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Getting to know…Gillian Clark FICS
Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2022
"The shipping industry is the world's best kept
secret. It exists in every part of the world and hosts a vast range
of people and roles."
Ahead of International Women's Day (08 March 2022), we catch up
with the energetic Gillian Clark, current Chair of the ICS North
East of England branch, Senior Executive for a P&I club and
ultra-marathon runner in aid of her branch!
Before we begin, it needs to be said that Gillian is no ordinary
Chair. Last year, in order to raise funds for her branch, she
embarked on a strict training regime to undertake an ultra
marathon. This involved running over two days from Carlisle to
Newcastle a distance of 70, yes SEVENTY, miles over rough terrain
through the Lake District.
Gillian raised a total of £1240, which she kindly donated to the
branch. Her branch members, her fellow committee members, and the
entire Institute would like to say well done and thank you,
What is your current job/role? Is every day the
My job title is Senior Executive (Claims) - I am a claims
handler and adjustor for a P&I Club, specialising mainly in
cargo matters and with a specific focus on containers. No, every
day is not the same - far from it. You never know how the day has
been planned for you!
I am also Chair of the ICS NEE branch.
What do you enjoy about this job? Does it excite
100%. There is never a day that passes that I do not learn
something new. You can never predict what that will be though.
How does what you do fit into the overall shipping
We offer not just conventional insurance but also advice,
guidance and support to shipowners and get involved in all types of
matters on behalf of our members throughout the world.
How has the ICS experience helped you to get where you
Undertaking the PQEs gave me a broad understanding of more
practical elements of shipping which complemented my University
study well. Also, because the nature of our business is worldwide
being involved with the ICS post-PQE has allowed me to get involved
in local industry, to better understand my local area and to be
able to support them.
As Chair of my branch, I am fortunate to be able to see
first-hand how our students benefit from the education we offer,
both as a branch and globally, and the impact that this has on
I am also now becoming involved with the Mission to Seafarers
and - hopefully - will soon begin ship visiting with them,
something I would never have been involved with had I not been a
part of the ICS.
Finally, I have had a lot of advice and support from some of the
most amazing people with such brilliant shipping brains - we are a
wonderful team, and I am so glad to be a part of that.
What piece of advice would you give to those thinking
about studying with the ICS?
Do it! The maritime industry is an amazing one to be part of and
studying with the ICS will give you one of the best footings to
join us, or to improve your position within it. You will become
part of a fantastic team that all share a genuine passion for
shipping and all of its components.
What is the best thing about the shipping/maritime
industry, in your opinion?
The variety. I honestly cannot even imagine having a job that
brings me so much diversity day to day. Yes, it drives me mad
sometimes, but I would never change it. It will never be
The shipping industry is the world's best kept secret. It exists
in every part of the world and hosts a vast range of people and
roles. To be a part of that is amazing.
If you are inspired by Gillian and would like to embark on a
shipping study programme with the Institute, don't hesitate to
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