Our Board

Our team of Non-Executive Directors have been selected for their wide-ranging skills and experience and provide independent oversight for the organisation.

Our Board is an independent statutory authority, responsible for the port’s administration, maintenance and improvement. 

Alistair Mackenzie

Alistair has worked in Aberdeen’s energy industry for more than 20 years. He is currently owner/director of Mentor Aviation Services Ltd. Alistair is also a former Commissioner and Chairman of the Northern Lighthouse Board.

Roy Buchan

Roy has worked in the international oil, gas and energy industries for more than 30 years, laterally as Chief Operations Officer of Ithaca Energy, and as a Board member of AI solutions provider Operational Excellence Group. Roy is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineers, Science and Technology, and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Bob Sanguinetti

Bob joined Port of Aberdeen in September 2021 after three years as Chief Executive Officer of the UK Chamber of Shipping. Prior to this, he was CEO of Gibraltar Port Authority and amassed more than 20 years' experience in the Royal Navy.

Jon Oakey

Jon joins the port after three years with Stagecoach Group as Finance Director, Scotland including a period as Managing Director of the East Scotland bus operation. Jon’s extensive career spans the international oil and gas and transport industries, and he has managed operations around the world. Jon is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Sarah West

Sarah joined the Port of Aberdeen in February 2022 after two years as Chief Operations Officer at the Port of Dover and four years with Associated British Ports. She joined the port sector after serving twenty years in the Royal Navy.

Forsyth Black

Forsyth has considerable experience in international trade, having spent most of his career with Menzies Aviation where he held several senior positions. He was the first Board member of John Menzies PLC to serve on the main board and all divisional Boards. Forsyth has advised global businesses within the logistics, aviation and road transport industries.

Bertie Armstrong

Bertie Armstrong was Chief Executive Officer of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) and SFF Services Ltd, and previously Queen's Harbourmaster of the Clyde Dockyard Port. He was a Board member of the Fisheries Legacy Trust Company and a Trustee and Board member of Fisheries Innovation Scotland.

Mike Keith

Mike is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, who has worked in the construction industry for more than 30 years. Most of that time was with Morrison Construction where he held several senior finance positions, mainly as Finance Director and also was Managing Director of their Building business in Scotland for a period of more than three years.

Eleanor Craig

Eleanor has worked for over 20 years in the consumer goods business, mainly with Diageo in a number of international Managing Director roles. She is a Chartered Accountant and has a BA (hons) degree in Business Management. Eleanor is also a Non-Executive Director of the Scottish Qualification Authority.

Kenneth Shand

Kenneth is an experienced corporate lawyer. As CEO of Maclay Murray & Spens, Kenneth led the firm’s merger with Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, then served on Dentons’ Regional Board and Executive Leadership Team for the UK & Middle East and as Senior Partner, Scotland. Kenneth now has a portfolio career, supporting a number of businesses across various sectors on their growth plans.

John Brebner

Non-Executive Member John holds various executive and non-executive roles, including President of AGCC, as well as undertaking project based advisory work. This follows a 34-year career with Clydesdale Bank where he undertook various senior roles, latterly Head of Regional Business & Private Banking Centre – East Scotland and Regional Head of Specialist & Acquisition Finance – North of Scotland.

Jayne MacLennan

Jayne is a Chartered Surveyor by profession and held the role as Group Director at FirstGroup PLC where she worked in the US, Europe and the UK. She now has a portfolio career as a consultant, executive coach and mediator. Jayne also holds number of Non-Executive Directorships, including on the boards of the Royal Force and LocatED. She is also a Trustee of the National Trust for Scotland.

The Remuneration Committee

The Remuneration Committee consists of four members: the Chairman, the Vice-Chairman and two Non-executive Board members. Its principal duties are to consider matters relating to staff wages and salaries. The Committee also considers in detail items or issues delegated or remitted by the Board, and reports back with recommendations or details of actions taken. 

The Audit & Risk Committee

The Audit & Risk Committee consists of five Non-executive Board members. Its principal duties are to manage external audits of management controls; to review external and internal audit strategies and to appoint and manage external auditors; to review annual management accounts and financial statements; to monitor the performance of the Board's long-term investments, and to benchmark the Board's corporate governance performance. 

The Property Committee

The Property Committee consists of four Non-executive Board members and its principal duties are to prepare and keep under review the estate management strategies relating to the Board's land and property holdings; to consider appropriate opportunities for extending the Board's property portfolio, and to review the appointment, performance and fees of the Board's external property advisors.