Where Performance & Safety Matters
Where Performance & Safety Matters

The 20KTS+ team

Why us ?

At speeds in excess of 20 KTS it is essential for operators and organisations to understand the risks, how they are managed and how performance can be optimised.


20KTS+ achieves this by bringing together leading experts in their fields to deliver:


20KTS+ solutions include:

  • Education
  • Training
  • Technical Support
  • Personal Protective Equipment [PPE]

The 20KTS+ Team

Dr Trevor Dobbins:

Trevor has worked in the field of human performance since his undergraduate days. Gaining his doctorate, Trevor went on to use his academia in corporate & operational settings. His understanding of human performance, ergonomics and safety in the field of fast craft design and operaiton has made him one of the world’s authorities on this subject. His 20 years has principally been working within and for the UK MOD and as such he is also considered as an expert in the field of MOD systems requirements and a specialist in procurement. He has also been asked to consult with other significant organisations and they include;

  • UK MOD & dstl
  • RNLI
  • US Navy & ONR
  • QinetiQ
  • Babcock

His peer review papers have appeared in several prestigous international conferences and they include Royal Institution of Naval Architects, American Society of Naval Engineers, DSEI (London), NATO RTO/CSO, Pacific 2008 (Australia).

Jon Hill

Jon spent 23 years with Royal Marines Commandos, specialised in Amphibious Operations.  He retired in 2011 as the Squadron Sergeant Major (Warrant Officer 2nd) in-charge of the 10 Training Squadron, responsible for all RM amphibious training. Before this, he specialised in high-speed craft operations, spending over a decade in direct support to UKSF, conducting numerous maritime interdiction and insertion operations.  Since then he has continued to develop and diseminate his expertise in enhancing performance and managing risk, having presented numerous times at professional institutions and conferences including; Royal Institution of Naval Architects (UK), NATO Science & Technology - Simulation (Swe), DSEI London (UK), High Speed Boat Operations Forum (Swe), Multi Agency Craft & Hyper Craft Conferences  (USA).  Jon is also an Associated Fellow of the Nautical Institute (AFNI) and Technical Member of Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (Tech-IOSH).

Tyler Brand

Tyler first went to sea in 1986, sailing as a bosun's mate on a 130' gaff-rigged schooner. After gaining a degree in Neuro-Sciences from the University of Victoria (BC, Canada) he returned to the sea with the Canadian Coast Guard (C-CG). His twenty-two years as a C-CG Officer included specalising in Search and Rescue (SAR) operations and as a navigation training officer. Tyler is the author of many publications and books on SAR, High-Speed  / Dynamic Navigation and simulation-based training.

Fran Dobbins

Fran has worked in many academic environments, working as executive administrator and project manager. As such she has a wealth of experience in delivering projects on time and on budget. Her role in 20KTS+ is “gluing” the experts in the team together to create and maintain momentum in a project. Her speciality is in delivering ISO9001 compliant projects, ensuring the quality and timeliness of the deliverables for the client.

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