WHO WE ARE
Joe Hughes, Shipowners Claims Bureau, inc.
Joe Hughes has served as Chairman and CEO of the managers of the American Club, an International Group mutual, for nearly twenty-one years. Joe also oversees the activities of Eagle Ocean Agencies, Inc., an affiliate of SCB, which operates the Eagle Ocean Marine and Eagle Ocean America insurance facilities, the latter as a coverholder for underwriters at Lloyd’s. He also serves on the board of American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company, Ltd., a Cyprus-based hull underwriting investment of the American Club.
Having graduated from Oxford University, Joe was called to the Bar of England and Wales, thereafter specializing in maritime commercial law before commencing his career in marine insurance. Prior his arrival in the United States, Joe worked for other P&I clubs in the United Kingdom and Norway, latterly serving as chairman of the global marine practice of Jardine Insurance Brokers, a leading Lloyd’s broker in London.
In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Joe is currently vice-chairman of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), a director (and former president) of the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey, a former chairman of the Association of Average Adjusters of the United States, a director of New York Maritime, Inc. (NYMAR) and a member of the National Cargo Bureau. Joe also serves on the classification committee of the American Bureau of Shipping, and the North American advisory committee of Lloyd’s Register. He is a 2011 inductee of the International Maritime Hall of Fame, and was designated one of the top ten global marine insurance personalities on the 2015/16 Lloyd’s List One Hundred.
carleen lyden walker, co-founder/executive director
Carleen Lyden Walker is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of NAMEPA (North American Marine Environment Protection Association) leveraging off her experience as a marketing and communications professional in the commercial maritime industry with over 38 years of experience. She specializes in identifying, developing and implementing strategic marketing and communications programs that increase the visibility and effectiveness of NAMEPA as well as the development of educational resources promoting marine environment protection. She works to develop strategic alliances between industry, regulators and environmental groups to “Save the Seas”.
In 2015, Ms. Walker was appointed an Ambassador by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). She is a member of WISTA (Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association) where she serves as Press Officer for the International organization, the Connecticut Maritime Association, the Marine Society of the City of New York, INTERTANKO, The National Press Club and is a Past-President of the Propeller Club Chapter of the Port of NY/NJ, as well as a Trustee of Sea Research Foundation and is a Board member of the Working Harbor Committee of New York. She was also elected to the Board of Trustees of the Coast Guard Foundation and the Coast Guard Auxiliary Foundation.
Ms. Walker is also President of Morgan Marketing & Communications, a member of the Board of Directors of Gibbs and Cox, Inc., and the Co-Founder/Executive Director of the Merchant Marine Policy Coalition and the Consortium for International Maritime Heritage. In 2010, she was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the United States Coast Guard and in 2014 a Public Service Commendation for her work on World Maritime Day and AMVER791, respectively. Ms. Walker graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in Political Science and History (minor in Economics) and studied Accounting at Cornell School of Business Administration, and is a trained facilitator and media trainer. She held a USCG 100-ton Captain’s license.
lyn harris, Chief Operating Officer
Lyn Harris has worked in the marine industry for over 20 years. She has built diverse set of management skills through her experience developing strategies and setting policies. She has established streamlined business processes to increase operational effectiveness that enhance the end user experience. Lyn has worked with NAMEPA for over five years. She provides day-to-day leadership and management in driving the mission and core values of the organization. She has identified and developed a strategy to build educational initiatives for seafarers, students and the public. She is a liaison in building alliances and partnerships for the mission of NAMEPA to "Save Our Seas."
Gail nicholas, development director
Gail Nicholas has over 25 years of experience in the fields of nonprofit fundraising, volunteer development and political organization. She has skillfully recruited, motivated and trained volunteers in the fields of education, health and politics. She possesses interpersonal, organizational and managerial abilities. She has successfully grown nonprofit organizations financially, as well as built their boards and committees. She has successfully run political campaigns and offices while recruiting and managing volunteers, staff and serving as a press liaison. She manages NAMEPA's membership by requesting, recording, tracking and acknowledging annual dues. She solicits, bills, tracks and acknowledges sponsorships for NAMEPA events. She works in concert with the Executive Director and Board in identifying new prospects for increasing the NAMEPA membership base.
Jane Seyer, Communications and Data Resource Director
Jane Seyer is an Industrial Engineer with over 10 years' experience in Operations Research and Information Systems. Before joining NAMEPA, she built and managed databases; performed statistical analysis on marketing, sales, and production information; and optimized business, inventory and scheduling processes. A recent transplant to New England, she renewed a passion to "Save Our Seas." Her responsibilities at NAMEPA include managing communications, computer and database systems as well as office processes.
MARY HOGUE, EDUCATION AND OUTREACH MANAGER
Mary has worked with environmental committees throughout the region. She is Chair of Fairfield's Earth Day and Fairfield Forestry Committees and a member of the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters. She is a board member of Mill River Wetland Committee and FairPLAN (Fairfield's Protecting Land and Neighborhoods). Mary was on the development team to build a new curriculum for grades 3-5 for the Mill River science program in schools in the region. She has been involved for many years with the Connecticut Audubon Society and many other civic organizations. Mary’s experience in project management and community outreach on environmental programs will bring new insight and formalize NAMEPA’s education and outreach program throughout North America.
Jean Gould, Gulf Coast Regional Director
Jean Gould is a communications and corporate affairs professional with more than 25 years-experience in the energy and maritime industries. She managed public policy and international business issues for ExxonMobil and most recently directed global communication and marketing activities for the American Bureau of Shipping. In her role as Regional Director, she works to bring stakeholders in the Gulf Coast area together to develop strategies, policies and outreach initiatives for marine environmental protection and preservation.
James Spear, Merchant Marine Officer
As the son of a sea captain and harbor pilot (both parents went to sea), James is passionate about the marine industry and about the critical role that it plays in marine environmental stewardship. He graduated from the State University of New York Maritime College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation, and currently sails as a USCG-Licensed Third Officer aboard crude oil tankers along the U.S. West Coast. Having previously sailed aboard international-flagged liquid natural gas carriers, James strives to iterate both his past and his current experiences at sea into his positions at NAMEPA. In his role as Regional Director, he works to bring stakeholders in the greater Tampa Bay area together to develop strategies, policies and outreach initiatives for marine environmental protection and preservation. Additionally, as the Maritime Academies Coordinator, he serves as a liaison between NAMEPA and each of the university-level maritime academies in the United States, and aims to build up student-led chapters at each of the academies. James is upgrading his USCG License to Second Officer, Unlimited, and is pursuing a Masters Degree in International Transportation Management from SUNY Maritime College.