High profile speakers will share their insight and experience during the conference.
Andrew Bardot, Secretary & Executive Officer, International Group of P&I Clubs
Andrew was appointed Executive Officer of the International Group of P&I Clubs in February 2006. Andrew is responsible for co-ordination of the collective activities of the International Group member Clubs including the internal organisation of the Group activities, co-ordinating the formulation and development of Group policies, the operation of the Group large claims pooling and reinsurance arrangements and the representation of the Group at inter-industry, government and intergovernmental levels.
Andrew has twenty seven years’ experience as a practising maritime lawyer representing shipowner, charterer and insurer interests in all aspects of maritime activity and insurance and is former senior partner of London based international maritime law firm, Bentleys, Stokes and Lowless.
Alan Mackinnon, Chief Claims Officer, Thomas Miller
Alan is currently the Chief Claims Officer for the UK P&I Club. He joined Thomas Miller in 2005 after five years as a solicitor with a leading firm of maritime lawyers in London. From 2007 to 2010 he held overall responsibility for management of the UK Defence Club claims before moving to the Deputy Claims Director role of the P&I Club.
Alan became Claims Director at the beginning of 2015 and Chief Claims Officer in 2017. Alan sits on the BIMCO Documentary Committee, and chairs the International Group Bills of Lading subcommittee.
Established in 1869 the UK P&I Club insures over 240 million tonnes of owned and chartered shipping through its international offices and claims network. The UK P&I Club is managed by Thomas Miller, an independent and international insurance, professional and investment services provider.
Alexander McCooke, Offshore Syndicate Manager – Claims, The Shipowners’ Club
Alex was one of the candidates chosen to sit the first P&IQ exams in 2010, and one of the first group of four people to pass all seven modules in 2013. Alex now sits on the IG’s P&IQ Subcommittee, and acts as a text editor and assessor for one module.
Alex undertook a four-year honours degree in English Law at the University of Dundee, specialising in international and maritime law. He went on to complete the Bar Vocational Course in Bloomsbury, focusing on civil litigation and ADR, and was called to the Bar (E&W) at Middle Temple.
He began his career working in the City, advising Lloyds Syndicates and captive insurers on cargo, salvage and other shipping & transport-related claims. In 2010 Alex moved to the Shipowners’ Club, joining the Club’s European Syndicate. He has since held a number of positions within the Club, including two years as Head of FD&D. From February 2016 he has been the Offshore Syndicate Claims Manager, travelling widely in India, the Middle East and Europe.
Andrew Taylor, Partner, Reed Smith LLP
Andrew has practised in the Reed Smith Shipping Group since qualifying in 1979. He was Chairman of Richards Butler from May 2000 to July 2005 and is author of “Voyage Charters”, Lloyd’s Shipping Law Library, 4th Edition.
He has been the Secretary of the British Maritime Law Association since 2005 and was an Executive Councillor of the CMI from 2008-2014.
Andrew Wright, Secretary General, The Mission to Seafarers
Educated at school in Oxford, at The University of St Andrews and at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, Andrew worked as a parish priest in Liverpool, Carlisle and Wigan.
He then took up a post as Head of Department, Boarding Housemaster and Chaplain at St Edward’s School Oxford before moving into the charity sector, first as Director of Operations (Mission Chaplain) at The Fishermen’s Mission and since 2013 as Secretary General of The Mission to Seafarers.
Founded in 1856, and entirely funded by voluntary donations, today’s Mission to Seafarers offers emergency assistance, practical support, and a friendly welcome to crews visiting over 200 ports in 50 countries around the world.
Birgitta Hed, Senior Claims Manager, The Swedish Club
Having finalised her law degree in Gothenburg and Lund part of her studies were conducted in Oslo and London, where she wrote her Master’s thesis about the Baltic Exchange. Specializing in maritime law was a natural choice as, from a very early stage, Birgitta wanted to work in an international field.
She started her career at Skandia AB but soon took 18 months off to go to Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto to complete a postgraduate LLM. Apart from working for Skandia AB Birgitta has also held a position at The Swedish Chamber of Commerce in London.
Birgitta joined The Swedish Club in 1990 and became a representative in the IG Personal Injury Subcommittee in 1992 after returning from a one year posting at the Club’s Hong Kong office. As well as general P&I claims handling and providing legal advice to members Birgitta provides a service to all the Club’s offices referring to personal injury related matters. As of April 2016 she holds the position as Chairman for the Personal Injury Subcommittee.
Chris Adams, Director, Head of European Syndicate and Loss Prevention, Steamship Insurance Management Services Limited
Chris Adams served at sea as a navigating officer with Ellerman City Liners of London. He holds a degree in Nautical Studies from the University of Southampton and joined The Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association Limited as a claims executive in 1979, initially specialising in handling collision and other admiralty incidents.
He has been a partner of Steamship Mutual’s management company since 1998 and is Head of the Club’s European Syndicate and Head of Loss Prevention. In the latter role he has conceived and developed the Club’s series of loss prevention DVDs which include programmes on Collision Avoidance, Groundings, Cyber Security and Piracy.
He is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute, Younger Brother of Trinity House, Member of the Royal Institute of Navigation, Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, Freeman of the City of London, a Trustee of the Maritime London Officer Cadet Scholarship Scheme, and Chairman of the International Group’s Pilotage Sub-Committee.
Collin Williams, Director, Steamship Mutual
After several years at sea as a deck officer and having completed a Nautical Studies degree, Colin Williams joined Steamship Mutual in 1981 and has served there for over 36 years. He currently heads up the Club’s Americas syndicate and is the Club’s Head of Claims. He also chairs the International Group’s Pollution Sub-Committee and is a director of ITOPF.
Steamship Mutual’s aim is to provide a comprehensive high quality P&I service backed by sound underwriting and strong reserves. The Managers are determined to ensure that these objectives continue to be met.
Steamship Mutual is one of the largest and most diverse P&I Clubs in the world, and a member of the International Group of P&I Clubs participating in the International Group Pool.
Dennis Kelly, Managing Director, Cwaves Limited
Dennis is a founding Director of Cwaves and a Chartered Maritime Civil Engineer with over 30 years’ industry experience, specialising in ports and harbours. He has over 23 years’ experience of investigating incidents involving ‘Fixed & Floating Objects’ (FFO) around the world and is recognised as a leading expert in the field working closely with P&I Clubs, Correspondents, Lawyers, Owners and Charterers.
Dennis heads a highly specialised team of Maritime Civil Engineers (supported by other disciplines), with commercial diving capabilities. This team shares his considerable international experience in the investigation and management of FFO cases, including a detailed understanding of the technical and commercial issues associated with the resolution of complex claims.
Dustin Eno, Chief Operating Officer and Crisis Response Manager, Navigate Response
As Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Crisis Response Manager for Navigate Response, Dustin manages the media response for numerous shipping incidents, coordinates the operations of our global network and is one of the company’s lead media trainers.
Dustin has over 12 years of communications experience including as the head of crisis communications for the largest wildfire management centre in British Columbia, Canada. In this role he managed media and social media relations for destructive wildfires and property loss, routinely filling the Information Officer role in the incident command system.
Dustin has a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree (BASc) specialising in audience engagement and political rhetoric and a master’s degree in communications (MSc) from the London School of Economics (LSE). Dustin specialises in crisis reputation management and while at LSE developed computer models for tracking reputation in the online and print media.
Ella Hagell, Divisional Director, Tindall Riley (Britannia) Limited
After obtaining a BA Hons Degree from Pembroke College, Oxford, Ella qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and spent the following years working for leading London maritime law firms, including many years based in Piraeus, Greece.
She joined Tindall Riley (Britannia) Limited when she returned to England in 2008 and gained experience in all aspects of P&I and FDD cover.
Since 2014 Ella has been head of the Personal Injury Department, which handles all ‘people’ claims for the Club, including crew, third parties and stowaways. She has been a Divisional Director of Tindall Riley (Britannia) Limited since 2016 and represents the Club on the International Group Personal Injury Sub-Committee.
Tindall Riley (Britannia) Limited are the Managers of the Britannia Steam Ship Insurance Association Limited.
Faz Peermohamed, Global Head of Shipping, Ince and Co LLP
Faz is an ex Ship’s Master and a UK qualified lawyer. Faz’s practice includes wet and dry shipping. He is the global head of Ince & Co’s Shipping group, headquartered in London. Faz regularly advises CEO’s and Management on complex legal matters.
Faz is well known for shipping litigation, from collisions, salvage, total losses, groundings and shipboard fires to general shipping disputes. He is particularly known in the market for his expert advice in the highly charged atmosphere following a maritime casualty. As an ex-tanker man, Faz is also frequently instructed in tanker cargo disputes and contamination claims.
He handled the complex and high-profile Prestige and Costa Concordia incidents. He was also involved in other significant cases such as the serious collision between Corvus J and Baltic Ace, the collision between Maritime Maisie and Gravity Highway and the Stolt Valor explosion. Faz is regularly instructed on insurance aspects on behalf of hull underwriters and P&I Clubs on marine insurance matters ranging from H&M, P&I, FD&D, marine and offshore disputes. His experience also encompasses leading an Insurance company as CEO.
Frederick Kenney Jr., Director, Legal Affairs and External Relations Division, International Maritime Organization
Mr. Kenney currently serves as the Director of Legal and External Affairs at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), London. In this capacity, he is responsible for advising the Secretary-General on all legal issues associated with the functioning of the Organization, with special emphasis on matters of treaty law and the law of the sea.
He provides legal counsel to the Secretariat staff supporting IMO’s committees and subcommittees and has particular responsibility as Secretary for the Organization’s Legal Committee. He oversees the Organization’s role as depositary for the 53 multilateral conventions adopted under the aegis of IMO. He also oversees the operation of the IMO’s Public Information Service, its Maritime Knowledge Centre and External Relations Office.
Prior to coming to IMO, Mr. Kenney served as The Judge Advocate General and Chief Counsel of the United States Coast Guard, attaining the rank of Rear Admiral. Mr. Kenney holds a juris doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the USF Maritime Law Journal. He also holds a B.A. in Economics from Michigan State University. Mr. Kenney has published several law review articles, has lectured widely, and was an adjunct professor of maritime law at Georgetown University Law Center and the US Defense Institute for International Legal Studies.
Garry Stevens, Chairman, International Group of P&I Clubs Correspondents Subcommittee; and Associate Director, London P&I Club
Garry is Associate Director of the London P&I Club, where he has worked since 1996. Garry manages the claims team handling both P&I and FD&D matters for Israeli, Italian, Turkish, and UK based members.
He began his career at sea in 1971 where he attained the rank of First Officer. He joined Bilbrough in 1996 from another P&I Club, and became an Associate Director in 1998.
Garry is Chairman of the International Group of P&I Clubs Correspondents Subcommittee and plays an active role within the International Group. The Correspondents Subcommittee overseas issues affecting the 1,600 correspondents listed by International Group Clubs across more than 600 ports, and organises the four-yearly Correspondents Conference.
Hugo Wynn-Williams, Chairman, International Group of P&I Clubs; and Chairman, Thomas Miller
Hugo joined Thomas Miller in 1978 after successful completion of the Bar Finals examination. He became a Syndicate Manager in 1984, before being elected to the partnership in 1989. He has continued his involvement with the management of the UK P&I Club and is now Chairman of the Club’s management.
Hugo is also Chairman of the International Group of P&I Clubs. The Group is chaired by a representative, elected on a three year rotation, from one of the Group Clubs.
A member of the Thomas Miller Holdings Board since incorporation in 1999, Hugo was elected chairman of Thomas Miller Holdings in June 2009 in which capacity he also has oversight of a number of Thomas Miller international businesses.
John Noble, Company Director, Constellation Marine Services
John Noble has worked in commercial shipping since 1962. John served as a deck officer in the British Merchant Navy, sailing with some traditional shipping lines including Blue Funnel and Palm Line.
After obtaining his Master Mariners certificate, John graduated with a Nautical Studies BSc (Honours) from Southampton University in 1977. After a spell as a claims executive with Thomas Miller (The UK P & I Club), John set up the marine surveying London office of Murray Fenton & Associates Limited in 1980. Following the acquisition of Murray Fenton by BMT, in 1999, John served as Chief Executive Officer of the Salvage Association until 2005.
John’s practical expertise lies in dealing with Salvage, Wreck Removal and Oil Pollution having attended some 60 major casualties, including the Haven, Braer, Sea Empress, Irving Whale, Hyundai Spirit and Erica. John is an expert witness recently offering expertise in, cargo issues (DRI), unsafe port cases and salvage. Currently, John acts as a mentor and advisor to Constellation Marine Services, a marine surveying company in Dubai, UAE.
Jonathan Hare, General Counsel, Senior Vice President, Skuld
Jonathan Hare has worked for Skuld P&I Club for over 25 years dealing with a broad variety of claims and casualties and since 2013 has held the position of General Counsel. Assuranceforeningen Skuld was established in 1897 as a P&I club for Scandinavian shipowners. Since then Skuld has grow into a diversified marine insurer with owners’ entries of approximately 100 GT and over 270 employees worldwide.
He has been an active contributor to the work of the International Group of P&I Clubs and is chairman of the Compulsory Insurance Subcommittee, a function that has been responsible for providing the structure that has enabled Clubs to provide the financial security to seafarers in accordance with the MLC Amendments, which came into effect in January 2017.
Jos Standerwick, Chief Executive, Maritime London
Jos has been appointed Chief Executive of Maritime London in July 2017. Maritime London is a not for profit promotional body for UK-based companies that provide professional services to the international shipping industry.
Maritime London’s mission is to promote the UK as the world’s premier maritime business centre.
Previously Jos was Director of Development and External Affairs at international maritime charity The Mission to Seafarers, an organisation with which many of the Members and Directors of Maritime London have a close relationship.
After graduating from the University of Southampton, Jos has spent the majority of his working life in the maritime sector and brings a strong knowledge of the UK maritime industries and the various stakeholders within it.
José Maura, Director, International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds
José Maura joined the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds, two intergovernmental organisations (the 1992 Fund and the Supplementary Fund) which provide compensation for oil pollution damage resulting from spills of persistent oil from tankers, as Claims Manager in 1996. He became Head of the Claims Department in 2002 and was appointed Acting Director in September 2010.
He was elected Director of the IOPC Funds on 26 October 2011 for a term of five years. In October 2016 he was reappointed to serve as Director for a further term until 31 December 2021.
Before joining the IOPC Funds, Mr Maura worked as a practising lawyer with Fernando Meana Green & Co (Madrid). Before that he worked in London with Richards Hogg Ltd, Sedgwick Marine & Cargo Ltd, ICC International Maritime Bureau, Clyde & Co (Lawyers), and with the Britannia Steamship Insurance Association Ltd.
Maura has a degree in law, a Masters degree in Shipping Law (LL.M) and a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA).
Katie Higginbottom, Project & Campaigns Leader, International Transport Workers’ Federation
Katie Higginbottom joined the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) Seafarers Section in 2005. She played an active role in the Joint IMO/ILO Ad Hoc Expert Working Group on Liability and Compensation Regarding Claims for Death, Personal Injury and the Abandonment of Seafarers and then in the ITF delegation to the ILO for negotiations and adoption of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC).
As an organisation, the ITF works to ensure safe vessels and decent working conditions for seafarers. Its aim is to raise standards, protect the vulnerable and eradicate exploitation. ITF inspect ships, create agreements on working conditions with international agencies and help seafarers in need of assistance.
In her current role, Katie has been responsible for training the ITF inspectorate on the MLC and for monitoring the practical application of the convention. She provides a link between the ITF inspectorate and case handlers and the international bodies tasked with maintaining a database on incidents of abandonment of seafarers.
Mark Hoddinott, General Manager, International Salvage Union
Mark is a Master Mariner who commenced his seagoing career with P&O in 1967. He served on a variety of ships including general cargo, passenger, container, oil tanker, bulk carrier, reefer, short-sea ferry and deep sea tugs, up to and including the rank of Master.
In 1982 he joined the UK-based company, United Towing Limited, as Salvage Master and spent the next 15 years leading salvage operations on a worldwide basis. He advanced to the position of Salvage Manager with United Salvage, part of Adsteam, Australia, before moving to the American company, Titan Salvage, in 2007 where he was Managing Director Europe and, for a period, General Manager Asia leading the company’s expansion into Asia and Australia.
In April 2012 Mark took up his current position as General Manager of the International Salvage Union based in London. The International Salvage Union is the sole representative body for the international marine salvage industry, with a membership of 58 salvage companies from 32 different countries. Mark is a Fellow of The Nautical Institute and a member of The Honourable Company of Master Mariners.
Dr Martin Stopford, Non-Executive President, Clarksons Research Services Limited
Martin Stopford is a graduate of Oxford University and has a PhD in International Economics from London University. During his 45 years in the Maritime Industry he has held positions as Director of Business Development at British Shipbuilders; Global Shipping Economist with Chase Manhattan Bank N.A.; Chief Executive of Lloyds Maritime Information Services.
Currently, Dr Stopford is non-executive President of Clarkson Research Services Limited (CRSL) and Director of MarEcon Ltd, an e-learning business. He is visiting Professor at Cass Business School, Dalian Maritime University and Newcastle University and has an Honorary Doctorate from Solent University.
His publications include “Maritime Economics” 3rd Edition, the widely-used shipping text book (2009), now translated into Japanese, Greek, Portuguese, Turkish and Chinese; alongside many papers on shipping economics and ship finance.
Dr Stopford has been recognised with the Lloyds List lifetime achievement award 2010; Seatrade Global Shipping Personality of the Year 2013; Onassis Prize for Shipping 2015; and the Capital Link Shipping Leadership Award 2016.
Müge Anber-Kontakis, Vice President, FD&D Manager – Counsel Shipowners Claims Bureau Inc
Müge is an attorney-at-law admitted both in Istanbul and New York. She graduated from Marmara University Law School in Istanbul (LL.B. 2001). She studied Masters of International Transportation Management (MSc 2004) at the State University of New York Maritime College, where she also attained Graduate Certificate in Chartering Operations issued by Association of Shipbrokers and Agents of the U.S.A.
She holds Master of Laws from Hofstra University School of Law, New York (LL.M. 2007). Before joining SCB, Müge practiced maritime law at well-known maritime law firms, respectively in Istanbul and New York, where she practiced a wide variety of maritime and admiralty cases.
Müge joined SCB/American P&I Club in 2006, and in 2013 became Global Manager of FD&D to oversee handling of FD&D matters worldwide. In addition to FD&D, Müge also handles a wide variety of complex P&I cases. She represents the American Club in the Defense Insurers’ Forum, along with the other FD&D directors of International Defense Clubs. Additionally, Müge is a member of SCB’s General Counsel’s team, which advises on legal matters concerning SCB.
Sam Kendall-Marsden, Head of Division, UK & Americas, The Standard Club
Sam is Head of Division, UK & Americas at The Standard Club, with responsibility for members based in the UK, US, Canada and South America. Sam practised as a solicitor in England and Australia for over ten years prior to joining the club in 2008 and specialises in major casualty response, personal injury and maritime security issues.
Sam represents the Club on the International Group’s salvage, maritime security and Federal Maritime Commission subcommittees and large casualty and piracy working groups. Sam has been responsible for The Standard Club’s responses to the MSC Chitra, MV Rena and, most recently, Costa Concordia and Amadeo 1 casualties.
Steve Roberts, Director (Claims), A. Bilbrough & Co. Ltd
Steve manages major P&I claims and supervises the claims team for the Greek membership. He joined A. Bilbrough in 1981, working in the Greek office from 1989 to 1993, and became a Director in 2008.
A. Bilbrough are the Managers of the London P&I Club.
Tony Paulson, Director, West of England P&I Club
Tony Paulson joined West of England P&I in 1990 with a degree in Maritime Business. Having worked in the claims department dealing with a wide variety of Members, which included a secondment to the Hong Kong office, he was appointed a Director in 2005.
With experience of managing major oil spills in the United States and other countries, Tony has overall responsibility for all pollution matters at the Club. He represents the West of England on the International Group of P&I Club’s Pollution Sub-Committee and is the Chairman of the Vessel Response Plan Working Group.