Nicola is currently the Head of Communications for JLA Media, a media and communications consultancy serving the global maritime and energy industries. Nicola has over 15 years of international marketing, client handling and communications experience. Nicola started her career in the maritime industry in 2008, and has held positions in both the European and Chinese maritime and offshore sectors whilst working for the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and TradeWinds. Nicola holds professional memberships with both the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (MCIPR) and the Public Relations Consultants Association (MPRCA). She is also an Associate of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (AssocRINA), an IMarEST Affiliate Member, Member of the Propeller Club London, an Ambassador for the Sailors’ Society and a Co-opted Committee Member of the CIPR Marketing and Communications Group.In life before shipping, Nicola was an accredited wine tutor and lectured at The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET). She still has a keen interest in this area and recently spent time studying perfume production. Nicola joined the SPNL Board in 2015 as an Associate.