An award-winning designer has turned herself into one of the youngest chief executives in ­shipping.

After graduating from the UK’s Royal College of Art (RCA) in 2018, Madelaine Dowd launched Helm Innovation to focus on life-saving equipment at sea.

The 25-year-old from Hertfordshire, southern England, is patenting a new pilot ladder system that it is claimed reduces safety risks in a ship-to-ship transfer by 80%.