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15 March 2019 AGM Minutes
October 11, 2019

WISTA Annual General Meeting

Date 15th March 2019

Held at HFW Friary Court, 65 Crutched Friars 
London, EC3N 2AE United 

Board Attendees; Sue Terpilowski, Rachel Lawton, Teresa Peacock

Apologies received from Bridget Hogan

Committee Attendees; Maria Udy, Winnie Sorensen

Open and Welcome

ST opened the meeting, welcoming all, she wished to thank a number of people:

Rachel Lawton for all of her hard work as Treasurer, and to her firm Mazars for their generous sponsorship of a number of events.

Bridget Hogan, who she called a ‘star’ for all of the help and mentoring she had personally given to ST especially in the early days of her appointment to President of WISTA UK.

Teresa Peacock, Membership Secretary and some of her team at Spinnaker namely Lauren Thipthorpe and Georgina King for their support.

Maria Udy and Winnie Sorensen who had taken over the events for WISTA UK and had done a great job.

New Appointments – Newly Created

ST thanked them for taking on these roles and offer our help and support.

Mairead Ni Cheonin has taken over the position of Webmaster International

Communications Team – new members: Helen Kelly, Penny Thomas and Nicola Good

Two new subgroups were recommended and approved:

Marketing Group

Regional Support Group – Possible synergy with Maritime UK and mirror their ‘Hubs’.  Scotland would be another suggested Regional Group.

Any recommendations please to ST for people to be part of any of the sub groups.

Membership Report

TP updated all on the membership numbers.  2017 we had 153, 2018 we had 171 which represents a 12% increase.  Renewals for 2019 are 130 paid, 101 outstanding.  These will be chased.

HFW and Ince Gordon Dads are the largest corporate members with 16 and 15 respectively.

ST urged continued encouragement for members, listing the partnership work with the Women in Maritime taskforce, Maritime UK, SPNL and ICS as an effective way to get the message to a wide audience.

Conference 2019 – London International Shipping Week

LISW – 9th September 2019 will be our event.  The venue is City Hall.  The first section will be an industry topic, second section will be around women in maritime.  Possibly related to the taskforce results.

The Minister for Shipping should be in attendance, a request has also gone into Princess Ann.  The event will be free to attend.  ABP should be sponsoring the Cocktail Reception afterwards.

Charity of the Year

Nominations were;

Stella Maris

Seafarers UK

Careers Promotional Forum

The chosen charities were Seafarers UK and Careers Promotional Forum.

We are happy to run an event to raise a donation for Stella Maris.


We do not have a ‘formal’ procedure for elections.  For the next elections, we will adopt the International Protocols where possible.

Board positions – those standing must have been a full member of WISTA UK for one full year.

President position – those standing must have been a serving board member for one full year.

Nominations must be in 28 days before the AGM.

These points were voted on and agreed by a majority vote.

Treasurer – Rachel Lawton was happy to remain in post – agreed

Membership Secretary – Teresa Peacock was happy to remain in post – agreed

Secretary – Monica Kohli has agreed to join Bridget Hogan as Co Secretary.  Monica also offered to take on a role in gaining sponsorship.  Accepted with thanks.

Julie Lithgow offered to move into the Regional Group Support Role.  Accepted with thanks

President Role – Mairead Ni Cheonin and Sue Terpilowski said a few words to support their application for the role of President.  A ballot then took place.  Sue Terpilowski was re-elected for President WISTA UK.

Treasurers Report

Rachel updated all attendees on finance.  The accounts were presented and approved.


WISTA UK Ambassadors – TP has spoken to Bob Sanguinetti, CEO for the UK Chamber of Shipping,  with a view to him becoming a WISTA Ambassador.   TP will see if there are any official guidelines around their appointment or commitment.

A discussion followed around having female ambassadors, Dame Louise Elman, MP for Liverpool Riverside was suggested.

Elections – A heated and emotional discussion lead by Mairead Ni Cheonin followed regarding the low numbers of members attending the AGM, and if that meant a meaningful election had taken place.  She was clearly distressed, angry and unhappy about the process.

Empowering Women In The Maritime Community

Is the tide finally turning on gender imbalance in the maritime industry?

At the most recent bunker training course run by Petrospot in Oxford, two thirds of the attendees were female.

In many other business situations this wouldn’t be anything unusual; however the balance of gender on the Petrospot course was quite remarkable for the shipping industry because at most 4 per cent of the maritime industry’s sea-based workforce is female, and in the Merchant Navy, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) estimates that women make up only 2 per cent of the world’s maritime workforce.

The important question to ask though is, does this attendance reflect the gender change in our industry that we’ve been waiting for?

Find out here.

This appeared in www.hellenicshipnews.com

5 Inspiring Quotes From Women in Shipping

The Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) was started forty years ago with just six women from three different European countries. Today, it has almost 2,000 members in thirty-three countries with representatives from nearly every sector of the maritime industry. Accounting for just two percent of the world’s maritime workforce of over 1.3 million, women continue to forge their place within the male-dominated sector, encouraging a more diverse, innovative and sustainable future.

Read this article to get inspired by these leading ladies’ quotes about working in the maritime sector.

This appeared in www.knect365.com

Video about IMO’s Women in Maritime Programme
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The IMO aims to create a gender balance in the maritime and shipping industry. With their gender balance programme under the slogan: “Training-Visibility-Recognition“, IMO has taken a strategic approach towards enhancing the contribution of women as key maritime stakeholders.

Watch this short film showing how IMO’s women in Maritime programme is helping to support gender diversity in the maritime sector.