ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Our handsome looking, prolific author Gilbert Jackman, is a formidable and diversely talented professional, who has s acquired an eclectic variety of skills and experience over the years, serving in the Royal Marines (SNCO), NZ SAS (SNCO), NZ Police (D/SGT), and as Chief Security and Training Officer on cruise ships (3 Rings). Gilbert has written more than 30 books, and three Children’s stories, and having more planned on his extensive agenda. We are proud to have him on board.
A Non-smoker, and in pursuit of maintaining a healthful active lifestyle, our Author lives in the UK, and can travel anywhere at short notice and have spent a lifetime being away from home on duty.
He was relocated to the UK from France in 2011.
He holds a British (EEC) and New Zealand (Australian) citizenship and passports, and South African permanent residence. Gil has embarked upon an active writing career and has many exciting books published. Gil writes from what he ‘knows’, and has based much of his literary works on a lifetime of personal experiences, and exciting professional posts which carried along with it a great measure of responsibility on his shoulders.
As Chief Security/Training Officer I hold the following qualifications appertaining to ship work, as laid down by the latest IMO and STCW regulations. I have instructed weekly in: ISPS Training, Drug Awareness, Harassment, Bomb Searches, and Anti-Piracy. These are apart from military and police training, experience and skills.
The most important qualifications are underlined:
PAIE Pre-Departure Safety Training NoCert Issued 95
SSOT Shipboard and Safety Orientation Training NoCert Issued 95
IPSA Refresher Course in security training 25:05:95
STCW Certified Lifeboat man 04:11:96
AFFT Advanced Fire Fighting Training 12:11:97
CPRE (3) Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation 16:04:98
Rural/Metro Hazardous Material Awareness & Initial Response 15:04:98
Rural/Metro Gen Fire Fighting Tactics to Mobile Group Standard 16:04:98
Rural/Metro Adult CPR – American Red Cross 16:04:98
PAIE Safety Course for Pers Nom to Assist Pax in Emergency 03:04:98
STAR Ctr Instructor, Supervisor and Assessor Qualification Course 27:03:98
Comp. Computer Skills Somerset County Training 06:10:98
SABRE Use and Wearing of Breathing Apparatus 01:08:99
SABRE Servicing and Maintenance of Breathing Apparatus 02:08:99
DNV Paxtrim Crowd Management 31:10:99
DNV Paxtrim Crisis Management 01:10:99
DNV Paxtrim Trainers Course 03:10:99
NAHS Security Course 18:02:00
St John First Aid at Work 03:03:00
FPTC Fire Training Course 14:03:00
NCL Illegal Drugs Lecture Certificate 01:04:02
MARPOL Hazardous & Solid Waste Management 24:01:03
STAR Ctr Crowd Management and Human Behaviour Course 02:14:03
ISPFSC Crew Safety and Security Awareness Training 04:09:04
ISPS Training for Ships Security Officers 13:07:05
AMS – CG Drug & Alcohol Specimen Collection Training 13:07:06
A.G.S. Screener Training Program
A-V3 Crowd Management
Crisis Management and Human Behaviour 13:05:08
HAL Responsible Service of Alcohol 16:10:08
HAL Norovirus on Board: Gangway 16:10:08
HAL Environmental Management System Basics 16:10:08
HAL Marine Fire Fighting 17:10:08
HAL Environmental Management System 26:10:08
HAL Security Training Level 2 15:10:08
HAL Security Training Level 2 – Refresher 31:03:09
HAL Ships Security Officer – Level 4 Training 2009
V.Ships VGP (Vessel General Permit) – Environmental Protection Agency 2011
The Staff Captain, among his many duties, usually holds the designation of Ship Security Officer but there have been recent movements to change this to the Chief of Security, as the vessel’s security is after all his main priority. With this in mind I qualified as SSO in 2009.
SHIPS SERVED ON
Independent: CRUCCERO EXPRESS 1995
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line: MONARCH OF THE SEAS )
SOVEREIGN OF THE SEAS (twice) )
SONG OF AMERICA 1995-1998
MAJESTY OF THE SEAS )
RHAPSODY OF THE SEAS )
Celebrity: ZENITH (as Art Director) 1998
Orient Cruise Line: MARCO POLO (6months) 1999
Renaissance Cruise Line: RENAISSANCE 6 (5 months) 2000/1
RENAISSANCE 3 (6 months) 2001
Holland America Line: VOLENDAM 2001/2
Norwegian Cruise Line: NORWEGIAN SUN (4 contracts) 2002/3
NORWEGIAN MAJESTY (5 contracts) 2004/7
NORWEGIAN SPIRIT (6 Contracts) 2007/8
Holland America Line: MAASDAM 2008
Silver Sea WHISPER 2011
Crew discipline and drug enforcement.
Investigations into complaints ranging from theft to rape and murder.
Investigation of all accidents of crew and passengers.
Assisting Legal & Claims Department in preparation and depositions for litigation. Liaison with shore side police and customs.
Supervision of security staff, placement and supervision of gangways.
Compiling and producing all relevant reports.
Implementing and conducting training of crew in terrorism/bomb threats, drug awareness training, ISPS awareness training, etc.
Also Diving Officer and sometime leader of Mobile Fire Team.
Deck & Engine 3 stripe Officer designation.
Familiar with most ports in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, the USA and French Polynesia, and have visited many more.
Spent short time in 1 Ranger Squadron (NZ SAS) before Vietnam finished – then 10 years in the New Zealand Police, served in the Crime Control Unit, also responsible for Diplomatic Protection. Trained as Hostage Negotiator, Firearms and Physical Training Instructor, Search and Rescue, sometime Prosecutor in magistrates’ court. Personal protection to PM of NZ in Auckland venues. Rank of Det/Sgt. Attended Auckland University – 2 years law then returned UK.
15 years in the Royal Marines served as Reconnaissance Troop Leader (Recce courses, sniper, parachuting and climbing). Commando Instructor, Marksman on all weapons. Navy Diver, Mixtures and Re-breathing qualifications, and all SBS diving qualifications. Military guarding and anti-terrorist deployment. Served on ships as well as Commando units (40, 41, 45 Commandos) – 2 1/2 years on HMS Ursa, also HMS Fearless and HMS Bulwark with Commando groups as SNCO. Saw combat in Cyprus, Aden and Northern Ireland. Rank of SNCO.
HEALTH AND FITNESS:
Hold Dip. CRS (Diploma of the Council for Recreation and Sport), and Senior Instructor for NABBA (National Amateur Bodybuilding Association). Personal trainer. Ran own health studio for eight years.
Computer literate, diving, skiing, published author, rider (horses and motorbikes), weight training.
Member of International Police Association, Society of Authors, National Amateur Bodybuilding Association, Sergeants Mess Commando Training Centre, Auckland University Club, Royal British Legion, Bergerac branch of RNA.
Non-smoker, live in the UK, can travel anywhere at short notice and have spent a lifetime being away from home on duty.
Relocated to the UK from France in 2011.
I hold British (EEC) and New Zealand (Australian) citizenship and passports, and South African permanent residence. Have US visas B1B2 and R C1/D.
Hold recent medical, X-ray and Yellow Fever.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Thomas Craven is a snappy dresser, art school graduate and antique dealer. He is also a faker and forger, a coward, and an all round detestable person. He is in partnership with Charlie Feathers, also crooked, with whom he once shared a cell. Their two employees are Ray, a middle-aged craftsman, and Cassius, a black rugby player in his early twenties.
The mysterious Mr. Deville contacts their firm and an agreement is made, so Craven and company begin collecting artifacts for the new customer.
The attractive Amanda Hastings and her father are on the trail of Deville, their journey taking them through time and space. Now she is forced to obtain the help of someone she detests, Thomas Craven. Together they follow events to their conclusions, and the terrible purpose Deville plans for two civilizations.
Somehow, Craven turns out to be the unlikely hero in the end.
Gil Jackman was born in Liverpool, England, became Architectural Draughtsman, then joined the Royal Marine Commandos and saw action in Cyprus, Aden and Northern Ireland. Wounded twice, Jackman left the Royal Marines as a SNCO and went to New Zealand, where he joined the NZ SAS and became a SNCO. After Vietnam Gil joined the NZ Police, serving as a Det/Sgt. He then returned to the UK and opened a gym – teaching bodybuilding, karate and general fitness. Later, he found a position on cruise ships as Chief of Security, serving for sixteen years. Besides the UK, Jackman has lived in NZ, France and South Africa.
BOOKS SCHEDULED FOR PUBLICATION IN 2016 BY LANG PUBLISHING, NEW ZEALAND ARE:-
“FORGOTTEN WARS AND UNSUNG HEROES”
“BURDEN OF DAYS”
“LAND OF THE LONG WHITE CLOUD”