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Board of Directors

Duncan Mackison
Chief Executive

Duncan Mackison is CEO for David MacBrayne Limited.  Duncan is a Board level professional with particular expertise in the delivery of high value, complex service contracts to government and public sector clients.  He is an Executive Director for the David MacBrayne Group, CalMac Ferries Limited and Solent Gateway Limited.  He is also the Vice-President (Royal Marines) for the Reserve Forces & Cadets Association Lowland Board and Chairman of the Board of Governors for The Glasgow Academy.  He was previously Chairman of Alba Trees Plc and a Trustee of the Crawick Multiverse Trust.

Duncan's recent experience in Scotland has been in property management for Buccleuch Group and GFG Alliance; often with a significant community and government interface.  Prior to that, Duncan enjoyed a variety of roles for Serco until 2014.  Most notably as the Managing Director of Serco Defence (£370m turnover with 3,000 staff), the largest MoD supplier in terms of manpower, supplying maritime, aviation and property support services.  Duncan started his career as a Royal Marine Officer serving for 9 years from 1985 to 1994 seeing operational service in Northern Ireland and Iraq. 

Erik Østergaard
Non-Executive Chairman
Erik Østergaard OBE is CEO of a transport and logistics organisation.  He has more than 35 years of experience in senior management positions in the shipping, ferry and transportation industry  Originally trained in shipping, he later studied international economics and management at IMD in Lausanne, Stanford Graduate School of Business, California, and Boot School of Business, University of Chicago from where he earned a degree as Master of Business Administration.  He has held and holds office as a Non-Executive Board Member or Chairman of several companies in the shipping and transportation industry, numerous government committees and boards of trade associations.

Susan M Browell
Non-Executive Director

Susan Browell is a Board level HR professional with over 30 years' strategic and operational experience gained in public, private and non-profit organisations in the UK with some International experience.  She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.  Ms Browell has been responsible for change programmes, consultancy projects, management training and leadership development for a variety of organisations in the UK and overseas and lectured at a university business school.  She has also authored books, book chapters and articles and is currently a Non-Executive Director for the Scottish Prison Service and a Public Interest Member for the Institute of Charted Accountants Scotland.  She has been a regular passenger of CalMac for over 30 years.

Michael B Comerford
Non-Executive Director

Michael Comerford originally trained as a Naval Architect and has over 30 years' experience in shipbuilding, shipping, offshore energy and logistics, starting his career with Lloyd's Register of Shipping.  He has held industry leadership positions focussing on asset integrity and asset management, organisational competence and operational excellence with Bureau Veritas, Petrofac Ltd. and, most recently, in a consultancy role with the Global Offshore Wind Division of the Danish state utility DONG Energy.  He served as a Regional Director for Scotland and Northern Ireland of the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and subsequently on its main Board as Director of Strategy and Communications.  Prior to this he was Managing Director of Lithgow's Ltd. Marine Division comprising four shipyards and a ship design consultancy.  He has extensive Board experience as a Director and Chairman with particular expertise in Asset Management, Risk, Safety, Audit and Business Continuity.  He is a Chartered Engineer (C. Eng), a Member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (MRINA), an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute (AFNI) and an RYA/MCA commercially-endorsed yacht master and instructor.

Tim Ingram
Non-Executive Director
Tim Ingram brings a range of health and safety, enterprise risk management and governance skills together with a wealth of energy industry, marine and port operations experience.  He is a Non-Executive Director of Western Isles NHS Board, sitting on various Committees including the Healthcare Governance and Audit Committee, which he chairs.  He worked in the offshore oil and gas industry and joined the Health and Safety Executive in 1992 as a Specialist Inspector becoming the Principal Inspector responsible for the inspection of gas and pipeline facilities across Scotland.  Latterly he held corporate and director level health and safety and assurance roles in Maersk Oil, the Wood Group, Dana Petroleum and the Port of Tyne.  He now runs a specialist health and safety consultancy and is voluntary guest lecturer at Imperial College, London.

Grant Macrae
Non-Executive Director
Grant Macrae is a Member of ICAS and CIPFA and has extensive experience of audit, risk management and governance.  For many years he led external audit of a wide range of entities owned by government across the public sector. He has participated in the development of international accounting standards.  Since returning to the UK he has been a board member of several bodies where he has chaired finance or audit and risk committees.  He has also been an independent member of the audit and risk committee of two large organisations.  He is currently a Board Member of the Scottish Police Authority.

Sharon O'Connor
Non-Executive Director
Sharon O'Connor is a Fellow and Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel Development as well as being professionally qualified in Marketing. She was the former Chair of the Education Authority NI and was previously Chief Executive of Derry City Council. She has extensive experience in capital projects, public services, economic development and tourism.  Ms O'Connor serves on the Accounts Commission for Scotland; is a Board member of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI); and the NI Transport Holding Company (Translink).

Robbie Drummond
Managing Director
Robbie Drummond has worked in a variety of senior finance roles across business services, technology and transport sectors in complex matrix organisations. This includes Invocas plc, HBoS plc, Thus plc, PricewaterhouseCoopers (Corporate Finance) and KPMG. He is a member of Transport Scotland's Smart and Integrated Transport Committee, the Scottish Government's Information Systems Investment Board and the Scottish Council for Development and Industry Committee (Highlands and Islands). He is also a member of ICAS and the Institute of Directors.

Board Meeting Minutes

Since November 2016, all CalMac Ferries Ltd business has been discussed and included as part of the David MacBrayne Board meetings.  To see minutes of meetings for DML please visit:

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