Spinnaker’s good friend and former client when she was working as HR Director for a Danish shipowner, Malene Hald Petersen, is reaching out to women in shipping, asking for your help with her research.

Malene is currently writing her Management Research Challenge entitled “Increasing Gender Diversity & Inclusion Onboard Commercial Vessels” with the objective to provide meaningful and actionable insight to shipowners on how they may increase gender diversity and promote an inclusive environment, thus attracting more female seafarers to sign on to commercial ships. 

There are three links below to questionnaires for women in shipping with varying current occupations:
1. Women seafarers currently working at sea: https://lnkd.in/ecsu7rsu

2. Women currently studying a maritime education: https://lnkd.in/eCvaAsbM

3. Women with a maritime background and currently working on shore: https://lnkd.in/e4e33STv

The Spinnaker Maritime People & Culture Conference 2022

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Once a year, maritime HR and crewing professionals from across the world meet in London at the Spinnaker Maritime People & Culture Conference to discuss the timeliest issues for the industry.

Now in its 14th year the event welcomes over 200 delegates from 18 countries globally.

People are very much at the heart of the Conference. In previous years delegates have listened to CEO panels discuss how they manage the age gap (and subsequent ‘culture gap’) between senior staff and younger recruits, or how they are tackling what we shall politely call Maritime’s ‘diversity issue’ is refreshing, encouraging and reassuring. CEOs of shipowners, shipmanagers, P&I clubs – they’re having the same issues as everyone else, and it’s inspiring to hear how they are handling the hottest topics in the industry. It’s also heartening for them to ask ‘What are you doing about it in your companies?’ – and that’s where the Spinnaker Maritime People & Culture Conference is very much an open forum for discussion.

Every session concludes with Q&A’s so that everyone can have their say. That way, it’s not just the speakers who are discussing how they run things, but other maritime HR professionals too. It’s what makes the event different. Whether shore-based or crewing, it’s an essential platform for the ‘people people’ of maritime to have their say. And once discussions have been had, that’s how change starts. You never know just how you might get inspired.

The 2022 Spinnaker Maritime People & Culture Conference takes place in London on the 26th and 27th May.

Topics for discussion include Agile Working, Remuneration, Flexible Working, ESG, Attraction & Retention.

Members of the Maritime HR Association are eligible for a free delegate space. If you are not a member, tickets can be purchased at https://spinnakerconference.eventbrite.co.uk

If you are a supplier, please contact us for details regarding sponsorship packages.

Contact Helen McCaughran at [email protected] or call +44 (0)1702 481 643.

You can also find out more about who is speaking, sponsoring and supporting the Spinnaker Maritime People & Culture Conference by following @spinnakerglobal on Twitter.

Spinnaker’s commitment to gender diversity



On International Women’s Day 2021, Spinnaker raises its hand to show a collective commitment to challenging and calling out inequality within the maritime industry.

Our work supporting leadership teams, HR professionals and hiring managers provides us with lots of opportunity to support, promote and challenge gender diversity in shipping – for example:

  • Salary benchmarking – our salary reports help members ensure their pay is both fair and equitable, using data that is reliable and free from bias.
  • Gender pay gap and diversity statistics – we help Maritime HR Association members compare their business to others, identify challenges and opportunities. We share this knowledge with other industry bodies and associations to bring about wider change.
  • Leadership development programmes – run globally to support today’s managers in becoming tomorrow’s leaders. We include personality profiling to enhance awareness of self and others, to develop high performing and inclusive teams.  
  • HR conferences – bringing together HR professionals from across the industry to promote employer best practice and people initiatives, with a regular focus on diversity and inclusion.
  • Interview Pool – we promote this initiative in our own recruitment work, and volunteer time to provide more balanced interview panels across the industry overall.
  • Diversity in Maritime Speaker Bank – we volunteer for the speaker bank to help ensure panels are inclusive and offer diversity of thought. 
  • Managing Director Teresa Peacock is Membership Secretary of WISTA UK and sits on the All Party Parliamentary Group for Women and Work, in addition to the Diversity in Maritime Taskforce subgroup on recruitment.  A full toolkit to help you with your Diversity and Inclusion can be found at

            www. maritimeuk.org/priorities/people/diversity-maritime/toolkits/

In 2019 Spinnaker was awarded Maritime UK’s Diversity Award, reflecting our work to promote diversity and inclusion via our leadership development programmes, at the annual Maritime HR conference and through our gender pay gap analysis for the industry. Of course, there is always more that can be done and we are committed to continuing our efforts to support equality in the ever-changing world of work. 

Top 100 women in shipping revealed

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All About Shipping have revealed their top women in the industry, including Spinnaker Managing Director Teresa Peacock taking the number 16 spot.

I am honoured to be featured in this list alongside such a group of esteemed women!” says Teresa Peacock. “The shipping industry is notoriously male dominated so for All About Shipping to appreciate the women who are working hard in maritime is timely and celebratory.”

Anny Zade from All About Shipping said of the list “Despite the despicable situation we live in as we are in a double recession, despite another annus horribilis given the Coronavirus anathema, a bleak geopolitical and conversely uncertain market environment, valiant and admirable women were out there performing service to humankind and …outperforming. This last year was a real challenge for those working mostly from home tackling business, simultaneously caring and looking after children – some very young – and supporting others in their families whether from on board or ashore.”

The full list is as follows:

1.Irene Rosberg, Programme Director Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics (The Blue MBA), Copenhagen Business School, Denmark and President of WISTA Denmark (2).

2.Pailette Paleologou, Vice President, Hellenic, Black Sea & Adriatic Zone, Bureau Veritas Hellas A.E., Greece (7).

3.Semiramis S. Palios, Deputy CEO Diana Shipping Inc., President of HELMEPA, Greece (5).

4.Dr. Aleka Mandaraka-Sheppard, Maritime Arbitrator, Chairman and Founder of the London Shipping Law Centre, UK (1).

5.Dr. Marina Papaioannou, Head of the Maritime Academy Hellas, Maritime Service Centre & Advisory at DNV GL Maritime, Greece (13).

6.Catherina Stanzel, Managing Director at Intertanko, London, United Kingdom (3).

7.Hu Xiaolian, Chairwoman at the Export – Import Bank of China, China (0).

8.Sabrina  Chao, of Wah Kwong Maritime Transport, Hong Kong and BIMCO’s President Designate (33)

9.Charlotte Røjgaard, Global Technical Manager for Verifuel, Bureau Veritas, Denmark (11); Jillian Carson-Jackson, President of The Nautical Institute, United Kingdom (0).

10.Elvia Bustavino, lawyer and General Secretary in the Panama Maritime Authority, Panama (0).

11.Dr. Helena Thanopoulou, Professor at the University of the Aegean at the Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport, Greece (29); Maria J. Angelicoussis, Maran Gas Maritime Inc., Greece (57); Eugenia D. Chandris, entrepreneur and founder A Magic Cabinet, former joint president of BHCC, Greece (0); Susan Terpilowski, OBE, Founder Image Line and joint president WISTA UK (8); Suzanna P. Laskaridis, Director Lavinia Group, Laskaridis Shipping Co. Ltd.  and founder Real Time Graduates, Greece (17). 

12.Nicola Good, Journalist and Global Head of Brand & External Relations Marine & Offshore at Lloyd’s Register, UK (15); Maria Dixon, Director, ISM Shipping Solutions Ltd, former WISTA UK president (20); Christine Cabau Woehrel, director of Assets at CMA CGM and former head of Port of Marseille Fos, France (10); Tracey Gunnlaugsson, CEO ExxonMobil/Sea River, Houston, USA (14).

13.Anna Angelicoussis, Principal of Alpha Bulkers, Alpha Gas and Pantheon Tankers, Greece (0)Prof Averil Macdonald OBE, DSc, DUniv, FRSA Deputy Master of the Worshipful Company of Fuellers and Freelance Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, United Kingdom (12).

14.Danae Bezantakou, CEO at Navigator Shipping Consultants, Secretary at the International Propeller Club Port of Piraeus, founder YES Forum, and president iforU, Greece (16).

15.Maria Ntouka-Montesantou, Legal Adviser at A1 Yachting Paleon Faliron, Athens, Greece (18); Dr. Anne-Marrie Warris, founder ecoreflect Ltd, United Kingdom (6); Katharine Palmer, Global Head of Sustainability at Lloyd’s Register, UK (0).

16.Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, WISTA International president and CEO Tototheo Group, Cyprus (21); Teresa Peacock Managing Director Spinnaker and WISTA UK (20); Elpi J. Petrakis, president WISTA Hellas,  Chartering  Manager at ENEA Management Inc., II Vice President at EENMA, Greece (26).

17.  Maria Kouliga-Pavlou, CEO / founder of Trinity Insurance Brokers, president of the Hellenic Committee of Lloyd’s Brokers Associates, WISTA Hellas (18); Mary Carmen Barrios, Senior Vice President Ports, Terminal & Stevedoring Europe, Middle East & Africa, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Group, Panama (0).

18.Kristie Loutsiou, PA to Professor C. Th. Grammenos, Administrator for the Centre for Shipping, Trade and Finance at CASS Business School, United Kingdom(28). 

19.Clara Wahnich, Digital Innovation Partnerships Lead, Inmarsat, French (0).

20.Bridget Hogan, Director of Publishing and Membership at The Nautical Institute, WISTA-United Kingdom (9);  Natalia Margioli  Head of HMC and ICS Piraeus Branch, Greece (20); Elina Souli Regional Business Development Director, V.P- FD&D Manager, American P&I Club, Piraeus, Greece, vice president WISTA Hellas (88).

21.Maria Karahaliou, PA to GEMA Marine Manager Marine Internal Training Coordinator at  Lloyd’s Register EMEA, Greece (21). Dorothea Ioannou Chief Commercial Officer at Shipowners Claims Bureau Inc., as Manager of the American P&I Club and WISTA Hellas (25); Judith Patten MBE, Renewable Energy, Journalist and Media, UK (17); Shelagh Ingledow, Lloyd’s List Greek Shipping Awards and Greek Shipping Hall of Fame  Events secretariat, Greece (22).

22.Anna Vourgos, co-founder Aphentrica Marine Insurance Brokers and WISTA Cyprus President (24); Camila de Oliveira Diniz, HESGB, Brazil (19).

23.Elinor Dautlich, solicior andPartner at HFW, London, United Kingdom (28); Angela Smith, Customer Services Manager, DP World London Gateway, UK (0); Irene S. Daifas, CEO at Stavros Daifas Maritime Corporation, president of the Piraeus Marine Club, member of WISTA Hellas and HELMEPA, Greece (25). 

24. Natasha Brown, Media and Communications at the IMO, London, United Kingdom (27); Captain Jessica Tyson, Master Mariner, United Kingdom (26).

25Heidi Heseltine, co-founder of the Diversity Group, United Kingdom (29).

26. Sedan Kaptanoglu, Kaptanoglu Shipping Group of Companies, President & Chairperson of the Board, BIMCO, Turkey (37); Anne H. Steffensen, Director General of the Danish Shipowners Association, Denmark (27); Margaret Fitzgerald, Head of Marine Policy & Regulatory Affairs, International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), UK (0).

27.Jeanne Grasso, attorney, partner at Black Rome LLP and WISTA USA board member, USA (32).

28.Euridice Livada – Ntouka, Author, Historian, Argostoli, Cephalonia, Greece (29); Vasanti Selvaratnam QC at Stone Chambers, London (24).

29.Birgit Liodden, Founder/CEO, The Ocean Opportunity Lab, Chair, Norwegian Environmental Boats Association, Board Member, Bellona and WISTA Norway (33); Angie Hartmann, head of Crew Dept at Star Bulk and former president of WISTA-Hellas (until elections in 2020), ExCo WISTA International, Greece (30). 

30.Kathy Metcalf, CEO, Chamber of Shipping of America, USA (41); Carly Fields, editor ICS membership magazine, United Kingdom (37); Helle Hammer, CEFOR, Represents Cefor in external forums such as stakeholder committees in Bureau Veritas, RINA & DNV GL, and as a Board member of the Norwegian Maritime Forum. Chair of the IUMI Policy Forum, and Secretary to the Cefor Technical Forum, Norway (39).

31.H.E. Ms Kate Smith CMG, UK Ambassador to Greece (34); Pia Meling, Massterly AS and WISTA Norway president (38).

32.Gabriela Aresu of Studio Legale Aresu and WISTA Italy (34); Peggy Høegh Grays, ship operator at Stolt- Nielsen, USA and CBS (Blue MBA holder Class of 2019) graduate (50).

33.Teresa M Stevens, Founder and Director, Guardian Maritime Limited, UK (0).

34.Monika Lemajic, Naval Architect, Ship Repair Services Improvement Project manager Thales, Australia and CBS (Blue MBA) 2019 graduate, Australia (13).

35.Patty Apostolopoulou, Lloyd’s Register, United Kingdom and HESGB Secretary (51); Bjørg Ekornrud of the Norwegian Maritime Exporters and former president of WISTA Norway (36); Makiko Tani, Deputy Manager, Cyber Security Team, ClassNK, Japan (0). 

36.Gabriela Araya, engineer, director of Grupo SETIMSA, Panama, president of WISTA Panama (60).

37. Frances Baskerville, Secretary General of CIRM, London, United Kingdom (77); Rosana Velasco, HISPANIA P&I Correspondent, WISTA Spain (35). 

38.Daphne Angelidou, president WISTA Argentina and CEO at Agencia Maritima Intercontinental (49); Shoko Kamimori, president Fukada Salvage & Marine Works, Japan and WISTA Japan president (44).

39.Anna Maria Monogioudis, Director, Aegean Protective Coatings, Piraeus, Greece and WISTA Hellas former president (46).

40.Claudia Ohlmeier, DNV GL, president WISTA Germany (52).

41.Katerina Skourtanioti, managing director, Venlys Greece (0); Birgit Sølling Olsen, former deputy director of the Danish Maritime Authority (42).

42.Elena Sendona, Fashion designer and journalist, the heart and soul in fashionality and beyondgreeksalad, hospitality, tourism including maritime tourism, Greece (53).

43.Catherine Smith, General Council & Company Secretary of Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings Ltd and WISTA Hong Kong president (0).

44.H.E. Natalya Royo, Panamanian Ambassador in the United Kingdom (0).

45.Olga Lazovskaya, a founder member of WISTA Russia and leading marine insurance  specialist, Russia (45); Natasa Pilides, Cyprus’ Shipping Deputy minister (40). 

46.Eleni Letoni, Communications, Sales & Marketing Co-ordinator for Greece, Cyprus & Malta at Bureau Veritas, Piraeus, Greece (50). 

47.Ayse Asli Basak, Mid-ship group LLC, Turkey (47).

48.Gianela Rivas Justiniani, Attorney, Illicit Trade Prevention Executive, Philip Morris Central America and the Carribean, Panamanian (56); Prof Gonda Van Steen, Academic, Koraes Chair of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature. Director, Centre for Hellenic Studies at King’s London (51).

49.Stamatia Tsevelekou, deputy manager Cruise and Ferry Terminal at PPA/COSCO, Greece (30).

50.Debbi Bonner, founder of j-l-a media in UK (54); Holly Birkett, journalist, London Correspondent at TradeWinds (0).

51.Michelle Wiese Bockmann, Markets editor at Lloyd’s List (0).

52.Clare Gomes, Strategic Planning & Communications Executive at AMSOL, South Africa and WISTA South Africa President (52).

53.Lesley Bankes-Hughes, publisher, director of publishing, Petrospot Ltd (Bunkerspot and ship.energy) UK (0); Isabella Ryckbost, ESPO secretary general, Brussels, Belgium (73). 

54.Maria Radwanska, marine insurance executive in Gdynia, Poland (54); Joyce Brigden, Area and Terminal Operations Manager, HAPAG-LLOYD Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (0); Eustacia (Staci) Weist, USCG, USA (83). 

55.Marianne Sørensen, CFO a Ramboll, Denmark (55); Ilya R. Espino de Marotta, Panama Canal, engineer, Executive Vice President for Engineering in the Panama Canal Authority, WISTA Panama (53).

56.Gianela Rivas, commercial director at Moscoso & Partners Panama and WISTA Panama sub secretary (56); Eugenia Benavides, Terpel, WISTA Colombia and IBIA (0); Prof. Yvonne Baatz, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London (61); Winnie Sorensen, Director, Coach & Facilitator at Wenford People and Executive Career Coach at Executive Connexions Ltd., United Kingdom, WISTA, UK (55).-

57.Captain Nil Deniz Sutcu Sen, Ocean-going Master Mariner, Maritime Pilot  Turkey (0); Olga Bornozis, Managing director at Capital Link, USA (63).

58.Margarita Mavromichalis, world acclaimed photographer, Greece (58).

59.Luisa Burgess, principal Advisor to Ecuador at the IMO, Ecuador  (0); Janet Porter, journalist at Informa, United Kingdom (64).

60.Joanna Koukouli, LL.M. Deputy Global Claims & Joint Managing Director – S.V.P.. Claims – Cargo.  (0); Angeliki Frangou CEO of Navios, Greece (82).

61.Azaarath Rasheed, general managerVivcore Energy Solutions PTE Ltd, Maldives (0); Belinda Bucknall, QC, Quadrant Chambers, London (62).

62.Monica Kohli, GARD (UK) Ltd office and WISTA UK joint president (64).

63.Iris Baguilat, President of DÖHLE Seafront crewing, Lawyer / president  DOHLE Seafront Crewing, Manila, Philippines (0).

64.Katy Ware, Director of Maritime Safety & Standards, Directorate of Maritime Safety & Standards, MCA, UK (0).

65.Sherice Arman, Maples and Cadler, president WISTA Cayman Islands (65); Sumiit Sharma, Head-Regional Sales, Head-Client Relations at Logistics Kart and WISTA India President (67). 

66.Philippa Hopkins, QC from Essex Court Chambers, London, United Kingdom (66); Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, Secretary General FEPORT, Brussels, Belgium (70); Julia Dias, QC at 7KBW, London, UK (72).

67.Alexandra Anagnostis, president Total Marine Services, WISTA International Secretary, WISTA USA Ex Officio Board Member (67); Parker Harrison, SVP and General Councel at Crowley Maritime Corp, WISTA USA president (68); Chrysoula Patrikiou, CEO & Founder of Potentia, Greece (0).

69.Poonam Melwani, QC a Quadrant Chambers, London, United Kingdom (69); Dr. Sasha Heriot, Business Development and Portfolio Manager Wärtsilä Corporation, (75); Unni Einemo, director of IBIA, IBIA’s representative at the IMO (80).

70.Karolina Kjellgren, Vice President, Oceania Trade, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean and President WISTA Sweden (70); Susan Bill, Tax Partner at BDO, London, United Kingdom (73); Laia Politou,  solicitor, the Swedish P&I Club, Greece (65); Boriana Farrar, VPC and Business Development at Shipowners Claims Bureau  managers of the American P&I Club, USA (74).

71.Aline de Bievre, Journalist, Technical Writer & Editor – Maritime, United Kingdom (71); Sofia Falida, Business Development Manager at Polyeco  Group, Greece (73); Martina Meinders-Michael, managing director at MSM, WISTA Cyprus (81); Debora Valera, President of VSV Marine & Port Group, President of WISTA Venezuela, President of the Venezuelan Maritime Cluster, Venezuela (0).

72.Captain Radhika Menon, Indian Merchant Navy captain, India (72); Maria Mavroudi  marine insurance broker and Founder of Searock Marine Insurance Brokers. Founder also of Kallichoron Boutique Hotel, Island of Astypalaia Greece, and WISTA Hellas member (90); Mariella Bottiglieri, manager of GBSC, WISTA Switzerland member (79).

73.Anna Kalliani, co-president BHCC (British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce), Athens, Greece (78). 

74.Carleen Lyden Walker, CEO at Morgan Marketing & Communications, IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador, NAMEPA, SHIPPINGInsight, WISTA USA (85).

75.Nicola Cox, lawyer, West of England (75), UK; Sanjam Gupta, director Sitara Shipping Ltd India and WISTA’s International ExCo member for Middle East, Asia, Pacific Region, India (75).

76.Julie Lithgow, Director at the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and WISTA UK member (76); Ioanna Topaloglou, CEO at Orion Insurance Brokers & Consultants, BoD at WISTA Hellas (31).

77.Isabella Jones, The Bahamas Maritime Authority in the United Kingdom, Bahamas (77); H.E. Cristina Liakopoulos de Papadikis, former Panamanian Ambassador in Greece (2014 -2019) (40).

 (78).Maria Yiassa, The Swedish Club, Greece and WISTA Hellas (77); 78.Maria Christina Ktistakis, Genmar Shipping and WISTA Hellas, ex-president WISTA-Hellas, (78); Christina Dupre Roos, partner at Blue C media, Norway (84).

79.Natasa Vassilaki of Naftiliaki/Seatrade, WISTA Hellas, Greece (88).

80.Olga Jaques, Business Development & Events Manager at Maritime London, UK (80); Maria Papadoyanne, Manager at Seascape Marine & Trading Ltd, WISTA Hellas, Greece (99).

81.Christiana Prekeze, Director HELMEPA, Treasurer WISTA Hellas (98).

82.Mia Jensen, Greek director & Events Marine Money International (82); Roula Tzamtzi, Chartwell Chartering Department, Glyfada, Athens , Greece (83).

83.Alexandra Gana, operations manager at Ganmar Shipping, Politician and WISTA Hellas member (85).

84.Jean Richards founder of Quantum Shipping Services, United Kingdom, and WISTA UK member (81); Dr.Sonia Ajini, Managing Director at Ajilex Ltd, WISTA Cyprus (87); Isabella Schidrich, Managing Director at NASDAQ United Kingdom (86).

85.Sofia Konstantopoulou, Global head, marketing & events at IBIA and founder of GIWA (Greek International Women’s Awards), London, United Kingdom (91).

86.Nazli Selek,  NSN law firm and president of WISTA Turkey (86).

87.Artemis Vamvakopoulou, co-founder/managing partner at Exrovert Business Communications and Posidonia Exhibition Press Office, Greece (89).

88.Kira Phoenix K’inan, Glass Artist Photographer, Painter, Environmentalist and Glass Tutor, London, United Kingdom (91); Karin Orsel, Marin Ship Management BV and former WISTA International president, The Netherlands (94).

89.Margareth J. Mosquera T., Lawyer at Arias & Associates, Panama (97).

90.Alexia Stella Mantzari CEO of AS Marine Ltd and philanthropist, Greece (0); Gina Panayiotou, Lawyer, Founder of Oceans Arena, Concept Founder of It’s ALL about Shipping, journalist and WISTA Cyprus member (96); Katerina  Stathopoulou MICS, Executive director at Investments & Finance, Tutor, WISTA Hellas and WISTA International ExCo member, Greece (96).

91.Patricia Velasquez, Commercial director and  Deputy Registrar at Macosnar Corporation, former president of Panama Chamber of Shipping 2018-2019 and WISTA Panama member (95); Ioanna Procopiou, CEO Sea Traders and founder  of Prominence Maritime S.A., Athens, Greece (94).

92.Anna Yudaeva, Lawyer, Steamship Insurance Management Services Limited, London, United Kingdom, (92); Dorte Thuesen Christensen, Vice President, Operations and Claims at Hafnia, Denmark (0); Irene Notias, Founder and Managing Director at Prime Bunkerplus, Propeller Club  Port of Piraeus BoG member, founder Project Connect and Adopt a Ship, Athens, Greece (95); Marina Tzoutzouraki, co-founder & CFO at eShipfinance, Athens, Greece (94).

93.Yasmina Rauber, Swiss Maritime Services, WISTA Switzerland past president (97); Iris Liaskonis, Director Seascape, WISTA Hellas and Propeller Club Port of Piraeus member, Greece (95).               

94.Maria Angelidou, Manager at GAC Greece and Board member at WISTA-Hellas, Greece (98).

95.Tahra Sergeant, Regional Manager in Africa and surrounding islands for IBIA, South Africa (98); Maria Belen Espineira, Lawyer and vice president WISTA Argentina (99); Ana Irene Delgado, Senator in Panama, former Ambassador of Panama in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Iceland and member of Panama’s Olympic team in fencing, devoted participant at the annual Davos Forum (100), Panama; Aspasia Rallis, Events Governor, Yacht Club of Greece, Greece (93).

96.Anna Kaparaki, Lecturer in Maritime Law at John Moores University, Liverpool, and Solicitor at Mackinnons Solicitors LLP, United Kingdom (100); Ida Stier, founder Stier Group, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands (98); Katerina Fitsiou  director and relationship manager at XRTC Greece and treasurer of the Association of Banking & Shipping Executives of Hellenic Shipping – the only woman in the board and long lasting member, Greece (97).

97.Consuelo Rivero Diaz, Ership, SAU, Ship agency and WISTA Spain (97); Peggy Papastavrou, lawyer at ATHEX Exchange, WISTA Hellas (94).

98.Rosalind Blazejczyk, Naval Architect, Managing Partner of Solis Marine, London, United Kingdom (71).

99.Margaret Llewellyn, Stella Marks and Gina Fyffe (the first international WISTA  member). Three of the WISTA Founding Members in 1974, United Kingdom (4)*.

and 100. Jenny Pournara, Secretary at the Piraeus Association of Maritime Arbitrators and WISTA Hellas member (59); Maria M. Tripolitis director PMS and Special Secretary at the Chios Marine Club, Greece (0).

LGBT+ History Month events from Maritime UK

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The Pride in Maritime Network from Maritime UK is delighted to announce plans for LGBT+ History Month. The theme this year is ‘Body, Mind and Spirit’.

LGBT+ History Month shines a spotlight on LGBT+ history and culture with an aim to increase the visibility of the entire LGBT+ community, as well as their history and lived experiences. It’s a celebration and an opportunity to reflect on progress made and challenges yet to overcome. It is celebrated in February each year to coincide with the 2003 abolition of Section 28, which stated that local authorities were not allowed to “intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality”.


Tuesday 9 February, 12:00 – 14:00

Join a special panel featuring Danny McGowan, Chair of the Pride Network, Dr Jo Stanley and representatives from the National Maritime Museum to discuss LGBT+ history at sea and ashore in the 20th Century. Find out more here.


Various dates

Royal Museums Greenwich are hosting a range of online activities for families and adults to celebrate LGBT+ histories and identities. This year RMG will be focusing on the themes of chosen families and celebrating the incredible strength, bonds and unity of the LGBTQ+ community.  Find out more here.

Wednesday 10 February, 16:00 – 17:30

IHS Markit is hosting The Log Books: Stories from Queer History. View event information here

Saturday 20 February, 14:00 – 17:30 

National Gender Training is delivering a CPD accredited course, Transgender Awareness & Understanding. The fact-based video presentation is delivered by two transgender people and will cover: language and terminology, intersex, non-binary, cis-gender, gender clinics, the journeys from M to F & F to M including key stages in each journey, equality in the workplace, important legislation and more. Normally, places are £45.00 plus VAT, but for LGBT+ history month there’s £5.00 off if you use the code: MARITIME-UK. This event is not only for people in maritime. Michelle Clarke (co-presenter) is a former captain so has special maritime knowledge. Book at [email protected].

To learn more about the Pride in Maritime Network click here.

Maritime UK launches diversity interview pool


Diversity and Inclusion is critical to business because it encourages success.  When success can be achieved by all, regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, people perform better – and that means the business performs better.  Diverse organisations outperform their competitors.

We know that creating gender balanced interview panels can be challenging. What if you don’t have a female available to conduct your interviews? What if you don’t even have a female in your business? Or worse still, what if you don’t do anything about this? 

The Interview Pool is here to assist organisations access other women in the sector to help with your recruitment, enabling gender balanced interview panels to be created.

Why use the Interview Pool?

  • To balance your interview panel.
  • To overcome the pitfalls of all male interview panels, which can create a barrier to new entrants and succumb to bias, both conscious and unconscious.

Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive, The British Ports Association

“It was invaluable to have an outside view feeding into our advertising and recruitment decisions and also a great help in terms of running a process which, because of our size, is something we rarely undertake.”

Why volunteer in the Interview Pool? 

  • Access, network and support other women in the sector. 
  • Share your skills, learn and follow best practice – you do not need to have extensive interviewing or recruiting experience. Use this as an opportunity to develop a new skill.
  • Supporting the success of your sector – helping other businesses in your supply chain – ensuring the best talent is in the maritime sector. 
  • Corporate Social Responsibility – In kind, through gifting your time.
  • Your profile will appear on the dedicated Interview Pool Volunteer page


  • Pairing of volunteer interviewers and organisations through Maritime UK. 
  • Previous interviewing experience not required.  
  • ‘The deal’ – All of the detail has been taken care of. Participating companies/individuals will receive an Interview Pool pack including a confidentiality clause, privacy notice to applicants and guidance notes. 

Find out more here.

The impact of COVID on maritime gender pay

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This week Spinnaker’s Maritime HR Association shared their gender pay gap statistics for 2020 with WISTA UK members. The pay gap was calculated using data provided by Maritime HR Association members, following recent publication of the shore-based salary reports.

Female representation across the industry was found to have remained fairly stable this year; with a 42% female workforce globally compared to 52% in the UK specifically.  However, after reporting a slow and steady decline in previous years, a slight increase was found in the size of the maritime gender pay gap in the UK. The 2020 analysis found a mean gap of nearly 43%. In salary terms, this is equivalent to an average male salary of £67,000, compared to £38,500 for females.

A changing membership base year on year means it’s not necessarily specific businesses who are widening their gap. As an industry though, we remain very far behind the rest of the UK – with provisional figures for 2020 suggesting an overall gap of just under 15%.

Bonuses don’t seem to be as hard hit just yet, but with many members reporting bonus payments that had been agreed earlier in the year (prior to the full effect of COVID19) it may be 2021 before the full impact will be seen. The bonus gap itself has reduced slightly this year, with a median gap of 58%. Any reductions that have been seen in the number of bonus payments made overall has been evenly spread across the genders. However, we continue to find male employees in the UK receiving larger bonus payments as well as being more likely to receive anything at all.  

2020 has been a year like no other, and the potential impact on gender diversity should not be underestimated. The virus has affected some demographics worse than others. We’re entering a worsening labour market where businesses are having to make some very big decisions, as well as cultural and behavioural shifts – lots of small changes are being made to adjust existing people management processes and suit new ways of working. There is lots of scope in among all this change for certain minority groups to be both positively encouraged and engaged, but also disadvantaged.

It has been reported that 17-year-old women were most likely to be furloughed; which isn’t great news for women making the first steps in their careers. Redundancies are a harsh reality too, and according to Citizen’s Advice parents, carers and disabled people are at least twice as likely to be affected.

It’s not all doom and gloom though; flexible and home working that was previously considered impossible or impractical has been proven to work for so many of us. As a result, a results-driven culture has reigned with less onus on simply being seen to be present. The improved work life balance arising (benefitting both men and women) should also drive new career opportunities for women that may not otherwise have been feasible.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the gender pay gap where you work or operate, please get in touch with Sarah Hutley ([email protected]) to find out more. 

Anglo-Eastern seeking gender diversity insights

female seafarer

Female seafarers invited to contribute

A new gender diversity survey for female seafarers is going online from Anglo-Eastern Ship Management Ltd with support from WISTA International, ISWAN, and the International Chamber of Shipping. Collecting data from all active female seafarers globally, the survey will ask questions about attitudes, discrimination and harassment, and will be presented in the second publication of Anglo-Eastern’s Gender Diversity Manual (the first of which was published two years ago). 

As Membership Secretary of WISTA-UK, and Managing Director of Spinnaker – a maritime people business – I think that sharing the experiences of women working in a traditionally very male-dominated world is essential to ensure an inclusive and positive working environment for the future,” says Spinnaker’s Teresa Peacock.

It’s encouraging to hear that forward-thinking companies like Anglo-Eastern are tackling these issues. It’s about listening: what are women’s experiences from being on board ships? How can we learn from them? What changes can be made so things improve?” 

The challenges faced by female seafarers

The booklet, aimed to be published and presented at the IMO before the end of the year, will address the wide range of challenges that female seafarers face, such as bullying, negativity and sexual harassment. 

Those organisations involved say the following on the survey:

“Shipping remains a global industry that relies on the strength of its seafarers. Surveying female seafarers helps strengthen this manual as a training guide, and shows the industry that building an inclusive, diverse, and strong industry is in everyone’s best interest,” said Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou (pictured), President of WISTA International.

“Bridging the gap will be essential in ensuring a strong future for our industry. As female seafarers continue to gain a foothold, we must remain committed to providing resources, training and support to bridge this gender gap on board. We’re excited to launch this survey two years after the initial manual to gain data on how the mindset and the challenges faced by female seafarers have changed over the years,” said Capt. K. N. Deboo, Anglo-Eastern Maritime Training Centre Director and Principal.

“ISWAN is delighted to support this guidance which will contribute in creating more positive and inclusive shipboard experiences for all seafarers,” said Caitlin Vaughan, Project Manager, ISWAN.

“ICS believes it is essential to produce a working environment that is conducive to all.  The updated guidance will aim to achieve this,” said Natalie Shaw, Director of Employment Affairs for the International Chamber of Shipping.

Complete the survey:

Female seafarers are invited to complete the survey here.

Gender pay gap in maritime: International Women’s Day

diverse group of colleagues discussing the pay gap

To mark International Women’s Day 2020 (8 March), Spinnaker are publishing a sneak peak of the latest gender pay gap statistics for UK maritime.

50 members of the Maritime HR Association, of which Spinnaker are secretariat, reported data for over 5,000 UK shore based positions in 2019. According to our statistics, the proportion of women employed within the UK maritime industry continues to rise – now at 52%. We are also delighted to see the proportion of ‘unknown’ unreported records decrease, now at a record low of 1%.

Gender diversity statistics from Spinnaker

Spinnaker have been calculating the gender pay gap for the industry since 2017, when the UK government introduced mandatory Gender Pay Reporting for businesses with over 250 employees. The gender pay gap considers the difference between the average earnings of men and women within the workforce rather than focusing on equal pay.

The maritime gender pay gap

In 2019 Spinnaker calculated men to be earning around 40% more than women in UK maritime (on average). However, a year on year comparison reveals a decrease in both the mean and median gender pay gap figures – thanks largely to a slow and steady increase in the representation of women in the upper pay quartiles.

Unfortunately, we see greater disparity when comparing bonus pay this year. While fewer bonus payments were made across the board, the female workforce were worst affected. Where bonuses were paid, they were of significantly lower value too (between 50-70% less).   

Bonuses in maritime

Understand how to calculate your gender pay gap and compare it to others here. Alternatively get in touch with a member of the team for advice on relevant diversity and inclusion initiatives on email or on +44 (0) 1702 481660).