Mersey Maritime - A driving force for the maritime industry on merseysideMersey Maritime - A driving force for the maritime industry on merseyside

Meet The Team

Mersey Maritime are a professional and dynamic team, with real cluster expertise within the maritime sector and wider supply chain.

Cathy Robinson

Funding Manager

Cath joined the team in 2013 and is Mersey Maritime's funding manager. Cath brings with her over ten years' experience of working with a range of funding streams in both the private and public sector. A strategic and logical thinker, and with a meticulous eye for detail, Cath works alongside the delivery team lending her experience and knowledge to support business growth within the sector.

    Chris Shirling-Rooke

    Chief Executive Officer

    Chris brings more than a decade of business cluster experience combined with a real understanding of the region's unique needs. After successfully completing projects in Russia, Iran and Brazil, and the Isle of Man, Chris joined Mersey Maritime in 2013. Although his hero Sir Roger Moore has recently passed away, he still addresses difficult business decision by asking himself: ``What would Roger Moore do?’

      Suzanne Fulton

      Office Manager

      Suzanne joined the team in March 2016 as Office Manager and is responsible for ensuring that the office runs smoothly while assisting other members of the team. With excellent organisational skills, Suzanne loves a challenge and likes drinking gin and tonic (not necessarily in that order).


          Mersey Maritime has brought the community together tremendously well.
          Colin Kershaw, Brookes Bell
          Mersey Maritime is unique, there’s nothing else like it!
          Phil James, Weightmans LLP
          As a fledgling business with big aspirations for success, joining Mersey Maritime has been absolutely the right move for us. It’s meant we haven’t had to start from scratch, knocking on doors and trying to get access to the right people. Through Mersey Maritime, we’ve attended business events like Face-2-Face and have already been able to meet everyone who’s anyone in this region. It’s the best investment we have made this year!
          John Bean, Managing Director, Geo Data Systems
          Back in 2008, the average age profile of the workforce at Cammell Laird was 47; so we recognised the need to address a potential skills gap up ahead. As a result of close collaboration with Mersey Maritime we‘ve committed to a long-term training programme that has seen our apprentice numbers rise from zero to more than 100. It’s put us in a much stronger position. We’re in better shape to plan for growth, we’re fulfilling a commitment to provide jobs for young people in this region and we’re revitalising the way we run our business.
          John Syvret, CEO, Cammell Laird Group
          Royal HaskoningDHV is a global engineering and project design consultancy with 6500 staff working in 150 companies, but we’ve been something of a sleeping giant in Liverpool. We’re proud to be sponsors of Mersey Maritime. It enables us to be fully engaged in the cluster, with a place at the table and positioned as first choice company for new business opportunities within our areas of expertise.
          Jamie Gray, Associate Director, Royal HaskoningDHV
          Mersey Maritime is doing so much for the community and its succession planning for business is vitally important. It’s great to see Liverpool coming back as a global player – all power to your elbow!
          Simon Reynish, Chairman, CILT North West
          I come out of Mersey Maritime’s meetings with a bit of a buzz. Lots of people with the same energy and we can see what’s ahead and we want to be ready for it, be a part of it.
          Tom Coyle, Managing Director, DT Engineering Limited
          As a founding member, Hill Dickinson is proud to support Mersey Maritime. Mersey Maritime creates and facilitates business opportunities for both its members and the wider maritime and business communities through regular networking events, lobbying and industry awards while addressing the skills gap in the maritime sector by integrating local academic resources with businesses to ensure focused training and development. Mersey Maritime has achieved so much since its inception in 2003 and continues to strive with members to ensure Merseyside’s place as the leading maritime hub.
          Colin Lavelle, Legal Director, Hill Dickinson LLP
          Mersey Maritime provides excellent networking opportunities, allowing people to meet people, and they do exceptionally well on training and skills. My only criticism is that companies want more!
          James Douglas, ContainerPort