Purser Trainer is dedicated to those wishing to advance their career aboard a Superyacht or bigger, to the position of Purser. The normal progression would be from a Chief Steward/ess, however, a senior role such as Second Stew, Head Housekeeper are considered. I have had students switch over from the deck department too! As the role of the Purser is an autonomous one, and one that is directly responsible to the Captain, consideration is also given to those wishing to switch from a land-based role within villa management, crew recruitment, luxury hospitality management and crew training. If you believe you meet the criteria, please apply.
Originally trained as a Beauty Therapist and Hairdresser, Angela moved from her home in the UK, to Florida where she owned her own hair and beauty salon for eight years. Deciding to return to the UK, she taught beauty therapy while managing a salon in Sussex. However, travel beckoned and after back-packing through Central America, embarked on a journey across the Pacific Ocean on a 11m sailboat. After spending six months in New Zealand she crewed on a 20m sailing yacht to Fiji where she was introduced to motor yachts.
“Back then it was easy to knock on the hull and ask for a job, amazingly enough, I was given the chance to stand in as a temporary stewardess on a 35m motor yacht. They decided to keep me to finish the rest of their charter season and that is where I realised I could get paid great money for doing a job that, not only was second nature to me, but I loved it at the same time!”
After completing the required STCW in Australia, Angela returned to Europe and obtained a deck stew position on a 28m Mangusta, which in turn led her onto bigger and better, culminating as Purser on a prestigious 85m motor yacht. With nearly 10 years in total at sea, four of which as Purser, Angela decided to go landbased and became a PYA GUEST accredited trainer. Two years of teaching Purser and the GUEST Management and Leadership courses, led her to create this online course for Pursers.
“I realised that not everyone has the time to devote to a classroom-based course, so I wanted to develop a new course that could be completed online, at any time, anywhere in the world”
Angela Wallace is a GUEST accredited trainer, a PYA corporate member and a member of IAMI. She is also on the panel of the IAMI GUEST Purser programme.