Richard Watts

Founder and Managing Director, HR Maritime

Richard has spent his entire career working within the maritime industry with a particular focus on the carriage of physical commodities.

After 7 years working for two of the leading independent rice trading companies, Richard created HR Maritime in 2008 in order to provide bespoke professional services and training to the Trading and Shipping Industry. HR Maritime enjoys a wide range of clients both in Geneva and in the wider Shipping and Trading Community.

Richard has a passion for teaching and assisting companies to reduce inefficiencies wherever possible. Richard also works extensively with exporters and importers from less developed countries to help them access the global market and increase their involvement in the entire value chain.

Richard is increasingly focusing on the requirements and opportunities presented by the need for decarbonisation and more generally achieving sustainability in the business of Trading, Shipping, Finance and supply chain logistics.

Richard is the President of the Geneva branch of The Propeller Club and a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. Unrelated to his daily work but a source of immense pride, Richard is also the President of SOS Mediterranee Suisse.