David Appleton has held a variety of senior positions with some of the world’s largest shipping lines including Sea-Land and APL. During this time he has lived and worked in the UK, Europe, Russia, North America and Asia.
He was most recently Senior Vice President responsible for liner trade management worldwide with global container shipping company APL, located in the Singapore Headquarters. Previously, he had served as President – Europe Region for parent company Neptune Orient Lines, where he was responsible for both APL Liner and Logistics.
David is a former merchant navy officer, with a degree in Maritime Studies. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics.
He is currently a non-executive director of the Port of Tyne, and a Senior advisor to Peel Ports, UK. He also sits on the PwC infra-structure advisory panel in London.
Tom Boardley is Marine Director of Lloyd’s Register, which provides ship classification services to a large global fleet. Founded in the City of London in 1760, Lloyd’s Register works closely with shipbuilders, shipowners and insurers to ensure ships are safe to operate throughout their life. It also provides technical advice to the marine industry on environmental and regulatory matters.
Tom joined Lloyd’s Register in April 2009 and is responsible for worldwide operations as well as strategy and business development. In July 2012, Tom took on the 12 month appointment of the Chairmanship of IACS, the International Association of Classification Societies. In this role he has consulted widely with Industry Groupings and representing the Classification Societies at various events.
Prior to joining Lloyd’s Register, Tom had held several senior management positions in the container shipping and ports industry. At the Japanese shipping giant NYK, he had managed the European operations for the container shipping division, including the co-ordination of related activities including inland logistics and supply chain management for major Japanese manufacturers.
At P&O Ports, Tom had led business development and acquisitions activity, helping build a global network of container ports that was acquired by Dubai Ports World in 2006. He had also managed the Canadian business postacquisition, based for a year in Vancouver B.C.
For the first 24 years of Tom’s career, he was with the container shipping division of P&O, originally trading as OCL and subsequently as P&O Nedlloyd. He held various management roles in the UK, Taiwan, Korea and Japan before being appointed as Director for Australia and New Zealand, based in Sydney, in 1996.
Tom is an engineering graduate of Oxford University and is also a fellow of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects.
Chris Gray is Executive Chairman of the Noatum Ports Group, formerly Dragados, a leading Spanish ports and transportation operator acquired by JP Morgan in 2010.
Chris has spent more than forty five years in the global transportation and shipping industry and has an exceptional international background, gained through living and working in Europe, Middle East, Asia, Australia, New Zealand , USA and the Caribbean.
Having worked at an early age in Australia and New Zealand, Chris returned to the UK in 1969 setting up a transport company specializing in transport by road and rail between the UK and Europe prior to joining Gottardo Ruffoni in 1975, establishing their UK operations based in Felixstowe. Gottardo were appointed as UK agents for Contship in 1976.
Chris joined Contship in 1977 as Managing Director of Contship UK Ltd forming their UK head office in Felixstowe. Chris was subsequently appointed as Deputy Managing Director of Contship Containerlines and served with the company until the sale to CP Ships, leaving after the transition of ownership in early 1998.
In July 1998 Chris joined Hutchison Port Holdings and was appointed as Chief Executive of Hutchison Ports UK Ltd with responsibility for the ports of Felixstowe, Harwich and Thamesport.
In 2002 he was appointed as Chief Executive of Hutchison Ports Bahamas with responsibility for Freeport Container Port, Freeport Harbour Company and Grand Bahama Airport Company.
Chris Gray is a former Chairman of the UK Major Ports Group and served for nine years as a Board member of the Harwich Haven Authority. Chris also served as a Board Member of the Grand Bahama Tourism Board from 2002-2009.
Lars Green is owner and CEO of Green Consulting Group AB that focus on competence development and releasing hidden potential of individuals and Corporations. Lars has a long career in shipping and logistics including the position as a managing director for 21 years. The longest period of his career, 33 years, was with the Japanese logistical giant NYK Group and he has been based both in Scandinavia, London and New York.
During 2002-2006 he was NYK´s Senior Executive Officer which included the P/L-responsibility for, among others, the Asia – Europe Trade.
During the period 2006-2009 Lars contributed to the development of NYK´s CSR-concept (Corporate Social Responsibility) which is ranked among the foremost in the world. With this came an insight of the dynamics and importance of a global CSR-concept embedded in the business process. This also included bench-marking with leading manufacturing Companies in Scandinavia such as Volvo, SKF, H&M, Ikea and Nokia.
In addition to his consultancy business Lars is currently Board member of Maritime Forum in Sweden and senior tutor at Chalmers University of Technology (Liner Shipping & Ports) in Gothenburg.
Lars has an MBA from Stockholm School of Economics (2001).
Lars is also, together with Thorgeir Einarsson, one of the founders of Afriversity (www.afriversity.org) – a non-for-profit organization based in South Africa, a meeting place and eco system for African entrepreneurs.
Jesper Kjaedegaard is a Partner at Mercator International, an international consulting firm specialising in ports and marine infrastructure. In this capacity he regularly engages with vessel and port owners/operators as well as potential investors with an emphasis on emerging markets.
Before joining Mercator in 2008, Mr. Kjaedegaard had a long and distinguished career with the A.P.Moller-Maersk Group where he was Group Senior Vice President and a member of the Group’s Executive Board for Container Business, heading up the company’s global liner services. He was also deeply involved in developing the Group’s container terminal activities, now better known as APMT. In 2005 he relocated to the UK to become CEO of the Group’s activities in the UK, until he left the company in 2008.
Mr Kjaedegaard currently also serves as a Non-Executive Board Director for a number of marine and transport related companies in the UK and South America, and he is also past President of the UK Chamber of Shipping and Chairman of Maritime UK.
After a career spanning almost 25 years with Safmarine Rod was appointed took the position of CEO of the Far East Freight Conference (FEFC), and India Pakistan Bangladesh Ceylon Conference (IPBCC) and subsequently added the Role of CEO of Conference Administration Service Ltd. which brought most of the European based Conferences into a single organisation.
With the removal of the Conference exemption by the EU in 2008 Rod was appointed to the position as CEO of CTS (Container Trade Statistics), a wholly owned subsidiary of ELAA. With the disbanding of ELAA in September 2010, and the establishment of World Liner Data Ltd., CTS continued to manage the database under contract to WLD Ltd, and Rod is now CEO, and a shareholder of the independent CTS, based in Woking, England.
Andrew Traill has worked in the freight transport industry in excess of 20 years. Since leaving the University of London where Andrew gained a PhD evaluating the economic and technological aspects of short-sea and inland shipping, he spent a brief spell with a shipping line before focussing on maritime, port and general freight transport policy within various trade associations. Andrew spent 12 years with the UK’s Freight Transport Association, mostly representing the freight interests of British shippers, along with a three year spell in Information Management.
Andrew’s policy experience has spanned customs, documentation, air, road, sea and rail freight and ports policy. Issues covered range from environmental policy, competition policy and anti-terrorist security measures, to the enhancement of service performance through the development of key performance indicators and joint-industry operational best practice.
Andrew worked under contract for six years with the European Shippers’ Council (ESC) as Policy Director and undertook various short-term consultancy projects and independent freelance writing, expressing the policies, opinions and insights of shippers to a wider audience.
Since autumn of 2011, Andrew has been contracted by the carbon reporting and reduction programme, Green Freight Europe, supporting the development and expansion of the industry-led programme. Further projects Andrew has been engaged with most recently have included AEO Mutual Recognition Agreements and a de-minimis study, and a scoping study for a major demonstration of an Urban Logistics Centre in Greater Manchester including the proposed deployment of a large fleet of electric heavy goods vehicles. More recently, Andrew has designed and developed a short course on calculating the carbon footprint of freight transport operations.
Andrew has also been a judge himself for the Global Freight Awards for a number of years; together with his wide experience of international trade and transport, he is well positioned in his most recent role, in an advisory capacity, developing the strategy to build further on the past successes of industry awards such as the prestigious Containerisation International Awards.
Chris Welsh was appointed Secretary General of the Global Shippers’ Forum with effect from 1 July 2011.
From 1997-2002 Chris was Secretary General of the European Shippers’ Council where he played the prominent role in deregulating EU shipping and air cargo markets, spear- heading a series of successful maritime legal cases culminating in the repeal of anti-trust immunity for liner shipping conferences in trades to and from Europe in 2006.
Chris has held a variety of senior management roles for the UK Freight Transport Association and is a member of FTA’s Operating Board. In 1992 he played a pivotal role in establishing FTA’s Brussels operations and in 2010 set up FTA Ireland, an independent multimodal logistics trade association for Irish shippers and logistics interests.
Chris holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA), is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CMILT) and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI).