The TEAM

Dr Kate Pike

Dr Kate Pike

By applying her extensive maritime research expertise and project management skills, Dr Kate Pike will lead the research element of the project. She has worked on multiple international research projects and led the Gender, Empowerment and Multi-cultural Crews Project for Solent University in 2016.

Her experience in research enables her to apply strong and sometimes innovative methodologies to suit the work in hand and ensure successful and timely project outcomes. Kate has also spent time in Bangladesh with the FISH safety foundation speaking to fishermen’s wives to understand safety issues and community impacts related to their husband’s professions. In 2017, Kate won Solent University’s Excellence in Research Award.

Kate will lead the research that will look at measures to enhance recruitment and retention of women in the industry, such as ensuring the provision of female-friendly facilities on board ships, promoting shipboard cultures that promote the dignity of all crew members, communicating about long-term career opportunities at sea and ashore. Her research will support both other elements of the project.

Sue Terpilowski FCILT, OBE

Sue Terpilowski FCILT, OBE

Sue Terpilowski is owner and managing director of Image Line Communications, a specialist PR, Marketing and Visual Events agency that has been working with companies, public entities and startups for more than 33 years. She received her OBE in 2014 for her work on behalf of micro and small business in London.  Sue has been a leading figure in the maritime, ports and shipping world for more than 35 years and has fought for and championed gender and diversity issues throughout her career. Sue is a regular speaker at key industry events on diversity and biannually is the chair for WISTA UK’s conference during London International Shipping Week. Sue designed and created the Came by Ship campaign for WISTA UK to promote the maritime sector to girls through two competitions.  

Sue has been the lead for Maritime UK’s Women’s Taskforce two pioneering projects: Speaker Bank to address the in balance of women in speaking panels at industry events and also the Interview Pool. The pool is where people volunteer to help in the recruitment process and interviews with companies that do not have the in-house capacity or knowledge to ensure they are open and engaging to attract women into also applying for positions.

Julie Lithgow OBE

Julie Lithgow OBE

Julie Lithgow is the CEO of a global maritime professionals’ body with members and branches around the world, that supports 5,000 students per year towards maritime examinations and qualifications.  She is a specialist in international projects and business development within the shipping industry with significant high-level management experience within both the regulatory, commercial and charities sectors and including the leading of governmental regulatory project, with a strong track record leading teams.

She advises various UK and international government maritime and shipping departments on education and outreach projects, including a national maritime outreach programme with schools.

She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Honors list in 2020 for her work on diversity within the maritime sector.

Julie will lead the awareness raising campaign of the attractive career opportunities in shipping both at sea and ashore, where many openings exist for persons with seagoing qualifications and experience