Biographical notes

Charo Coll, President

Charo CollMs Charo Coll is the President of the International Salvage Union, the global trade association for the marine salvage industry. She succeeded Mr John Witte in September 2017.

Ms Coll is General Manager of the Offshore and Salvage Division of Spanish company Boluda Corporación Marítima. She has more than 25 years’ experience in the industry coordinating the salvage division of Boluda Corporation. In this role she coordinated the Boluda Tugs engaged with the Spanish Maritime Safety Agency for 15 years. She also manages the chartering and sales and purchase departments of the corporation.

Charo Coll grew up in Valencia, Spain. She holds a Specialist Degree in International Maritime Law from the Comillas Pontifical University of Madrid and a Ship Management diploma from the International Ship Manager’s Association at the National Sea Training Centre in the UK. She has also attended numerous seminars at the Lloyd’s Maritime Training Programme as well others at the Instituto Marítimo Español.

Ms Coll is a former President of the European Tug Owners’ Association. She has been a member of the Valencian Chamber of Commerce, member of WISTA (Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association) and she was recently honoured with the Valencian Government Business and Social Achievement Award, presented by the President of the Valencian Government.


Richard Janssen, Vice President

Richard JanssenRichard Janssen is Vice President of the International Salvage Union. He is Managing Director of Smit Salvage and has 20 years’ experience of the marine salvage, towage, offshore and energy sectors. He began his career in towage in Rotterdam before moving to Smit Tak in operational and contract management roles.

Richard then headed the commercial team in the head office and was involved in major Smit Salvage projects like the Erika, Ievoli Sun, Kursk, Prestige and Tricolor. He then moved to Smit’s terminals division as commercial manager responsible for Africa primarily working on LNG and FPSO marine support projects before leaving to work in contract and business development roles in the offshore oil and gas sector.

Richard re-joined Smit Salvage in 2009 as Commercial Manager responsible for the commercial department, including the representative offices in London and Piraeus, before being promoted to Commercial Director in 2014 and Managing Director in 2016. He was involved in the major cases of the MSC Chitra, PN6, Troll and Modern Express.

Richard studied business in Rotterdam and has undertaken a number of international commercial, contracting, subsea engineering and management courses. He was a member of the ISU’s Salvage sub-Committee and has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2015.


Roger Evans, Secretary General

Roger Evans Secretary General ISU
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.