Fiona Laurence – Chair of Trustees
Fiona is a former 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 spanned 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 has recently been appointed as a Non-Executive Director to the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) newly formed Regulatory Committee. The Committee was established by the ECB in 2017 and is active as from 1 January 2018. It has a broad remit encompassing a range of sporting integrity issues including anti-doping, anti-discrimination, financial and governance regulations, and safeguarding. Fiona was elected the Chair of Trustees by her peers in July 2016.
Ruth was appointed Chief Executive of the LBMA in January 2014. She is an experienced CEO, Business Advisor and Non-Executive Director in Financial Services, Market Development and Regulatory Technology. Her primary achievement so far as LBMA CEO is the governance, commercial and transparency overhaul of the London precious metals market (~$15 trillion annual turnover). She is also a human rights expert responsible for the creation of the Responsible Gold Guidance, the industry’s leading ethical sourcing standard.
Matthew is CEO and Chief Ombudsman at Ombudsman Services (OS), the UK’s energy and communications ombudsman. OS’s work aims to embed fair business practice and to build trust in key regulated markets.
Prior to joining Ombudsman Services in 2015, Matthew was chief executive at the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC), a non-departmental public body based in Edinburgh. He previously worked at the Foreign and Commonwealth office, serving as British Consul in Spain. His early career was in the private sector across retail and FMCG.
He completed a doctorate in the history of Victorian and Edwardian Liverpool at the University of Oxford and has previously held non-executive roles at Museums and Galleries Scotland and the Scottish Mediation Network.
Alex is a solicitor and partner at HFW. He predominantly advises clients on the legal issues arising from casualty management and crisis response including salvage, wreck removal, groundings, collisions, fires and piracy with a particular interest in container ship casualties and war risk claims. Alex has extensive experience in marine insurance advising insurers, brokers and assureds in relation to H&M, war, kidnap & ransom, increased value, cargo, builder’s risks, yacht and ports & terminals insurance policies.
Alex has been involved in a number of reported High Court cases including Osmium Shipping Corporation v Cargill International SA (The Captain Stefanos)  2 Lloyd’s Rep. 46, Taokas Navigation SA v Solym Carriers Ltd (the Paiwan Wisdom)  EWHC 1888 (Comm), The Owners of the Ship “Theresa Libra” v The Owners of the Ship “MSC Pamela”  EWHC 2792 (Admlty), The Owners of the Ship “Stolt Kestrel” v The Owners of the Ship “Niyazi S”  2 Lloyd’s Rep. 483, The Atlantik Confidence  EWCA 2412 (Admlty) and Splitt Chartering APS and Others vs Saga Shipholding Norway AS and Others  EWHC 1294 (Admlty).
Alex has spent time in Dubai and has undertaken a secondment to the legal department of an oil major and a London market insurer. Alex is an Associate member of the Association of Average Adjusters. Alex has been named as a next Generation Lawyer in the Legal 500 UK 2017, 2018 and 2019 and a next Generation Partner in the Legal 500 UK 2020.
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.
Steven is Professor of Public International Law in the University of Greenwich. His research today is focused principally on Ocean Governance and the maintenance of safe and secure seas (although he continues to work in the fields of International Humanitarian Law and the law relating to international security).
Prior to taking up his current post in Greenwich, he spent four years in Geneva, on the Management Board of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. He also taught as adjunct faculty at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. From 2003 to 2008 he was at Royal Holloway, University of London, as founding Head of the Department of Politics and International Relations; he was appointed to a Chair in 2006. He has a strong record of pro bono work within international civil society organizations.
In Geneva he worked with Geneva Call, the NGO that encourages compliance with International Humanitarian Law by armed non-state actors. Since 2011, he has acted as Legal and Military consultant to the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack, drafting International Guidelines on the Military Use of Schools in Conflict Zones (the core of the Safe Schools Declaration) that are now endorsed by almost 90 states globally. He joined Save the Children International’s Civil-Military Advisory Board in 2017, becoming its Chair in 2018. With a specialist legal interest in the Law of Armed Conflict Applicable at Sea, he was one of the peer reviewers for the International Committee of the Red Cross’s new Commentary on the Second Geneva Convention published in 2017.
To Human Rights at Sea he brings not only his academic and civil society knowledge and experience but also over thirty years experience as a naval officer (from 1971 to 2003), He served at sea in a variety of surface warships, deploying to most of the world’s oceans as well as waters adjacent to the United Kingdom, and was involved in a range of maritime law enforcement roles, including as a British Sea Fisheries Officer. He also served for a total of eight years on the Naval and Central Policy Staffs in the Ministry of Defence, including on the Executive Board of the British Armed Forces’ strategic and doctrinal think-tank in Shrivenham (the JDCC, now the DCDC), having been the RN member of the MoD’s Strategic Development Study responsible for its establishment in 1999.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA), was elected a Fellow of the Nautical Institute (FNI) in 1995 and a Member of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (Sanremo, Italy) in 2010. Most recently (2019), he was elected as President/Chair of the UK Group of the International Society for Military Law and the Laws of War.
Matthew is 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.
Mitra is Head of Partnership Development at Save the Children, in London. She has over 15 years of experience in international human rights and rule of law. Most of her career was spent in the field working for the UN, in Africa, the Middle East and South-East Asia. Mitra also brings strong expertise in partnership development and fundraising, primarily with bilateral and institutional partners. She holds two Masters Degrees in International and Human Rights law and an MBA.
Helen is the Human Rights and Social Impact Lead at BP, based in London. In this role she leads on the human rights and wider social aspects of bp’s practice and their social sustainability framework, driving change to deliver on their five aims to ‘Improve People’s Lives’. Helen has worked at BP since 2014. Prior to her current role, she was responsible for the development and management of BP’s Insider Threat Programme and had oversight of BP’s adherence to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR), alongside supporting individual businesses in developing and implementing the principles. She served on the Steering Committee for the Voluntary Principles Initiative for 3 years and during that time worked across multiple workstreams on public and private security force engagement, offshore security, in country implementation of best practice and also built strong relationships across the corporate, civil society and government pillars. She has also served as a co-Chair of the IPIECA Responsible Security Task Force for 4 years. (She is recognised as a thought leader, with a strong drive to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in society.)
Marika is an independent consultant and adviser who has worked with ASEAN-Australia Counter-Trafficking, the Regional Support Office of the Bali Process, Chatham House, IOM, OHCHR and UNODC among others. She is the author of research reports and technical publications primarily on issues related to the international law on migrant smuggling, human trafficking, human rights and their intersections. Marika has worked in many regions, advising senators, parliamentarians and policy makers and delivering training to law enforcers, prosecutors and judges. She has spoken about human rights at sea at various international forums, particularly in the context of mixed migration flows, aggravated forms of migrant smuggling and human trafficking at sea. She has published a book titled Freedom from Religion and Human Rights Law with Routledge, and holds a PhD in international human rights law.
Richard is an independent fisheries consultant, previously CEO of Stavis Consulting, LLC. He is an internationally acknowledged seafood thought leader and innovator with over thirty-five years in the seafood community functioning in executive, purchasing, sales, and sustainability roles. This experience has given him insight into harvesting, farming, processing, and product standards. Over the last decade his primary focus has been understanding, advocating for and applying best practices in sustainability, traceability, and ensuring responsible labor practices within the seafood supply chain. Additional current roles include Sustainable Fisheries Partnerships’ Squid Supplier Roundtable Industry Chairperson, Board Member of FishWise, and Advisory Committee member for the Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT).