Joey Meen

A maritime career in education & training development now spiralling into its 30th year, Joey has always been focused on “making a difference”,

Dedication, energy & passion Joey has used her expertise to inspire & influence thousands of yacht crew, and enjoys seeing the successful careers of those she has helped throughout her professional career.

Over the years Joey has been a regular face on numerous yachting panels, seminars and worldwide yachting events, as well as hosting a few of her own. Joey relishes these opportunities to engage with heads of industry and training provisions, whilst representing the yacht crew she is so passionate about supporting.

The love for the sea started in the 90’s, whilst being a keen regatta racer, Joey followed her passion and landed a job running an RYA Sail Training School in the UK. Fast forward 10 years, Joey was headhunted and accepted the job in Antibes to oversee the training department.
Joey subsequently settled in the South of France, and by 2005 set up her own business, ASKJOEY, while also being invited to join the PYA Council.

ASKJOEY ran for 13 enjoyable years, committed to supporting countless crew and facilitating a much needed “advisory” platform, where Joey’s extensive experience enabled offering unbiased guidance to crew pursuing a career in yachting.

Joey devoted 15 years of volunteering at the PYA as Director of Training Development & Certification. During this time she built and reinforced strong alliances while on the front line of yacht training development, which included being part of the MCA Yacht Qualification Panel representing crew’s needs through the regulators and authorities, amongst others.

Instrumental in initiating training development projects in conjunction with regulators and feedback from crew, such as the RYA PW Safety Course, Yacht Rating certification, PYA/RYA Superyacht Tender Operations, MCA Ships Cook Assessment… to name a few.. Joey also took the initiative in 2008, with an amazing network of colleagues, to explore and develop the training needs for the interior departments. A success story on how an industry can create and self-regulate bespoke training needs to meet the end users demands. The GUEST Program was born. Guidelines for Unified Excellence in Service Training.

By January 2019 Joey was appointed on the IAMI BoD (International Association of Maritime Institutions) as administrator of the IAMI Maritime Hospitality Sub Group, while continuing her role as the GUEST Director. And as founder of the GUEST Program Joey is wholly committed to ensuring that the value and standards embedded with the program are upheld, as well as safeguarding those working in the interior departments a future of recognised training and value to their investments.

Representing the Interior Crew through the GUEST Program project is very dear to her heart, and Joey is looking forward to the next chapter of events and meeting new and old colleagues and friends along the way