director at Maritime UK Solent

Amelia Gould

Managing Director, Helsing

Alastair Welch

Director, Associated British Ports

Donnacha O’Driscoll

Executive Vice President Maritime and Sustainability, Carnival UK

Andrew Kaye

CEO, South Hampshire College Group

Commodore Andy Cree CBE

Assistant Chief of Staff Training, Royal Navy

Professor James Knowles

Vice-Chancellor, Solent University

Our Mission

To Lead

As the leader of the Solent maritime sector, our goal is to bring together all aspects of the industry and coordinate cross-sector activities. We strive to project a collective voice and provide a direct link to Maritime UK and government organisations.​

To Champion

We are committed to raising the profile of the Solent as a world-leading maritime cluster, recognised for our maritime excellence, innovative spirit, and exceptional location for investment and trade. We believe in the potential for rewarding careers and unique maritime experiences in the Solent region.​

To Grow

Our ultimate goal is to develop and maintain a strong value proposition for the Solent maritime cluster, attracting new investment and driving productivity, job growth, and talent development. We are dedicated to building a bright future for the Solent maritime industry.

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