IBIA United Kingdom
Capt. Peter W Hall – CEO
Peter has over 40 years’ experience in the marine industry and is an accomplished marine executive having served as a CEO of a major international port, and has several years’ experience as a board member of an international charity and as a ship operator.
Having completed a successful seagoing career, culminating in six years command experience, Peter moved into senior port management, initially managing oil and gas terminals and then becoming responsible for the safety of all marine operations, before becoming Harbour Master responsible for planning, safety and support in the fastest growing port in Europe. He was then appointed CEO and Harbour Master of Gibraltar Port, the largest bunker port in the Mediterranean, where he also advised the Government of Gibraltar on marine matters.
Captain Hall is a member of the Nautical Institute and a Younger Brother of Trinity House. He is also the marine director of the Vine Trust- an enabling charity that connects people to change lives.
IBIA Southern Africa
Tahra Sergeant – Regional Manager
Tahra has more then 16 years experience in the advertising, marketing and events industries. Having cut her teeth in the design and publications business she made the move into the advertising industry, managing and strategising for some of South Africa’s biggest local and export brands. Shifting her focus to the events industry she has co-ordinated some of South Afria’s prestigious events (Top Woman in Business and Government; Black Empowerment Awards to name a few) and many local and international conferences, golf days, launches etc. Tahra also brings with her experience in operating within other not-for-profit organisations as well as being a highly skilled project manager with a passion for bringing ideas into reality. When Tahra is not working, you’ll find her quenching her passion for the great Cape outdoors.
John De Rose – IBIA Representative at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)
John has been IBIA’s representative at IMO for five years and is a naval architect by profession. John started his career with the Ministry of Defence before becoming a surveyor for Lloyd’s Register for 20 years. He then became the International Association of Classification Societie’s (IACS) Permanent Representative to the IMO from March 2000, giving an accumulative total of 14 years of work at the IMO.
Simon Neo – Regional Manager
Simon started his career as a supervisor in an oil terminal and then worked as a senior surveyor for different surveying companies. He joined the bunkering industry in 1992 and was involved in the operations, sales and marketing, trading and purchasing of bunker fuel for an international shipping firm.
Mr Neo says: “I am delighted to take on this exciting role, the bunker industry is growing, but also facing an unprecedented level of industry challenges, not least the dramatic drop in the oil price and the increasing level of environmental legislation. IBIA’s members and potential members need our support, guidance and representation more than ever before. I look forward to working with them, and using my industry experience to deliver greater value, ensuring that IBIA’s services exceed our members’ needs.”
Peter Hall, Chief Executive, IBIA adds: “Simon has a unique set of experience with senior management experience with bunker and shipping companies, a previous Chairman of IBIA, understanding of the far east market and extensive government and industry contacts across the region” The association is well positioned in the region to develop the potential that exists to increase our membership base and influence in the region.
Well versed in policy issues Mr Neo has served on many industry committees including the Spring Singapore technical committee (bunkering), SSA Bunkering sub-committee, SIBCON steering committee, the SSA services committee, SS600 and SS524 Bunkering Procedures Review Committee, and the Mass Flow Meter work group which leads to the formation of the technical reference and guidelines for Mass Flow Bunkering in Singapore.
Atikah has years of experience as a paralegal in the corporate law firm. She is currently assisting in managing IBIA’s Singapore office with all the office administration.