Final preparations have been completed for a major maritime conference set to take place in Liverpool on Thursday 23rd June 2022.

In its fourth iteration, the Mersey Maritime Exchange Conference 2022, will see government ministers, politicians and leading industry figures come together to debate the most topical industry issues around the environment, innovation, technology, people, skills, regional growth and competitiveness. A series of major announcements are expected, of both national and regional significance. The whole event is being delivered by regional cluster body Mersey Maritime in close co-operation with national body, Maritime UK.

Commenting, CEO of Mersey Maritime, Chris Shirling-Rooke, said:

“We are thrilled that this major fixture in the maritime calendar is once again able to offer an exceptional line-up of speakers. That’s no surprise to us given how significant the industry is to both the UK economy and indeed here in our own Liverpool City Region. Despite all the challenges that the last two years have thrown at us, the maritime industry is buoyant and well placed to respond to all that lies ahead. Maritime has a £116bn economic impact nationally – more than rail and aviation combined. It supported 1,064,000 jobs in 2019 and has some of the most productive, well paid workers in the country.

“At the heart of this success and ambition sits the Maritime 2050 strategy which was first launched in early 2019 and debated thoroughly that year at the very first Mersey Maritime Exchange. It directs every aspect of our industry’s future and is the focus for some much of what we all do. This conference will be an ideal opportunity for the biggest names in the industry to come together, take stock of where we are and plan for the future. It is not to be missed!”

The conference will feature a number of keynote speeches and panel discussions focused on the major themes of Maritime 2050. The line-up of speakers is now confirmed as follows:

Welcome Address:

  • Chris Shirling-Rooke MBE, CEO – Mersey Maritime
  • Robert Courts MP, Department for Transport – Maritime Minister
  • Victoria Race, Deputy Director, Maritime Policy – Department for Transport

Panel Chairs:

  • Sarah Kenny, Chair – Maritime UK and CEO of BMT Global
  • Chris Shirling-Rooke MBE, CEO – Mersey Maritime

Environment Panel:

  • Kevin Brown, Commercial and Contracts Leader– Bibby Marine
  • Cllr Gill Wood, Clean Growth Champion – LCR Growth Platform
  • Joe Parsons, Senior Environmental Consultant– Royal HaskoningDHV
  • Peter Aylott, Maritime Director – UK Chamber of Shipping

People & Skills Panel:

  • Dr Robyn Pyne, Principal Lecturer (Logistics and Maritime Management) -Liverpool John Moores University
  • Gary Jeffreys, Area Managing Director UK & Ireland – Maersk
  • Mark Dickinson, General Secretary – Nautilus International
  • Captain Rachael Smallwood, Head of Human Performance – Royal Navy

Regional Growth Panel:

  • Richard Ballantyne, CEO – British Ports Association
  • Thomas White, Maritime & Ports – Connected Places Catapult
  • Laura Marquis, Deputy Director Logistics & Supply Chain Policy Department for Transport
  • John Lucy, Director – LCR Freeport

Technology & Innovation Discussion:

  • Sarah Kenny, Chair – Maritime UK and CEO, BMT Global
  • Ewan Chesser, Global Technology Center Manager – Chevron
  • Jonathan Taylor, Vice President – Marine– Expleo
  • Nusrat Ghani MP, Non Executive Chair of Artemis Technlogies and Former Maritime Minister

Competitiveness Keynote:

  • Sir Michael Bibby Bt. DL, Chairman – Bibby Line Group

Closing Speech:

  • Mike Kane MP, Shadow Maritime Minister


The Mersey Maritime Exchange is sponsored by Expleo, Nautilus International, Liverpool John Moores University, Royal HaskoningDHV and the Royal Navy.

Tickets sales are nearly at capacity with virtual an in-person attendance options available. More information available here: https://merseymaritime.co.uk/mme22/





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