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WEDNESDAY 11 SEPTEMBER
TEA FOR TWO
At the Shipping Professionals Network London (SPNL) and Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) Afternoon Tea, Lisa McAuliffe, the recently con rmed Deputy to the Secretary of State’s Representative for Maritime Salvage and Intervention (SOSREP), outlined the responsibilities of SOSREP and spoke of her own career. Looking at the way in which she achieved her goals, she listed self-
belief, con dence, mentoring, seizing opportunities, hard work and determination, family and friends, and aspirations.
McAuliffe’s career began when she joined the Royal Navy aged 18 – her path from there to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and role as Deputy SOSREP saw her working in search and rescue, as a regional counter pollution of cer, as a consultant in the oil & gas sector, and as a trainer. Along the way, she said, she encountered discrimination –
“I hate to bring it up, but it happens”. She recalled in the Navy being the communicator on the bridge of a ship entering a port in Saudi Arabia: “The pilot said, ‘I am not taking you into port until you get that female off the bridge’. The captain told me to leave the bridge. I have been sworn at and excluded and embarrassed in front of people.” She told the audience: “We all have the right to be respected in the workplace.”
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