This session discusses the challenges and barriers facing ports, short sea shipping, and the supply chain, on the journey to net zero. Our panel of experts provide their insight on the actions being taken to overcome the barriers and move towards a more sustainable future.
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    Nick Lambert - Chair/Moderator
    Co-Founder & Director, NLA International Ltd
    A master mariner and a committed proponent of the maritime users’ perspective, Rear Admiral Nick Lambert concluded a long naval operational career as the UK National Hydrographer in December 2012. He advises on a wide range of maritime issues including the growing potential of the blue economy concept, the importance of spatial data infrastructures and hydrography for maritime economies, the evolution of eNavigation and GNSS vulnerability, near or real time situational awareness (especially that derived from space based assets and applications), maritime connectivity and cyber security, human factors, and training and education in the maritime sector.

    He has a particular interest in the Polar Regions and is also engaged in a variety of situational awareness, fisheries and aquaculture management, marine autonomous systems and vessel efficiency projects.
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    Tanya Ferry
    Green Port Consultant, Royal Haskoning DHV
    Tanya has held Environmental Management roles in ports for more than 11 years, working to promote sustainability by educating and upskilling stakeholders across the maritime industry. Over the years, her responsibilities have included shaping environmental strategies, leading shifts to alternative fuels, decarbonisation, and maintaining regulatory compliance across a wide range of maritime activities.
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    Alexandra Herdman
    Public Policy Manager, Logistics UK
    Alexandra Herdman is a Public Policy Manager at Logisitcs UK, representing members across all modes of the logistics sector. Her portfolio includes air, water, skills and planning. Her current policy work includes campaigning for additional funding for level 2 training and increasing freight on rail and water.

    A qualified project manager, Alexandra has an MSc in Global Challenges from the University of Edinburgh, which had a strong focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation, decarbonisation, global health and international development.

    Prior to Logistics UK, spent five years as a Senior Researcher in the Scottish Parliament, working on public policy and legislative scrutiny.
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    Mark Hoolwerf
    Deputy Director, Port of Amsterdam
    Mark has worked at Port of Amsterdam (PoA) since 2015. He began as a trainee at the marketing department of PoA, swiftly transitioning to a project manager role at Port of Amsterdam International (PoAI). He became the Deputy Director of PoAI in 2022.

    His primary focus lies on 4 activities. First, business development for short sea container traffic. This is primarily focused on the UK & Ireland and centres around creating partnerships across different supply chains. Second, project management. Based on the expertise and experience of PoA, PoAI offers developmental projects to selected partner ports across the world. Mark’s responsibilities include developing, setting up and leading these projects, planning & control and stakeholder coordination. Third, contributing to the international supply chain responsibility of PoA in terms of sustainability. For this activity, Mark conducts substantive analysis for and heads supply chain assessments and is part of a PoA project team to operationalise its strategic goals. Fourth, business development for the energy transition. For this relatively new activity, Mark is responsible for assessing market opportunities, approaching foreign authorities and aligning their interests with those of the commercial parties in the port of Amsterdam.

    Mark graduated from the University of Amsterdam in 2011 with a master’s degree in Political Science (International Relations) and in 2013 with a master’s degree in European Studies.
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    Stephen Carr
    Group Commercial Director, Peel Ports - Liverpool
    Stephen joined Peel Ports in 2009 as Head of Business Development for the Mersey Division before moving to his current group role, Commercial Director in 2017. He started his career with BP, working across a variety of sales and marketing roles for the best part of 12 years, before becoming Sales Director for Manchester based chemicals firm TGD.

    Based in at the Port of Liverpool, Stephen is responsible for driving the businesses forward with new and existing commercial opportunities across the group’s diverse portfolio. During his time with Peel Ports, he has played a leading role in strategic projects including the development of container terminal Liverpool2, the growth in the use of the Manchester Ship Canal (as a multimodal logistics hub), and the development of port-centric warehousing throughout North-west England.