ANTONIO DI NENNO

ANTONIO DI NENNO
Architect Director | MSC Cruises

Since 2014, Antonio Di Nenno is the Architect Director of MSC Cruises’ new building department. Prior to this, he used to work in the yacht design industry. In this position, Antonio is involved in the development of all the new prototype ships designed for MSC Cruises, following the process from the concept design to the delivery. Antonio focuses his attention on the design and outfitting of guest cabins and public areas in order to ensure that the ship’s interiors are in line with MSC Cruises’ vision of the cruise experience.

CALLIE TEDDER-HARES

CALLIE TEDDER-HARES
Founder & Creative Director, Volume Creative

Callie founded Volume Creative in 2015, with more than a decade's worth of experience under her belt. Volume quickly made steps into the cruise industry, being selected to provide design management, interior design, creative direction, and artwork services to Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady. Supporting the creative direction of fifty public spaces, Volume Creative played a large part in making Scarlet Lady the unique vessel it is.

On Monday 15th June 2020, Callie won the Cruise Ship Interiors Awards ‘Rising Star’ award. Volume Creative also took home the award for ‘Best Art’ in the products category, for their ‘Washed Up’ wayfinding artwork onboard Scarlet Lady.

DAVID MCCARTHY

DAVID MCCARTHY
Marine Development Director | AD Associates

David has 25 years’ experience in the hospitality and maritime industry at Executive level, both operationally and in vessel newbuild/refurbishment design and delivery. Graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University in BSc (Hons) Hospitality Management, a 14-year sea-going career with P&O Cruises, (a Carnival Corporation brand) was followed by various land-based roles at Carnival UK, Southampton. Responsible for several refurbishments and newbuild projects, notably the P&O Cruises flagship, Britannia, where he is proud to have been presented to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth. Now at AD Associates, an award-winning, multidisciplinary design agency based in the heart of London, David oversees all marine projects as well as Sales & Marketing activity. Throughout its lifespan, his extensive managerial experience across complex projects and service delivery looks to add value, nurture relationships and build trust and credibility with clients and partners worldwide.

DEREK BARKAS

DEREK BARKAS
Design Director, Barkas Design

With over 29 years’ experience in international interior architecture, Derek Barkas’ design journey covers cruise ships, river boats, hospitality, F&B branded outlets, retail and residential design. Creativity, attention to detail, operational knowledge and design flair are seamlessly stitched into Derek’s work.

As Design Director UK at YSA Design, Derek developed luxury high profile cruise ships, working with major cruise lines such as Holland America Line, Disney Cruises, and MSC Cruises. Now at his own firm, Barkas Design, Derek delivers managerial, conceptual, and total design development of high-end luxury marine, hotel, and F&B outlets internationally.

ERIK SCHOBESBERGER

ERIK SCHOBESBERGER
Vice President of Modernisation & Newbuilding Support | ALMACO Group

Erik Schobesberger is a marine and building technology expert, with experience both in running his own company, and working for large, multi-national technology companies. As the VP of Modernisation & Newbuilding Support at ALMACO Group, Erik is responsible for delivering intelligent digital solutions and building strategy for modernisation and newbuild projects. With experience working with all the major shipyards, as well as Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, and MSC, Erik is an established named in the cruise industry. His recent article, The Future of Buffets, explored how cruise lines would serve food in an efficient and safe way in the future, without compromising superior customer experience.

GEORGE SCAMMELL, ASID, IIDA

GEORGE SCAMMELL, ASID, IIDA
Director, Interior Design & Operations | Holland America Group, Princess Cruises

George Scammell is Director of Interior Design & Operations for Holland America Group, serving Princess Cruises.  He is responsible for leading the in-house design team in managing all interior design initiatives, supporting interior revitalization, refurbishment, and maintenance for Princess’ fleet of 17 International ships.  A global hospitality design leader, George has extensive experience in the hospitality, cruise, and leisure entertainment industry.  Leadership positions include VP of Global Design for Wyndham Worldwide, Principal for CORE architects, VP of Design for ForrestPerkins, and Design Management for Walt Disney World Resorts.  George earned his bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Florida State University, is a licensed Interior Designer, and a Professional Member of both the American Society of Interior Designers, and the International Interior Design Association.

Jon Ingleton

Jon Ingleton
Executive Editor | International Cruise & Ferry Review

Jon Ingleton is the executive editor of International Cruise & Ferry Review and Cruise & Ferry Interiors. Jon led the team that launched the magazine almost 25-years ago and in 2011 he acquired it on behalf of Tudor Rose where he is currently managing director. In addition to directing the company’s other publishing activities, Jon has editorial responsibility for Tudor Rose’s Cruise & Ferry suite of products. In this role Jon tracks key developments and trends in the cruise and ferry sectors, leads our association memberships and related activities, represents the magazine at global events and fulfils regular editorial assignments on a range of topics. Please visit www.cruiseandferry.net and www.Tudor-Rose.co.uk for more information.

LONE DITMER

LONE DITMER
Marketing Manager & Sustainable Business Development

MICHAEL OLIVER

MICHAEL OLIVER
Co-Owner & Co-Chairman | Trimline

Mike Oliver is Co-Chairman of global marine interior specialists Trimline. One of the most knowledgeable people in interior outfitting, he boasts over 40 years in the industry.

During his training on the Trimline shop floor he experienced many cruise and ferry refits. At the age of 21 he became Assistant Production Manager and over the next ten years became Production Manager, Contract Manager and Operations Director. Having amassed a wide range of industry knowledge, he then moved into the role of Sales and Marketing Director, the area of the business he’d always wanted to take responsibility for managing and directing.

In 1990, he took on a more Executive role, helping with the overall running of the business, and more recently became Co-Chairman.

Mike is well known for his energy and passion for the industry. Respected for his extensive industry knowledge, he is often asked to speak at marine events and to take part in industry media interviews.

MICHAEL ROLLINS

MICHAEL ROLLINS
Consultant, Healthcare Environment Hygiene and Infection Prevention | OspreyDeepclean

Michael Rollins is an independent consultant specialising in validation and implementation of healthcare hygiene technology, environmental infection prevention, and integration with patient safety quality improvement initiatives.

He joined UCLH Infection Directorate in 2004 as Project Manager for Department of Health-commissioned research studies into emerging cleaning technologies, including a study of enhanced patient environment cleaning and the impact on healthcare associated infections within the ICU.

His sponsored research & development studies include:

  • Investigation of novel antimicrobial compounds
  • Enhanced hygiene surface modification
  • Validation of proprietary dry steam vapour tools designed for healthcare applications
  • Validation of automated hand hygiene technology

Michael is an active member of the Hospital Infection Society UK, Patron of the National Association of Healthcare Cleaning professionals (AHCP) UK and member of the Education and Training advisory group (NHS Improvement National Standards, Institute of Apprenticeships- Health Care Cleaning Operative Training).

MY NGUYEN

MY NGUYEN
Director Interior Design & Operations | Seabourn & Holland America Line

My Nguyen was born in Vietnam and has resided in Seattle since the age of 2. She holds degrees in Interior Design and Fine Arts. My has earned accolades for award-winning and nationally recognized projects in marine, high-end residential, and hospitality design. She joined Holland America Group in a newly created leadership role to form an in-house design team that oversees the interior refurbishments and maintenance of Holland America Line and Seabourn’s fleet. My is also the head designer of staterooms on Holland America Line newbuild vessels.

Neil Shorthouse

Neil Shorthouse
Founder & Chief Executive | Shorthouse Hospitality Ltd

Neil is a senior Human Resources Professional and Facilitator his hospitality and cruise career spans more than two decades, working within top luxury brands, including, Disney Cruise Line, The World, Regent Seven Seas, Soneva, Six Senses, Anantara Hotels & Resorts and Cheval Blanc Randheli by LVMH. He has overseen several resort openings within the Indian Ocean and the UAE.  Neil worked in the launch of both the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, later on within his cruise career, he provided consultancy support to Royal Asian Cruise Line, as well as forming part of the transition team from SMS to SQM for a leading UK based cruise line, which also say him conducting companywide audits that included offices within Europe and on-board fleets of ships.  

In 2014, Neil founded Shorthouse Hospitality International, a Hospitality Services Consultancy, using his experience of creating industry-leading, revenue driving platforms for a wide range of companies   Most recently working closely with the Government of the Maldives, in advising and reassuring how safe the cruise industry is, thus ensuring that cruise ships are permitted to return to the Maldives. A regarded Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality (IOH), and Brand Ambassador for SE Asian and the Cruise Industry for the Institute.  Shorthouse also provides mentoring, executive coaching, leadership growth workshops, his company Shorthouse Hospitality has worked with such companies that include SAGA Cruises, Fred. Olsen, Regent Seven Seas and Leading Resorts in the Middle East, Maldives, Seychelles and SE Asia, Mid-Kent College and most recently with a health and wellness concept in London.

PER ERIKSSON

PER ERIKSSON
Business Director, Tillberg Design of Sweden

PETRA RYBERG

PETRA RYBERG
Head of Design | P&O Australia

Petra began her career by studying interior design in Sweden from 2010-2012. During her studies, Petra was awarded her first internship at Wilson Associates, Dallas, before being transferred to New York, where she assisted on hospitality projects for large hotels and restaurants. Immediately after finishing her degree in interior design, Petra landed a job with Hirsch Bedner Associates in London, where she spent most of her time working on a project for Ritz Carlton in Tunisia. After her time in London, Petra returned to Sweden, where she joined Tillberg Design of Sweden and started designing cruise ships for a variety of brands. From 2016, Petra has worked as Head of Design at P&O Australia, taking care of all designs for the P&O fleet in Australia.

PETU KUMMALA

PETU KUMMALA
Senior Director of Interior Design & Architecture | Carnival Cruise Line

Ever since he was a young child, Petu has loved the sea and ships, and been fascinated by designing and customising objects, from artwork, to helmets, to cell phone covers to vehicles and anything in-between. “As long as I can remember, I’ve been attracted to creating things and to taking what already exists and improving it,” Kummala says. As an adult, that led him to Kone-Plan OY/Deltamarin Group, a firm that specialises in ship design and engineering, where one of his clients was Carnival Cruise Line. That is where he met Joe Farcus, the legendary designer who was involved in creating the interiors of all Carnival’s ships from 1975 until his retirement in 2013. When Farcus offered Kummala the opportunity to join his firm, Kummala says that it took less than 10 seconds for him to make his decision. After working on 17 Carnival, nine Costa and few other brands’ ships, Kummala launched 358 Design, which he still operates. But in 2015, Carnival asked him to join its staff, where he is now director of interior design & architecture. As he continues to combine creative inspiration with technical innovations, Kummala is guided by a very personal philosophy.  “If I can give passengers something new to discover every day, I’ve created a successful design.” 

STEPHEN FRYERS

STEPHEN FRYERS
Cruise Line Consultant

Many will know Stephen Fryers from his thought-engaging, conversation-starting LinkedIn discussions. Bringing knowledge and experience to the cruise community, Stephen’s expertise is based in interior outfitting, working as a consultant to marine companies for over 15 years. Specialising in new build and refurbishment of cruise ship interiors, Stephen has technical proficiency in taking a project from inception to completion. Prior to consulting for the worlds major cruise lines, Stephen Project Managed construction of internal and external spaces on newbuilds for Disney Cruise Line and United States Line, before a 7-year stint as Project Manager at Royal Caribbean, working within the Newbuild and Revitalization Department on fleetwide projects.