Nick Hughes, Chief Operating Officer

Nick Hughes COO

Nick has over 30 years' experience in the marine industry. He is a chartered marine engineer and joins the Ambassador family from a multifaceted career that spans technical engineering, consultancy, and senior commercial roles. 

His early roots in The Royal Navy provided a springboard for a career that would transcend many different sectors including defence, shipping and cruise ship operation affording him a broad focus on customer & technical strategy, compliance, risk, shipping laws and other aspects of shore-based management. 

He has successfully led a number of complex business reorganisations juggling a demand for technical modernisation and aligned to significant expansion criteria. 

Until 2020 he spent 7 years as Head of Technical Operations with Marella Cruises (TUI UK Ltd) where he was responsible for fleet management, budget control and compliance, and contributed strategically to asset management and business growth.