London International Shipping Week 2019 is fortunate to benefit from the support of shipping industry leaders whose endorsement demonstrates the importance of London International Shipping Week and the strategic importance of London as the centre of maritime excellence.
Chairman of the LISW Board of Advisors
Lord Mountevans’ City career began in 1972 as a graduate trainee with the international shipbroker Clarksons. He was appointed to the Board in 1989 and served as Managing Director of the Gas Division 2001-2014. The Company is the world’s leading shipping services provider with 48 offices in 20 countries; it is headquartered in London and is quoted on the London Stock Exchange.
Jeffrey is a Member of the Baltic Exchange, a Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and a Younger Brother of Trinity House. He chairs Maritime London, the organisation promoting London and the UK’s maritime professional services. He recently chaired the ‘Maritime Growth Study’ for the UK government.
In 2007 Jeffrey was elected Alderman for the Ward of Cheap. He has been heavily involved in schools that are closely related to the City and is an Almoner of Christ’s Hospital, and is Deputy Chairman of the City of London Academy Islington, as well as a Trustee of the St Paul’s Cathedral Chorister Trust, and a member of the Corporation’s Education Board. He served as the 688th Lord Mayor of the City of London from 2015 – 2016.
Jeffrey succeeded his brother in December 2014, to become Lord Mountevans. In July 2015 he was elected to sit as a Hereditary Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords. Jeffrey met Juliet at Cambridge. They have been married for 43 years. Juliet is a former solicitor and more recently Adviser at Chelsea Citizens’ Advice Bureau. They have two sons.
Janette was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of P&O Ferries in January 2018. She joined the business in 2012 as Commercial Director and became Managing Director five years later.
Janette is an extremely experienced Board Director, having had broad exposure to a range of industries and high profile brands.
She was Sales & Marketing Director for Hammerson plc, the British property development and investment company. Janette has also worked in senior strategy and marketing positions at Centrica, where she became Director of Sales & Growth for British Gas Retail. She gained a breadth of understanding of European manufacturing and logistics during her time as a consultant at Pricewaterhouse Coopers and began her career as a graduate trainee at Tesco, working in their grocery division.
Tom Boardley is the Secretary General in Europe for Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community.
From 2009 to 2018, Tom led the Lloyd’s Register (LR) Marine business as its Director, responsible for worldwide operations, strategy and business development, and latterly developed an external affairs function for the Group. Prior to joining LR in 2009, Tom had accumulated 30 years’ experience in the container shipping, ports and logistics business. Commencing his career with the container shipping division of P&O, originally trading as OCL and subsequently as P&O Nedlloyd, he held various management roles in the UK, Taiwan, Korea and Japan before being appointed as Director for Australia and New Zealand, based in Sydney in 1996. Tom left P&O in 2004, joining the Japanese shipping and logistic company NYK, heading their European operation.
Tom is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Mission to Seafarers, and is also a member of the UK Department for Transport’s Maritime 2050 Expert Panel. Previously, Tom was the President of the UK Chamber of Shipping (2015/2016) and served as Chairman of IACS (International Association of Classification Societies) for the 2012/2013 year.
Highly regarded within the maritime industry, Tom has featured in the Lloyd’s List Top 100 People in Global Shipping and the Tradewinds Power 100.
Tom is an engineering graduate of Oxford University and is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects.
Mr Cheng is a Board Director of Hutchison Port Holdings Limited’s (“HPH”) as well as the Managing Director and Division Head of its Europe Division. He has overall management responsibility for 13 business units across Europe and including the Company’s investment in Egypt. He is also the CEO of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited and the Port of Felixstowe.
Mr Cheng, a Chartered Accountant of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, joined HPH in 1998 and has held various senior positions in the Company. Prior to joining HPH, he was an Executive Director of Cazenove & Co, with responsibility for its Asia Capital Market and Corporate Finance activities. He spent the early part of his career in banking with Citibank and then Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong.
Mr Cheng graduated from University of Leeds in the United Kingdom and holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree. He is a Board Member of the Infrastructure Board of the CBI in the UK.
Head of Marine for Chubb Global Markets, Mark has many years of marine and hull underwriting experience in the London subscription market, in both company and Lloyd’s sectors.
Mark is a Nautical Studies Graduate and a past Chairman of London’s Joint Hull Committee and IUMI’s Ocean Hull Committee. He is currently Deputy Chair of the Lloyd’s Market Association’s Marine Committee and also serves on the Marine Committee and Classification Sub Committee of Lloyd’s Register.
Mark began his London and international market underwriting career in 1989 and has gained experience of a wide range of marine & energy risk types.
Chairman of Fraser, Roberto Giorgi began his career at sea; attending Nautical College and joining the Italian Navy as a Lieutenant. Following his service, Roberto joined the merchant marine where he worked in passenger liners and cargo vessels, obtaining his Master Mariner qualification in 1974.
In 1980 Roberto left the call of the sea and joined Amarline as a ship manager-his first shore-based role in Monaco. After growing his experience in the company over a period of several years, Roberto joined the newly founded company V.Ships in 1984. Through Roberto’s various positions in V.Ships over forty years, including President from 2005 – 2013 he was instrumental in helping the company grow to its current position as the world’s largest ship management company. Roberto retired as Honorary President in 2015.
Roberto was also President of InterManager from 2008-2010, the international trade association for third-party and in-house ship managers, whose members are responsible for some 3,700 ships and more than 200,000 crew members.
In August 2014 Roberto became the Executive Chairman of Fraser, a company that he had been involved with since V.Ships acquired it in a joint partnership with Azimut Benetti in 2004. Here his expertise and lifetime experience in the industry has enabled him to assist in the growth of Fraser, cementing its position as the world’s leading yacht brokerage company.
Following the appointment of Raphael Sauleau as CEO of Fraser by Roberto and the board of Directors in February 2016, Roberto continues in his role as the Chairman of the company, dedicating his time to strengthening the management team and focusing on issues within the yachting industry.
Roger Hargreaves is Director of Maritime at the Department for Transport.
Prior to taking up his current role, Roger was responsible for securing the legislation and other powers necessary to allow the construction of High Speed 2. Roger’s previous civil service roles include Programme Director at the Office for Renewable Energy Deployment in DECC, responsible for the delivery, co-ordination and financing of the Government’s renewable energy programme, National Project Director for a major emergency services project at the Department for Communities and Local Government, a series of posts at the Cabinet Office in the national security field, and Secretary to Sir Michael Pitt’s Review of the UK’s flood risk management and infrastructure protection. Roger was also a Director at the Better Regulation Executive. Roger joined the Cabinet Office from Her Majesty’s Treasury where he worked on education spending, labour market policy and the single currency.
Roger has also worked for one of the world’s largest IT companies as director of public sector strategy.
Sarah began her career as a marine environmental scientist, working for the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and then as an independent environmental consultant. Sarah entered the defence industry somewhat by accident, joining QinetiQ in 1998 to deliver naval research and technology programmes, before moving on to business and sales management, and culminating in leading the largest of QinetiQ’s operating businesses ‘Maritime, Land and Weapons’, as well as being a director of the QinetiQ Australia business.
In August 2017, Sarah took up the role of Chief Executive for BMT Group; a leading international scientific and engineering technical services and consulting business, with deep specialism in the maritime and defence domains. BMT prides itself on working in partnership with clients to address their most challenging needs.
Sarah is a member of the UK Defence Innovation External Advisory Panel, the UK Department for Transport Maritime 2050 Expert Panel, and the UK Maritime Enterprise Working Group (accountable for the industrial response to the National Ship Building Strategy). She is also a member of the board of the Society of Maritime Industries.
Sarah is very proud to be an Honorary Officer of the Royal Navy, and an Honorary member of the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors. Passionate about sustainment of the UK engineering, science and technology skills base, Sarah is a STEM ambassador and commits time to STEM projects in the Maritime field.
Commodore Iain Lower joined the Royal Navy in 1990. He has commanded 4 ships; HMS LEEDS CASTLE, the Falkland Islands Patrol Vessel, completing her final South Atlantic patrol and return to home waters; HMS SHOREHAM, a minehunter; and, on promotion to Commander in 2007, HMS GLOUCESTER, an air defence destroyer, which included a rewarding return to the South Atlantic as the Commander of the Maritime Task Group.
On promotion to Captain in 2012 he commanded HMS DRAGON, a new Type 45 destroyer, and led her maiden deployment to the Persian Gulf that was extended to operate alongside the RAF in the Eastern Mediterranean as part of the UK’s response to the Syrian crisis. During his time in command of HMS DRAGON he also held the fleet wide responsibility of Captain Air Warfare.
Shore appointments have included; the Air Warfare Officer’s Career Manager, 12 months on the Naval Staff Strategy team (SDSR 2010) and Naval Assistant to the First Sea Lord (Libyan crisis of 2011). In the Joint arena, he was head of the Africa Plans team at the UK’s Permanent Joint Headquarters (Ebola crisis/South Sudan/Somalia and Libya – again) and latterly, on promotion to Commodore in 2016, he was Chief of Defence Staff’s Liaison Officer (CDSLO) to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon – a fascinating and rewarding posting that straddled the change in US Administration.
A graduate of the Advanced Command and Staff Course (2007) and Higher Command and Staff Course (2015) he holds an MA in Defence Studies from King’s College London. He assumed the position of Head of Naval Staff in September 2017.
Iain is married to Pippa with 3 teenage children. He enjoys rugby, swimming, skiing, sailing, cycling and is also a passionate (and frustrated) fly fisherman. He is a Freeman of the City of London.
Robin joined the Port of London Authority (PLA) as Chief Executive on 31 March 2014. The PLA is responsible for promoting the safe and sustainable use of the tidal River Thames – 95 miles from Teddington to the North Sea. Home to the UK’s second biggest port and the busiest and most diverse inland waterway, the Thames contributes over £6 billion annually to the UK economy and is enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.
Prior to joining the PLA, Robin had 20 years experience in the UK civil service working on transport, environment, infrastructure and overseas development. He was Private Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister following the 1997 General Election and later to the Secretary of State for Transport. He was the lead author of the UK Climate Change Act, which became law in 2007 and as a Director in Defra led the Government’s Adapting to Climate Change programme, oversaw the creation of the Canal & River Trust and directed policy on farming and the environment.
Robin is a Member of the CBI’s London Council and, since 2012, a Trustee of the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre, a Cambridge based charity.
Mr. Michael Parker was born in Scotland in 1956 and went to school at Winchester College and has an M.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Magdalen College, Oxford University, graduating in 1977. In 1996 he attended the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University Palo Alto.
Michael Parker is the Global Industry Head for the Shipping, Logistics and Offshore industries of Citigroup (since 1997) and is also a Vice Chairman of Corporate & Investment Banking (EMEA) and co-head of the CIB Industrials sector in EMEA. In April 2016 Michael was also appointed Chairman Corporate Banking EMEA.
He joined Citibank in 1977. In various relationship management roles between 1977 and 1985 he looked after clients’ international business in the U.K. construction industry and Citi’s relationships with a number of large international oil and mining companies.
In October 1985 he joined Citibank’s Shipping Division in London with specific responsibility for remedial management and in early 1989 he took over as Head of Northern Europe Shipping. In January 1997 he was appointed Global Industry Head with responsibility for Citibank’s business world-wide managed through its shipping centres in London and Piraeus, New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong at the time the youngest Industry Head in Citibank. In July 2007 he was appointed Corporate Banking Division Executive for the UK and Northern Europe and became Joint Head for the UK Banking and Broking business in February 2009, assuming his Industrials roles in 2010.
During his near 30 years involvement with shipping finance Mr. Parker has been a regular conference chairman, speaker or panellist. Under his leadership Citi receives recognised industry awards across the different areas of shipping finance and he was named Marine Money’s Dealmaker of the Year in 2012. Mr. Parker chaired the London Committee of Intercargo for a number of years and is involved in UK maritime matters as they pertain to finance.
Jeremy Penn was Chief Executive of the Baltic Exchange from 2003-2017, following 20 years with Reuters Group PLC where he held a wide range of positions specialising in technology and marketing related to financial information. He was Managing Director of Reuters Asia and was appointed to Reuters Executive Committee in 1996. He has lived and worked in France, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore and the USA as well as the UK.
He chaired the Steering Group for London International Shipping Week 2015 and 2017. He is a Trustee of the Marine Society & Sea Cadets (MSSC) and the National Maritime Museum.
He was educated at Warwick School and Corpus Christi College, Oxford and later took the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School.
Guy Platten is a qualified master mariner with a long background in the marine industry both at sea and ashore.
He was appointed Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) in August 2018. The ICS membership comprises national shipowners’ associations in Asia, Europe and the Americas whose member shipping companies operate over 80% of the world’s merchant tonnage. The ICS represents and promotes the views and interests of its member at a variety of fora including the International Maritime Organisation, International labour Organisation and many others.
Before moving to the ICS Guy was Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Chamber of Shipping where he led the team to a number of successes including an increase in membership, elimination of annual deficits, raising the profile of the industry to a variety of stakeholders including media and a number of significant policy achievements,
Prior to this, he was Chief Executive of Caledonian Maritime Assets (CMAL) Ltd. establishing CMAL and building it into a respected company delivering vital transport infrastructure to the West Coast of Scotland. He oversaw construction and delivery of two innovative hybrid ferries as part of a fleet renewal programme along with a number of significant harbour developments.
Before CMAL, Guy was Director of Marine Operations for the Northern Lighthouse Board and was responsible for the NLB fleet, Oban port facility, 24-hour monitor centre and providing navigational advice regarding the provision of Aids to Navigation around the coast of Scotland and the Isle of Man. He served on the Aids to Navigation Management Committee of IALA.
His career at sea began in 1982 with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service. He joined the RNLI in 1993 as an Inspector of Lifeboats, latterly as Inspector for Scotland training and overseeing lifeboat crews around the coast and following this he served with the MOD as a Salvage Officer and led or contributed to a number of projects including the removal of oil from a sunken World War 2 battleship, recovery of ditched aircraft and the refloating of a grounded warship.
Harry Theochari is a shipping and asset finance lawyer and Global Head of Transport at Norton Rose Fulbright. He is experienced in international shipping and asset finance and has wide experience of all types of financing involving ship and maritime assets including structured financings, capital market transactions, bond financing and private equity. He has extensive experience in international restructurings and distressed and leveraged finance transactions in the shipping and offshore industries.
Nikolas P. Tsakos is the Founder, President and CEO of Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) Limited, a pioneering company which is the longest established Greek shipping public listing. TEN was firstly quoted on the Oslo Bors in 1993 and in the New York Stock Exchange since March 2002. It owns and operates one of the youngest fleets in the world with 65 tankers of 7.3m dwt. Currently, TEN´s fleet includes a modern diversified fleet of conventional and ice-class environmentally friendly vessels covering LNG, DP2 Shuttle tankers, VLCCs, Suezmaxes, Aframaxes, Panamaxes and Handysize tankers.
Mr Tsakos comes from a traditional Chios seafaring family and has been involved in the maritime industry since 1981. He has spent a total of two years at sea and served as an officer in the Hellenic Navy. He received his BA Degree in Economics and Political Science from Columbia University, New York in 1985 and his Masters Degree in Shipping Trade and Finance from the City University Business School in London in 1987. He is married and has three children.
In 2014, elected as the Chairman of the Independent Tanker Owners Organisation (INTERTANKO) and additionally holds seats on various boards and associations.
In 2015, he was awarded Capital Link’s “Maritime CSR Leadership Award” and Lloyd’s List “Newsmaker of the Year Award”. In 2011, he received an Honorary Doctorate from the City University Business School for his pioneering work in the equity financial markets relating to shipping companies and has also received the following various awards: Lloyd’s List award for the “Best Tanker operator in 2006”, “EUROPE’s 500 award in 2005”, Lloyd’s List award to “HELMEPA for achievement for clean and safe seas in 2004” and “Best Maritime Manager of the New Generation” awarded at the Academy of Athens.
Nikolas is the Co-Founder of the Maria Tsakos Foundation (named after his late sister), a charitable organization for the well-being and education of young, talented men and women focusing on maritime studies and tradition.