New Trustees join Human Rights at Sea


20 July 2017

New Trustees join Human Rights at Sea

Human Rights at Sea is very pleased to welcome two new Trustees in support of the charity’s national and international work and its development. Mr. Ian Millen and Ms. Amanda Hastings join the charity with immediate effect.

Ms. Fiona Laurence, Chair of Trustees, said: “We are very pleased to welcome two new Trustees to our Board. Amanda Hastings and Ian Millen bring considerable experience in the maritime sector which will be hugely beneficial to the charity as it continues to develop its vital work.”

Amanda Hastings joined UK P&I Club as a claims handler in January 2015 from HFW, where she worked in shipping litigation. Prior to this she worked in supply chain management for an international retailer. Amanda primarily deals with the Club’s German membership, handling P&I and FDD claims. She also sits on the Club’s Contract Review Team. A fluent German speaker, Amanda read Law at Sheffield University and Trier University. Amanda is actively involved with the London Shipping community and sits on the Young Maritime Professionals Committee for the London Shipping Law Centre.

Amanda commented: “I’m very pleased to have been invited to join David and the Trustees in helping move HRAS forward. I bring to the role my experience from the UK P&I Club and the Young Maritime Professionals. I am particularly interested in driving development of the charity’s fundraising efforts forward to further the reach of the programmes developed by HRAS, as well as building partnerships with Shipowners and P&I Clubs.”


Ian Millen is an independent maritime consultant and owner of ‘Millennia Insights Ltd’ operating across a number of maritime and marine areas, where he helps clients to ‘join the dots through the optimal management and exploitation of information, intelligence and supporting technologies’ – a key theme in his background and experience.

Prior to his current role, Ian enjoyed a 30-year career as a Royal Navy officer and practitioner in intelligence and operations. In 2007, he retired from the RN to join the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), where he added insight into the nefarious activities of international criminals to his maritime intelligence experience. Prior to setting up his own company in January 2017, Ian spent the previous five years in the award-winning maritime intelligence company, Dryad Maritime, initially as Director of Intelligence and latterly as the Chief Operating Officer. The company helped shipping sector clients to mitigate the risks of maritime piracy, crime and other threats.

In addition to his day job, Ian is the President of the London Chapter of the Propeller Club of the United States and Chairman of the Solent Marine & Maritime Steering Group, a regional business growth organisation based in Portsmouth. These activities, alongside being a self-confessed maritime enthusiast and ship spotter, allow him to engage with a wide network of national and international maritime professionals and charities and is involved in regional maritime sector growth.

Ian commented: “Having been an observer and supporter of the valuable and critical work done by HRAS since its inception in 2013, I was pleased when an opportunity to make a more meaningful contribution presented itself with the recent recruitment of trustees and delighted to be chosen to join the team.

As a retired mariner, I continue to have strong connections with those that work upon the world’s seas and oceans and can empathise with the difficulties and challenges they face. I am also deeply concerned about those who find themselves at the mercy of the sea in their desperate attempts to find a safer and better life. I am a maritime professional, a keen supporter of maritime charities, a beneficiary of the work that men and women do on the sea and, most importantly, a humanitarian who is strongly motivated to play my part in ending abuses and inequities in one of the most challenging environments on the planet.

I look forward to making a significant contribution to the work of HRAS and all of my new colleagues, in particular drawing upon my background and experience in research, intelligence and analysis as well as my links to the wider maritime and law enforcement sectors. I very much hope that I can help ensure that Human Rights truly do apply, without exception and at all times across the global maritime domain.”


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Human Rights at Sea is an independent maritime human rights charity registered in England and Wales established for the benefit of the international community for matters concerning explicit engagement with human rights issues in the maritime environment. Its Mission is to explicitly raise awareness, implementation and accountability of human rights provisions throughout the maritime environment, especially where they are currently absent, ignored or being abused.

For further information:

David Hammond, CEO

Human Rights at Sea, Langstone Technology Park, Langstone Road, Havant, PO9 1SA, UK


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