Since 2007, Paul Sadler has been the Accredited Representative at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS). He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects. He has an honours degree from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding. His professional career started in the UK shipbuilding industry then in the cargo access equipment sector. Prior to joining IACS he worked for the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency for 17 years – initially as a flag and ports state surveyor; then in the Agency’s International Liaison Branch, where he became the United Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the IMO and thereafter the head of policy for ship safety standards in the Agency.
Paul regularly lectures to students and maritime industry organisations in the UK and overseas on the IMO and the roles of Classification Societies and Recognized Organizations. Since 2010 he has served on the Board of Governors of the World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden.