Dr Phillip Belcher, Marine Director at Intertanko
Phil Belcher is a Master Mariner with 10 years of oil and gas tanker experience. He holds a doctorate in maritime safety and the human element and is responsible for ensuring Intertanko’s marine group delivers on issues including vetting, security, safety, ports and terminals, navigation and cargoes (oil, gas and chemical).
Jakob Paaske Larsen, BIMCO, Head of Maritime Security
Jakob Larsen is BIMCO’s head of maritime security. He has held senior security positions with AP Moller-Maersk and Nordic Tankers among others. He was chairman of the European Community Shipowners’ Association’s Maritime Security Working Group.
David Balston, Director of Policy, Safety & Environment, UK Chamber of Shipping
David Balston joined the UK Chamber of Shipping in 2010 as Director Safety & Environment. His team seeks to deliver a regulatory climate that maintains high environmental and safety standards for British shipping companies without competitive disadvantage. He served in the Royal Navy, commanded three submarines and has worked in the Cabinet Office as the Prime Minister’s adviser on the nuclear deterrent, NATO and EU military matters.
Stephen Askins, Partner at Tatham & Co – Maritime Solicitors
Stephen Askins specialises in all aspects of maritime law, in particular issues arising from trading to and in complex environments such as Nigeria, Yemen, Libya and Venezuela. He has particular expertise in dealing with kidnappings and hijackings and advising maritime security companies. He was part of the team responsible for drafting GUARDCON, one of the most used BIMCO contracts.