Captain Jonathon Pearce joined BP as a cadet in 1979 and qualified as a Master Mariner in 1990. He has served in all ranks, including master, on various types of vessels. In 1994 he took a shore position as pilot in Port Taranaki, New Zealand. In 2006 he returned to the United Kingdom as a risk assessor and undertook numerous formal safety audits of UK ports. He has been involved with LNG risk assessments and is an expert witness on pilotage issues. In 2008 he joined OMC International as their Business Development Manager due to his extensive knowledge of their Dynamic Under-keel Clearance systems. He is a highly knowledgeable on ship motions, under-keel clearance and vessel squat and presents internationally and nationally on these issues. In March 2014, he was sworn in as a Younger Brother of Trinity House. In 2020 he was accepted as a Chartered Master Mariner.