I am privileged that my first year as Chairman coincides with the Club’s 150th Anniversary. It is an outstanding achievement for the Club to reach this landmark and demonstrates the importance of the mutual model to the shipping world. The provision of superior service to Members, delivered at cost, remains as central to the ethos of the Club today as it has for the last 150 years.
As part of the celebrations, the Club organised a competition, “Investing in a safer tomorrow” which challenged a new generation of shipping professionals to identify fresh safety initiatives. Over 200 entries were received and the winner will be announced at the Club’s forthcoming gala anniversary dinner in July.
Promoting safety among our Members, and the industry more widely, remains one of the key pillars of the Club’s Corporate Plan. As the Club enters its second 150 years, it continues to aim for market leadership by attracting high quality Members through the delivery of market leading service, including loss prevention and safety initiatives, and excellent financial security. This central ethos will continue to guide the Club as it evolves to meet the changing needs of its Members. New opportunities and challenges will arise as the global trade moves increasingly towards a digital age and the Club is well positioned to meet these changes over the coming years.
UK Club Chairman