About us


  • Julie Lithgow


    Julie became the Director of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers in 2011.

    Most recently she was Head of Business Intelligence at Pole Star Space Applications, working on government liaison for IMO regulation and latterly working with the European Naval Force in the Gulf of Aden as part of the naval response to pirate attacks on commercial shipping.

    Previously she was the Communications and Marketing Manager for V.Holdings Ltd, before which she was the Nautical Campus Manager of the Nautical Institute, the professional body for qualified seafarers.

  • Jacqui Gilbert

    Director’s Executive Assistant

    As the Director's Executive Assistant, Jacqui comes from a background in banking, office administration and PA. Jacqui also offers much support to Education, Membership and Human Resources of the Institute.

  • Robert Hill FICS

    Head of Membership

    Robert joined the Institute as Head of Membership in February 2015 after nearly 30 years in the shipping industry. He has mainly been involved in liner shipping and port agency, including management positions for ship agency companies in New Zealand and a liner trade management role in Sydney, Australia.

    Robert is from New Zealand and has worked in shipping in England, Germany and Australia as well as in New Zealand.

    Robert has been a Member of the Institute since 1996, branch secretary of the Australia/New Zealand branch for six years and held the position of Chairman of the Membership Committee 2013-15. Robert was made a Fellow of the Institute in 2012.

    Robert has a MBA in Maritime Management from the Australian Maritime College.

  • Matt Gilbert

    Head of Education

    Matt worked at Informa plc from 1999 - 2008 where he was Director of Lloyd's Maritime Academy, founded the Corporate Training business and was Founder/Director of IBC Global Academy.

    Since then he has been working as a consultant for international clients in shipping and ports, advising on education and training, management development, commercial strategy, marketing, institution and capacity building.

  • David Lantry FCCA FCMI

    Head of Finance

    David joined the Institute in August 2016.

    David has worked in the UK and abroad for organisations ranging from established FTSE 100 companies to successful tech start-ups. David has worked in diverse sectors ranging from chemicals, plastic manufacturing, retail, arts and non-profit organisations. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and Chartered Management Institute.

  • Samantha Porter

    Student Support Advisor

    Samantha joined the ICS in January 2009 after a lengthy career in retail banking as a Customer Service Manager.

  • Stella Piermattei

    Student Support Advisor

    Stella joined the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers in September 2011.

    After three years in the Membership team, Stella now supports students from the Education team.

    Stella has a Masters degree in Education and previous experience as a childhood educator.

  • Francess Toussaint

    Membership Support

    Francess started with the ICS in June 2006 as an examination administrator, having previously working for HFEA as a payment clerk.  Francess primarily focuses on organising and administering our membership functions.

  • Eleonora Modde

    Project Manager

    Eleonora joined the Institute in 2012. She supports all ICS projects contributing to the development of new services as well as marketing communication.

    For over 8 years she had been a tutor for the University of Bologna in Italy. In 2008 she moved to UK, where she has worked as a designer for property development and engineering companies before joining the Institute.

  • Ameena Begum

    Accounts Assistant

    Ameena started working with the ICS in 2009 as an administrator, after her previous position as a receptionist at BM Solicitors. Ameena works closely with our finance manager to ensure the finances run smoothly.

  • Carly Fields


    Carly has worked with the ICS since 2004, when she took over the editorship of the ICS membership magazine, the Shipping Network. Previously, Carly worked as an editor for the daily shipping newspaper Lloyd's List.

    Carly holds a Maritime Studies degree from Liverpool John Moores University and gained her ICS Fellowship in 2005.

  • Shaakila Samson

    Education Administration Assistant

    Shaakila joined the Institute in July 2017 as the Education Administration Assistant.

    Her role is to assist the Education Team with handling all day-to-day enquiries from students, running of examinations, management of teaching centres, online tutorials and other projects. She also plays a key role in ensuring the smooth running of the Institute's examinations and wider education programme.

  • Arron Welling


    Arron is a graduate in BSc (Hons) Maritime Business and Logistics from Plymouth University.

    He works as an intern for the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, supporting the Maritime Industry Foundation in delivering improved content within the Maritime Industry Knowledge Centre. In addition to this, he also contributes to the continuous improvement of Institute activities in education and membership.

  • Harvey MacLellan


    Harvey is a University of Leeds graduate who is on a one year internship placement with the Institute.

    His role is to help improve the Maritime Industry Foundation website which aims to make the maritime industry more transparent. In addition to this, Harvey also assists with the education team and its administration.