New Chair at Aberdeen Harbour "committed to expansion plans"News // February 20, 2015
Aberdeen Harbour Board has appointed Alistair Mackenzie as chairman and Howard Woodcock as vice chairman. Mr Mackenzie has served on the board since 2010 and replaces Chris Lloyd, who has stepped down following four years as chairman and a total of six years on the Board.
With many years of marine and energy industry experience, Mr Mackenzie, until recently the regional director of Achilles Group Limited and currently the vice chair of the Northern Lighthouse Board, will play a key role.
“Taking up the role as chair at such a significant time for Aberdeen Harbour will be both challenging and exciting. I would like to thank Chris for his leadership and vision, and I am committed to leading the Board as plans develop to expand Aberdeen Harbour into Nigg Bay,” said Mr Mackenzie.
Howard Woodcock, a Board member since 2012 steps up to the position of vice chairman. Mr Woodcock has been involved in the marine industry for more than 30 years. The current chief executive of Bibby Offshore, he has overseen much of the company’s growth from 19 to more than 1,450 employees.
Adding further strength to the Board, Mike Porter, has joined as a non-executive member. Spending the early part of his career working for ASCO, he also worked for Seaforth before joining SBS. Most recently he held the position of chief operating officer, Offshore Group, at Peterson, before leaving in late 2014.
Colin Parker, chief executive of Aberdeen Harbour said: “I would like to express my gratitude to Chris Lloyd for playing a pivotal role in chairing our Board over the last four years and wish him continued success in the future. During his tenure, the port has witnessed record shipping tonnages and significant investment in facilities, positioning us well to achieve our future growth plans and ambitions.”
“With both Alistair and Howard stepping up, and the appointment of Mike, we remain confident that the port will continue to operate at the highest possible standard. The combined experience of all board members comprises a body of expertise which, at this extremely important time for Aberdeen Harbour and the region, will help maintain the port’s competitive position in the market and delivering our strategic plans for the future”.