Wednesday, 13th March
Don’t let the smile fool you however as her favourite things in life include heavy-contact sports and sharks!
Propeller Club Liverpool: Hello Steph. How are you?
Steph Whitehead! Hi! I’m good thanks!
PCL: First question then – how long have you worked in the maritime industry?
SW: 11 happy years
PCL: What was your first job in the industry?
SW: When finishing up my maritime degree, I was volunteering as a crew member of a sail-training tall ship and got a job in the office at Liverpool Marina.
PCL: What is the next major challenge in shipping?
SW: Digitalisation. Whilst it’s also a major opportunity, the shipping industry is often slow to adapt to new technologies in an ever-changing digital world.
PCL: What is the most positive change in shipping?
SW: More young people and women entering the industry with genuine interest to deliver positive change
PCL: What makes you most proud in your job?
SW: How much I have learnt in such a short time and how much I have grown in confidence with the support of my amazing colleagues. I’m also proud to be part of a company that is at the forefront of digitalisation in shipping. We’re always providing new, innovative solutions to the market.
PCL: If you were leaving school today what job would you want?
SW: I love helping and meeting new people, so anything that involves that. Plus, I’d like to be shark tagging in the Irish Sea on the side. 😉
PCL: Who in the industry has been your guiding light or inspiration?
SW: There are so many. I really admire Karin Orsel, her story is amazing, plus she’s a scuba diver. We also have a great management team at KVH, including some amazing women.
PCL: What do you love most about Liverpool?
SW: The people and the location. We have major cities, beaches, and beautiful countryside all within 2 hours. If I wasn’t born here, I’d be living here. #LiverbirdForLife
PCL: Thanks Steph. Great to catch up!
SW: You’re welcome!
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