Institute Director Steps Down

Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2020

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10 March, 2020. Julie Lithgow OBE, today announced that she is standing down as Director of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers after nine years of leading the organisation.

"It has been a fantastic experience to be part of the Institute since 2011. In this time I have been able to meet members and students across the globe, and work on projects that span the prevention of illegal wildlife trafficking to the promotion of gender equality within our sector. The most meaningful element has been having the privilege to be part of the provision of over 40,000 accessible examinations around the world wherever our students live and work.

"We run exams for curious, tenacious, courageous students in hundreds of exam centres all over the world because companies give us space in boardrooms, members and fellows volunteer their time to invigilate, and our branches work tirelessly to support and mentor students. However, the key part is played by our membership.  These exams can be run because every single year, every member of this Institute, through their membership subscription, ensures affordable, accessible professional qualifications of the highest standard are available to students, they'll never meet, on the other side of the world.

"My sincere thanks go to each member of the Institute for their inspiration and trust in me. For over a century, the Institute has supplied the industry with qualified people in every corner of the shipping world. Membership of the Institute in turn provides a reliable foundation to our industry with ethically minded professionals, who hold a universally recognised qualification."

Institute President Lord Mountevans said "The Institute would like to place on record our gratitude for Julie's dedication during her tenure as Director. Her integrity and passion for the Institute has shone through across her time leading our organisation and we are grateful that she has agreed to remain in post until a suitable successor is appointed"

Susan Oatway, Chairman said: "We are very appreciative for all the hard work that Julie has done for us over these nine years and she will be missed. She has played an integral role in the development and evolution of our Institute, which celebrates the centenary of the granting of its royal charter this year. Her enthusiasm and hard work has brought the Institute firmly in the 21st century, championing the needs of our members and students across 100 countries and in all maritime disciplines".


The recruitment process will be managed by Spinnaker Consulting, and the new director is expected to be in post by the end of the summer.