She replaces Catherine Bacon who has made an invaluable contribution since joining the Council in 2016, having previously served two terms as a Director 1994-1997 and 2014-2016. Catherine has been a loyal friend to the Baltic and will continue to serve on our Membership Committee and is an active member of the Baltic Expert Witness Association.
For nine years Julie led the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and earlier this year was awarded her OBE for her work on promoting diversity in the maritime sector. She’s an enthusiastic and inspirational figure and her experience in the maritime education sector will enhance the Baltic Academy. I’m personally delighted that she’ll be bringing her energy to the Baltic Council.
The Council performs an important function: it’s how Baltic Exchange members ensure that their voices are heard by the management of the Exchange. It’s there to initiate ideas, act as a sounding board and provide input. We’ve been heavily involved in the development of the updated Baltic Code, overseeing digital solutions and best practices; and supporting initiatives by the Baltic Exchange in development and people training as well as diversity, fair employment, and equal rights in the shipping industry.
Throughout our history, the greatest strength of the Baltic has been the breadth, depth and integrity of our membership. Members working for large and small firms based in shipping centres around the world, for owners, charterers and brokers bring a range of perspectives to the Baltic Exchange.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me on any Baltic Exchange matter.
Denis Petropoulos, Chairman