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Lloyd's Register Foundation

About us

We support research, innovation, and education to make the world a safer place.

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Lloyd’s Register Foundation is an independent global charity with a unique structure and an important mission: engineering a safer world.

We reduce risk and enhance the safety of the critical infrastructure that modern society relies upon in areas such as energy, transport and food. We do this by supporting high quality research, accelerating technology to application and through education and public outreach.

Our unique structure comes from the fact that we own a significant trading company, Lloyd’s Register (LR). We share the same mission and work together to make the world a safer place.

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Our mission

To secure for the benefit of the community high technical standards of design, manufacture, construction, maintenance, operation and performance for the purpose of enhancing the safety of life and property at sea, on land and in the air. The advancement of public education including within the transportation industries and any other engineering and technological disciplines.

Our vision

To be known worldwide as a leading supporter of engineering-related research, training and education that makes a real difference in improving the safety of the critical infrastructure on which modern society relies. In support of this, we promote scientific excellence and act as a catalyst working with others to achieve maximum impact.

Our strategy

Goal 1 - Establish the best evidence and insight

We use the best data, evidence, and insight available to better understand the complex factors that affect safety.

Goal 2 - Focus on the most pressing challenges

We focus on the biggest safety challenges, where there’s clear evidence and a compelling need for change.

Goal 3 - Build global coalitions for change

We use the best data, evidence, and insight available to better understand the complex factors that affect safety.

As we approach 2050, high levels of population growth, reducing energy supplies and other challenges will make our role even more important.

Thomas Thune Andersen

Chairman, Lloyd's Register Group and Lloyd's Register Foundation


The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees, which is responsible for setting the Foundation’s strategy, making sure it fulfils its objectives and for ensuring good governance. The Foundation Chief Executive, Ruth Boumphrey, is responsible to the Board for the operation of the Foundation.

  • Thomas Thune Andersen, Chairman

    Thomas Thune Andersen

    Thomas is the Chairman of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation and Chairman of Lloyd’s Register Group Limited. He is a member of the Foundation’s Nominations Committee and both the Foundation and Lloyd’s Register Group Limited Remuneration Committee. Thomas was Chairman of Ørsted A/S from 2014 to 2024 and is a former member of the executive Board of the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group with more than 30 years tenure in its maritime and energy sectors.  Thomas was appointed to the Board in July 2012.

    Thomas is Chairman of VKR Holding A/S, the Senior Independent Director of IMI plc and a Non-Executive Director of BW Group Limited. He is a member of Friends of Ocean Action, the Energy Transitions Commission, an advisor to Arcus Infrastructure Partners LLP and a member of the Danish Committee on corporate governance.

    Thomas previously served amongst others on the boards of SSE, DeepOcean (Chair), Petrofac (SID) and Green Hydrogen Systems.

  • Lambros Varnavides, Senior Independent Trustee

    Lambros Varnavides

    Lambros is the former Managing Director and Global Head of Shipping at The Royal Bank of Scotland. Lambros was Chairman of the Baltic Exchange during 2017 and is Vice President of The Baltic Exchange Charitable Foundation, as well as a member of its Finance Committee. He is a court assistant to the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights and was Chair of its Finance Committee until May 2021. He is also a Younger Brother of Trinity House Corporation, a liveryman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners (including its Finance Committee), a Freeman and Member of the Almshouse and Charities Committee of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames, and an Honorary Visiting Professor at the Bayes Business School, City University. Lambros was appointed Senior Independent Trustee of Lloyd’s Register Foundation in September 2015 and was Chair of the Grants and Direct Charitable Activities Committee until 22 June 2023.

  • Paula Haynes, Trustee

    Paula was appointed as a Trustee of Lloyd’s Register Foundation with effect from 1 January 2024 and is also a member of its Audit, Risk and Investment Committee, having been appointed to that role on 1 April 2023.  Paula has over 25 years’ experience in international banking and financial markets and is experienced in defining strategy and the implementation of enterprise risk frameworks.  Paula is the European Chief Risk Officer for the investment bank and wealth manager, Stifel Financial Corporation.  Previously, she has worked in senior investment banking and advisory roles with firms including HSBC, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, and with the Prudential Regulation Authority.

    Paula is a Non-Executive Director (Co-opted Governor) of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Chair of its Audit and Risk Committee and a member of its Governance and Effectiveness Committee, and she represents Women on Boards as an Ambassador. She holds a PhD in Physics from Imperial College, London.

  • Marina Wyatt, Trustee

    Marina Wyatt, Non-Executive DirectorMarina was appointed as a Trustee of Lloyd’s Register Foundation and a Non-Executive Director of Lloyd’s Register Group Limited on 1 January 2023, and Chair of each of the Lloyd’s Register Group Audit and Risk Committee and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Audit, Risk and Investment Committee from that date.   Marina has more than 25 years of experience in senior finance leadership roles as Chief Financial Officer of UBM Plc, TomTom NV, Colt Telecom Plc and Psion Plc.  Marina is currently the Chief Financial Officer and an Executive Director of the Board of Associated British Ports Holdings. Marina is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds a geography degree from Cambridge University.

  • Andreas Sohmen-Pao, Trustee

    Andreas Sohmen-Pao

    Andreas Sohmen-Pao is Chairman of BW Group and listed affiliates BW Offshore, BW LPG, Hafnia, BW Epic Kosan, BW Energy and Cadeler. He is also Chairman of the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation and a trustee of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

    Mr Sohmen-Pao was previously Chairman of the Singapore Maritime Foundation and has served as a non-executive director of Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd, Navigator Holdings, London P&I Club, Singapore Symphonia Company, National Parks Board Singapore, Sport Singapore and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore amongst others.

  • Dame Una O'Brien, Trustee

    Dame Una O'Brien

    Dame Una O’Brien was the Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health and Social Care between 2010 and 2016.  She has extensive UK and international experience of healthcare policy and government, having held a wide variety of senior policy roles in Whitehall departments and the NHS over a 30-year career in public service.  

    Whilst working primarily in and for the Department of Health, she was also seconded to be Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Transport and worked in the Prime Minister’s Efficiency Unit under both Conservative and Labour governments.  Since leaving the Civil Service, Una has served as a trustee on charitable and higher education boards; she recently completed a term of office as a trustee of Macmillan Cancer and as a Council member of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  Currently Una is a member of the Board of Visitors at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford and is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Government.  Una was appointed as a member of the Audit, Risk and Investment Committee on 29 September 2022. On 30 September 2023, Una was appointed Chair of the Nominations Committee and a member of the Lloyd’s Register Group Limited and Lloyd’s Register Foundation Remuneration Committees. 

  • Rani Koya, Trustee

    Rani was appointed as a Trustee of Lloyd’s Register Foundation and a member of its Audit, Risk and Investment Committee with effect from 1 April 2023.  Rani has more than 25 years’ experience internationally in a variety of technical, project management and executive management roles for companies including Shell International, Hess and Tullow.  She has led multi-billion dollar projects across the globe from unconventional shales in the US to oil developments in East Africa.  Between 2017 and 2020 Rani was Chief Petroleum Engineer at Tullow.

    Rani is currently the Chief Executive Officer of OGL Geothermal Limited, a Non-Executive Director of EnQuest plc, Chair of its Safety, Sustainability and Risk Committee and a member of its Technical and Reserves Committee. She is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow of the Energy Institute. She has a degree in Engineering Science from Durham University and an MSc in Public Policy and Management from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies.


  • Ruth Boumphrey, Chief Executive

    Thomas Thune Andersen

    Ruth is Chief Executive of Lloyd's Register Foundation.

    She has a background in research, development and regulation primarily in the Space and Environmental sectors. She is a trustee of the National Oceanography Centre and Non-Executive Director at the UK Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences.

    She is on the Board for Engineering X; the advisory board for Resilience Rising; and is a commissioner with the National Preparedness Commission.

  • Dean Cassar, Chief Operating Officer

    Dean is the Chief Operating Officer for the Lloyd’s Register Foundation with primary responsibilities for Finance and Governance within the organisation.
    He is a senior leader and finance professional with strong operations experience gained working in executive and advisory roles with private, not for profit and charitable organisations.
    He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

  • Jan Przydatek, Director of Technologies

    Thomas Thune Andersen

    Jan is Director of Technologies at Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF), a UK Registered charity with a vision of Engineering a Safer World that is also sole shareholder of Lloyd’s Register Group. At LRF he is responsible for the half of the mission that seeks to enhance safety of life and property through high technical standards of design, manufacture, construction, operation and maintenance. He sits on multiple programme boards including Discovering Safety with UK HSE, Engineering X’s Safer Complex Systems, LR Maritime Decarbonisation Hub, Assuring Autonomy International Programme with University of York, the board of the Net Zero Oceanographic Capability, the advisory board of UKRI’s Trusted Autonomous Systems programme and represents LRF on the board of Safetytech Accelerator Ltd.

    Holding a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Imperial College in London, Jan is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the Institute for Materials, Mining and Minerals (IOM3) and has worked as a professional engineer for over 25 years.

  • Tim Slingsby, Director of Skills and Education

    Tim Slingsby is Director of Skills and Education at Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

    Tim is responsible for building and leading a substantial and diverse portfolio of international programmes and activities to maximise impact in line with the Foundation’s charitable mission. 

     He is a highly-skilled science and engineering education specialist and science communicator with extensive understanding of working in academia and in both private and public sectors. He possesses wide-ranging experience of international science and engineering education agendas and providing strategic oversight of high-impact and engaging initiatives. He has been a researcher in industry and academia following his PhD in molecular genetics from the University of Leicester. He is also serving as the Chair of the Maritime Charities Group.

  • Alex Stitt, Director of Heritage and Education Centre

    Thomas Thune AndersenAlex joined Lloyd's Register Foundation in August 2021, from the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington, London where he was Director of Commercial, Digital and Exhibitions.

    He was responsible for transforming the V&A website, as well as for a string of the most successful exhibitions in the museum’s history, including Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains and Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams. Prior to that he was a entrepreneur in the early days of social media, founding, growing and selling software business. Before that he had a successful career as a publisher of books, magazines and national newspapers.

  • Beth Elliot, Director of Strategic Communications

    Beth is the Foundation’s Director of Strategic Communications and is responsible for the Foundation’s brand, campaigns, thought leadership, media relations and events programmes.

    Beth is a senior communications professional with experience in-house at private sector businesses and charitable organisations, as well as in communications consultancies working with global and national clients. She holds a NCTJ accredited journalism degree and spent the early part of her career as a journalist working in a national news agency.

    Beth is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

  • Nancy Hey, Director of Evidence and Insight


    Nancy Hey is the Director of Evidence & Insight at Lloyd's Register Foundation, responsible for leading the World Risk Poll, impact, and establishing a Global Safety Evidence Centre.

    She joined the Foundation having set up and led the What Works Centre for Wellbeing for ten years as part of the evidence informed policy & practice innovations globally, as well as working across sectors as a global leader in the field of wellbeing and social progress.  Before setting up the Centre, she worked in the UK Civil Service as a policy professional for 15 years in nine departments, setting up the professional policy community and working across skills, public health, justice and constitutional reform.

    She has degrees in Law and in Coaching & Development, specialising in emotions and in learning systems. Nancy holds a wide a range of advisory roles, past and present, including as an expert advisor to the OECD and to the UK House of Lords Life Beyond Covid Committee. She is a Trustee of the National Centre for Creative Health and a Leadership Fellow at St George’s House, Windsor.

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