Jim Sullivan - Vice Chairman/Secretary
Jim Sullivan is vice chairman and secretary of Sunderland Maritime Heritage (SMH). He joined SMH in October 2015, initially to work on Willdora's engine.
He was subsequently invited to join the board of trustees and in February 2018 became vice-chairman.
Jim trained as a marine engineer in the Merchant Navy and served 4 years deep sea on various cargo vessels. After leaving, he worked at the Wear dockyard as a marine fitter.
He then left to pursue a career in the oil and gas industry, progressing to Offshore Installation Manager before moving on shore to manage a gas terminal on Teesside. The last three years before taking early retirement in December 2015, were spent in Shetland, managing the Sullom Voe oil and gas terminal.