Board of Directors

Executive Directors

  • James Kidwell

    Chief Executive Officer
    Background and relevant experience:
    Chartered Accountant. Formerly Finance Director of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Limited and Group Financial Controller of Carlton Communications PLC.
    Finance Director of Braemar Shipping Services plc from 2002 until his appointment as Chief Executive in June 2012.
    Current external appointments:
    None.
  • Louise Evans

    Group Finance Director
    Background and relevant experience:
    Louise Evans qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young. Formerly Group Finance Director of Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC, previously Divisional Finance Director at RPS Group plc.

    Current external appointments:
    Trustee Treasurer of Infertility Network UK (a registered charity)

Non-executive Directors

  • David Moorhouse CBE

    Non-executive Chairman
    Committee memberships:
    Chairman of the Nominations Committee.
    Background and relevant experience:
    Former Executive Chairman of Lloyd’s Register, former Chairman and Chief Executive of the Process Division of the Kvaerner Group, former board member and Deputy Chairman of the Department for Trade and Industry's Offshore Supplies and a Life Member of the UK's Foundation for Science and Technology.
    Current external appointments:
    Trustee Director of Trafalgar House Trustees Limited, Director of Maritime London, Director of OAO Sovcomflot and a Director of James Fisher & Sons plc. Life Member of the Foundation of Science and Technology.
  • Alastair Farley

    Senior Independent Non-executive Director
    Committee memberships:
    Chairman of the Audit Committee, member of the Remuneration Committee and Nominations Committee.
    Background and relevant experience:
    Qualified solicitor and a founding partner of Watson, Farley & Williams LLP, a firm of international lawyers, and senior partner from 1982-1999. Formerly a non-executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Close Brothers Group plc.


    Current external appointments:
    Director of Nautilus Holdings Limited, Gyroscopic Fund Limited and senior adviser to Chandris Group.
  • Jürgen Breuer

    Non-Executive Director
    Committee memberships:
    Chairman of the Remuneration Committee, Member of the Audit Committee and Nominations Committee.
    Background and relevant experience:
    Formerly a dealer at Societe Generale, Citibank and Sal Oppenheim, Senior Managing Director responsible for starting and managing GFI Group's Asian businesses. Joined the ACM Shipping board in 2011 and the Braemar Shipping Services board in 2014.
    Current external appointments:
    Baltic Bau, Immobilienverwaltungs GmbH, Heinrich-Heine-Garten Binz GmbH.
  • Mark Tracey

    Non-Executive Director
    Committee memberships:
    Member of the Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee and Nominations Committee.
    Background and relevant experience:
    Over 25 years' experience in the healthcare industry gained at Paribas Ltd and at Goldman Sachs where he was Co-Head of Global Healthcare Equity Research. He joined the ACM board in 2012 and the Braemar Shipping Services board in 2014.
    Current external appointments:
    Arkle Associates LLP
    Tred Developments (Barnes) LLP
  • Lesley Watkins

    NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    Committee memberships:
    Member of the Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee and Nominations Committee.
    Background and relevant experience:
    Qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse and 18 years’ experience in banking with UBS and Deutsche Bank.
    Finance Director and Company Secretary of Calculus Capital Limited; a non-executive director of Game Digital plc and Chair of its Audit Committee; a non-executive director of Panmure Gordon & co plc and Chair of its Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.
    Formerly a non-executive director of Metropolitan Safe Custody Limited and Chair of its remuneration committee; a non-executive Council Member and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Competition Commission.
    Current external appointments:
    Finance Director and Company Secretary of Calculus Capital Limited
    Non-executive director of Game Digital plc
    Non-executive director of Panmure Gordon & co plc