Wista UK

WISTA UK Officers




Monica Kohli

About them

I have been working in the field of shipping, logistics and trade for the last 20 years, dual qualified and with an overview of the Indian and UK shipping market, as well as an exposure to the Norwegian market. I  have an interest in legal tech and innovation and am working on projects on those topics internally, inter alia looking into technology to provide efficiency gains . I also speak on diversity and inclusion. 


Gina Panayiotou

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.

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

Rachel 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.

Immediate Past President & Membership Secretary

Sue Terpilowski OBE

Sue Terpilowski OBE

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. 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.

Executive Committee Member

Teresa Peacock

Teresa Peacock
I joined Spinnaker Consulting Ltd in 2008. I quickly heard about WISTA through a colleague and immediately became a member. It was a great opportunity to learn more about the industry as a whole and to meet some new contacts. I was made to feel very welcome and have made some good friends, but the experience was also very educational.

Executive Committee Member

Jucilla Walters

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. 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.

Executive Committee Member

Helene Peter‑ Davies

Helene Peter-Davies
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. 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.  
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