The Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative has collaborated with Lloyd’s Register and Lloyd’s List on a special edition of the Lloyd’s List Shipping Podcast. Moderated by Lloyd’s List Managing Editor Richard Meade, the podcast brings together industry experts to look at how different maritime stakeholders approach and understand ship recycling.

In the past decade, regulatory efforts seeking safer ship demolition have seen many organisations reassess their activities – much has been achieved but there is much more that can be done.

Leading players in ship recycling share their insights on what works, what doesn’t, the shift in industry sentiment around recycling and the challenges ahead, with a key focus of the discussion being on the role of data and transparency in driving change.


Richard Meade, Managing Editor, Lloyd’s List

Richard is currently responsible for Lloyd’s List agenda-setting output of news and analysis with ambitions to lead the online revolution for valuable business journalism. Richard joined Lloyd’s List in 2006 after jumping ship from the weekly maritime magazine Fairplay where he ran the news and features desk. He took the traditional route into shipping analysis, via a degree in psychology and a two-year stint at the Financial Times Group.


Andrew Stephens, Executive Director, Sustainable Shipping Initiative/Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative

Andrew has a truly international background in the maritime industry, working for leading maritime service providers, in the position of Chief Operating Officer, such as Wilhelmsen Ships Service and Wallem Group, in a career which has seen him working in the UK, UAE, USA, Norway and Hong Kong. He was responsible for leading and managing business transformation, continuous improvement, integration and change management programmes, drive strategic planning and implementation consequently delivering on improved customer satisfaction, business performance and efficiency. After a successful period in both international groups he joined The Sustainable Shipping Initiative in August 2018, where he is responsible for leadership of the Secretariat.

Jennifer Riley-James, Senior Ship Recycling Specialist, Lloyd’s Register

Jennifer is the Senior Ship Recycling Specialist for the Lloyd’s Register Group (LR) responsible for development and management of LR’s ship recycling services, including IHM and end of life. She also represents LR recycling interests on several external bodies. UK based, Jennifer joined LR in 2015 with a background in research, science and policy.

Kristina Kunigenas, Sustainability Manager, NORDEN

Kristina Kunigenas has been working with governance and sustainability-related issues since 2006. Latest as a Sustainability Manager with the shipping company NORDEN (since 2017), working on NORDEN’s sustainability strategy, various policies and initiatives, and several areas of reporting. Before joining NORDEN, Kristina worked at a Danish pension company (PFA) and the Danish Export Credit Agency (EKF). She has also worked in advisory in San Francisco, California.

Roger Charles, Executive Director, Environmental and Social Risk Management

Roger Charles is an Executive Director in the Sustainable Finance team at Standard Chartered in Singapore. In his role, he leads in delivering technical environmental and social expertise to business transactions and client advisory globally, ensuring project financing adheres to international standards on sustainability and best practice. He has in-depth expertise in several sectors including energy, shipping and ship recycling, manufacturing, and agribusiness including forestry and palm oil; With over 20 years’ experience in various roles within the oil and gas industry, his areas of expertise include technical environmental and safety engineering, impact assessment, and corporate sustainability strategy, implementation and assurance. For complete bio, please visit