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 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.