senior leadership team
Diane Gilpin - Founder and CEO of Smart Green Shipping Alliance
Diane Gilpin designed and leads The Smart Green Shipping Alliance, SGSA Ltd, a collaborative industry initiative focussed on developing technically, commercially and environmentally superior systems solutions for shipping.
She advises the UK Government as a member of the Clean Maritime Council and acts an expert reviewer for high level policy recommendations focused on decarbonising shipping.
Diane has worked for 30+ years at the cutting edge of technology, innovation, communications and systems design. In the 1980s she led on Advertising and Sponsorship on the launch team for the first ever cellular telephone system in the UK; she worked for several Formula One motor racing teams developing sponsorship, managing media and facilitating the transfer of safety, efficiency and performance technology from Grand Prix racing cars to road cars, and she was the only woman managing a Formula Three racing team in the 1980s. She was on the launch team for the first ever windows based financial information system for a newly deregulated City of London in the 1990s. She managed offshore yacht racing teams in the late 1990s, and early 2000s. Diane pioneered renewable energy, wind power and anaerobic digestion, with the B9 Energy group from the early 2000s and created and led B9 Shipping from which SGSA Ltd was developed.
Diane won an InnovateUK ‘Women in Innovation’ Award in 2016, ‘One to Watch’ at Ship Efficiency Awards 2015. She co-designed and co-organised the Ambition 1.5: Global Shipping’s Action Plan at COP23 in Bonn in 2017, spoke about the opportunities for shipping in embracing the climate challenge at COP21 in Paris. She regularly appears on TV, radio and in print media discussing shipping and climate change.
Ian Haugh - CFO of Smart Green Shipping Alliance
Ian Haugh has spent nearly 40 years in financial and organisational management in a number of senior roles ranging from managing a UK subsidiary of a multi-national banking corporation, to running a UK top 100 Law firm.
He oversaw the turnaround and sale to Spanish renewables giant Gamesa of the B9 Energy group - at the time the largest independent wind farm operation, management and maintenance company in the UK
Ian was made a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants in 1994. His financial expertise is the enabler of his management successes.
To complement his core business skills Ian has been supporting people in his teams to perform beyond their own perceived limitations. He has studied psychology for more than 20 years, becoming a Psychology of Vision Advanced Trainer in 2005. He co-authored ‘The Fundamentals of Success’
He believes passionately that business has a crucial part to play in meeting the environmental and economic challenges we now face.
Ian is an Executive Director of two companies as well as retaining a small number of coaching clients. He is also a very enthusiastic Liverpool FC fan.
collaboration is key
SGSA collaborates with world-leading racing yacht designers at Humphreys Yacht Design and Wolfson Unit at Southampton University combining their expertise with commercial naval architects. SGSA is supported by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and marine engineers at world-leading ship yards. We work with Lloyds Register to ensure the new designs are safe and compliant.
Our project teams visit ports, ships and cargo owners to co-create viable solutions.
The UCL shipping consultancy UMAS enables our deep understanding of the existing maritime system.
Group Partners help us all shape our collective vision through their Structured Visual Thinking method.
Willis Towers Watson support the project on risk assessment.