London International Shipping Week 2017 is fortunate to benefit from the support of shipping industry leaders whose endorsement demonstrates the importance of this event 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.
Inga joined Lloyd’s as the Chief Executive Officer in January 2014.
Prior to Lloyd’s, Inga was the Group Chief Executive Officer at Canopius, a prominent Lloyd’s managing agent, from 2012 – 2013.
Inga joined Zurich Insurance Group in 2008 as a member of the Group Management Board in Zurich with responsibility for Mergers & Acquisitions, Organisational Transformation and Internal Consulting, before becoming Global Chief Underwriting Officer in 2009.
In 2006, Inga was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer of Converium in Switzerland (now part of the SCOR Group) after 14 years at GE Insurance Solutions. Inga held various underwriting management roles at GE and gaining experience across London, the US, and France, before becoming President of GE Frankona and Head of Continental Europe, Middle East and Africa for GE Insurance Solutions based in Germany.
Inga began her career at the Prudential Assurance Company in London in 1982 and trained as an international treaty reinsurance underwriter.
Inga is also an external Board member to the Government’s Financial Services Trade and Investment Board.
Tom Boardley was appointed Executive Vice President at Lloyd’s Register (LR) on the 14 March 2016, responsible for driving LR’s market influence across all of LR’s business activities and the development of a new External Affairs function.
From 2009 to 2016, Tom led the LR Marine business as its Director, responsible for worldwide operations, strategy and business development. 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 currently the President of RINA (Royal Institution of Naval Architects). Previously, Tom was the President of the UK Chamber of Shipping (2015/2016) and appointed to the UK Maritime Growth Study Advisory Committee (DfT) in January 2015. Tom 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 Tradewind’s Power 100.
Tom is an engineering graduate of Oxford University and is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects.
Note to Editors: Lloyd’s Register (LR) is a global engineering, technical and business services organisation wholly owned by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a UK charity dedicated to research and education in science and engineering. Founded in 1760 as a marine classification society, LR now operates across many industry sectors, with over 7,000 employees based in 78 countries.
Marcus is the firm’s Managing Partner. His main focus has been dispute resolution with a particular interest in shipping, energy and logistics, advising on disputes arising out of commercial contracts, corporate transactions and insolvency. He is a trained mediator, accredited by CEDR.
On the shipping side, he has been involved in disputes relating to charterparties, bills of lading, shipbuilding, fire and explosions, general average, groundings, total losses, and limitation.
Marcus was previously employed on the claims side in two P&I clubs and has had firsthand experience in dealing with P&I and FDD claims. In 2014-15 he was the President of the UK Chamber of Shipping.
Marcus is ranked in Chambers UK 2012 for Shipping, where he is applauded for being “quick on his feet” and someone who “offers excellent advice that is black and white”. Sources acknowledge his experience and skill in the shipping sector, stating “he understands the needs and concerns of commercial men” (Chambers UK 2011).
Marcus is qualified in England and Wales.
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.
James Cooper became Chief Executive and executive director of the Board of Associated British Ports Holdings in April 2013. Prior to this Mr Cooper was a non-executive director of the Board of Associated British Ports Holdings Ltd from May 2007 to January 2013 and was a director of Infracapital, part of M&G Investment Management Limited. From 1998 he worked for BNP Paribas, where he was co-head of UK Corporate Finance.
Between 1992 and 1998 he worked for Hambros Bank, where he led the transport sector team and was a director. He was prevously Chairman of Red Funnel Group Holdings Ltd, Alticom Holdings BV and Calvin Capital Ltd and a director of Zephyr Investments Ltd and of Kelda Group Ltd.
Helen Deeble is Chief Executive Officer of P&O Ferries Division, a £1 billion turnover pan-European shipping and logistics business carrying 10 million passengers and 2 million freight units annually and employing over 4,000 staff.
Helen is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience in FMCG, transport, logistics and leisure sectors in finance and general management roles.
Helen completed two years as Vice President and then President of the UK Chamber of Shipping. She was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list 2013 for services to the shipping industry.
She is also a Non-Executive Director of the Port of London Authority, The Standard Club and the UK Chamber of Shipping.
David Dingle CBE was appointed Chairman of Maritime UK on 1ST October 2015 and is leading Maritime UK’s response to the Maritime Growth Study.
David was appointed Chairman of Carnival UK in October 2014, having previously held the position of CEO from June 2007 with full operating responsibility for the UK-based brands P&O Cruises and Cunard.
David is a Director and Past President of the UK Chamber of Shipping, and is a Board member of the European Community Shipowners Association (ECSA). He is also Past Chairman of the European Cruise Council (now CLIA Europe), sits on the CLIA Europe Executive Committee as Vice Chairman and chairs its Tax Committee. David is a Younger Brother of Trinity House and holds an Honorary Doctorate in Business from Plymouth University.
A maritime civil engineer, Peter joined BMT in 1990 and was appointed Chief Executive in 2005. He is also Chairman of the Society of Maritime Industries and of the International Transport Intermediaries Club, Vice President of the Association of Independent Research & Technology Organisations and of European Co-operation in Maritime Research. He is a member of the Industrial Advisory Board of the School of Marine Science & Technology at Newcastle University, board member of Maritime London, the immediate past President and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Nick Hine was commissioned in 1985. A warfare officer with a predominantly submarine background, he has served in a variety of diesel and nuclear submarines, as well as undertaking a number of surface vessel and Staff appointments.
He was the first submariner to have completed the inaugural Specialist Navigation course, was awarded the Howard-Johnston Memorial Sword in 1993 and was the top student of his Submarine Command Course (“Perisher”) in 1998. He was selected for promotion a year early to Lieutenant Commander in 1996, to Commander in 1999 and to Captain in 2007. He was promoted in post to Commodore in 2014 and to Rear Admiral a year later.
He has a wide range of operational experience from tours in Northern Ireland, Kosovo and most recently Iraq in 2009, where as an Acting Commodore he was responsible for the reconstruction of the Iraqi Navy. He was awarded the US Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal in recognition of his efforts.
He previously commanded the patrol vessel HMS BLACKWATER during the period immediately prior to the Northern Ireland ceasefire in 1995, the first submariner to do so. As the Executive Officer of HMS SPLENDID he fired the first Tomahawk missiles from a Royal Navy submarine during operations in Kosovo in 1999, and in Command of the nuclear attack submarine HMS TALENT he conducted a number of specialist patrols throughout 1999-2000. His most recent Command appointment was in HMS WESTMINSTER where he conducted patrols in support of maritime security in the Middle East in early 2012. He has completed tours in Equipment Capability procurement in the MOD, on the Directing Staff of the Defence Academy responsible for the delivery of the Advanced Command and Staff Course, as the Assistant Director of the Maritime Change Programme in DE&S and within Navy Command HQ where he was the personnel lead for all Warfare Officers and Ratings. His most recent appointment was as the Defence Policy Advisor to the Chancellor in HM Treasury.
A graduate of the in-service degree programme, Advanced Command and Staff Course and the Royal College of Defence Studies, where he was awarded the Seaford House prize for his dissertation, he took up his present appointment in Sep 2015.
Rodney joined Shoreham Port in July 2009. He has spent over 35 years in the Maritime Industry, in a variety of senior management roles, gaining experience both in the UK and Overseas. Previously with Inchcape Shipping Services, a global provider of Maritime Services, where he held both Group and Regional positions, including Group Commercial Director based in London, Regional Managing Director – Middle East based in Dubai; North America based in New York, and Europe based in London.
Rodney’s early career was with Oceanroutes, a weather services company, where he was the Group Marketing Manager based in Aberdeen and London.
Prior to this his Maritime career started at sea with P&O as a Deck Officer, where he spent most of his time on general cargo ships.
In addition to being on the Board of Shoreham Port, Rodney is also Managing Director of Sussex Port Forwarding and Chairman of the British Ports Association.
Karin Orsel has been working in the Maritime Industry since the age of 18. At 23, Karin became a shareholder of MF Shipping Group, an organization she has lead as CEO and majority shareholder since 2001. MF Shipping Group partly owns and manages a fleet of 44 vessels. Oil product/ chemical
tankers, multipurpose vessels and cement carriers. MF Shipping Group employs approximately 800
seafarers and 53 office staff employees.
In 2009 she won the prestige Dutch ‘Female Entrepreneurship Award of the Year’ for her personal determination and drive in managing her business successfully, being well focused, ambitious and capable of achieving anything she sets her mind to.
Interests Diving, reading, biking, family, meeting friends, music, movies Other Experience/Activities
Besides running her own company Karin is an active board member in a number of national and International associations- and organizations, a small selection in random order:
Vice Chairman and board member of the International Chamber of Shipping
Board member of the Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners (KVNR)
Chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee (KVNR)
President of WISTA International
Trustee of the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN)
Member Supervisory Board Groningen Airport Eelde
Chairman MFG Seafarers fund
Member of the Board of Directors of 6 international maritime related companies situated
in the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland and Germany
Ambassador of ’We keep on Growing” (project with Queen Maxima of the Netherlands).
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.
Christopher Rodrigues became Chairman of VisitBritain on the 1st January 2007. In August 2013 he became Chairman of the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association, in January 2014 became Chairman of Openwork Holdings Ltd and in January 2016 he became Chairman of the Port of London Authority. On the 23rd May 2016 he took up the role of Chairman of the British Council.
He is pro-bono Chairman of The Almeida Theatre and is a Vice Chairman of the World Travel and Tourism Council.
His previous career includes terms as President and CEO of Visa International; Group Chief Executive of Bradford and Bingley, Group Chief Executive at Thomas Cook and various senior positions at American Express. He stepped down as Chairman of International Personal Finance, and Windsor Leadership at the end of April 2015, following a period of 8 years as Chairman of both organisations and in July 2016 stepped down as a Council member and Trustee of the National Trust. He was a NED at Ladbrokes plc (formerly Hilton Group) from 2003 until 1st May 2013, was a founder NED of the Financial Services Authority (1997-2003) and spent the early part of his career at McKinsey and Co.
Christopher is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Harvard Business School. He rowed for Cambridge in the 1970 and 1971 Boat Races, is a past-Chairman of Leander Club and is a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta.
He was made Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey in 2009 and a Visiting Professor at Cranfield School of Management in 2010. He was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University of Surrey (DUniv) in April 2013.
Christopher was made a Commander of the British Empire in the 2007 New Year Honours list for services to British business interests and charitable works in the UK and USA.
Harry Theochari is a shipping and asset finance lawyer and Global Head of Transport. 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.
Lambros Varnavides (LV) was born in London and educated in economics and mathematics at University College London and the London School of Economics. He joined Williams & Glyn’s Bank (owned by Royal Bank of Scotland) as the Bank’s Shipping Analyst in August 1974 and his whole career has been spent with the RBS Group.
LV gradually gained seniority within the RBS Shipping Division and was appointed to the Bank’s Executive team in 1993. By 1998 he had assumed the position of Managing Director and Global Head of Shipping. In the ten years that followed the RBS shipping portfolio expanded tenfold to reach US$25 billion by 2008, with an especially strong position in the Greek shipping market where RBS has remained market leader to this day. During his career LV lent approximately US$100 billion to the international shipping community and he was the longest serving Head of Shipping of any major shipping bank.
In addition to his day job, LV has been active in various other organisations, namely the Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF), the Baltic Exchange and the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights (WCS). LRF is now the largest charity in the UK and owns the Lloyd’s Register Group. LV chairs the Grants Committee of LRF which supports science and engineering research at over 40 universities around the world including several in the USA. All of the research sponsored by LRF is for the public good and is made freely available. LRF is also involved in several Greek charities including Helmepa, The Maria Tsakos Trust and a scholarship scheme with the Union of Greek shipowners.
LV is also Vice Chairman of the Baltic Exchange in London which represents the interests of the world’s shipping community in London and also provides the indices on which many shipping charters (physical and future) are based. Last but not least LV is a Court Assistant of WCS in London. This is known as a livery company which was one of the ancient trades allowed to practice in the City of London. It is now essentially a charity with Prince Charles as its Permanent Master.
LV retired from RBS on 1st July 2014 after 40 years’ service. He has recently written a book on Maritime Economics with Professor Elias Karakitsos of Cambridge University which was published by Macmillan Press also in July 2014. LV will continue with his charity work with LRF and WCS, as well as his industry work with the Baltic Exchange, but he has declined numerous offers to join commercial organisations post retirement.
Director, Maritime, Department for Transport
Ian began his career with a Short Service Commission in the Royal Navy, serving on a destroyer in the Falklands conflict and subsequently as the Navigating officer of a minesweeper.
After leaving the Navy, Ian joined the MOD in 1986 working in a variety of roles including nuclear policy and arms control issues. He was promoted into the Senior Civil Service in 1999, working as Director of Resources for the Air Environment in the Defence Logistics Organisation and, subsequently, as secretary to the Defence Management Board, including responsibility for the development and management of the MOD’s performance and risk management system. Ian joined DfT as Director of Performance and Analysis in November 2005 and became Director of Maritime and Dangerous Goods in August 2007 (renamed “Maritime”).