Awards Committee

The Maritime Media Awards Committee is vital to the running of the Media Awards and is made up of eminent maritime personalities

Julian Parker OBE (Chairman)

Julian Parker joined the Blue Funnel Line as a Midshipman in 1958. He gained his Master Mariner’s Certificate in 1967 and a BSc in Nautical Science in 1970. Following further study, he was appointed Group Training Manager of the Ocean Group a year later. In 1973 he was appointed Secretary of the newly formed Nautical Institute, a post which he held for thirty years before taking partial retirement and taking on the responsibility of the director of publishing. Julian retired in 2008 and was awarded an OBE for services to shipping in 2001.

Jack Ashdown

Creative Director, Great State

David Botwinik


Debbie Cavaldoro

Head Of Strategy, Nautilus International

Sarah Fletcher

Sarah Fletcher is Head of News for the Royal Navy’s Media, Communications and Engagement organisation in Portsmouth. A former journalist, Sarah was Managing Editor of Navy News, the RN’s official newspaper, for seven years before taking up her current appointment. She joined the MOD in 1993 and has worked as a press officer and editor for the Army and the Royal Navy.

Rose George

Journalist and Author

David Hall

Head of Digital, Maritime Foundation

John Johnson-Allen

Maritime Historian and Writer; Chair at Institute of Seamanship and The Wellington Trust.

Kathy Mansfield

Kathy Mansfield sails in Scotland, photographs in Europe, America and beyond, and writes for magazines such as Watercraft, Country Life, Classic Boat in the UK; Cruising World and WoodenBoat in the U.S; plus magazines in France and Italy. Her photographs have been used as book and magazine covers, in exhibitions and posters.

Martin Muncaster

Martin Muncaster became the best-known face in the South of England when he hosted BBC South’s nightly news television magazine programme show South Today. He was then posted to London to join the team of BBC Radio 4 newsreaders and presenters, and for a decade worked on the news and a wide range of current affairs and music programmes. Since then he’s been a busy free-lance writer and broadcaster, presented documentaries and features on radio and television, and on video for industry and commerce. His particular interests are in the countryside (he was a regular contributor to Radio 4′s famous Countryside programme), sailing, maritime matters and communication.

Captain James Nisbet RN (ex officio)

Directorate of Defence Communication - Strategy - Navy, Royal Navy

Professor Sarah Palmer

Sarah Palmer is a former Professor of Maritime History at the University of Greenwich. An economic historian, she was formerly Head of History at Queen Mary College, University of London. Author of Politics, Shipping and the Repeal of the Navigation Laws (MUP, 1990).

Alison Rayden

Freelance Journalist

Alex Schillemore

Acting Head of Digital Communications, Royal Navy

Jonathan Roberts (ex officio CoS)

Communications Director, UK Chamber of Shipping

Rob White

Rob White is a well-known figure in broadcasting firstly at the BBC and then for over 20 years at ITN where he was part of the production team reporting from around the globe covering major news stories such as the Fall of the Berlin Wall, the Rwandan Massacre and 9/11. He was, in particular, an award-winning producer of scientific news and has worked with all the major names in British Television news. Rob now freelances in all forms of production.