RFA officer wins Global Seafarer of the Year award

RFA Chief Officer Susan Cloggie-Holden RFA won the prestigious Global Seafarer of the Year award at the Lloyd’s List Europe Awards at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London.

Susan was the first Royal Fleet Auxiliary Female Champion and is the Chair of the RFA Women's Network. She launched a new Female-to-Female Mentoring scheme for RFA Women, and was a founding member of the Maritime UK Women in Maritime Taskforce.

"I’m extremely proud of this award which I received 19 years to the day after I stepped on board my first RFA ship as a Cadet,” said Susan.

"It’s a real honour for me to be recognised for the work that I have been doing with regards women in maritime; this work I do not to win awards but to improve the lives of seafarers and also increase gender diversity and equality across the maritime industry."

Richard Meade, managing editor of Lloyd’s List said: "Each year at these events I stand before you and explain that the Lloyd’s List Awards are more necessary than ever, precisely because they reward successful endeavour in the face of seemingly intractable problems. But I also think that this collective view of excellence and endeavour has a more practical purpose. Sharing ideas is not just a good idea - it’s a question of survival."

It’s a real honour for me to be recognised for the work that I have been doing with regards women in maritime; this work I do not to win awards but to improve the lives of seafarers and also increase gender diversity and equality across the maritime industry.

RFA Chief Officer Susan Cloggie-Holden

Recipients are chosen from entries taken from around the European region and adjudicated by a judging panel which this year included:  Robert Ashdown, Secretary-General, International Association of Classification Societies; Tom Boardley, Secretary General, Cruise Lines International Association; Lars Green, CEO, Green Consulting Group; Richard Greiner, Partner/Shipping & Transport, BDO LLP; John Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer, The Nautical Institute; Michael Parker, Chairman, Global Shipping, Logistics & Offshore, Citi; Karen Purnell, Managing Director, ITOPF; Bob Sanguinetti, Chief Executive Officer, UK Chamber of Shipping; Katharina Stanzel, Managing Director, Intertanko; Patrick Verhoeven, Managing Director, Policy and Strategy, IAPH; Chris Welsh MBE, Member of the Lloyd’s List Editorial Board.

The awards were attended by 400 industry professionals and were hosted by comedian Hugh Dennis.