Judging Panel

Tanya Blake
Editor, Safety at Sea

Tanya Blake joined IHS Markit as editor of Safety at Sea in April 2017. She previously specialised in writing about the engineering sector and worked for three years on a title for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.


Starting as assistant editor she eventually became acting editor of Professional Engineering magazine. Prior to this she worked as a reporter for B2B magazines covering a range of topics in the trade sector. She graduated from the University of Sussex where she studied English Literature.

Katie Higginbottom
Head of ITF Seafarers’ Trust, ITF

Katie Higginbottom joined the ITF Seafarers Section in 2005. She played an active role in the Joint IMO/ILO Ad Hoc Expert Working Group on Liability and Compensation Regarding Claims for Death, Personal Injury and the Abandonment of Seafarers and then in the ITF delegation to the ILO for negotiations and adoption of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC). Through her various roles at the ITF she has been responsible for training the ITF inspectorate on the MLC and for monitoring the practical application of the MLC, most notably on the issue of abandonment. She has worked extensively with maritime unions in the Black Sea region, East and West Africa and Myanmar.

Katie took up the role of Head of ITF Seafarers’ Trust in July 2018 where she continues to work to maintain and develop the welfare of seafarers.

Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry
President, World Maritime University

With over three decades of professional and academic experience, Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, an international lawyer, is a global leader on maritime law, labour standards and labour law, and law of international organizations. She is a distinguished academic in the field of international law and an international advocate for sustainability and innovation.

Appointed by the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Dr. Doumbia-Henry became the seventh President and the first woman President from a developing country of the World Maritime University (WMU), a university established within the framework of the IMO. As the Chief Executive Officer of WMU, she oversees and directs the operations and administration of the University, positioning it as the global centre of excellence in maritime and ocean education, research and capacity building, taking on board the UNSDGs.

Prior to joining WMU, Dr. Doumbia-Henry held various senior positions at the International Labour Organization (ILO), another specialized agency of the United Nations. During her tenure as Director of the International Labour Standards Department (first woman Director since the establishment of the ILO in 1919), Dr. Doumbia-Henry was responsible for the ILO’s international labour standards policy and for the ILO’s supervisory bodies and procedures governing international labour standards.

Guy Platten is a master mariner with a long background in the marine industry.


He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the UK Chamber of Shipping in January 2014.  His role includes responsibility for the UK shipping industry’s relations with government and other relevant bodies (national and international) on all fiscal, economic, employment, safety and environment, security and other issues.


Prior to this, he was Chief Executive of Caledonian Maritime Assets (CMAL) Ltd.  Establishing CMAL and building it into a respected company delivering vital transport infrastructure.  He oversaw construction and delivery of two innovative hybrid ferries along with a number of significant harbour developments. 


Before joining CMAL, Guy was Director of Marine Operations for the Northern Lighthouse Board and was responsible for the NLB fleet, Oban port facility, 24 hour monitor centre and providing navigational advice regarding the provision of Aids to Navigation around the coast of Scotland and the Isle of Man.


His career at sea began in 1982 with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service.  Joining the RNLI as an Inspector of Lifeboats, latterly as Inspector for Scotland.  He served with the MOD as a Salvage Officer.

Guy Platten
CEO, International Chamber of Shipping

Paul Watkins has been employed in the international maritime and offshore oil/gas construction and production industries for more than 35 years. He is also the ILAMA Technical Committee Chairman.

ILAMA plays a significant role in the international maritime and offshore oil & gas safety scene. By sharing its members’ views, experience and technical papers, ILAMA ensures that Regulatory bodies, including the International Maritime organisation (IMO), where ILAMA holds observer and consultative, are made aware of collective concerns. ILAMA also holds observer status with EMSA MED experts group and MarED and also holds Category A liaison status with ISO.

Paul Watkins
Technical Committee Chair, ILAMA 
Stuart Edmonston
Loss Prevention Director, UK P&I

Stuart, a Master Mariner, joined UK Club as Loss Prevention Director in 2014. Prior to this he worked as admiralty casualty investigator for a leading shipping law firm based in London. Stuart was at sea for approximately 14 years, on a variety of different ship types, including crude oil tankers, freight ferries, passenger ships, FPSOs and offshore drilling units, where he sailed as Barge Master.


Stuart heads a large team of expert maritime professionals, providing Club Members with proactive and inclusive Loss Prevention support,  technical and operational advice as well as participating in crew seminars and training days

Catherine Logie
Business Development Director, Marlins

Catherine Logie has worked in maritime training since 1998 and has been head of the international training business, Marlins since 2004.

Catherine and her team work with ship operators to develop a diverse range of assessment, elearning and bespoke training services. One area of Catherine’s interests is the use of digital technologies to improve the experience of learning & training for crews in any region, encompassing the cargo, cruise, yacht and offshore sectors.

Catherine is also a consultant to IMO, original author of IMO Model Course 3.17, Maritime English and co-author of the IMO’s Maritime English Instructor Training Course. She has worked as a trainer and lived overseas including 5 years in Italy and Indonesia which developed her interest in training methodology, language, communication and culture.

She contributes to the work of IMLA, which holds NGO status at IMO, as Vice Chair of the IMLA-IMEC Steering Committee, a special interest group focused on Maritime English, culture and effective maritime communication.

Øystein Goksøyr M.Sc
Head of Department , Safety Advisory, DNV GL – Maritime

Øystein graduated from the Norwegian Technical University (NTNU) in 1993 as Master of Science in Marine Technology. Since joining DNV GL in 1994 he has worked in several engineering, consultancy and management positions including classification, design approval, ship new-building, ship operations, subsea engineering, risk management and business development assisting clients in the offshore and maritime industry in their decision making processes.

Øystein has 7 years international experience from assignments in Korea and China. Among his specialist disciplines are Ship Operations, Ship Newbuilding, Ship Design, Safety & Risk Control, Arctic, LNG as fuel, Classification, Advisory and Business Development.

Øystein is currently heading the department for Safety Advisory in DNV GL Maritime Advisory.