Teresa Peacock, Managing Director
Teresa has worked in Recruitment and Search for more than three decades.
She completed a management buyout of the Locum Group, and subsequent trade sale to Reed Health some 8 years later, after growing the business from a staff of 25 to 180.
Teresa has experience across a wide range of industries, which includes managing offices and recruitment projects all over the world. Her vast experience means she is perfectly suited to developing and delivering tailored recruitment solutions for Spinnaker’s clients such as the cruise shipowner who needed to hire 40+ fleet management staff including a number of senior appointments for a newly relocated headquarters.
Teresa joined Spinnaker in 2008 and worked alongside the CEO and Chairman as Business Development Director, before becoming Managing Director in 2014.
• Fellow, Institute of Recruitment Professionals
• Membership Secretary, WISTA (Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association).
• Member of the governmental All-Party, Parliamentary Group on Women in Work.
• Member of the Maritime UK – Women in Maritime Taskforce.
Teresa is actively involved in helping young people at school prepare job applications and mock interviews. She is also involved with promoting careers within shipping, with the ‘Inspiring the Future’ project, which connects schools and colleges with employers and people from the world of work.
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Phil Parry, Chairman
Phil co-founded Spinnaker in 1997 and is widely acknowledged for his extensive network within the maritime world. He is an expert in maritime HR and benchmarking issues and was the founder of The Maritime HR Association, which is the global shipping industry’s major source of compensation and benefits data.
Prior to establishing Spinnaker, Phil was a maritime lawyer and practised with shipping law firm Ince & Co where he specialised in shipping and insurance law.
Since 1997, he has recruited hundreds of leaders worldwide for just about every type of shipping employer including shipowners, industry bodies, trading groups, oil majors, consulting firms, banks, suppliers, law firms, marine insurers and shipbrokers.
Phil has been an external examiner on Shipping Masters Degree courses, writes and speaks frequently on maritime and personnel issues and represented BIMCO on the BIMCO/ISF Manpower Steering Committee in 2005, 2010 and 2015. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Management by the University of Plymouth in 2012.
Past and present appointments:
• Trustee, Maritime London Officer Cadet Scholarship.
• Director, Maritime London
• Chair of the OSCAR Campaign
• Past Chair PYNDA Plymouth Nautical Degree Association
• Advisor to Henley Business School’s Maritime Masters degree
Outside of work Phil restores vintage Porsches and founded and is Chair of the shipping industry OSCAR fundraising campaign for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, which has raised over £2m for leukaemia and bone marrow transplant research.
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Amy Travell, Principal, Executive Search
Amy is a seasoned maritime recruitment expert. She is a Principal Consultant, a title which reflects her consistent success for clients, her wide market knowledge and her long and valued contribution to Spinnaker and our clients.
Amy joined Spinnaker in 2004. After achieving record billings in her second year with the company, she moved up to Divisional Manager, heading up the Commercial and International Trade recruitment team. Amy also ran Spinnaker’s internal recruitment and industry training programme between 2013 and 2017 before moving full-time into the Executive Search team.
Amy has successfully handled numerous senior assignments for clients such as INTERTANKO, LISCR, Cementia, Anglo American, Glencore, Pacific Basin, Maersk, Port of London Authority, in Europe, Hong Kong, Switzerland, China and USA and has been responsible for placing Managing Directors, Global Heads of Trading, Technical Directors, CEOs, CFOs, Chief Harbour Masters and many more.
Outside of work Amy has been a keen horse rider ever since she knew what a horse was! She has competed within eventing; she now spends more time focusing on dressage and showing.
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Christian Christopherson, Principal, Executive Search
Christian has more than 20 years’ experience in recruitment and search. More recently recruiting for hedge funds and alternative investment managers.
Joining Spinnaker in 2019 as Principal, Executive Search, Christian brought his expertise to our specialist team along with a family connection to things maritime, being descended from a Norwegian merchant seaman.
Christian’s track record from before he joined Spinnaker includes: successfully building a team for the Tech & Telco arm of a multi $Bn investment business – which included senior managers, in house counsel, as well as the CFO; hiring 10 people across investment, trading, and operations for one of Europe’s leading equity-focused hedge funds; recruiting over 20 people for an ‘alternatives’ firm; and 16 people for a boutique investment manager.
Christian read Psychology at Edinburgh University, and is father to a 10-month-old daughter. In his spare time he has a passion for travel & skiing, as well as a taste for adventure: Christian has endured the Three Peaks Challenge, summited Mount Kinabalu (the highest peak in SE Asia), and completed over 30 scuba dives.
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