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Diploma in Maritime Business Management

The essential knowledge and skills needed to manage a business in the international maritime industry

Starts 27 February 2019


Course Director
Dr Simon Norton, Lecturer at Cardiff Business School

Dr. Norton holds a Master's Degree in Maritime Law, and a Doctorate in Shipping Finance. He is currently a lecturer in constitutional law and bank regulation at Cardiff Business School. He previously worked in a Japanese finance house in London in the capital markets, specialising in swaps and new bond issues.

Dr. Norton has also worked for the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers for over five years where he was a tutor in marine insurance. He also prepared the syllabus and wrote the course book for Shipping Finance for the Institute. For several years he was also the Appeals Officer at the Institute.

For the past few years Dr. Norton has lectured extensively as a guest lecturer in the West Indies in the fields of maritime law, ports policy, and shipping finance.

Dr. Norton is a trustee with a well-established London museum-art gallery, and takes an active role in London life. He is also a Friend of St. Paul’s Cathedral. He has published many academic articles in national and international journals in the fields of corporate governance and taxation. He has also supervised dozens of masters dissertations, and supervised a good number of students through to successful completion of their doctorates.


Susan Hawker

Susan is an Associate Professor at the London Law Centre of the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indianna, USA), and visiting lecturer at Cass Business School (City University), and at HST Akademie Hamburg. She also lectures for the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers’ courses, and for the UKSA’s MCA Yacht Masters’ qualification. In addition to her academic work, Susan speaks at and chairs commercial shipping seminars, and undertakes in-house legal training.

Susan is an executive member of the London Maritime Law & Policy Group (“LUMPL”), which was established in 2008 as a non-profit making collaborative network of London academic institutions with research interests in maritime law and policy. The aim is to discuss, disseminate and develop research in maritime law and policy. LUMPL members are drawn from a wide range of academic and research institutions, professional group, commercial organisations and individuals sharing a common interest in maritime law and policy. The Group holds three seminars a year, to which members’ collective students are invited, in addition to trade practitioners. The seminars attract favourable attention from the shipping press (Lloyd’s List). The Group also holds a highly successful PhD seminar each year. A programme of lectures and research seminars for postgraduate and PhD students for 2011/12 is now in progress. For further information see LUMPL’s webiste, currently hosted by Westminster University at: http://www.city.ac.uk

Susan speaks at seminars and conferences for the Women in International Shipping & Transport Association’s (“WISTA”), and in addition is academic consultant and examiner for the Grain & Feed Trade Association (“GAFTA”).

Dr. Constantina Sampani PhD, LLM, LLB

Dr Constantina Sampani studied law at the University of Athens. She continued her studies at the University of Kent at Canterbury where she completed an LLM in International and Commercial Law and specialised in Transportation, Finance and Insurance of exports and means of transportation, International Business Transactions and International Commercial Dispute Settlements (Arbitration and Litigation). She also obtained a PhD from Queen Mary College, University of London.

She has a rare combination of experience in practicing common and civil law as she worked for a law firm in the city of London on transnational cases and then joined a legal500 law firm in Athens. She subsequently became a partner of a different law practice.

Constantina has lectured Admiralty, Shipping Law and International Carriage of Goods in the department of London Metropolitan University in Athens at an undergraduate and postgraduate level and delivered interactive training seminars. She is also a course author on Marine Insurance by distance learning for Lloyd’s Maritime Academy.

She has presented papers in international conference proceedings and published in Honorary Volumes.

Constantina has a strong background as a practicing lawyer and lecturer which has equipped her to design and deliver high quality training. She is currently a legal consultant and an independent trainer.

Dr Evi Plomaritou
Shipping Consultant in Chartering and Marketing

Dr. Evi Plomaritou is a Consultant in the fields of Chartering and Shipping Marketing. She undertakes the planning of marketing strategies and chartering policies of shipping companies, the in-company professional training, as well as lecturing for academic institutions or professional bodies in Greece and abroad. Since 2008, she has been working as a Lecturer of Frederick University (Cyprus) and since 2005, she has been teaching at the Department of Maritime Studies of the University of Piraeus. From 2007 to June 2012 she worked as a Visiting Professor and Doctoral Supervisor of the European University in Switzerland. From 2008 to 2011 Dr. Evi Plomaritou worked as a Senior Lecturer for the Business College of Athens (which collaborates with London Metropolitan University). From 2001 to 2008, Dr. Evi Plomaritou worked for the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) providing consulting and training services to Greek shipping practitioners, while in 2005 she was actively involved with the foundation of the ICS Greek Branch. From 1997 to 2001, she was the Academic Coordinator of the Shipping Department of Mediterranean College in Greece while at the same time she was a fellow researcher in Maritime Projects at the Research Centre of the University of Piraeus. Moreover, she has had a 9-month practical experience onboard bulk carriers. During the voyages, she has fulfilled research concerning the loading / discharging operation of dry cargoes, which is included in her book titled "Chartering".

Dr Evi Plomaritou was awarded with distinction her “Doctorate Degree in Chartering Policy and Marketing Strategy of Shipping Companies” from the University of Piraeus. She holds the postgraduate title “Master of Science in International Transport” from the University of Cardiff in Wales, the “Master by Research in Business Administration” from Capitol College in the USA, the “Advanced Diploma in Transport & Logistics” from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK and the “Professional Diploma in Dry Cargo Chartering” from the Cambridge Academy of Transport. She has graduated with distinction from the Department of Maritime Studies of the University of Piraeus (BSc. in Maritime Business).

Her writing experience includes mainly the following books:

• Chartering (with accompanied DVD in cooperation with BIMCO, 3rd edition, 2010, in Greek, 1319 pages).
• Marketing of Shipping Companies (Recommended by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, 2008, in English, 233 pages).
• Marketing of Shipping Companies as a Tool for Improvement of Chartering Policy (2006, in Greek, 552 pages).
• Shipping Organizations Framework for Internal Assessment (European Business Ethics Network, 2006, in English, 110 pages).

Nigel Smith
Principal, The Financial & Management Training Consultancy

Nigel is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He qualified with a small firm of accountants before moving to Coopers and Lybrand as a training manager in 1971. In 1982 he set up his own training practice and has specialised in training finance in the Ports Industry since 1983. He currently lectures to large and small businesses and governmental bodies in the UK, Europe, Africa, USA, South America and the Far East.