Maritime UK has appointed Chris Shirling-Rooke as its new chief executive officer.
Shirling-Rooke is currently CEO of Mersey Maritime, a maritime regional cluster organisation based in the Liverpool City Region.
He will join the industry body in the early summer and take over from Janet Fallon, who served as interim CEO.
Commenting on his appointment Shirling-Rooke said: “It is an incredible honour for me to take on this new position and to build on the fantastic work already delivered by the Maritime UK team on behalf of its members, stakeholders and the industry as whole. Major overarching challenges face our sector which supports over 1m jobs, contributes over £46bn to our economy and is responsible for facilitating 95% of UK global trade.
“Our response to climate change and how we influence the delivery of key initiatives such as the Clean Maritime Plan, due to be published later this year, will be a major focus as well as ensuring we maximise the opportunity presented by London International Shipping Week in September to showcase our dynamic industry to the whole world.”
Shirling-Rooke was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2021.