The Crew

Margaret Wind – Publisher and Editor

Murray-Earl-330wMargaret took over the magazine in 2023 and is also the current Executive Director of the NZ Marine Transport Association. Her commercial background includes several years at BP Oil servicing major land and marine transport operators, managing a truck sales and servicing business and for the past 30 years, working in the maritime sector. Born in Auckland and influenced by her grandfather, a former ship’s master at Sanford, she has spent many hours on the water on her own boats and through her involvement in the Whitbread Round the World, Louis Vuitton and America’s Cup races.

Contact Murray: 027 481 8360
Email: [email protected]

Keith Ingram MNZM. JP

Keith IngramKeith ran away to sea at the age of 15 at a time when a willing pair of hands and a strong back were sought after on any crew. He would have scoffed if anyone had told him he would one day become an award winning journalist and the editor of respected maritime publications. But sure enough, today Keith puts his passion for the industry back into the community by working as a maritime consultant and publishing the bi-monthly Professional Skipper and New Zealand Aquaculture magazines as well as the annual New Zealand Workboat Review. Keith is one of the maritime industry’s strongest advocates and Past President and Life Member of the New Zealand Marine Transport Association. He is also a marine assessor for the Transport Accident Investigation Commission and maritime advisor to the Courts of New Zealand. As a Past President of the NZ Recreational Fishing Council, he has continued his work as a national representative on the National Rock Lobster and the SNA1 snapper strategic management groups. In his spare time Keith enjoys fishing and boating, he is a past Commodore of the Bucklands Beach Yacht Club and continues to support his community as an Honorary Fisheries Officer and Justice of the Peace.

Keith was recognised in the Queens New Years Honours 2021 as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, MNZM for services to the Fishing and Maritime Industry.

Contact Keith: 0274 584 747
Office: +64 (09) 533 4336
Email: [email protected]

Jim Birchall – sub editor

Jim Birchall webJim Birchall joined Professional Skipper after working as a journalist locally, and in a former life had an interesting career in investigative work for both private and legal entities. He has also volunteered in commercial and community radio as a host; does voiceovers for radio and TV, occasional acting (badly) and is an avid podcaster, creating Occam’s Razor – an irreverent look at the unexplained. In summer you will find him umpiring cricket somewhere.

Contact Jim: [email protected]

Rachel Walker – designer

photo“I’ve been doing this sort of thing for way too long to mention,” says Rachel. “Let’s just say, I’ve got experience!” Rachel has worked in the realms of both publishing and advertising agencies during her illustrious career, although predominantly in publishing for the past decade. Rachel says being part of the Professional Skipper team is like being adopted into a generous and loyal family, it’s had its dramas, but is totally worth it!

Chris Howell

Chris Howell webChris started life in Auckland in 1957 and joined the Royal New Zealand Navy at the tender age of 16 where he was placed in the tough seamanship hands of an instructor named Keith Ingram. This began his fascination and total love for ships and sea, later to include photography and history. After a stint in the RNZN and three OEs, Chris moved to Southland and has since been self employed in shipping, provodoring and photography.

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