Fiona Laurence – Chair of Trustees

fiona_laurenceFiona Laurence is a commercial litigator and Legal Director at Mishcon de Reya LLP with broad experience gained both in private practice and in-house in a major UK public authority. Her experience spans a variety of case types ranging from fraud, injunctions and contract disputes to regulatory matters, judicial review and health and safety issues.In her role as Head of Law at the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, Fiona was involved in several sensitive and high profile matters including the Marchioness and Ladbroke Grove Public Inquiries. Fiona was elected the Chair of Trustees by her peers in July 2016.

Rachel Sexton

Rachel SextonRachel Sexton Rachel is a Partner in the Fraud Investigations & Dispute Services practice at EY in London. She is a forensic accountant with over 20 years’ experience specialising in working with clients across a number of industries. She has led teams working on some of the largest financial services regulatory investigations conducted in the UK, US, Germany and Switzerland in recent years. She has experience working with clients along with their legal counsel on large, complex economic sanctions, fraud, financial misstatement, anti-money laundering, anti-bribery and anti-corruption, and asset misappropriation investigations. She has also advised clients on how to strengthen compliance frameworks and respond to critical incidents and investigation response. She is a regular speaker at conferences on compliance and investigations topics. She is a US-qualified Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner and has completed a Diploma in Financial Crime Prevention from the International Compliance Association.

Captain Jessica Tyson

Jessica TysonCaptain Jessica Tyson first went to sea in 1988 in the Merchant Navy progressing through the ranks and sailing as Master. She sailed on a wide variety of vessels including oil and gas tankers, passenger vessels, tugs, super yachts, small boats, yachts and paddle steamers over her 18 years at sea. With a change in personal circumstances she is now working as a marine consultant surveyor at C F Spencer & Co Ltd based near Bristol, as well as being an authorised Pilot for the Port of Bridgwater.

She is an active member of Nautilus International, (Maritime Professionals Union) being a member of the council and the chair for the Women’s Forum. She is also a member of WISTA, the Nautical Institute and Energy Institute.

Her passion for the sea and all things marine remains undiminished.

Professor Steven Haines

steven hainesSteven Haines is Professor of Public International Law in the University of Greenwich and a Research Associate of the Centre for Rising Powers in the University of Cambridge. His research today is increasingly focusing on Ocean Governance and the maintenance of the rule of law at sea. Prior to taking up his current post in Greenwich, he was for four years on the Management Board of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and latterly both an Adjunct Faculty member of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and a Visiting Professor in Security Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. Before moving to Geneva in 2008, he had been the founding Head of the Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway College, University of London.

From 1971 to 2003, he was an officer in the Royal Navy. He served at sea in a variety of surface warships, including deployments to the Far East, the Indian and South Atlantic oceans, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean, as well as in North Atlantic waters. Operationally, his experience included UN economic embargo operations, coastal security and maritime counter-terrorism operations and three years enforcing fisheries law as a British Sea Fisheries Officer. His final operational deployments, in 2001, were to NATO’s KFOR in Pristina, Kosovo and to the UK Joint Task Force HQ in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He served for a total of eight years in the Ministry of Defence (the Naval Staff and the Central Policy Staff), before taking early retirement in 2003. He was the author of the Royal Navy’s maritime strategic doctrine and was Chairman of the Editorial Board of the UK’s official Manual of the Law of Armed Conflict. Professor Haines is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) and was elected a Fellow of the Nautical Institute (FNI) in 1995.

Sarah Hammond

sarah_hammondSarah Hammond is a Business Director at Hays Specialist Recruitment and wife of Human Rights at Sea Founder and CEO, David Hammond. Hays is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide. They operate across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments. Hays employs 7,800 staff operating from 245 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialisms. Last year our experts placed around 55,000 people into permanent jobs and around 182,000 people into temporary assignments.With 17 years experience within the recruitment industry and over 8 years within the Digital and Creative field, Sarah has experience in enabling top global employers develop effective resourcing communication and talent sourcing strategies Sarah delivers employer-branded advertising campaigns and advises on engaging social media campaigns. During the last 8 years Sarah has become an expert in consultancy, media buying and campaign management.

Matthew Cox

matthew_cixMatthew Cox is currently CEO of North Atlantic Fishing Company, a UK pelagic trawler operator with offices in Caterham, and Hull. As well as running this company and its associated Fish Producer Organization, North Atlantic Fish Producers Organization, he is also a Director of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organizations (NFFO), and also Chairs the NFFO Safety Committee.

Prior to his involvement in the Fishing Industry Matthew started his maritime career as a Hydrographic and Meteorological Officer in the Royal Navy; following which he went on to work at a senior level in the commercial shipping sector both in the UK and overseas. Matthew’s many roles included trading, chartering as well as buying and selling tanker vessels and was responsible for setting up the tanker derivatives trading function in one of his companies. In 2011 Matthew established his own Maritime consultancy specializing in giving shipping advice and training to commodity trading companies

As well as being a graduate in business Matthew is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers; a Liveryman in the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights; a husband and a father of two boys.