Awards Judges

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

Nominations will be judged by our expert panel using a points-based system and each award winner will be announced at the awards ceremony.

Richard Clayton (Chairman)

Chief Correspondent, Informa/Lloyd's List

David Botwinik


Debbie Cavaldoro

Chief Executive, Port Skills and Safety

Alastair Clifton (ex officio CoS)

Director of Communications, UK Chamber of Shipping

Ella du Breuil

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David Hall

Head of Digital, Maritime Foundation

Glenys Jackson OBE

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John Johnson-Allen

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

Robin Knight

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Andrew Linington

Former Director of Communications, Nautilus International

Tony Long

Chief Executive Officer, Global Fishing Watch

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 working on the news and a wide range of current affairs and music programmes. Since then he’s been a busy freelance 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.

Julian Parker OBE (Past 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.

Captain Julia Proffitt RN (ex officio RN)

Assistant Head Strategy (Navy), Directorate of Defence Communications

Alison Rayden

Freelance Journalist

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.

Rear Admiral Philip Wilcocks CB DSC DL (Deputy Chairman)

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