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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 AndersenThomas 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 the Foundation's Remuneration Committee. Thomas, 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, was appointed to the Board in July 2012.

    Thomas is Chairman of Ørsted A/S and 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 the World Economic Forum Chairmen’s Council, Friends of Ocean Action and the Danish Committee on corporate governance.

  • 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.

  • Sir Peter Gregson, Trustee

    Sir Peter Gregson

    A materials’ scientist by background, Peter is Chair of the Henry Royce Institute and a Trustee of the Royal Anniversary Trust.  He has previously been Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University, President of Queen’s University Belfast, Non-Executive Director of Rolls-Royce Group and served on the councils of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils.  Peter has been elected to Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Irish Academy and was knighted for services to higher education in 2013.

  • 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.  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 is Director of Skills and Education at Lloyd’s Register Foundation, an independent global charity that supports research, innovation, and education to make the world a safer place.

    He is lead director for the Foundation’s work in Safety of Food, Public Understanding of Risk and is responsible for building a diverse portfolio of international programmes and activities all aimed at the Foundation’s mission to protect the safety of life and property, and to advance engineering-related education and research.

    Tim previously worked at the British Council, the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. His role required in-depth knowledge of the UK’s science landscape, from formal and informal STEM and skills education to science communication, public engagement and world-leading research. Of equal importance was a strategic understanding of how this knowledge can be applied in different cultures and contexts to not only engage different audiences but also provide mutual benefit to stakeholders in many international settings.

  • 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.

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