President, Richard Janssen
Mr Janssen is Managing Director of Smit Salvage and he has 25 years’ experience of the marine salvage, towage, offshore and energy sectors. He was part of the Smit teams that delivered many well-known and complex salvage and wreck removal cases often with innovative engineering and pollution prevention requirements, including the Ievoil Sun, Kursk, Ehime Maru, Tricolor, MSC Chitra, Troll, Modern Express and Maersk Honam.
Richard grew up in Rotterdam in a family with a strong history in towage, harbour work, heavy lifting and transport; he spent most of his spare time on tugs, big pushers, in shipyards and working with heavy machinery. He studied business in Rotterdam and has undertaken a number of international commercial, contracting, subsea engineering and management courses.
Vice President, Peter Pietka
Mr Pietka is Chief Executive Officer of Ardent, the international salvage and offshore decommissioning company formed in 2015 by the merger of Svitzer Salvage and Titan Salvage. Mr Pietka has 30 years’ experience in the maritime industry, primarily working for the Maersk Group.
Roger Evans, Secretary General
Mr Evans is a former master mariner who sailed on a variety of vessels including reefers, bulk carriers, container and general cargo ships. Mr Evans came ashore in 1985 to join Smit International and has served the Dutch offshore, towage and salvage firm in a number of roles including as contracts manger in London for Smit International, senior contracts manager for Smit Salvage in the Netherlands and, since 2013, as Manager for Smit Salvage in the UK.
Rob Wallis, Legal Adviser
Mr Wallis is a Law graduate of Leicester University and qualified as a UK solicitor in 1975 and joined the law firm of Elborne Mitchell specialising in Maritime Law, particularly “wet” work – salvage and collision – as well as aspects of marine insurance and re-insurance. In 1988 Mr Wallis joined the London office of Hill Dickinson as a Partner and was Chairman of Hill Taylor Dickinson from 1999 to 2004 prior to the re-merger with Hill Dickinson in 2007.
A large part of Mr Wallis’ work has been in practice of Common law salvage, Lloyd’s Open Form (LOF) and other forms of salvage contract. He has lectured on salvage matters and been a representative of the Admiralty Solicitors Group (ASG) for 25 years and its Chairman for the last seven years. Mr Wallis served on the ASG advisory body set up to assist Lloyd’s with the amendments to LOF and has worked with most of the International Group of P&I Clubs.