North P&I Club's Tony Baker Steps Down After 14 Years at the Helm of Loss Prevention

04/06/2018 | North

After almost 14 years of running North P&I Club’s loss prevention department, Tony Baker (Director, Loss Prevention), will step down from this role on 30 June 2018.

Following 18 years at sea and other roles in the industry, including working as a lecturer in maritime studies at South Tyneside College, Tony joined North’s loss prevention department in 1999. Since taking responsibility for running the department in 2004, Tony has expanded the range of activities carried out by the team to include targeted loss prevention support and more direct assistance to North’s members around the world. Today the complement of North’s loss prevention department is 15 mariners and executives, one of the largest loss prevention teams in any of the International Group of P&I Clubs.

As well as building the strong reputation of North’s loss prevention service, Tony has also represented North at the International Group of P&I Clubs, including the P&I Qualification Sub-Committee and the Ships Technical Committee, which he chaired for six years.

Tony Baker (Director, Loss Prevention), said “it has been a privilege to work for North and I am especially proud of the dedicated and talented loss prevention team and the way it continually develops and expands its range of innovative products and services to support North’s members.”

Tony will return to the business in August 2018 on a part time basis working on a range of loss prevention projects.

Paul Jennings, Chief Executive of North said, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Tony for his service and commitment over the past 19 years. He has been an extremely valuable member of the team and I am pleased that he is continuing to work with North’s loss prevention team on a part time basis.”

Taking over the role as head of loss prevention on 1 July 2018 is Deputy Director, Colin Gillespie. Colin, who joined North in 2006, has been involved in all aspects of the Club’s loss prevention services. Colin will be supported by Alvin Forster and Simon MacLeod who are both being promoted to the roles of Deputy Director, and a dedicated team of mariners and executives in Newcastle and Singapore.


For further information contact: Kim Heaselden on +44 191 232 5221 /, or Nick Arthur on +44 1865 514214 /

1. North P&I Club is a leading global marine insurer providing P&I, FD&D, war risks and ancillary insurance to 195 million GT of owned and chartered tonnage. Through its guaranteed subsidiary Sunderland Marine, North is also a leading insurer of fishing vessels, small craft and aquaculture risks. The Standard and Poor’s ‘A’ rated Club is based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK with regional offices and subsidiaries in China (Hong Kong and Shanghai), Greece, Japan, Singapore and Sunderland Marine offices worldwide. North is a leading member of the International Group of P&I Clubs (IG), with over 12% of the IG's owned tonnage. The 13 IG clubs provide liability cover for approximately 90% of the world's ocean-going tonnage and, as a member of the IG, North protects and promotes the interests of the international shipping industry. For further information visit:

Tony Baker

Tony Baker, Director (Loss Prevention)