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Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Director Julie Lithgow named WISTA-UK Woman of the Year
Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Director Julie Lithgow
has been named Woman of the Year by the Executive Committee of
WISTA-UK for her work in education and training.
WISTA-UK President Sue Terpilowski OBE, said the organisation's
choice reflected Julie's tireless promotion of the Institute's
mission and its relevance to the International Maritime
Organization's theme for the 2015 World Maritime Day
"Everyone who knows Julie understands that education and
training are subjects very close to her heart, personally and
professionally. She is a passionate advocate of education for men
and women, someone who believes in increasing access to education
for all and in promoting to our industry the value of education and
The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers has been offering
professional qualifying exams in commercial maritime subjects for
over 100 years and now has a syllabus spanning 16 subjects.
It offers subsidised exams to over 5,000 students in over 100
countries every year, meeting the cost of sitting exams wherever
its students live and charging each a subsidised rate for the study
programme of less than £100 per exam.
In thanking WISTA-UK for the award Julie Lithgow stressed her
belief that training and qualifications should be universally
"Last year we supported 5,000 students in their ambitions and
aspirations, whether rich and poor, male and female, ship owner or
second officer. Our students are special people - they are curious
about our industry and want to learn more. They are tenacious in
studying alongside busy jobs, and families. And they are
courageous, brave enough to take exams to show they have the
Hundreds of Institute students use its qualifications to
approach their first job in shipping and in addition they are
designed to test the commercial knowledge and ethics of people
already working in the industry.
Julie added that WISTA-UK's endorsement was also important in
promoting education among women around the world.
"Kofi Annan said 'there is no tool for development more
effective than the education of girls and the empowerment of
women'. What I have achieved has come from a core belief that it is
access to education is what changes the world. It's a privilege to
be part of a tide that raises all boats, providing a channel for
young people to access affordable education, to give them an
opportunity in our industry."
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