Erik Østergaard OBE
Erik was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in November 2006 and became Chair in April 2014. He is CEO of Danish Transport and Logistics, comprising 2,100 Danish transport and logistics member companies. His career spans over 30 years in senior management roles in the shipping, ferry operations and transport industries. In February 2020, Erik was entitled Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE), adding to his royal honours; in 2018, he was bestowed Knight’s Cross 1st class of the Order of Dannebrog by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, and in 2004, he was awarded a Knight’s Cross.
Chief Executive Officer
Kevin joined CMAL in April 2016, bringing 30 years’ experience in the port, maritime logistics and shipping industries. As director at Port of Milford Haven, a leading UK port which handles over 30 million tonnes of cargo annually, he was responsible for commercial and operational management. Between 2008 and 2011, Kevin worked as a specialist consultant, providing expert advice to maritime and shipping clients, including Dublin Port Company, Peel Ports and Stena Line. In 1996, he founded Seatruck Ferries Group, an Irish Sea ferry service specialising in freight, which he guided from start-up to a profitable business. As CEO and managing director, he oversaw an investment portfolio of eight new build freight ferries and five pre-owned ferries.
Heather Ferguson was appointed as Finance Director in November 2020. Heather has a strong financial portfolio, honed through 30 years of experience in both the private and not-for-profit sector. Before joining CMAL, Heather worked at The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow, where she spent six years leading their financial strategy, which included building an IT team and managing complex building renovations. Prior to this, she worked at St Andrew’s First Aid for nine years, upgrading their systems and centralising accounting processes. She has managed a charity, held Trustee positions, and is passionate about improving life for the people of Scotland. Heather is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Director of Vessels
Jim was appointed Director of Vessels in April 2016. Jim is a Chartered Engineer; a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Jim has over 35 years’ experience in the maritime industry; working in senior management roles for shipbuilders, ship owners and design consultants.
Director of Port Infrastructure & Planning
Ramsay was appointed Director of Port Infrastructure & Planning in October 2019. He has over 20 years’ experience in a broad range of engineering disciplines and joined CMAL in 2009 as a Civil Engineer. In 2012, he took up the role of Head of Civil Engineering, responsible for overseeing the delivery of all CMAL harbour maintenance and infrastructure projects. Ramsay is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers; a Chartered Manager and Member of the Chartered Management Institute; and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland.
Morag McNeill is a qualified solicitor with over 35 years’ experience as a corporate lawyer. She was a senior partner at McGrigors LLP (now part of Pinsent Masons LLP) and latterly, was General Counsel at Forth Ports plc. Morag has extensive experience in the ports and harbours sector and a strong background in corporate governance. She is Vice-Chair at Aberdeen Harbour Board, Vice-Chair at Social Investment Scotland, Deputy Chair at Heriot-Watt University and Chair of The Edinburgh Academy. Morag is also a board member at Scottish Event Campus Limited, which owns and operates the SSE Hydro, and FARE Scotland, a charity based in Easterhouse.
Paul Croucher holds an MBA in Banking and Finance and was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Banking and Finance Services in 2009. Paul has private sector leadership experience in corporate banking, with previous divisional director roles at Lloyds Banking Group, Royal Bank of Scotland and BNP Paribas. Paul has held several non-executive director roles, with current roles including the Isle of Man Steam Packet (ferry) Company, where he is the shareholder representative, and he is a Board Member and Finance Chair of a multi-academy education trust in England.
Graeme is a qualified marine engineer with more than 35 years’ experience working in marine and oil and gas related businesses, with a focus on vessel management and operation. He has served in a range of executive and non-executive director positions for over 14 years in various organisations, from family-owned enterprises to multi-national organisations. He is a fellow of the Institute of Directors, a Chartered Director, and a member of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.