2019 Conference Speakers

NSOCC speakers are all experts in shipping matters or related fields. They contribute their experience and expertise free of charge to provide valuable updates, tackle current cargo claims issues and to generate debate and provoke new thinking.

Alex Davey

Alex Davey joined Birketts LLP (Ipswich) in 2005, where he is Partner in their shipping and international trade team. Before studying law, Alex obtained a degree in engineering from Durham University.

A keen yacht and dinghy sailor and a qualified RYA Yachtmaster, in 2004 Alex sailed around the British Isles and Ireland from Ipswich with his wife and father-in-law before spending some time living and teaching English in Sri Lanka and in Sichuan.

Now in 2019, Alex just won the Shipping & Transport category for the UK at the Client Choice Awards run by the International Law Office and Lexology.


Robert Hill

Robert Hill, is the Managing Director at Steamship Maritime Co Ltd (Suffolk), an established industry expert, offering first class shipping logistic solutions to Pandi Clubs, vessel owners, Lawyers, Salvage Companies etc...

The Company began its life operating its own chartered tonnage carrying food aid on behalf of NGO's, The EU and US Government. These cargoes were carried on full liner terms, utilising its own Bills of Lading with all vessels being PandI entered. It also carried out various specialised Marine Operations including the transfer of cargo from ship to ship and the delivery of varied cargoes to difficult destinations, again on liner terms.

Rob Hills operations include distressed cargo handling, sale and/or disposal including hazardous cargo, as well as obtaining emergency permits for the seaward dumping of spoilt cargo that have no commercial value and, where land based solutions are not available. This latter specialisation also extends to the disposal of damaged/wrecked ships.


Tom Hodges

Tom Hodges is Senior Associate at Birketts LLP (Ipswich). Before joining the firm, Tom worked in the claims department of a P&I insurer in the City, and he maintains a particular interest in issues arising from the marine insurance industry. He qualified as a Solicitor in September 2012.

Tom has broad experience of advising clients in relation to both contentious and non-contentious issues arising from the shipping, trade and marine insurance industries. Specialises in all aspects of contentious shipping, road transport (CMR) and international trade work, including charterparty disputes, cargo claims and marine insurance issues. He regularly deals with complex disputes, involving both arbitration and High Court proceedings. His experience includes advising clients in relation to claims arising from the shipment, storage and insurance of commodities, and, as well as LMAA and LCIA proceedings, Tom has dealt with arbitrations arising under the FOSFA and GAFTA rules.

Tom also has experience of assisting clients with the contracts required by their businesses. He has experience of drafting distribution and agency agreements, charterparties and other forms of contract with a transport or wider commercial theme.


Howard Quinlivan

Howard Quinlivan is Marine Solicitor Advocate at Thomas Miller Law (Plymouth) and part of its global business development team which is responsible for the development of the entire commercial arm including global claims management solutions, telemedicine and expert legal services.

Prior to this, he gained an LLB in Law, followed by an LLM in E-commerce and International Banking Law. Admitted as a Solicitor in 2008 and as a Solicitor Advocate (Civil Higher Rights Qualification) in 2010.

In his spare time Howard loves to teach, but also compete in surfing, sailing and running competitions and restore classic cars.


Paul Hughes

Paul Hughes joined Thomas Miller Law (Plymouth) in 2018, bringing over 25 years’ experience of handling personal injury claims and insurance disputes on behalf of insurers, self-insured companies and their representatives.

He handles complex and high value claims, including catastrophic injuries, fatalities, stress at work claims and other psychiatric injuries as well as claims against police forces for malicious prosecution and false imprisonment.

As a qualified Mediator trained in San Francisco in 1997, Paul has mediated, either as mediator or mediation advocate, over 65 personal injury and professional negligence claims over a number of years. He is a current member of Trust Mediation's Advisory Council.


John Strange

John Strange is a Partner at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP (London) (incorporating Thomas Cooper), and a member of the firm’s Marine, Trade and Energy Group.

John read law at the University of Birmingham but also holds the Diplôme Supérieur de Droit et de Français des Affaires and is admitted to the Paris Bar. He has in-depth experience of a range of maritime problems, regularly advises shipowners, P&I clubs and underwriters on various issues including collision, salvage, insurance disputes and marine personal injury and fatality incidents.

In recent years, with the increase in criminal sanctions, he has developed expertise in guiding clients through investigations by the MAIB and HSE, and in defending prosecutions by the MCA Enforcement Unit and Police.


Tony Sheppeck

Tony Sheppeck, Senior Manager of 1st Security Solutions (Doncaster), is self-motivated, proactive and highly focused, with over 25 years’ progressive experience in Security and Loss Prevention.

Tony is a hands-on, dedicated manager who leads by example and has extensive experience of managing and supporting security teams to achieve both company and personal objectives. Works well in a team and on own initiative with the ability to help staff that require further training or time management.

Tony Sheppeck possesses a reputation for gathering intelligence in order to solve problems under stressful conditions in a time-critical environment, good multi-tasking capabilities and the ability to remain calm under pressure and diffuse situations.


Henry Adams

Henry Adams is a Partner at Birketts LLP (Ipswich) Shipping and International Trade Team. He qualified as a Solicitor in September 2001.

His core practice involves handling Charterparty disputes and pursuing and defending cargo claims. He also regularly advises on marine insurance coverage issues, international sale contract disputes and conflicts of law/jurisdiction. Henry lectures widely on issues relating to shipping, international trade and marine insurance. He chairs the Lloyds Maritime Academy Courses on both Marine Cargo Claims and Laytime and Demurrage.

In 2008-9 he completed a 900-mile unsupported expedition to the South Pole with two team-mates. The team followed in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1907 Nimrod Expedition and arrived at the South Pole after 66 days' travelling across Antarctica.


Carsten Jensen

Carsten Jensen is the Managing Director at Jensen Associates (London) which he founded in 2001 after a rich past in the Maersk Group in Copenhagen, Saudi Arabia, India and Singapore.

Jensen Associates is an independent expert consultancy and survey company specialising in the international trade of perishable products. The company undertakes specialist audits and inspections worldwide through their global network of vetted surveyors, pertaining to fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood, plants and other perishables.

Furthermore, Jensen Associates provide training and seminars on handling of refrigerated transport units and claims prevention. They are regularly involved in arbitration and claims mediation, and act as expert witness in court cases.


Dr. Anna Snowdon

Dr. Anna Snowdon is an Independent Forensic Post-Harvest Biologist and Technologist attached to Wolfson College (Cambridge). Her doctoral thesis was on the problems of transporting spring-crop carrots by refrigerated ship from Cyprus to the UK.

As scientific adviser to the National Federation of Fruit & Potato Trades for ten years, she continued to survey perishable cargoes of all types and assist in the handling of claims. Dr. Snowdon is the well-known author of the two-volume “A Colour Atlas of Post-Harvest Diseases and Disorders of Fruits and Vegetables”.

With over thirty years experience of diagnosing the nature of deterioration in ships' cargoes and investigating the causes, her present full-time consultancy work is carried out on behalf of cargo owners (or their underwriters), ship owners, charterers and container operators (or their P&I Clubs), and involves investigating the causes of deterioration in ships’ cargoes, advising lawyers on the biological aspects of cargo claims, and giving evidence as an expert witness in court, and in recent years has been particularly involved in banana claims.


Paul Ager

Paul Ager is Divisional Port Manager at Associated British Ports (Ipswich).

A strategic and motivated logistics professional that is driven to challenge and improve performance at all levels, and has a proven track record in chang management and operational systems implementation.

Commercially astute and results driven individual with a keen eye on the impact and importance of people on the success of an operation.


Jerry Coleman

Captain Jerry Coleman is Harbour Master at Associated British Ports (Ipswich).

From Deck Cadet in the Merchant Navy through 10 years of study & sea‐time to attain his Master Certificate, Jerry graduated in 1988 and took his first command in 1991 on car carriers on the North Sea.

Finishing his sea career with P&O in Felixstowe, Jerry initially joined ABP in January 2007 as Deputy Harbour Master, earning promotion to his existing role in 2009.


Andy Constable

Andy Constable is Head of Operations at Associated British Ports (Ipswich).

Accomplished, motivated logistics and Ports professional that is driven to challenge and improve business performance at all levels with a proven track record in leadership skills, customer service, process performance analysis, strategic planning and improving operational efficiency.

Experienced at developing direct links with customers and new ways of working.