MCA, Ship Standards, Esmé Flegg

Code Vessel Policy Lead (SEO)

Why did you choose the MCA?

I had wanted to work for the MCA since I was a university student working on my undergraduate degree. I have a passion for both the maritime sector and policy, and wanted to work in a role where I could make a tangible and positive difference to people’s lives.

What is the most exciting part of your job?

As part of my role I research new technologies and scientific developments, working out what we can incorporate into policy updates to ensure that we are future-proofing our regulations.

What do you enjoy most about the work you do?

That I am encouraged to find ways to improve and evolve our policy to become more innovative, green and future-facing.

What does your average working day look like?

An average day includes meetings (collaborating with internal teams or with external stakeholders) and time for either researching new technological developments to include within policy, or writing policy. I am also often on training courses for knowledge and skill development.

What is your background and how has this helped you in your current role?

I have a PhD in maritime engineering and law which helped me to develop my knowledge of UK and IMO policy and regulations. Two key benefits of my PhD were the experience of writing and presenting to a diverse range of audiences, and being experienced in the need for stamina to steadily work on a single piece of policy for a significant period of time.

What kind of projects do you have coming up?

2022 is going to be an exciting year, that’s for sure!
We are taking a Code of Practice to public consultation in spring 2022.
Also, I will be doing a research project for new fuels and decarbonisation options for the sport and pleasure sector.