Erik Østergaard was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in November 2006 and became the Chair of the Board in April 2014. He is Chief Executive Officer of the Trade and Employers Organisation, Danish Transport and Logistics, comprising 2,100 Danish transport and logistics member companies. His career has involved over 30 years in various senior management roles in the shipping, ferry operations and transport industries. In 2018, he was bestowed Knight’s Cross 1st class of the Order of Dannebrog by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, adding to his royal honours; in 2004, he was awarded a Knight’s Cross. The Knight’s Cross is awarded for meritorious civil or military service, contribution to the arts, sciences or business life, or to those working for Danish interests.
Chief Executive Officer
Kevin Hobbs was appointed in April 2016. He owned a port, marine logistics and shipping consultancy, and has held a number of senior management positions during his 25 year career in the maritime industry. Kevin was Director at the UK’s third biggest port, Milford Haven port, and was responsible for all operations at Pembroke Port and Milford Docks. His early career saw him operate at a senior level, founding Seatruck Ferries, and provided consultancy and interim management to clients in the UK and Ireland. Kevin has experience working with both vessels and ports.
Appointed as Finance Director for CMAL in May 2013. This is a joint appointment with Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd, both are Public Corporations. Qualified with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from Glasgow University and then completed her Chartered Accounting qualification with PWC in Glasgow. She then spent 3 years working as an International Internal Auditor for Thorn EMI based near London. She joined Polaroid in 1998 where she held various Finance roles of increasing responsibility ultimately serving as Group Finance Director from 2007 to 2013 for the Polaroid Eyewear division which manufactures and sells Polaroid Eyewear Branded Sunglasses globally.
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 25 years’ experience as a corporate lawyer. She was a senior partner in 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. Ms McNeil is also a board member of Aberdeen Harbour Board, Social Investment Scotland and the Resources Board of the Scottish Government. She is also on the board of three charities and holds no other ministerial appointments.
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.