Natalie has been the Director of Employment Affairs for the International Shipping Federation and International Chamber of Shipping, since March 2003.In her role she represents the industry on all Employment Affairs matters and coordinates Industry positions at the ILO, IMO, EC, WHO and other UN bodies as appropriate. She was actively involved in the development and implementation of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 and discussions on the ILO minimum wage, Crew Claims and Abandonment, Revision of STCW and concerns related to Piracy to name but a few areas. Natalie is also a trustee for Seafarers UK.
Natalie is also actively involved with the International Seafarers' Welfare Assistance Network (ISWAN) of which she was a Board member for a number of years for both its previous operations namely ISAN and ICSW. She is currently part of their Piracy subgroup formed since the integration of MPHRP under the charity. She is also Secretary of the Shipowner Group at the International Labour Organisation and a voting member of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
Natalie was previously a Trustee of Sailors' Society and Chair of the Welfare and Chaplaincy Committtee.
Niels has been CEO for Garrets International since January 2016. Garrets International was established in 1991, whereas the former Wrist business unit, SeaStar Management, was established in 2009 to specialize in the delivery of consumables and handling of associated budgets all over the world. Niels was positioned as General Manager in SeaStar Management, where the company quickly established a strong reputation and a customer platform of 600 ships. With Wrist’s acquisition of Garrets, the SeaStar brand was changed to Garrets.
Garrets is now the world’s leading Provision and Stores Management partner at sea, dedicated to managing budgets and delivering provisions and stores to ships all over the world. It serves more than 1,900 vessels with a firm focus on quality, based on agreed levels where long-term partnerships with its customers are built through mutual trust and transparency.
Niels has before his position in Garrets been within the Wrist Group since 2004 living in the Maldives, Dubai, Algeciras and now Denmark. In his years in the Group and Garrets International, Niels has been part of several projects in the general operation and development of the world’s leading catering company to the global shipping community. The seafarers and their welfare are the heart of everything that is done within the business.
Jacqueline Smith joined the ITF last October as the new Maritime Coordinator. Prior to joining the ITF Jacqueline had the honour of leading the Norwegian Seafarers’ Union (NSU) and its 11,000 members for almost 8 years.
Jacqueline became an active member of the NSU in 1992 as a shop steward, securing a collective bargaining agreement for concessionaries, a first for the union. In 1998 she was elected as a delegate to congress, then as a deputy on the national board, immediately followed by being invited to be the assistant director dealing with cruise ships in Miami, USA. In 2002 she was asked to stand as elected secretary, so returned to Oslo, Norway. Jacqueline was then elected NSU president in 2006 and re-elected in 2010.
Karin Orsel (pictured, left) has been working in the maritime industry since the age of 18. At 23, Karin was one of the founders of MF Shipping Group, an organisation she has lead as CEO and majority shareholder since 2001. MF Shipping Group partly owns and manages a fleet of 55 vessels, and employs approximately 900 seafarers and 53 office staff employees.
In 2009 Karin won the prestige Dutch ‘Female Entrepreneurship Award of the Year’ for her personal determination and drive in managing her business successfully, being well focused, ambitious and capable of achieving anything she sets her mind to.
In June 2016 MF Shipping Group was a joint winner of ISWAN’s International Seafarers’ Welfare Award: Shipping Company of the Year 2016.
In June 2017 Karin received an honorary Doctor of Public Administration Degree of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in recognition of her significant contributions to and impact on the maritime industry through her leadership, motivation and commitment to excellence as well as her active participation in numerous national and international organisations.
Besides running her own company Karin is an active board member in a number of national and International associations and organisations, including:
Vice Chairman and board member of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)
Co- chairman of the Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners (KVNR)
Board of Governors member of the World Maritime University (WMU)
Trustee of the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN)
Member Supervisory Board Groningen Airport Eelde
Chairman MFG Seafarers fund
Investor in several amongst others international maritime related projects
Past President of WISTA International
Ambassador of ’We keep on Growing” (project with Queen Maxima of the Netherlands).