January 24, 2017
London, UK
Professional and Technical Officer
Nautilus International

David Appleton is Professional and Technical Officer at Nautilus International. He is a member of the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) Technical Committee and Main Board, representative of the International Federation of Shipmasters (IFSMA) at IMO Committees and Sub-Committees and member of the Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme (CHIRP) Marine Advisory Board (MAB). Additionally he regularly represents the interests of seafarers at meetings with various meetings at the national, European and international level.

Prior to working for Nautilus, David gained experience at sea working as a Deck Officer and has experience on passenger ships and container ships.

Chairman and Managing Director, Global Marine Practice
Marsh Ltd.

Marcus' current role as Chairman of Marsh's Global Marine Practice has him responsible for our Marine business lines globally (comprising marine cargo, marine hull, P&I, and liabilities). He was formally the CEO for Marsh's Marine and Energy Practice in Europe, Middle East and Africa, and has been with Marsh and successor companies since 1994. Marcus has more than 30 years' experience in the industry and has a business studies diploma from Hertfordshire University.

MD Templar Global Services
Templar Executives

Howard is the MD of Templar Global Services and is responsible for introducing Templar Executives leading edge Cyber services to the international market.  He is working closely with Governments, multi-national companies and the maritime sector, both in the UK and internationally, to optimise Cyber resilience and deliver business outcomes through holistic Cyber Security solutions.  Immediately prior to working with Templar Executives, Howard was a highly influential Director of Operations for a commercial start-up operation.

Today, Howard’s focus is on helping Board & Executive level clients strengthen their cyber resilience and raise their holistic barriers in the Cyber domain. His extensive expertise in the defence, commercial & maritime industries has permitted Howard to work closely with businesses in order to assess their key Cyber risks & threats and to directly address their Cyber & Information Risk Management challenges.

Chief Maritime Correspondent, IHS Fairplay
IHS Maritime & Trade

Richard joined Fairplay Publications, publisher of Fairplay shipping weekly magazine, in August 1984 as markets editor. In 1995 he launched Fairplay Daily News, which gave him a decade of breaking major news stories. He stepped up to editing the flagship Fairplay magazine in 2007, led a rejuvenation of the publication, and shifted Fairplay from an emphasis on ships to an understanding of the Business of Shipping. During this time, Fairplay Publications was acquired by IHS, a Denver, headquartered data and analytics business; Fairplay became IHS Maritime and Trade.

In 2013, he joined IHS's Research and Analytics team, working with analysts to improve accessibility to research, and two years later returned to the editorial team, where now writes thought-leadership articles, edits supplements and gives presentations on shipping. In mid-2016 IHS merged with financial data provider Markit to form IHS Markit.

Master Mariner Consultant
Cwaves Ltd.

Captain Nicholas Cooper is a Master Mariner with over 40 year's seagoing experience, including 25 years in command, plus 10 years as a Superintendent and Marine Surveyor, and seven years as a Marine Consultant.

Since joining Cwaves in early 2010 he has acted as marine consultant and expert witness, using his seagoing experience advising clients and preparing reports for litigation, and has appeared as expert witness in maritime arbitration and the High Court. With his recent command experience and knowledge of safety management systems, Nicholas is well placed to advise Ship Owners/Operators and Charterers on claims ranging from unsafe port/berth claims to ocean and piracy routing disputes.

Nicholas has written many articles for the Nautical Institute journal Seaways, and presented papers at international conferences on a variety of subjects like the Master/Pilot relationship, security, piracy, shipboard management and seafarer's health.

General Secretary

Mark is a former seafarer having joined the British Merchant Navy in 1978. In 1983, having secured his Officer of the Watch Certificate and an ONC in Nautical Science he came ashore to study and gained a BSc (Hons) in Maritime Studies at Cardiff University. In 1992, he gained an MSc (Econ) with distinction in Industrial Relations at the London School of Economics (LSE).  Mark has had a 38-year career in the maritime industry and is the elected spokesperson for European Seafarers on the EU Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee on Maritime Transport.

Deputy Director (Loss Prevention)
The North of England P&I Association

Colin joined North’s loss prevention team in 2006. He is involved in all aspects of the team’s work with a focus on the human element. He is a former mariner with experience working in marine education. 

Secretary General

Dr Kostas G. Gkonis is the Secretary General of INTERCARGO. The Association was established in 1980 with the objective of giving a voice to shipowners, managers and operators of dry cargo vessels and better represent this shipping sector. Its Members commit to a safe, efficient, high quality and environmentally-friendly dry cargo shipping industry. INTERCARGO is an accredited NGO observer at IMO, and a member of the Round Table of International Shipping Associations.

Dr Gkonis has over 15 years of experience in industry and academia, with a background combining research with an applied market approach to the problematics of the shipping industry. He holds a PhD in Maritime Transport from the National Technical University of Athens - NTUA (Laboratory for Maritime Transport, School of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering), an M.Sc. in International Business (Manchester School of Management, UMIST) and an M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering with specialisation in energy (NTUA). 

Executive Editor, IHS Fairplay
IHS Maritime & Trade

Ms. Nicola Good is executive editor of Fairplay from IHS Markit, the global provider of maritime data, analysis, consulting and media.

Ms. Good is an expert in maritime shipping with focused interest in shipping market fundamentals and outlook, consolidation within shipping, and company analysis and transaction. Prior to joining Fairplay's editorial team, she had a long association with Lloyd's List where she directed news and feature content.

Ms. Good launched Lloyd's List's flagship print product, The Intelligence, in September 2015. At Lloyd's List she was the custodian of the annual Top 100 ranking and Next Generation product. She started her career with Independent Newspapers South Africa after graduating from Rhodes University, South Africa.

Insurance Correspondent, IHS Fairplay
IHS Maritime & Trade

Jon Guy is the Director of ALS Media and as such is Editor in Chief of specialist global insurance and risk trade titles, MAT Risk Insight, World Risk Insight, Reinsurance magazine, and Marine & Energy Risk, and a partner in Impact Media.

Jon has been a Journalist for 30 years and spent ten years working on a variety of UK national newspapers where his role included covering the release of Nelson Mandela, the 1990 FIFA World Cup, and the first free elections in East Germany following the fall of the Berlin Wall.

During his time in the re/insurance trade media he has edited Post Magazine, Insurance Age and Insurance Day and was Editorial Director of Infoma plc's Insurance Division where he was a key part of the team which managed the acquisition of 37 titles from EMAP and Financial Times Newspapers to create the biggest insurance and risk publisher in the world.

He reputation as one of the most knowledgeable and respected journalists in the sector sees him regularly asked to appear on the BBC and CNN to comment on insurance and risk topics and has won a number of individual honours at the annual UK Financial Services Media Awards organised by the Association of British Insurers.

His unrivalled experience as a writer and editor has been put to good use within the global re/insurance and risk industry. He has and continues to produce newsletters, web content, and bespoke publications for a range of international companies including, Lloyd's, HSBC Insurance, Aon Benfield, Crawford & Co, The International Underwriting Association, Miller Insurance, The CII and The Economist.

Director-Legal Affairs and External relations Division
International Marine Organisation

Mr. Kenney currently serves as the Director of Legal and External Affairs at the International Maritime Organization, 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. He was responsible for the delivery of all legal services to the USCG around the globe, with oversight of nearly 300 attorneys and 100 legal support personnel. He served as a Coast Guard judge advocate for 22 years of a thirty-three year military career, including service as the Coast Guard's Chief of Maritime and International Law and a secondment to the US Department of State in the Office of Oceans Affairs. He was a member of the U.S. delegation to twelve different IMO committees and subcommittees and from 2009-2011, was the Head of the US Delegation to the IMO Legal Committee. He also served on several legal capacity-building missions in developing countries on behalf of the United States. Mr. Kenney has spent nearly 5 years at sea, including service on a polar icebreaker as a deck watch officer and conducting law enforcement and security operations.

Mr. Kenney previously served as a judge on the Coast Guard Court of Criminal Appeals, and has extensive experience as prosecutor, defense counsel and appellate counsel in criminal cases. He also served as lead agency counsel in cases before the United States Supreme Court, and in the litigation arising from the Macondo 252/Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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.

Aon Risk Solutions
St. Kitts & Nevis Flag

Debasis Mazumdar graduated from the Marine Engineering Research Institute-India with a First Class Degree in Marine Engineering.

His career at sea spanned 11 years with the last 4 contracts as Chief Engineer. His sea experience includes sailing on bulk carriers, tankers, refrigerated cargo ships, container ships/multiple cargo, livestock carriers, car carriers, Ro-Ro cargo and general cargo ships.

On moving ashore in 1994 Debasis became a Classification Society Surveyor for the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) for 10 years as Marine Senior Surveyor, ISM/ISPS/ISO Lead Auditor.

In 2004 Debasis joined the UK Flag( Maritime and Coastguard Agency) as a Marine Surveyor and Port State Control Officer and Lead Auditor for ISM/ISPS/ISO 9000/ISO14000 and MLC. During this time Debasis was also a Customer Service Manager (designated point of contact for technical enquiries) for several companies with ships registered on the UK Flag. Debasis went on to become the Head of ISM (International Safety Management) for the UK and Head of ISO 9000 & ISO 14000 Certification in 2008.

At the start of June 2011 Debasis Mazumdar was appointed as the Head of UK Ship Register - responsible for developing and marketing the UK Flag. The primary aim of the role is to increase the size of the UK Fleet and welcome new Owners joining the UK Flag but ensuring the high quality of the UK Fleet is maintained.UK Flag tonnage went up from 6.1 million Gross Tons in 2001 to 18 Million Gross Tons in 2012.

In August 2015 Debasis has moved on to join St.Kitts & Nevis flag as the CEO and the International Registrar of Shipping and Seamen head quartered at London. His goal is to take this flag to a different dimension to compete with the top class open registers. He is completely re-structuring the flag with new office, new experienced staff, complete upgrade of IT infrastructure, new Maritime Registrars in India, Turkey and Hong Kong to promote the flag worldwide. There has been an increase of business with more new tonnage coming into the registry in way of new building. It is a new beginning of a long journey.

VP of Maritime Applications

Gert-Jan was appointed Vice President of Maritime Applications in August 2015 and is based out of The Hague office.

Gert-Jan has a proven track record in sales, business development and service management within the satcom, telco and broadcast industry. He has extensive experience with applications, application security and content delivery. Gert-Jan has almost 10 years of working knowledge across the satellite industry, from maritime to land-mobile and with a range of satellite constellations.

Gert-Jan holds an MsC degree from Rotterdam University.

Managing Director
The Swedish Club

Mr Rhodin joined The Swedish Club in 1986 and served at its Hong Kong office from 1988 to 1991. Between 2003 and 2008, he held the position as Deputy Managing Director, prior to his appointment as Managing Director in July, 2008.

Lars Rhodin is an active member of industry organisations, such as the International Group of P&I Clubs' Committees and Working Groups, IUMI (International Union of Marine Insurance) in the Executive Committee and Det Norske Veritas, DNV. He serves on the board of directors of the Swedish Sea Rescue Society.

Mr. Rhodin holds an L.L.M., Master of Law, from University of Lund, Sweden and an MBA from University of Gothenburg, School of Business, Economics and Law.

Programme Manager
Policy Director, Employment and Legal
UK Chamber of Shipping

Tim Springett joined the UK Chamber of Shipping in 1989 and is now Policy Director (Employment and Legal).  Tim led UK shipowners in the negotiations for the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC), the 2010 revision of the IMO Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) and the joint ILO/IMO Guidelines on Fair Treatment of Seafarers following a maritime accident.  Tim chairs the European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) Social Affairs Committee and has written guidance for shipping companies on alcohol and drugs policies, behavioural safety systems and measures to eliminate workplace harassment and bullying.  He holds a Master’s degree in International Maritime Law from the World Maritime University.

Tim was one of the authors of the UK Chamber publication “The Bribery Act 2010: Practical Guidance for the UK Shipping Industry” published in 2015 and participated in the BIMCO sub-committee that developed the organisation’s Anti-Corruption Clause for Charterparties.

Maritime Security Manager

Prior to pursuing a career in maritime security, Philip Tinsley was an officer in the Royal Marine Commandos, attaining the rank of major after 31 years of service. His military career included littoral operations on a global scale, warfighting and specialization in cold-weather warfare. Since leaving in 2010, Phil has managed offshore security in the Indian Ocean High Risk Area in support of seismic operations, which included two Somali pirate attacks at sea. He went on to establish and coordinate anti-piracy transit operations for a private military and security company in Dubai. Phil has a thorough understanding of port operations, personnel training requirements, compliance and management systems. Phil joined BIMCO in 2015, and his primary role is to assist members with all aspects of maritime security, including piracy, drug smuggling, stowaways, mixed mass migration and cyber security. He is based in Denmark.

Chief Executive Officer
Thomas Miller P&I Ltd.

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 CEO of the Club's management. 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. Hugo is also Chairman of the International Group of P&I Clubs.