About Us

HiLo is an independent, not-for-profit body established by the shipping industry and for the shipping industry. Our objective is to help companies reduce the risk of high impact low frequency (HiLo) accidents within their respective fleets.

Board of Directors

John Barton

Paolo Enoizi

After graduating with a Masters in Naval Architecture from University College London, John joined the UK Ministry of Defence where he served on various ship design projects as part of the procurement executive for the Royal Navy. In 1991 John moved to Shell to serve as a Naval Architect in LNG and Oil tanker design and construction. Following the delivery of LNG vessels for the Australian North West Shelf Project, John moved to roles in shipping strategy, planning and business auditing where he oversaw the introduction of maritime assurance audits for the Shell Group of companies. John then served as chartering manager for LNG and oil tankers as part of Shell Trading and subsequently moved to the role of Global Marine Manager, overseeing the activities of Shell’s maritime staff across the globe. In 2011, John took on his current role where he has responsibility for the standards of safety and assurance of Shell’s global maritime activity and is also the Chief Engineer for Shell’s Maritime Technical Function.

Paolo joined Stolt Tankers in 2008 as General Manager of Technical & Innovation before being promoted in October 2015 to his current position (Managing Director Shipowning). Before joining Stolt Tankers, Paolo worked in London for ABS in the technical office and later for Engineering Srl, a ship management and consulting company based in Italy. Paolo has been in charge of overall management for different newbuilding, conversion and major repair projects in China, Korea and West Europe as well as ship management for different ship types. Paolo is a graduate of University of Genova (Italy) with a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

Kenneth McConnellTommy Thomassen

Kenneth McConnell is a master mariner and joined Northern Marine in 1995 with 21 years sea-going experience on many different vessel types, concluding with three years command experience with an oil major on tankers. Before being appointed as Marine Compliance Director in 2012, Kenneth held various positions with Northern Marine including Superintendent, Fleet Manager, Operations Manager, Global Manning Manager for an oil major fleet and three years as President of Northern Marine USA LLC.

Tommy's position as Chief Technical Officer includes responsibility for ensuring high vessel performance and IT. Tommy started in A. P. Moller – Maersk in 1994 and has held different leadership positions in and outside of Maersk. Before starting in Maersk Tankers, Tommy held positions as Senior Vice President in J. Lauritzen and Managing Director of Mari-Time Solutions. Tommy holds an MBA in Management of Technology.

Management Team

Manit Chander
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Andy Cross
Chief Operations Officer (COO)

After nearly two decades of sailing aboard Tankers, with the last years as a Master Mariner, Manit Chander worked as a Business Development manager for a consulting firm, before moving to the UK in 2010. Manit worked as a freelance consultant with different companies ranging from quality standards to mass media, before moving into Shell Shipping & Maritime as a Strategy Manager in 2012. He has led many strategic projects for Shell Shipping before leading HiLo, and has now been seconded into HiLo as full-time. Manit holds an MBA from the London Business School, in Strategy & Finance and is currently pursuing his PHD in Organizational Behavior. Outside of work, he loves reading, playing golf and spending time with family & friends.

Andy Cross comes from a seafaring background, and joins HiLo with twenty-five years of experience in the maritime industry.
During his career at sea, Andy had worked on a variety of vessel types including all tanker types as well as a short period on FPSO, container and Ro-Ro vessels. After sailing to the rank of Master, Andy transitioned into various technical vessel management positions ashore with Maersk Tankers A/S. Since moving ashore, he has worked closely with various industry bodies and national authorities. Prior to joining the HiLo Management Team, Andy led a global team of employees involved in vessel operations, vetting, safety and auditing. He has been involved with the development and implementation of HiLo MRM from the early stages.

Andy Franks
Chief Science Officer (CSO)

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Andy Franks has over twenty five years’ experience in risk assessment and related areas, particularly with respect to high - hazard industries. He has conducted numerous risk assessment (QRA) studies on a wide range of asset types. Andy has also managed many projects in support of the preparation of safety reports and safety cases. After a period in the chemical industry, he began working on risk assessments when he was a consultant with AEA Technology Consultancy Services (based in the UK), where he was involved in hazard identification, risk analysis studies of onshore and offshore plants and development of risk analysis methods for explosives storage. Andy later worked as a specialist inspector in the Major Hazards Assessment Unit (and also as a field inspector in northern England) with the UK Government’s Health and Safety Executive. Since leaving the HSE, Andy has worked in UK based consultancy organisations, joining Lloyd’s Register EMEA (now Lloyd’s Register Consulting) in 2010. Andy has delivered training courses on risk assessment (in particular quantitative aspects) in the UK and overseas. He has been extensively involved in the development and implementation of the HiLo initiative since it was first conceived, and is currently on full-time secondment to HiLO MRM.