• #IAPH2023
  • 31 October – 2 November 2023 | Abu Dhabi, UAE

Paul Butterworth

Odgers Berndtson

Partner and Global Head of the Maritime & Shipping Practice

Paul Butterworth is a Partner and Global Head of the Maritime & Shipping Practice at the international headhunting firm, Odgers Berndtson, which has offices in 32 countries.

He has over 30 years’ experience of the maritime sector, eighteen of which have been in executive search. This builds upon a first career that saw him serving at sea, where he enjoyed two ship Commands in the UK Royal Navy. Mirroring the global nature of shipping, he works in both the UK and international markets. He has placed senior and operational executives and also non-executives and chairs, in many sub-sectors of the wider Maritime & Shipping industry, including ports and harbours, both in the private and public sectors.

Paul became Chairman of The Seafarers’ Charity, a UK-based international charity that helps people in the maritime community, by providing vital funding to support seafarers in need and their families, in June 2020, after three years as a trustee.

He trained at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth and has an LLB (Hons) Law degree from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and is a passionate sailor. He is a Younger Brother of Trinity House, an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute (AFNI) and a member of the Shipping Professionals Network in London (SPNL). He is a Liveryman and Court Assistant of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, sitting on its Nominations Committee as Vice Chairman, all of which affords him an extensive network throughout the international maritime community.

Sessions With Paul Butterworth

Wednesday, 1 November

  • 04:15pm - 05:00pm (GST) / 01/nov/2023 12:15 pm - 01/nov/2023 01:00 pm

    What Leadership for Sustainable Port Management?

    Port reinvention will only succeed if the industry is successful in attracting and retaining the right talent at all levels. What does the leadership profile of the future port CEO look like? How can the industry close the age gap and bring in new blood from other public and private organizations to drive this transformation?