Director of Seafarer Learning and Ofsted Inspector
Darrell began his maritime career with the Cunard Steamship Company Ltd at the age of 16 and completed a four year deck officer cadetship, studying at the College of Nautical Studies in Warsash. He obtained his Class 3 Certificate of Competency and HNC in Nautical Science and served as third officer aboard general cargo vessels trading worldwide. In 1983 he came ashore to take up a ship operations post with Kearvaig Shipping, the UK operator for Salen Shipping. This led to a job with Genchem Chartering, a specialist firm in chemical transportation based in London. During this time Darrell successfully passed his Chartered Shipbroker examinations and became a member of the Chartered Institute of Shipbrokers. He worked latterly as shipbroker with Baltic Exchange-based Van Ommeren Marine before leaving the industry in 1988 to work in retail management. He had a brief spell back at sea in the early nineties serving as 2nd Officer aboard supertankers bound for demolition.
In 1996 Darrell retrained as an NVQ Trainer/Assessor and began a new career in post 16 education and training, obtaining a Certificate in Education and BSc in Education and Training. He has since worked in the further and adult education sector in a number of curriculum roles including lecturer, Head of School, Quality Manager and Assistant Principal. In 2009 he was appointed additional inspector with Ofsted and now inspects for them on a freelance basis. His current role is Director of Seafarer Learning for The Marine Society, responsible for delivering education and library services to seafarers worldwide.
Captain Rodger MacDonald
CEO Azimuth Marine Ltd
Rodger MacDonald went to sea with the British India Steam Navigation Co Ltd and after obtaining his Master’s Certificate and Compass Adjuster's Licence was appointed Surveyor of Ships for the New Zealand Government. He took leave of absence to gain command experience with Straits Steamship out of Singapore, but this led to another shore appointment as General Manager of the newly formed oilfield support company Borneo Straits Offshore, This was the start of a twenty five year career as a Senior Manager in a company which was more recently known as O.I.L. Ltd.
In 1996 Rodger was appointed as Director of Faculty at North West Kent College to manage the merger of the National Sea Training Centre. Having achieved this and seen the Faculty gain a Grade One from the College Inspection in December 2000 he retired from full time employment at the college. However Rodger remains deeply concerned with the training of Seafarers and strongly believes that Shipmasters today must be provided with Officers and Crews who are properly trained professionals and must themselves continually develop their own knowledge and expertise to meet present day challenges. In 2005 Rodger received the Lloyd’s Ship Manager ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for his work in maritime education.
From 2001 to 2012 Rodger was appointed Secretary General of the International Federation of Shipmasters, (IFSMA) which had Consultative status at IMO and was admitted to the lLO's Special List of Non-Governmental International Organizations. As secretary General Rodger represented Shipmasters at IMO in all the main Committees and the sub-committees. Rodger remains a trustee of Nautilus International.
Dr Sebastian Gamero
Partner in Bufete Gamero Ltd.
Sebastian had his first contact with the maritime world during his legal education in Spain, being closely linked to the Commercial and Transport Law department of the University of Seville. To gain experience, he made an internship with a law firm in his hometown, during which he kept in touch with port authorities and many transport companies. His passion about maritime law led him, after few years of training and experience to achieve greater goals, and therefore, in 2012 performed an LLM in International Maritime Law in the prestigious Swansea University, getting deep in the roots of the maritime law through a successful year both of learning and practice. Later on he obtained a PhD. in Maritime Law,which gave him a greater understanding about deep and complex issues related to the carriage of goods by sea and charter parties.
Currently, due to his expertise and deep knowledge of the maritime law in continental and common law systems, Sebastian has become member of the Territorial Committee of the Spanish Association of Maritime Law, and also he is the visible head of the Department of Transport and Maritime Law in a law firm, working professionally with leading authorities in Spain, Port Authorities and Shipping Companies. Not only he made efforts to become a great maritime lawyer, but also he is involved in academic projects, both in England and Spain.
Dr Evi Plomaritou
Shipping Consultant in Chartering and Marketing
Dr. 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:
Katerina was working for a number of years in shipping and currently she is working as Director of SeaWorks Training & Consulting Ltd.
Lloyd’s Maritime Academy is considered as a lifelong partner where she works as Academic Course Director, Instructor and Consultant. At the same time she is with the University of Middlesex as Project Supervisor in the MBA Shipping & Logistics and the MBA Oil & Gas. She serves as examiner for the Institute of Charted Shipbrokers and through SeaWorks she collaborates with the University of Athens, Kapodistriako.
She was in the position of the Head of the Shipping, Transport & Logistics Department for a College in Greece which collaborates with London Metropolitan University in the UK offering the latter’s shipping courses. Her extensive teaching experience has been gained at various colleges and universities, lecturing on undergraduate courses in shipping, maritime business and related subjects.
She also has many years’ experience as an industry consultant, working in Greece and the UK on varied projects in national and international shipping and logistics, academic and commercial.
Katerina holds a degree in Maritime Business and Maritime Law from the University of Plymouth (UK). Prior to this she studied Business & Finance at North Hertfordshire College (UK). Her postgraduate studies include International Shipping at the University of Plymouth (UK) and Maritime Studies with International Transport at the University of Piraeus (Greece). She is currently working on her PhD at Plymouth University.
Katerina is also a member of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME), Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) and the Hellenic Association of Maritime Economists (HAME).
Her research focuses on shipping policy and strategy, management, logistics, freight analysis and vessel sale and purchase. She is the author of articles and papers in a range of magazines, newspapers and scientific journals as well as being a reviewer for the Maritime Policy & Management Journal. She is a respected participant in various shipping and logistics conferences and forums.