Dr Karen Purnell is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a member of the Institute of Directors. She is an established professional in the shipping and environmental sector spanning more than 27 years, the last 12 years as Managing Director of ITOPF Ltd. In this role, she was responsible for ensuring that shipowners, their P&I insurers, and government agencies receive objective technical advice on accidental ship-source pollution and mitigation of pollution damage. Prior to joining ITOPF, Dr Purnell worked in various R&D and analytical chemistry roles, including the decontamination of radioactively contaminated sites in the UK and USA. Dr Purnell was UK Secretary of State appointed Director on the Board of the Harwich Haven Authority (a Trust Port) from 2015 until the end of her term in December 2020. She was appointed a Trustee of the Harwich Haven Authority Pension Fund in 2021 and she currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Pension Trustees. She also served on the Board of Lloyds Editorial until 2021. Karen mentors university students and school children on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM subjects) and is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights.