Wista UK

Wista UK Board Members

Wista UK Board Members

Monica Kohli (Senior Lawyer, Gard UK Ltd.)


Monica Kohli is a solicitor specializing in Maritime law. She is dual qualified in India and England & Wales and has been practising shipping and trade law for the past two decades; as an Advocate in India, and as a Solicitor in UK.

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Monica read Maritime law at the University of Southampton, UK and studied for an MBA (Shipping and Logistics), at Copenhagen Business School. She speaks at events in the city and abroad on legal tech, gender, diversity and shipping law. She is also Chair of the Indian Maritime Association UK (IMA, UK) and a Maritime Skills Commissioner.

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/monica-kohli-0b9a6b5/

Gina Panayiotou


Gina Panayiotou, is a maritime lawyer and strategist. She is the founder and CVO of Oceans Arena, a startup consultancy practise offering bespoke legal and brand strategy to startups, NGO’s, SMEs and corporates, especially those with ESG focus. Having enjoyed numerous senior roles, her expertise ranges from maritime transactional law & policy, with focus on ESG compliance, contract, commercial, corporate & ship finance law, as well as business development, market penetration strategies, key messaging & brand concept formulation.

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For Gina, the shipping industry was “love at first sight,” which inspired her to create the concept for the broadcast she hosts, “It’s ALL about Shipping.”

Additionally, she has served the Board of WISTA Cyprus, sits on the WISTA Trade International Committee and has been an active member of the events team of WISTA UK, while she is also a freelance maritime writer and passionate change agent of this industry.

Racehel Lawton


I am a qualified chartered accountant (a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales), qualifying in 1993. In the UK my maritime clients have included Euroceanica and SK Shipping Europe and other transportation companies such as Transdev and Hallin Marine. I am the former Treasurer for WISTA International.

Sue Terpilowski OBE

Immediate Past President & Membership Secretary

Sue Terpilowski started Image Line the leading specialist logistics and supply chain PR, Marketing and Visual Events Agency Image Line Communications over 33 years ago and has a wealth of experience in logistics and transport. Sue also is the Vice Chairman of the Ports, Maritime and Waterways Forum of the Chartered Institute of Transport and their Policy and Public Affairs Chair.

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She is also Chair of Maritime UK’s Women’s Network, Co Chair Maritime UK’s Diversity Taskforce and an active member of Women in Logistics.

Sue is world renowned speaker on ports, shipping and logistics plus diversity in the maritime and logistics sectors. She also chairs a number of global events and conferences.

Teresa Peacock

Executive Committee Member

Teresa has worked in Recruitment and Search for more than three decades. She completed a management buyout of the Locum Group, and subsequent trade sale to Reed Health some 8 years later, after growing the business from a staff of 25 to 180.

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Teresa has experience across a wide range of industries, which includes managing offices and recruitment projects all over the world. Her vast experience means she is perfectly suitedto developing and delivering tailored recruitment solutions for the maritime sector.

Teresa joined Spinnaker in 2008 and worked alongside the CEO and Chairman as Business Development Director, before becoming Managing Director in 2014. She personally manages the Senior Executive Search for Spinnaker and has placed across C-Suite including; CEO’s, CFO’s, CHRO’s, CIO, CTO, Communications, Legal Counsel, Business Development Directors and many NED’s across the industry.


  • Fellow, Institute of Recruitment Professionals
  • Joint Membership Secretary, WISTA (Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association).
  • Member of the governmental All-Party, Parliamentary Group on Women in Work.
  • Member of the Maritime UK –Diversity in Maritime Taskforce.

Teresa is actively involved in helping young people at school prepare job applications and mock interviews. She is also involved with promoting careers within shipping, with the ‘Inspiring the Future’ project, which connects schools and colleges with employers and people from the world of work.

Jucilla Walters

Executive Committee Member

Jucilla is an experienced Marketing and Business Development professional with over 15 years’ experience in marketing communications, brand development, digital marketing, sales and business development within the finance, media, retail, construction, oil and gas and maritime sectors.

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She is currently the Marketing and Communications Manager for Waves Group, responsible for all marketing, communications, and business development activities for the company. She is member of WISTA and is on the Board and Executive Committee in charge of Events. She is also a Non-Executive Director for Crownsavers Credit Union responsible for Marketing, Risk and Compliance.

She holds a master’s degree in financial management and risk, bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance and a CIM professional qualifications in marketing research and planning. She have managed events on a global scale and has vast experience working on numerous projects within the UK, USA, the Caribbean and Africa.

Helene Peter‑ Davies

Executive Committee Member

Helene is Partner & Master Mariner in the London shipping law firm of MFB Solicitors where her practice is predominantly of an Admiralty nature with the addition of technical dry shipping matters. Her maritime career commenced in 1991 as a dual cadet with Shell and she qualified as both a deck and engineering officer in 1995 before specialising as a deck officer and obtaining her Master Mariner certificate of competency.

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She spent 12 years at sea sailing globally on a wide variety of ships before coming ashore in 2003. Helene’s journey ashore has seen her engaged in a vetting company and in an academic role before obtaining further qualifications and entering the legal sector. In 2018, Helene became the first British qualified female Master Mariner/Solicitor to become a Partner in a Shipping Law Firm.

She has been awarded the Victoria Drummond Award (2019) and Merchant Navy Medal (2020) for services to Women in Maritime and in particular for her work in mentoring of officers and executives with the shipping industry. In addition to her role with WISTA UK, Helene is also Chairperson of the HCMM “Cadet Training Standards Review” Sub-committee which liaises with government and industry on Merchant Navy training in the UK.

Sarah Longden

Sarah Longden is Business Development Director at Quadrant Chambers, which specialises in shipping and international trade work.She has over 25 years professional services marketing experience in the legal sector, with 20 years at the Bar.Since 2009, she has worked with the shipping legal market and has embraced its strong sense of community.

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