The British government has assembled a crack squad of top names to advise on the future of maritime across the island nation.
Transport secretary Chris Grayling earlier this week announced the appointment of the team, who will work closely with industry contacts to try and ensure the UK stays at the forefront of global shipping over the coming decades.
He has also launched a call for evidence on Maritime 2050 – the government’s landmark strategy to make the most of future opportunities for the nation’s maritime industries to thrive, which will seek the views of those within the sector as well as those from outside.
The expert panel will be chaired by Hugh McNeal, chief executive of RenewableUK, and will also made up of academic and industry leaders, including Lucy Armstrong, chairman of the Port of Tyne, Sarah Kenny, chief executive of the BMT Group. Other members of the panel include Dr Panagiotis Angeloudis from Imperial College London, Tom Boardley, executive vice president at Lloyd’s Register, David Dingle, chairman of Maritime UK, Professor Costas Grammenos from the University of London, Dr Grahaeme Henderson, vice president at Shell International Trading and Shipping Company, Citigroup’s Michael Parker and Clarkson Research’s Dr Martin Stopford.
Transport secretary Grayling said: “We want to maintain our position as a world leading maritime nation and working with the experts from within maritime, as well as those with broader experience, will help us ensure we take every opportunity open to this vital sector.”