John Murray has been Chief Executive of the Society of Maritime Industries for 17 years. A graduate chemical engineer, John Murray commenced his career in the oil industry. An active period of trade association involvement, during which time he ran his own company, ultimately led to his appointment as Chief Executive of the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) a position he has held since April 2001.
Mr Murray currently represents the industry on a number of external bodies including the Board of Maritime UK, Chair of the Maritime UK Technology and Innovation Group and Chair of the UK Maritime Autonomous Systems Steering Group.
He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the National Oceanography Centre; Vice Chair of the Greenwich Forum; a member of the Maritime Operations and Management Advisory Committee at City University and sits on the Steering Group of London International Shipping Week. A liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, in 2017 John received the Maritime Foundation Fellowship Award for consistent leadership in delivering maritime industries back into national prominence.