Director of UK Maritime Services

Katy Ware


Katy was appointed as the Director of UK Maritime Services (formerly Maritime Safety & Standards) in April 2016.

Katy studied Marine Technology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne where she graduated with Honour’s degree in Marine Technology. Katy qualified as a Chartered Engineer with the Royal Institute of Naval Architects.

Upon graduation from University Katy joined LRS as a trainee ship surveyor.

In 1999, Katy joined the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) Southampton Marine office as a flag State surveyor, Port State Control Officer, ISM lead auditor, ISPS Code officer and ILO Auditor.

Katy took a two year secondment with the Department for Transport, where she worked on maritime environmental issues.

In 2009, Katy was promoted to Principal for Marine Technology for the Maritime & Coastguard Agency. Katy was the lead policy official for all matters relating to life-saving appliances and fire-safety.

From 2011 Katy was appointed the Permanent Representative of the UK the International Maritime Organization. Her role was to facilitate, coordinate and negotiate all maritime matters between other Governmental Departments, the European Union and the International Maritime Organization. Katy currently retains this status.

Director of UK Maritime Services

The Director of UK Maritime Services (formerly Maritime Safety & Standards) is responsible for ensuring the safety and quality of seafarers and ships under the Red Ensign, along with responsibilities for the UK Ship Register and our survey and inspection regime.

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