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Captain Terry Lawrence (Chairman)
Harbour Master, Port of London Authority

Terry and his team look after the major infrastructure project that is the Thames Tideway Tunnel, which involves numerous construction sites in the river. As a dedicated and professionally qualified mariner, Terry is well versed in marine operations to provide full-time expertise that is demanded by the complex project.


David Appleton
Professional and Technical Assistant, Nautilus International

David joined Nautilus International in 2013 having previously worked as third officer for Princess Cruises and Deck Cadet for Maersk Line.
He holds a BSc in Maritime Studies (Merchant Shipping) from the University of Plymouth and an OOW Unlimited ticket.


Captain Dennis Barber
Principal Consultant, Marico Marine

Consultancy in Marine related projects including Navigation risk including ships, harbours and offshore energy installations, Shipboard Operational Risk and Accident and Incident Investigations.
Providing Technical Advice to the Parliamentary Select Committee, Legal Practices including in court (Expert Witness) and IMO Technical Committees.
Regulatory Ship Inspections for Bahamas Maritime Authority. Investigations of Marine Accidents and Incidents for Bahamas Maritime Authority and Loss Assessment of Insurance.


Captain Roger Barker
Elder Brother, Corporation of Trinity House

Roger Barker joined Trinity House in July 2005 as Navigation (Examiner) Manager. Roger has worked in the Marine industry since he was 16 years old as a Deck Cadet with P&O, progressing his way through the ranks with United Baltic Corporation and Andrew Weir to Master, serving on vessels operating principally in the Baltic trades although completing many worldwide voyages.
Before moving to Trinity House he was asked to come ashore and take over as Marine Superintendent at Andrew Weir Shipping Limited, advising on all nautical matters within the fleet.
During his time both afloat and ashore he has been closely involved with several new buildings, and has taken particular interest in the development of integrated bridge systems and new technology in general.


Andrew Bell
Marine Manager, Stephenson Harwood LLP

Andrew joined the international law firm Stephenson Harwood in 2016 as part of their Marine Insurance Casualty Response Team. He is involved in casualty investigations and providing technical advice across the marine and international trade practice. He previously spent six years with Zodiac Maritime, engaged with the Safety Management of their large fleet of tankers, container ships, car carriers and bulk carriers. He served 13 years as a deck officer with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, on operations with most vessel types worldwide, before a period in fleet management at Navy Command HQ in Portsmouth. He started his career with 8 years as an officer in the Royal Navy, followed by a spell involving trials of new build warships and work on a small research vessel and a large motor yacht.

He holds a valid Master's Certificate of Competency and a Graduate Diploma in Law obtained part time from BPP University, London. He was elected a Fellow of the Nautical Institute (FNI) in 2013. Outside of work, he has served as volunteer lifeboat crew on the Thames at Teddington since 2002.


Cor Blonk
Secretary of Labour Affairs, Dutch Ship owners Association for Pelagic Fisheries & the Pelagic Freezer Trawler Association


Stuart Carruthers
Cruising Manager, Royal Yachting Association

Stuart Carruthers joined the RYA in January 2005 as the Cruising Manager. He took up sailing at an early age and has been passionately fond of the sport ever since. He has sailed extensively in many parts of the world including most of the European and North Mediterranean coastline and as a boat owner has acquired a detailed knowledge of the many issues which are of concern to the recreational boating sector.
Stuart is a Chartered Marine Engineer and is registered as Eur Ing with FEANI. Apart from his technical responsibilities, he takes a keen interest in regulatory matters that affect the recreational sector and is a member of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) International Regulations Commission. He frequently represents ISAF at the International Maritime Organisation on a number of committees and sub committees. He is a member of the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) Experts Group and a number of its related sub committees.
Above all, Stuart is committed to the ethos of the RYA which embraces the need for self-reliance, safety and proper training.


Captain David Carter
Lieutenant Commander, Full Time Reserve Service, Royal Navy

Captain David Carter MN joined Shell Tankers (U.K.) Ltd as Deck Cadet in 1980, gained his Master’s certificate in 1992, command in 1998 and continued with Shell as Master until 2012. During his last four years with Shell he was lead master of the Qatar Gas LNG fleet, having stood by, delivered and performed the first cargo on the first Q-Max LNG carrier MOZAH, the largest gas carrier ever built. He followed this with two 2014 commands with Dynagas in new build Ice class duel fuel diesel electric LNG carriers built for the Arctic Northern Sea Route transits. He is a Bachelor of Laws, Younger Brother of Trinity House and MNI. He has been a Royal Naval Reservist since 1997, latterly sailing in MOD chartered commercial shipping as an RN Liaison Officer until September 2014 and is now Lieutenant Commander on Full Time Reserve Service as the Royal Navy’s Merchant Navy Liaison Officer.


Dr Tim Carter
Professor, Norwegian Centre for Maritime Medicine

Tim Carter is a medical doctor and specialist in occupational medicine. He is the Chief Medical Advisor to UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency with special emphasis on medical standards for seafarers, and of systems for approved doctors and the medical standards. He is also a supervisor of research on maritime health. His special interest in occupational medicine and medical history is reflected by an extensive list of publications in these fields.
On the 1st of October 2010 he was appointed a professor at the Institute of epidemiology and preventive medicine at the University of Bergen with his working place at the Norwegian Centre for Maritime Medicine.


Alan Cartwright, BSc MA CEng FIMarEST

Director, Blabey Engineering Ltd


Alan Cartwright is Director of consultancy Blabey Engineering Limited.  He served in the Royal Navy from 1975 until 1998 in a variety of sea appointments, including Senior Engineer HMY Britannia (1991-94), and shore postings including marine gas turbine R&D (1987-89) and warship refit superintendent (1996-98). 

As Head of Marine Engineering to the Port of London Authority (1998-2013), Alan updated fleet operations and provided engineering advice to the PLA’s executive and main boards. He also supported the UK ports’ sector, the UK DfT and the MCA on a variety of legislative, technical and environmental issues.  

Recently Commercial Manager at Warsash Maritime Academy (2014-2017), he developed specialist training packages and managed all tracts.  At international conferences, Alan chairs discussion on a variety of maritime subjects, as well as advising industry bodies and UK Government departments on competencies, safety and standards for seafarers and ships.

Alan is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the IMechE and the IMarEST, a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights.


Captain Steve Clinch
Chief Inspector, MAIB

Steve Clinch joined the shipping industry more than 40 years ago – he first went to sea with P&O in 1971 and sailed on tankers, gas carriers and bulk carriers until making the step ashore in 1985. He then held a number of commercial and ship management posts before being appointed a director of P&O Bulk Shipping in 1993.
Steve joined the Bahamas Maritime Authority as Deputy Director in 2001 and then the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) in 2004. He succeeded Rear Admiral Stephen Meyer as the UK’s Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents in August 2010. Steve is the current Chairman of the Marine Accident Investigator’s International Forum (MAIIF) and the EU Permanent Co-operation Framework for Accident Investigation Bodies.


Captain Don Cockrill MBE
Marine Pilot, UKMPA

Specialties: Marine pilotage, Shipboard operations, Petro-chemical transportation, Professional representation, Simulation training, Training and professional development, Human factors in maritime operations, accidents and accident prevention.


Jonathan Earthy
Human Factors Coordinator, Lloyd’s Register Foundation

22 years’ experience as Principal Human Factors Specialist for Lloyd’s Register coordinating Human Factors/Ergonomics/Human Element technical capability and marine product development.
UK delegate for ISO TC159 since 1985, editing Human Centred design process standards.
Previously a Consultant for BP.


Captain Johan Gahnstrom
Senior Marine Manager, Intertanko

Gahnström currently holds a position as senior marine manager for INTERTANKO. He holds an unrestricted Masters license up to date. Among others, background as master, VTS manager, marine pilot and harbour master.


Allan Graveson
Senior National Secretary, Nautilus International

Senior National Secretary for Nautilus International from January 1998 – Present (17 years)
Senior Lecturer at Southampton Solent University from September 1993 – December 1997.


Robert Greenwood
Safety and Training Officer, National Federation of Fishermen`s Organisation (NFFO)


Appointed to help supply a safety culture within the fishing industry, Robert is responsible for liaising closely with the NFFO’s partner organisations such as the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Department of Transport to ensure new safety legislation is practical for those working at sea.

Originally from a fishing family in Selsey, Robert joins the federation following 14 years as a sea safety instructor at industry authority, Seafish.


Commander Graham Hockley
Secretary, Corporation of Trinity House

Secretary to the Corporation of Trinity House from 2009 – Present.
Director of IMarEST from 2002 to 2009.
Engineer Officer in the Royal Navy from 1973 to 2001.


Captain Andy Jordan
Commanding Officer, HMS Collingwood and Maritime Warfare School

After graduating from the University of Exeter, Andy Jordan joined the Royal Navy in 1992 as a full career Warfare Officer. His early career was spent at sea in watchkeeping appointments in HMS CAMPBELTOWN and in HM YACHT BRITANNIA and, as Navigating Officer in HMS SOUTHAMPTON.

After qualifying as a Principal Warfare Officer in 1999 he completed an appointment in HMS CORNWALL, which included a global deployment where he acted as Group Ops Officer for a Task Group of 9 ships.

Selected for sea command and promotion to Lieutenant Commander in 2000, he firstly commanded HMS BRECON in the Northern Ireland Squadron 2001-02 and then HMS RAMSEY 2002-03, which included deploying his ship from the UK to conduct operations in the Arabian Gulf.
Selected for further promotion and sea command in 2004, he firstly commanded HMS IRON DUKE 2005-2007 and then HMS SUTHERLAND 2007. Immediately post command, he spent 9 months as Staff Operations Officer to the UK Maritime Component Commander in Bahrain, with responsibility for the day to day operations of the RN ships and submarines in the Gulf. Returning to the UK, he joined the Permanent Joint Headquarters in 2008 as part of the team that prepared UK forces for deployment around the world, setting and assuring the delivery of training for Operations in Afghanistan, Iraq
and the wider Middle East.

He joined the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall in 2010, as the desk officer responsible for the financial programming of new Maritime and C4ISR equipments. He was subsequently appointed to command the Royal Navy Presentation Team, where he spent a fascinating 12 months briefing diverse groups around the country on the Navy’s key messages. On promotion to Captain in September 2013, he returned to the role of financial planning, as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff
in the Resources and Plans area of the Navy’s Portsmouth Headquarters.

He was thrilled to assume his current post, in command of HMS COLLINGWOOD and the Maritime Warfare School, in March 2015. He graduated from the Advanced Command and Staff Course in 2004, earning an MA in Defence Studies in the process.

He is married to Catherine, a Fleet Air Arm Lynx observer, who has also commanded at sea. He has 5 daughters.


John Leach
Risk Manager, Tindall Riley (Britannia)


Master Mariner, employed as a Risk Manager by Tindall Riley (Britannia) limited, providing marine and technical advice to Claims Handlers, Underwriters and Members. Chairman of the ICS Dangerous Cargo panel.

Seagoing experience on container, bulk carrier, product and crude oil tankers and sail training vessels. Shore work experience in container terminal operations, liner container operations, ship planning, commercial and cargo management which included setting global cargo acceptance policy for Maersk Line. Recently sat with the expert group on the revision of IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing Cargo Transport Units. Member of the Nautical Institute and Honorary Company of Master Mariners.


Captain Peter Lightfoot
Tees Bay Pilot, UK Maritime Pilots Association


Maria Kouboura
Senior Technical Advisor, IMarEST

Maria is the IMarEST Senior Technical Advisor (engineering) with the lead on the IMarEST representation at IMO committees related to Engineering and Safety in conjunction with the Heads of Delegation.
Maria has 10 years of employment in the Maritime sector, developed an extended knowledge of the Shipbuilding Industry and a thorough understanding of the Plan Approval process, New Building specification reviews, negotiations and on site supervision. Having the role of the Technical Manager, she has managed the complete lifecycle of four New Building projects.


Dr. Monica Lundh
Head of the Division of Maritime Human Factors Group and Navigation at the Department of Shipping and Marine Technology

Monica Lundh is a PhD and former Marine Engineer with a work experience from the Swedish merchant fleet. She served 11 years all together, the last five as an engineer. She holds the current position as senior lecturer and head of the Division of Maritime Human Factors Group and Navigation at the Department of Shipping and Marine Technology at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Dr Lundh is responsible for the research filed Engine Room Ergonomics and Safety which addresses the work environment within the engine department and the changes in work performance which the technical developments on board have implied.


Eric Murdoch
Chief Surveyor, The Standard P & I Club

Bachelor of Science in Marine Technology in 1980 and Master of Science in ship production in 1981. He previously worked as a ship's deck officer, design engineer and as a ship surveyor. Joined Charles Taylor in 1987.
Member of the Institute of Marine Engineers, the Royal Institute of Naval Architects, the Society of Consulting Marine Engineers, a Ship Surveyors and a Chartered Engineer.


Claire Pekcan
Associate Professor at Warsash Maritime Academy & Vice Chair of INTERTANKO's Human Element Sub-Committee

Claire Pekcan has worked in the maritime sector since 1996 and her area of expertise is applied maritime psychology, more commonly known as the Human Element. Claire was conferred the title of Associate Professor for her academic leadership, public engagement and research activity in 2012. Claire leads the maritime research cluster MUSTER at SSU, which coordinates and showcases the university’s research into maritime science and engineering.

Claire also plays an active role in the maritime industry and was elected Vice Chair of the INTERTANKO’s Human Element in Shipping Committee and became a member of Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology’s (IMarEST) Human Element Working Group (HEWG) in 2014. Claire is also a member of the MCA’s Human Element Advisory Group.

Claire holds an MSc in Occupational Psychology - the study of human behaviour in the workplace.  Currently, Claire is pursuing her doctorate, researching the effect of the employment relationship on a seafarer’s capacity and motivation to behave safely.

Clive Rees
Marine Surveyor, Charles Taylor & Co

A Master Mariner and Marine Surveyor with over 30 years sea-going experience in all ranks on Bulk Carriers, General Cargo and Tanker vessels, with over 18 years as Master on Cape and Gearbulk carriers and General Cargo vessels.

He has extensive ship-handling experience in a variety of different sized vessels and extensive experience in the loading, carriage and discharge of a wide range of Bulk and Break Bulk Cargoes.


Commodore Ian Schumacker
Chief Technical Superintendent, Royal Fleet Auxiliary

Cdre Ian Schumacker joined the Royal Fleet Auxiliary as Engineer Cadet in 1975 and has seen service on a large number of RFA vessels, complemented with a variety of diverse MoD shore appointments, including Chief Technical Superintendent, culminating in his current position within DE&S Ships Commercially Supported Shipping. Responsible for the provision of safe to operate platforms for RFA and RN Hydrographic and Patrol vessels. A Sponsored Reserve who is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Safety professional and Fellow of IMarEST with an MSc in Health and Safety Management.


Steve Window
Southampton Solent University

Steve joined the Royal Navy in 1982. His career saw him qualify firstly as a Frigate Navigating Officer and then as a Minewarfare and Clearance Diving Officer (MCDO). Steve enjoyed several years on the staff of Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) as the Staff MCDO, where he had specific responsibility for training and assessing the embarked diving teams of all NATO vessels that passed through the organisation prior to deployment on worldwide operations.
In 1996 Steve was appointed as the Queens Harbourmaster at Portland during the transition period, which involved handing over the former naval base to Portland Port Limited when the Harbour Revision Order was approved by Parliament.
After further service on the staff of FOST, Steve was appointed to the Baltic States as a NATO advisor as part of the Partnership for Peace process. On return to UK in 2000, he was appointed as the Head of Royal Navy diver training at the Defence Diving School in Portsmouth. Retiring from the Royal Navy in 2003, he is now a reservist, primarily employed as a navigation trainer and assessor, attached to 1 Assault Group Royal Marines.
Steve was appointed as a Senior Lecturer (Bridge Simulation) at Warsash Maritime Academy in 2009 and took over as Principal Lecturer in the same department in 2014. Qualifying as a teacher in 2012, Steve attained a distinction in his MSc in Leadership and Management in 2013, with a dissertation on the ‘normalisation of deviation’ on merchant ships’ bridges. He is now conducting PhD research on the subject of ‘attention and perception when decision making using ECDIS’ with the Open University.

John Wright
Managing Director, The Honourable Company of Master Mariners

As a ship’s master and marine superintendent, he has first-hand experience of dealing with the adverse consequences of fatal accidents. He understands the importance of having an inclusive, proactive and company-wide safety culture, which more than fulfils the needs of retrospective legislation. His passion for safety is equalled by his desire for inclusive working practices to form the backbone of an organisation’s culture in the pursuit of business excellence.
Since founding WrightWay, his team has been delivering management and safety training courses as well as providing consultancy services worldwide for 15 years. Their clients are predominantly from the marine and oil industries, and include BC Ferries, the Carnival Cruise Corporation, V.Ships, BHP Billiton and Total Exploration & Drilling. The company has also worked for organisations in the pharmaceutical, aviation and construction sectors.

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