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Jean Richards is the founder of Quantum Shipping Services Limited and is well known throughout the shipping industry, both in her role as an expert witness and as a work-out specialist for problem shipping loans.

She has been in the shipping industry since 1973.  Her broad commercial experience has covered dry bulk, containers, tankers, gas, passenger and combination carriers.

Jean left her position as a Director of Fairwind Shipping in 2004 to concentrate on the aspects of the shipping world that interest her most – expert witness cases, project consultancy, distressed loan work out and due diligence – and in order to provide a truly independent consultancy to the market.

She has worked in a number of posts:

Marketing Manager of Seabridge, the large bulk carrier consortium;

Development Analyst for the Gulf Group companies;

Strategic Planning Manager for Gotaas Larsen;

Director of Magma Services Ltd.

From 1984 she worked with Fairwind shipping Ltd, a company specialising in work out situations with problem shipping loans.  As Director and 50 per cent owner of Fairwind, the company was sold in 2002 to Denholm Shipping Ltd.

Jean is also involved with the following companies and organisations;

Non-Executive Chairman of Datatrac Ltd

Datatrac is a systems integration company that provides innovative solutions to data capture onboard vessels and is also designed for data capture in other hazardous environments.  Datatrac services and products can be found at www.datatrac.co.uk

Non-Executive Director, Cambridge Academy of Transport

A non-executive Director of Cambridge Academy of Transport (CATS) for whom she has lectured since formation in the mid 80’s.  She lectures twice a year on the dry cargo market for the Anatomy of Shipping Course and each year contributes to the Anatomy of Ship Finance with her lecture on problem shipping loans and the arrest of tonnage.

CATS have been providing educational services for shipping and transport since 1984.  See the CATS website for further details.

Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers

Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers which is the internationally recognised professional body representing shipbrokers, managers and agents throughout the world.

Liveryman, The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights

Jean was admitted as a Liveryman to the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights in January 1993.


Jean became the first lady Anchorite in 2006 and was honoured on the occasion of her first dinner with an Anchorite tie – which she continues to wear with pride!