Wista UK seeks mentors to keep women in shipping

Posted on Monday, December 4, 2017

Wista programme offers support and advice to women in maritime sector and target potential entrants still at school.

Susan Oatway FICS - ICS Vice Chairman

Institute Vice-chair Susan Oatway FICS promoting continuous learning at a Wista event in London on Tuesday 28th November 2017.

This article appeared on Lloyd's List.

By Nidaa Bakhsh - @LloydsListNidaanidaa.bakhsh@informa.com

The Women's International Shipping & Trade Association is calling for volunteer mentors as part of a new initiative to be launched in 2018.

The group aims to start with about 10 mentors and gradually build up the programme by the end of next year, said Wista's UK president Sue Terpilowski.

The idea is to "nurture" women in the maritime industry, giving support and advice to ensure they stay on in the sector.

Susan Oatway FICS, who was appointed Vice-chair of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers in October, called on women in shipping to help strengthen the careers of those following in their footsteps.

Speaking at a Wista event in London on Tuesday, Mrs Oatway, who has been in the industry for 30 years, spoke of the institutional, automation and cultural challenges that still plagued the sector. "I don't treat this industry like a club," she said.

Change had to come from within, she said, adding that teaching and mentoring was crucial. "It's about engendering curiosity, continuous learning."

She is the first female to have such a high ranking at the ICS, which was founded in 1911.

Earlier this year, Wista and ICS offered 10 scholarships for a one-year course to develop practical and commercial skills from chartering in the various segments to ship operations and management, law, insurance and finance.