Tributes to Giles Noakes

Giles Noakes

It is with great sadness that BIMCO announces the unexpected death of its Head of Maritime Security, Mr Giles Noakes on Wednesday 10 May. 

Giles joined BIMCO in January 2008 and made a significant and lasting contribution to the development of maritime security across the industry. 

He was well known and highly regarded, actively and expertly advising shipowners, operators, shipping associations, military, non-governmental organisations and government departments on maritime security issues. He was particularly instrumental in the development of Best Management Practices for protection against Somalia based piracy. 

Giles was 62, and leaves a partner and 4 children. 

Memorial service

A memorial service for Giles will take place at noon on Thursday 20 July at:

St James's Church,
197 Piccadilly,
London, W1J 9LL 

Followed by a reception from 13:30 -15:30 at:

Army & Navy Club,
36 Pall Mall,
St James's,
London, SW1Y 5JN

RSVP Karin Petersen at


Kindly to either one of Giles’s two favourite charities:

Anyone who would like to leave a message should email and the details will be passed onto Giles’ family.

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Posted on 16.05.2017 by The Noakes family

Thank you all for your kind messages and condolences. It has given much solace, though not much surprise to us to read how much of an impact Dad had at work! Our Dad was full of charm and enthusiasm, he also really cared about making the world a better place which he did his utmost to achieve. Thank you again for sharing your memories of Dad, he lived life to the max and it is hard for us to accept that that spark is gone from our lives but your personal tributes have meant so much to our family in this time of sadness and grief.

Posted on 16.05.2017 by Georgina Noakes
As Giles's sister, Georgina Noakes, with my husband Richard Sayer, and my sister Lavinia and her family, and our cousins, we would like to say how much all your messages of condolence and rememberances of the unique life force that was our brother Giles, have meant to us. We have read them with heavy hearts, alongside his wonderful children Vicky, Charlotte, India and Alexander and his partner Susan. We are still, like you all, reeling from the shock of Giles's death a week ago today. And we are grappling with the fierce loss to his family as well as to the maritime industry at large. Each message has helped us to not just mourn but also celebrate Giles's life and achievements - and the affection in which he was clearly held - as well as appreciate his legacy, which you all must now continue to the next level. Like his father before him, Giles was a one off. We will not see the like of him again. We do hope to meet you at the Memorial Service which will be held to honour and celebrate the life of Giles.  BIMCO will kindly let you know when that will be. 
Posted on 10.05.2017 by Susan Lee
I am finding it so hard to collect my thoughts but wanted to thank you all for taking the time to write your moving tributes to my partner Giles Noakes. Through your considered words, you have brought Giles back to me and I recognise the man I knew and love in your messages. Giles wanted the best for everyone he met and would genuinely offer help and good counsel to anyone who reached out for it. Above all else, he was a kind man and this meant more to me than anything. Giles was passionate about his work and many of your names are very familiar to me through conversations with him. I know being a part of your community meant a great deal to him. He would be so touched and humbled to read your comments and I would very much like to thank you on his behalf.
Posted on 10.05.2017 by Mr Philippe Louis-Dreyfus, BIMCO President & Chairperson of the Board
This is tragic news, we send Giles’ family our very sincerest condolences, Giles was a wonderful man and I was happy and proud to have worked with him at BIMCO.  We all share his family’s sadness, they are in our thoughts at this very difficult time.  Giles will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Posted on 10.05.2017 by Angus Frew, Secretary General & CEO and BIMCO staff
We are all very shocked to hear of Giles’ sudden and untimely death.

Giles was a giant of our industry in both personality and expertise. He put a distinct fingerprint on BIMCO and the wider shipping community and he leaves a great void.

We all knew and appreciated Giles for his enthusiasm and devotion in everything that he engaged in. He was a good colleague and friend and he will be sorely missed by us all.

We send our sincere condolences to his family, they are in our thoughts at this difficult time.
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