SPNL Chair Patricia Schlotmann has been profiled by Women in Maritime as part of their project highlighting women in the shipping industry in honour of the IMO World Maritime Day 2019 theme “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community”. An excellent initiative!
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Day 51 of 365 Today we introduce you to Patricia Schlotmann – thanks to the nomination from Isobel at the SPNL team… 🙂 I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Marburg University in Germany and immediately followed it up with a master’s degree. During my masters I began working in the shipping department of the accountancy firm Moore Stephens (now BDO LLP). I loved the industry and became an auditor specialising in shipping firms. On one of my early engagements, I was involved in the “COSTA CONCORDIA” case that Moore Stephens was working on at the time. Having the chance to view the wreck and the work/diving stations in person (see photo) was one of the highlights of my early career and further sparked my passion for the industry. I started to attend The Shipping Professional Network in London (SPNL) (@spnl_shipping) events because my firm was one of their partnership sponsors. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to their presentations on the maritime industry and networking with likeminded individuals. I was elected the deputy treasurer in 2017 and one year later I was elected as the first female Chairperson of the SPNL. I am proud to be part of such a thriving non-profit organisation and enjoy working together with other professionals within the industry to offer knowledge updates and a platform for networking with anyone keen to increase their awareness of what is currently driving the sector.