Leeds Beckett lecturer to judge global shipping awards
10 November 2017 - Carrie Braithwaite
An award-winning Leeds Beckett University lecturer, Robert Minton-Taylor, is to be a judge for the Seahorse Club’s 2017 Journalism Awards, the equivalent of the Oscars of the shipping industry.
The awards showcase the best campaigning journalism in the world’s shipping and logistics industry from North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Oceania. Shipping carries 90% of the world's trade, is worth more than £3 trillion annually to the world economy, and employs more than 4.2 million people.
Robert spent 37 years in the shipping industry, latterly as Global Media Relations Manager of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL), the Norwegian-Swedish shipping company. He began his public relations career as a press officer for European Ferries Group (now P&O Ferries).
Best known for his shipping and logistics environmental public relations work, Robert oversaw the media launch of the world’s first concept zero emissions ship, ES Orcelle, which won the prestigious ‘Thor Heyerdahl International Maritime Environmental Award’ from King Harald V of Norway in 2007. In 2010 Robert won ‘The John Richman Lifetime Achievement Award’ for services to the shipping industry and in the same year a gold award from the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire region of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) for his press work on the green ocean terminal called Castor.
This year, Robert was elected to the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) PR and Communications council, the think tank of the PR and communications industry.