Thank you to our speakers who are key to making the Seawork 2017 conference a success.


John Haynes, Shock Mitigation

John is an Associate Fellow of The Nautical Institute, Fellow of RINA, Commercial Yachtmaster Ocean and Advanced Powerboat Instructor. Subject matter expertise includes 30 years professional sector training, consultancy and strategic product development. He has worked with over 100 organisations including military, SAR, police, end-user organisations, operators, designers, boat builders and equipment manufacturers. He has written specialist articles on future requirements and new technology for over 20 international publications. Shock Mitigation provides organisations with relevant subject matter expertise plus an independent overview of how the sub IMO sector is rapidly changing. 

At Seawork 2016 he was voted Maritime Professional of the Year.


Helen McCormick, CTRL

Helen joined Holman Fenwick Willan as a trainee solicitor in 2006.  She qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and has specialised since then in shipping litigation, particularly disputes involving charterparties, cargo and bills of lading, ship management contracts, shipbuilding contracts and ship sale and purchase.  Helen joined CTRL as Associate Director  - Claims & Legal in January 2015.  Helen is an experienced handler of London arbitrations, mediations and High Court litigation.

CTRL is a marine consultancy and law firm which is wholly owned by Shipowners’ Mutual Protection.  CTRL provides claims, technical, risk and legal services to the maritime industry


Dr S E Taylor, Geomatix

After gaining a PhD in Applied Physics from Hull University in 1984 Steve Taylor Initially worked at RCA-USA researching into LIDAR and satellite remote sensing systems before setting up his own company, Geomatix. For over 20 years Steve Taylor, via Geomatix, has created marine, mapping and tidal software and provided consultancy services to the hydrographic community and the fishing industry. With an impressive customer list inclusing the Port of London Authority, the Thai Navy, the Sea Fish Industry Authority, Saudi Aramco and Chevron-Exxxon, Steve Taylor has also recently acted as an expert witness in cases regarding fisheries disputes and tidal land claims.

Kate Harvey, G+ Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation General Manager

Kate Harvey is currently seconded from SSE as the General Manager of the G+ Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Association. Kate began her career in renewable energy at RWE in 2002. Kate then joined SSE in 2008, where she has undertaken the following roles; Consents Manager for Greater Gabbard, Project Manager for Galloper, which is currently under construction and SSE Asset Manager for Dogger Bank. Kate is also a director for Seagreen Wind Energy Limited.”

Murray Goldberg, Safety Savings and Performance

Murray Goldberg is the founder and CEO of Marine Learning Systems, a company that provides Learning Management Systems (LMS) to several prominent maritime organizations in North America and Europe. Murray is widely acknowledged as one of a small number of key pioneers in the field of Learning Management Systems and has given over 250 invited presentations and keynote addresses on the subject of Learning Management Systems around the world. Murray has published approximately 30 articles in the last three years in magazines such as Maritime Professional, Digital Ship, Maritime Reporter, Marine Electronics and Communications, and others - all on the subject of eLearning in the maritime industry.

Tim Rees, Shock and Vibrations specialist at SHOXS Seats

Tim is an active member of ISO 2631’s working group 18, a committee that is developing a standard for marine seat testing. Tim holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, with a specialization in numerical methods and fluid mechanics.


Denise Barlow - Head of Projects & Communications at Hampshire Chamber of Commerce & Project Manager for the Solent Growth Hub The place to go for help and advice that helps your business grow.

Following a successful career in the Newspaper Industry for 20 years Denise moved to local radio  and then launched her own SME business in 1991, working with businesses across the world.As a small business owner, Denise joined Hampshire Chamber of Commerce in 2006 because she understood the challenges that face SME’s and she is ideally placed to run the One Stop Shop of Solent Growth Hub.

Denise has run the Solent Growth Hub for over two years and has helped support businesses in the Solent region through the service and works with a number of key partners to ensure the best service possible is provided.


“Its tricky to locate business support from private or public sector initiatives, and the Chamber is delighted to be running this important service for local SME’s and to help business navigate their way to support services including funding”.