Institute director Julie Lithgow recognised for services to diversity

Posted on Friday, January 3, 2020

Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers head awarded an OBE in annual British honours list



Julie Lithgow has been awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the British New Year's Honours List for services to diversity in the maritime sector.

Lithgow, director of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, is among several shipping names to be recognised in the 2020 list.

Lithgow, who is active in promoting diversity in shipping through industry groups, said: "This OBE was conferred for services to diversity. The Women in Maritime task force and the Women in Maritime Charter are the results of an army of women and men across our industry who are stepping up to an issue that goes from grass roots to boardroom and not shying away from looking at all the root causes, large and small, from PPE to parental leave.

Within this group of exceptionally hard-working, practically-minded and unfailingly enthusiastic people I found a place to express my worries, and a forum to have my own biases challenged, and a source of endless optimism for our industry.

"It's an honour to accept this OBE on behalf on both the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and the Women in Maritime taskforce that I have so enjoyed being part of.

"The Institute's commitment to the accessibility of qualifications and education to the highest level across our industry is a privilege to be part of. In 2020, the year the Institute celebrates the centenary of its Royal Charter, it reminds us of the Institute's enduring impact on our sector; hundreds of thousands of young people, from across the globe have benefitted from the Institute's one hundred years of remarkable leadership and capacity building.