The Lloyd’s List Editorial Board
Lloyd’s List has set up an editorial board of business leaders drawn from across the maritime industry.
Members are recognised experts who will provide feedback and guidance on all aspects of Lloyd’s List’s editorial output via regular meetings and feedback sessions. The Board’s mandate is to help guide our content and ensure that Lloyd’s List continues to answer the questions that matter most to the industry. They will also oversee a strict set of editorial guidelines that will hold our editorial operations to the highest standards of accuracy, quality and transparency.
The goal is to ensure Lloyd’s List remains the most trusted and authoritative provider of maritime news and analysis, and the principal source of market intelligence and insight for all those working in the shipping industry and related business sectors.
All board members will remain strictly neutral as far as any companies or organisations to which they are affiliated are concerned.
“Lloyd’s List is part of the shipping industry. It is a position of trust we have established over nearly 300 years and it is built on the highest standards of accuracy, quality and transparency.By establishing an independent Editorial Board of industry experts, the intention is to uphold those fundamental values while building greater and deeper connections with the industry we serve,” said Lloyd’s List editor Richard Meade.
“In doing so we can develop much more sophisticated products tailored to specific needs and ensure that we are answering the right questions with accuracy and integrity. I am extremely grateful to all the members of the board for their time and commitment to Lloyd’s List.”
The board will be chaired by Janet Porter, former executive editor of Lloyd’s List, and consists of:
Chris Welsh was appointed secretary general of the Global Shippers’ Forum, which represents 40 national and regional shippers’ associations, in 2011. From 1996-2001 Chris was secretary general of the European Shippers’ Council where he played the prominent role in deregulating EU shipping and air cargo markets, spearheading a series of successful maritime competition legal cases which culminated in the repeal of liner shipping conferences’ antitrust immunity in the European trades. In 1987 Chris set up the European Air Shippers’ Council to campaign for the liberalisation of air cargo services. Chris has held a variety of senior management roles for the UK Freight Transport Association, and is also currently director of global and European policy. In 1992 he set up the FTA’s Brussels office and in 2010 was instrumental in establishing FTA Ireland. He is also a director and board member of the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association. In 2015, Chris was made a Member of The Order of the British Empire for services to shippers and the shipping industry. He announced his retirement from the FTA and GSF in March 2018.
Professor Costas Th Grammenos set up the Centre for Shipping, Trade & Finance at Cass Business School in 1983. The following year, he established the MSc in Shipping, Trade & Finance course which introduced a new approach in shipping and international business in general; in 1997 he established the MSc in Transport, Trade & Finance and in 2003 the MSc in Energy, Trade & Finance. Since then, more than 3700 MSc students have graduated from over 150 countries. Additionally, the centre carries out and publishes research, through its staff and PhD students, in the areas of Shipping Finance, Maritime Risk Management, Commodity Trade and Finance, and Energy. In 2007, to provide a lasting legacy for his lifetime achievements the University renamed the centre the Costas Grammenos Centre for Shipping, Trade & Finance. Costas also established the Piraeus Meetings (1983 – 2000); the Athens Triennial Meetings (2004 – to date); and the City of London Biennial Meetings (1999 – to date). He was made OBE (Hon) by HM the Queen in 1994 for his work in international shipping and finance; in 2008 he was appointed CBE (Hon) for his contribution to teaching and research in the maritime industry; and in 2013 he was made 'Commander of the Order of the Phoenix' by the President of the Hellenic Republic. In 1999 he was awarded the DSc for creating, through his published research, Shipping Finance as a new academic subject. In 1998 he was Seatrade Personality of the Year and in 2011 was included in the Lloyd’s List Top 100 Most Influential People in the Shipping Industry.
Daryl Williamson supported maritime commercial and government customers for 29 years, in a variety of technical and business roles, before retiring as Commercial Development Director Lloyd’s List Intelligence in February 2020. After graduating with a Chemistry BSc in 1975, he specialised in introducing innovative support systems and the creation of early business intelligence systems for a major UK high street chain. During his almost three decades at Lloyd’s List, he worked with every sector of the industry, delivering maritime security information services and developing software tools for governments and businesses throughout the world. He was instrumental in ensuring Lloyd’s List Intelligence’s user mainframe systems were internet ready prior to the commercial acceptance of the Web. He is the principal architect of Lloyd’s List Intelligence - Vigilance Vessel Risk Profiling System and a regular speaker at commercial and government conferences. Daryl continues his work with big data visualisation, maritime risk profiling, anomaly detection and as a keynote speaker.
Graham Porter is chairman of Tiger Group Investments and one of the founders of Seaspan Corp, the New York-listed company that is now the world’s largest containership tonnage provider. In addition, Graham has also been responsible for building up Greathorse, a private shipowner in China, and for developing GCI with Carlyle Group with a focus on investments in the maritime space. He sits on the board of Jaccar Group and is involved in several non-profit organisations. Graham left Seaspan in 2017 to focus on Tiger Group, and its newly-formed subsidiary RAM Financial which aims to provide finance for small and mid-sized shipping companies that have found their traditional sources of capital becoming scarce as European banks withdraw from ship lending. Graham graduated in 1992 with a degree in business from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
Harry Theochari is a shipping and asset finance lawyer, and a Senior Consultant at the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright. He is an expert in all types of financing involving ship and maritime assets including structured financings, capital market transactions, bond financing and private equity. Harry is currently the vice chair of Maritime London, the world's largest global maritime professional body, chair emeritus of Maritime UK, and was chairman of International Maritime Industries Forum until its recent merger with Maritime London.
Jesper Kjaedegaard is an independent board member of several maritime related companies and a partner at Mercator International, an international consulting firm offering advisory services to the maritime sector, including investors with an interest in ports, vessels and other maritime related assets. Jesper had a long and distinguished career with the AP Moller-Maersk Group where he served as a member of the group’s executive board for all container related business, whilst also heading up the company's global liner company, known then as Maersk-Sealand. He was also involved involved in developing the group's container terminal activities, which became APM Terminals. In 2005, he relocated to the UK where he was chief executive of The Maersk Company Ltd, until 2009. Jesper currently serves as a non-executive board director for a number of both listed and privately owned maritime and transport related companies in Europe, Middle East and South America. This includes V-Group, Hafnia Tankers and BIMCO. He is also past President of the UK Chamber of Shipping and former chairman of Maritime UK.
Dr Karen Purnell is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry with a PhD in chemical physics from Bristol. She joined ITOPF as a technical adviser in 1994 and, having found the perfect environment in which to combine her strong principles of science-based decision making, objectivity and service to the maritime community, she moved through the ranks, becoming managing director in 2009. During her career with ITOPF, Karen has attended several major oil spill incidents in many different countries including Sea Empress in the UK in 1996, Prestige in Spain in 2002 and Tasman Spirit in Pakistan in 2003. She has contributed to several environmental damage assessment processes, including the Cosco Busan incident in the US. Prominent amongst her achievements is the expansion of ITOPF's capability to respond to spills of Hazardous & Noxious Substances. In her role as managing director, her focus is to ensure that ITOPF is recognised as the leading provider of objective technical advice on accidental ship-source pollution through delivery of its five key services. She is also a non-executive director on the board of the Harwich Haven Authority.
Lars Green is partner and chief executive of Green Consulting Group, which focuses on management consultancy and competence development. Lars has a long career in shipping and logistics, including 33 years with the Japanese logistics giant NYK Group in Scandinavia, London and New York. In addition to his consultancy business, Lars is a senior tutor at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg. His book “ATTACC© - a leadership philosophy” was published in 2016. Lars holds a MBA from Stockholm School of Economics.
Martin Stopford is non-executive president of Clarkson Research Services and Director of MarEcon, an e-learning business. He is a graduate of Oxford University and has a PhD in International Economics from London University. During his 47 years in the maritime Industry, he has held positions as director of business development at British Shipbuilders; global shipping economist with Chase Manhattan Bank. chief executive of Lloyd’s Maritime Information Services, and executive director of Clarksons and currently Non Executive President of Clarkson Research. He is also visiting professor at Cass Business School, Dalian Maritime University and Newcastle University, and has an Honorary Doctorate from Solent University. Martin’s publications include Maritime Economics, the widely-used shipping text book first that has been translated into Japanese, Greek, Portuguese, Turkish and Chinese. He has also written many papers on shipping economics and ship finance. He was presented with the Lloyd’s List Lifetime Achievement Award 2010; Seatrade Global Shipping Personality of the Year 2013; Onassis Prize for Shipping 2015; and Capital Link Shipping Leadership Award 2016.
Michael Parker was appointed chairman of Citigroup's shipping and logistics division in August 2019. Before that, he was the global industry head for the shipping, logistics and offshore industries at Citigroup, a position he had held since 1997. He has an MA 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 is vice-chairman of corporate & Investment Banking (Europe. Middle Esst and Asia), co-head of the CIB Industrials sector in EMEA. In 2016, he was appointed chairman Corporate Banking EMEA. Between 1977 and 1985 he looked after clients’ international business in the UK 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. During his 32 years involvement with shipping finance, Michael 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. Michael chaired the London Committee of Intercargo for a number of years and is involved in UK maritime matters as they pertain to finance. In 2017 was appointed to the board of the Global Maritime Forum.
Michelle Wiese Bockmann is a London-based energy commodities and shipping editor/analyst employed as Markets Editor at Lloyd’s List. She has more than 20 years’ experience across three continents covering the global maritime and oil and gas sectors. She provides editorial analysis of the energy commodities and shipping markets for Lloyd’s List and Lloyd’s List Intelligence. As well as writing for specialist maritime news providers, she has led shipping coverage at Bloomberg News, worked as an analyst and editor for oil price reporting agency OPIS, and provided maritime intelligence as senior analyst for New York-based data analytics firm, ClipperData. Before moving to England from Australia, Michelle was a political writer for The Australian, the country’s national newspaper and the Americas Editor for global shipping magazine, Fairplay. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of South Australia. Michelle is the Lloyd’s List staff representative on the Editorial Board.
Peter Shaerf is managing director of AMA Capital Partners, New York, having joined in 2002. Peter started in the industry over 43 years ago and worked for many years as a shipbroker for container and dry cargo vessels through a company he founded, The Commonwealth Group. He also operated a small Caribbean liner service while working for a firm of British shipowners. Immediately prior to joining AMA he was a co-founder of Poseidon Capital, a specialist maritime “boutique.” At AMA he has continued developing relationships in the capital markets where he has worked primarily advising hedge funds and investors on a variety of maritime investments in both equity and distressed debt and is actively involved in transaction origination. He has extensive experience in vessel valuations and has performed such work for financial institutions and government clients. He has been active most recently in the small cruise ship sector and in the container feedership space where he manages the firm's investment in modern eco feederships. He served as a board member and deputy chairman at publicly-listed Seaspan (NYSE) from 2005-2018 and has also served as an independent director (non-executive) of five other publicly traded maritime companies . Peter also currently sits on the board of dry cargo ship owner Interlink Maritime . Having served five years as chairman, is currently Chairman Emeritus of New York Maritime Association, a leading not-for-profit trade association and he is also a member of the American Bureau of Shipping and on the shipbuilding/finance committee of the US government's Marine Transport National Advisory Council.
Rod Riseborough retired from his position as chief executive of Container Trades Statistics in July 2019. When conferences were banned in Europe in 2008, Rod had helped to set up CTS, which manages a global database covering container volumes and prices. Born in South Africa, Rod attended both Natal University and the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He joined Safmarine in Durban in 1977, and subsequently held a number of management roles in the US. In 1988 he moved to London, and joined SafBank, originally as commercial manager and then as managing director. In 1995 he moved to the Southern Africa Europe Container Service consortium, first as commercial manager, and then as chief executive. Rod was appointed managing director of Safmarine UK in 2000. The following year he joined the Far Eastern Freight Conference as secretary, and as chief executive of Conference Administration Services, until the EU outlawed price-setting conferences. He is now a volunteer with the National Coastwatch Institute.
Tom Behrens-Sorensen is board member and advisor to a number of Asian and Western companies. He is a seasoned and versatile business leader with rich international experience and in depth understanding of Asia. During a long career with AP Moller-Maersk Group from 1979 to 2009, he led the group’s expansion in Asia. His core strengths are in maritime, transportation, infrastructure and consumer retail. A China insider with deep insights into evolving industry landscapes, he has relationships with both government officials and business leaders. Since 2009, Tom has developed a portfolio of board directorships at family owned, public listed and private equity firms, notably at China Merchants Group of Hong Kong and Singapore line NOL between 2013 and 2016. Tom is an accomplished and sought after China advisor, having been associated with China since 1981.
Tom Boardley, who has worked in the maritime industry for more than 40 years, joined the Cruise Lines International Association Europe as secretary general in October 2018. Prior to that, he was with UK classification society Lloyd’s Register from 2009 to 2018, first as director of the marine business, responsible for worldwide operations, strategy and business development, and then in external affairs role. He started his career in the container shipping division of P&O, which originally traded as Overseas Containers, and subsequently as P&O Nedlloyd. There, 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. After leaving P&O in 2004, Tom moved to the Japanese shipping and logistic company NYK, heading its European operation. Tom was president of the UK Chamber of Shipping in 2015/2016 and served as chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies in 2012/2013. He is 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. Tom has featured in Lloyd’s List Top 100 most influential people in shipping several times. He is an engineering graduate of Oxford University and is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects.
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