Hill Dickinson Master Mariner celebrates receiving the Merchant Navy Medal at IMO

Helene Peter-Davies, a lawyer and Captain of Hill Dickinson, was honored as the recipient of the Merchant Navy Meritorious Service Medal by the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Kitack Lim.

The Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service is a state award under the British Honors System. Awarded annually on Merchant Navy Day, the medal is awarded for exemplary service and devotion to duty, rewarding those who have set an outstanding example to others.

Helene, who received the 2020 medal in recognition of her service to women in the maritime field, is one of 10 women recipients of the award since it was officially established as a state award in 2015.

At a recent event hosted by WISTA UK titled “Saluting the Seafarer: Celebrating the Female Merchant Navy Award Recipients,” Mr. Lim presented her, alongside other female recipients, with recognition of this prestigious award.

Helene Peter-Davies has over 30 years of experience in the maritime industry, including 12 years of seagoing experience on a variety of commercial vessels including tankers, container ships and LNG carriers.

Through her professional memberships and volunteer roles, Helene is a champion of diversity in shipping. She regularly mentors young people and, as Liveryman of the Honorable Company of Master Mariners, chairs the Cadet Training Standards Review Sub-Committee and is a member of the Education and Training Committee. She is also a board member of WISTA UK, a member of Maritime UK’s Women In Maritime Task Force and a member of the Maritime Professional Council of the UK. Helene also received the Victoria Drummond Award from Nautilus International.

IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim with Helene Peter-Davies and UK WISTA Chair Monica Kohli in the background.

After receiving her award, she said, “It is an honor to be part of such a deserving and talented cohort of women who have been officially recognized for their outstanding contributions to the maritime sector. That the ongoing work towards greater diversity, equality and equity in the maritime sector is recognized by the IMO in 2022, which saw the first International Women in Maritime Day, is particularly special.

Tony Goldsmith, Hill Dickinson Head of Marine & Trade, said: “Helene joined Hill Dickinson earlier this year, bringing her highly valued expertise both as a lawyer and as a seafarer to the team. Her significant experience at sea and involvement in the industry while working ashore quickly made her an integral part of our maritime team where she excels as a dry lawyer as well as a marine accident specialist. Additionally, she is also a great role model, using her position and experience to promote the advancement of women in the maritime industry. That his contribution to the promotion of equality and diversity in shipping has been officially recognized by the IMO with the recognition of the award of the Merchant Navy Medal is undoubtedly a career highlight. of Hélène and that also makes us extremely proud as a company. We congratulate Helene on this prestigious award.
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