London’s shipping community proved that a little transport disruption was no challenge, as one of the industry’s leading professional networking groups, the Shipping Professional Network London (SPNL) met last week for the AGM and the now traditional Annual Summer Drinks party.
Around 90 young shipping professionals, representing every sector of the industry, gathered despite the tube strike that caused transport chaos across the capital. London’s Little Ship Club on the banks of the River Thames provided an elegant backdrop to this year’s event, kindly sponsored by Maples and Calder.
The new board was elected at the AGM, consisting of:
- Claudio Chiste (Investec Bank plc) as Chairman
- Valentina Nikiforova (Stephenson Harwood LLP) as Membership Director
- Chris Davies (Bibby Ship Management) as Sponsorship Director (**newly elected**)
- Nicholas Mavrommatis (Seven Seas Maritime Ltd) as Treasurer
- Lisa Howie (Ince& Co) as Company Secretary & SPN Head of Secretariat (**newly elected**)
- Nancy Drakou (Clarksons) as Social Media Associate (**newly elected**)
- Nicola Eyles (JLA Media) as PR Associate (**newly elected**)
The following board members stood down after having contributing towards the continued success of SPNL, but more importantly the promoting & connecting of London’s next generation of shipping professionals: Magda Garcia – Managing Director, Oceanvs Shipbrokers (served on the board since 2011), Marc Pauchet – Lead Dry Bulk Analyst – Braemar ACM (served on the board since 2011), Capt. Rahul Khanna – Global Head of Marine Risk Consulting at Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality (served on the board since 2011), Aleksandra Czerlonek – HR Operations Manager – UnitedLex (served on the board since 2014, assisting since 2013).
Members were presented with the SPNL annual review as well as future events, with all interest being the event to be held at London International Shipping Week (LISW), which will include members from similar young shipping professionals networks from around the world (Hong Kong, Denmark, Mumbai, Hamburg) to be held on 8th September (registration has now opened, For more information check www.spnl.co.uk ). There will be an opportunity to network, socialise and discuss the future of the global shipping industry whilst showcasing the next generation in shipping.
Claudio “SPNL is an integral part of London’s shipping community, having wide support with industry backing from the UK Chamber of Shipping. The Summer Drinks was an opportunity to toast another successful year with SPNL and look ahead to support the industry’s next milestone, where we are very proud to once again be supporting LISW.”