Mr Peter Hinchliffe OBE
Secretary General
International Chamber of Shipping

The membership of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) comprises the key national shipowners’ associations from around the world and represents 80% of the world’s merchant tonnage. The principal role of ICS is to co-ordinate the representation of the global shipping industry at the International Maritime Organization, the International Labour Organization, and at other intergovernmental fora which impact on the interests, well-being and commercial viability of international shipping.

Peter made a very early decision to go to sea and enjoyed a first career in the British Royal Navy, that included over 20 years at sea and 5 years in seagoing command. As well as benefitting from naval professional training he also gained a civilian BSc (Hons) in management. He joined ICS in 2001 and for several years led ICS representation on maritime safety, security and environmental issues at the IMO and in other fora. He was appointed Secretary General of ICS in July 2010 and today focuses on enabling the ICS team to optimize its effectiveness on behalf of international shipping through lobbying, representation and intervention.

Peter and Sue live close to the coast in Devon and with two children in their 20s now have some time to enjoy this idyllic location, and other parts of the world, through a shared enjoyment of sailing and trekking.