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Professor Anthony Gallagher

Anthony has a technical background in marine and maritime science and management, having worked on the boundary between science and policy, both as an academic and a practitioner. Having initially studied at the Institute of Offshore Engineering, Heriot-Watt University he had a career in higher education, prior to forming his own company, working to deliver ‘science into policy and practice’ outcomes in relation to a range of blue economy issues..

A large focus of his work has been with regards to the management of anthropogenic impacts in the environment, quantifying and characterising risks, as well as identifying and developing a range of interventions and mitigation strategies. This has also involved a considerable focus on developing partnerships, networks and engagement within the marine and maritime sector. For example, as a representative of the Advisory Committee on the Protection of the Sea (ACOPS), he has participated in the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee, whilst in the UK, he has held roles as Chair of the Hamble Estuary Partnership (2011-2018) and Advisor to the UK Coastal Partnership Network. Anthony is now Chair of the Clyde Marine Planning Partnership (CMPP) which has delegated functions to develop and deliver a statutory Marine Plan for the Clyde Region, Scotland.

Anthony has worked on a range of collaborative international maritime projects including the EU funded Thematic Network on Maritime Education, Training and Mobility of Seafarers (METNET), which developed course material aimed at enhancing environmental protection; the ECOPORT project which developed an environmental assessment and management tool for port operating companies; and led the EU funded ‘Port Energy and Carbon Savings’ (PECS) project, and Coastal Zone Intensive Programme (COZIP). He also has considerable project evaluation experience, having carried out evaluations on behalf of a range of stakeholders including into the effectiveness of the Wadden Sea Particularly Sensitive Sea Area designation on behalf of the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat, as well as work on behalf of the International Association of Maritime Universities; UK Local Authorities; and, the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) amongst others. Anthony is a Director of the company Evolved Research and Consulting Ltd. and a Visiting Professor at the University of Southampton.

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David Sheppard

David has been a serving operational firefighter for 27 years prior to which he completed 3 years in the Armed Forces (Army Air Corps). In his final role as a Borough Commander, he was responsible for the delivery of Prevention, Protection and Response activities supporting a population of over 100,000 people and representing the Fire & Rescue Service within strategic and operational partnerships.

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Dr. Iliana Christodoulou-Varotsi
Maîtrise, DEA, Doctorat
Legal Consultant and Independent Trainer

Dr Christodoulou-Varotsi is a legal and academic expert with an international educational and professional background specialised in maritime and EU law. She has been a member of the Athens Bar Association (Greece) since 1995 and is currently involved with consulting work, legal education and training (with Lloyd’s Maritime Academy and with an international ship classification society). She is also a certified trainer and lecturer in Greece, as well as an accredited mediator. In 2018 she will be releasing the book Marine Pollution Control: Legal and Managerial Frameworks, which is part of the Lloyd's Practical Shipping Guides series.

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Karl Pizzey 
Assoc RINA MCMS

Karl Pizzey is currently the General Manager and Ship Surveyor at ‘Larsens Marine Surveyors & Consultants Ltd’. Having previously been involved in the Further and Higher Education system in a technical capacity for eight years.

Karl is a previous student of the Diploma Course in Small Craft Surveying and completed the course with distinction and now brings first-hand experience of the course, and his subsequent career, training and experience, for the benefit of course participants.

Since completing the course Karl has developed his skills in the marine surveying industry and now holds recognition as an Associate of the ‘Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA)’ and as a member of the  ‘Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyors (SCMS)’.

Through the ‘Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyors’ Karl holds approval by the United Kingdom Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to perform all workboat code of practice surveys and certification tasks.

In addition to his MCA approval Karl is also an approved Flag State Inspector for all ship types, for the Flag State Administration of Saint Vincent & The Grenadines.

As an employee of ‘Larsens Marine Surveyors & Consultants Ltd’, Karl works as part of a well-established team of experts with extensive experience in the marine industry supported by many decades of technical, regulatory and training experience. 


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Simon O. Williams
BA, LL.M


Simon Williams is an expert on issues surrounding the maritime regulatory environment. He is a Director of a consultancy, specialising in ship management solutions, naval intelligence and maritime security.

Also a regular contributor on the maritime industry to leading publications such as the Maritime Executive, Lloyd's List, Naval Technology amongst others; Simon has a wealth of experience and a respected industry voice perfect to lead you through your Certificate.

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Captain John Dickie, BA
Joint Development Associates Limited (JDass Ltd)

Captain Dickie has spent the last 40 years in the maritime industry.  This has encompassed 20 years at sea from cadet to command and on various ship types from oil, chemical and gas including combination carriers, bulk carriers and container ships. John was manager of the Marine Technical Division for a survey company in the middle east which he helped set up, as well as having been a marine superintendent and operations manager.  Five years were spent in an IACS member as head of the ISM Code, which involved being Chairman of the IACS ad hoc Group ISM Code. Plus, liaison manager to the USCG and CEFIC for ISM Code matters on behalf of IACS. John has qualifications in auditing to the following standards, ISO 9000, 14000, 18000, SA8000 and ISM Code.

Becoming a lecturer was an important step and the years spent teaching were most enjoyable. During this time John took the opportunity to enhance his own credentials with various teaching qualifications as well as completing a BA degree in Adult Education. In the summer of 2010 John set up his own company, JDass Ltd, providing bespoke training to companies, ensuring the client requirement is met whilst still meeting the many requirements of legislation within the maritime industry.

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Zabi Bazari

Zabi’s experience spans over 40 years and has mostly been spent on energy-efficient and low-carbon shipping, transport and industry. As a principal expert in this field, Zabi has delivered a significant number of consultancy and R&D projects on energy-related services, strategic energy reviews, ship energy management including EEDI, SEEMP and EEOI regulations as well as ISO 50001 and other studies and reviews. He has been a regular participant at the IMO GHG meetings on energy efficiency, engaged in SEEMP development and EEDI verification and carried a number of impact assessment studies.

Dr Bazari has a PhD from Imperial College, London and has been a member of a number of reputable professional institutions and had certificates as a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Environmentalist. He is the recipient of the 1992/93 IMarEst’s Denny Gold Medal, the Stanley Gray Award and Percy Jackson Award