SMC is led by a ten-strong team of directors, with Douglas Lang, managing director at Anglo-Eastern UK taking on the role of chair, supported by Kevin Hobbs, chief executive at Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd; Patrick Carnie, strategy director, energy & marine technology at Babcock International; Chloe Oakshett, Solicitor and Notary Public at Addleshaw Goddard LLP specialising in Maritime and Shipping; Kat Heathcote, Commercial Director and Co-Owner of Witherby Publishing Group; Neil Amner, director at Anderson Strathern; Paul Little, Principal & CEO at City of Glasgow College; Mike Bullock, chief executive of Northern Lighthouse Board; engineering consultant Duncan Cunningham and Brian Fulton, consultant and Executive Director.

Douglas Lang

Douglas Lang is Group Managing Director of Anglo-Eastern (Offshore) which is part of the Hong Kong based Ship Management Group.

Douglas started his career as a Naval Architect. He graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 1980 and spent the first ten years of his career with DnV in Oslo specialising in the research and development of floating offshore structures.

He also holds an MBA from the University of Strathclyde Business School, obtained in 1988.

In 1990 Douglas joined Denholm Ship Management where he held several management posts.

After the merger between Anglo-Eastern and Denholm in 2001 Douglas took overall responsibility for the enlarged Anglo-Eastern (UK) services until in January 2017 he was promoted to the newly created Group offshore position.

Douglas has published papers on a wide range of ship management. He is a regular speaker at the Galbraith’s Shipping Course. In addition, he is a member of the BIMCO Marine Committee, INTERTANKO Safety & Environmental Committee as well as several Class committees. In addition he has recently been elected as the first Chairman of the Scottish Maritime Cluster.

Kevin Hobbs is Chief Executive Officer of Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL).

Kevin was appointed in April 2016 as CEO of CMAL. He owned a port, marine logistics and shipping consultancy, and has held a number of senior management positions during his 30 year career 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.

Kevin Hobbs

Kevin Hobbs

Kevin Hobbs is Chief Executive Officer of Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL).

Kevin was appointed in April 2016 as CEO of CMAL. He owned a port, marine logistics and shipping consultancy, and has held a number of senior management positions during his 30 year career 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.

Patrick Carnie

Patrick Carnie joined Babcock in 2013, leading long term growth initiatives in Offshore Energy and Marine sectors.

He represents Babcock in Maritime Research & Innovation UK (MarRI-UK), Scottish Maritime Cluster, a Scottish Enterprise leadership group, and in UKNEST (Naval Engineering Science & Technology).

Motivated to grow sustainable high value jobs in the UK maritime sector, Patrick is responsible for long term value development. He delivers strategic analysis & plans; advice on new market offerings; and acquisition, change and communications programs.

Patrick is best known for establishing the UK’s first Marine Industries Growth Strategy, and as a co-author of “Global Marine Trends 2030”.

Patrick previously led maritime sector marketing and business planning for QinetiQ.

A Naval Architecture graduate (University of Strathclyde, 1992), his technical career was with YARD, the UK Ministry of Defence and the Canadian Navy.

Chloe is a solicitor at Addleshaw Goddard LLP working as a maritime lawyer and a specialist in the firm’s shipping team.

Chloe is involved with all aspects of maritime transactions, providing legal advice for a wide range of clients including ship owners and charterers, financial institutions, energy suppliers, insurance providers and public bodies.

Chloe’s practice is domestic and international. Day-to-day work is largely focused vessel procurement and ship finance; ocean freight work and chartering; and supporting offshore renewable energy and oilfield services.  

Chloe is also a Foreign and Commonwealth Office accredited Notary Public. 

Chloe Oakshett

Chloe Oakshett

Chloe is a solicitor at Addleshaw Goddard LLP working as a maritime lawyer and a specialist in the firm’s shipping team.

Chloe is involved with all aspects of maritime transactions, providing legal advice for a wide range of clients including ship owners and charterers, financial institutions, energy suppliers, insurance providers and public bodies.

Chloe’s practice is domestic and international. Day-to-day work is largely focused vessel procurement and ship finance; ocean freight work and chartering; and supporting offshore renewable energy and oilfield services.  

Chloe is also a Foreign and Commonwealth Office accredited Notary Public. 

Neil Amner

Neil is a Director at Anderson Strathern LLP, solicitors, where he leads the firm’s Transport practice and is its Brexit lead.

He has a strong track record as one of Scotland’s leading transport and logistics, environmental and parliamentary lawyers.

Neil’s maritime related experience includes: ports and harbours operational matters; dredging and marine licensing; drafting harbour orders; port and landside infrastructure projects; towage; wreck removal; vessel procurement and chartering.

He is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK) and a member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Maritime and Environmental Law Sub-Committees.

He is the immediate Past President of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and a Board member of Scottish Chambers of Commerce.

Paul is Principal and Chief Executive of City of Glasgow College.

Preceding the merger he was Principal and Chief Executive of Central College Glasgow from 2007.

Prior to this, he was Acting Director & Chief Executive of Southern Regional College in Northern Ireland, Principal & Chief Executive of the Queen’s Award winning Armagh College of Further & Higher Education and Principal of Limavady College.

He has 30 years’ experience in Further Education and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Institute of Public Relations, a Member of the Nautical Institute. As Ambassador for World Skills UK for Scotland, he has overseen the creation of a World Skills Academy and the City of Glasgow College’s current No.1 ranking in the Worldskills UK league.

Paul is a retired veteran HM Coastguard Officer and is a Fellow of The Nautical Institute.

Paul Little

Mike Bullock

Mike Bullock joined the Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB) as Chief Executive in 2014. NLB is the General Lighthouse Authority for Scotland and the Isle of Man and is a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB) answerable to the UK Department for Transport.

Prior to taking up his current appointment he was in the Royal Navy for 34 years serving in a total of six ships and submarines, as well as working ashore in the Ministry of Defence, NATO, the UK Embassy in Washington DC and in the Pentagon.

His final appointment, in the rank of Commodore, was in Navy Command Headquarters, Portsmouth where he had responsibility for Logistics and Infrastructure for the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, holds a Masters of Art in International Security and Strategy from King’s College London (2011) and is a graduate of the Royal College of Defence Studies.

“I joined SMC’s Board to help fulfil the Northern Lighthouse Board’s strategic objective of supporting the sustainable economic development of Scotland. As a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) with our headquarters in Edinburgh, but working to the Department for Transport in London, we have strong relationships both within UK and Scottish Governments. I am able to use this network to facilitate the Cluster’s work, that’s everything from directly engaging with Ministers and making introductions to identifying emerging opportunities through policy change.”

Brian brings more than 30 years’ experience in the Maritime Sector to the Cluster having started his career with Caledonian MacBrayne in the late 1980s while working towards his degree in Accountancy at the University of Glasgow. Following graduation, he worked in a variety of roles in the sector including Operations Director and Regional Management.

Most recently Brian has undertaken the roles of Port Director and non-Executive Director with Solent Gateway Ltd, based in Marchwood port, the UK’s main military logistics supply port, successfully overseeing the transition from a military port to a commercially focussed port.

Brian also created the role of Director of Community and Stakeholder Engagement for CalMac Ferries Ltd, setting up the CalMac Community Board. He led the operations team in the successful bid for the latest west coast ferry contract and, as Operations Director, he has represented CalMac internationally at conferences and on the Board of the Interferry Operators Policy Committee.

Brian has recently completed an MBA with distinction from the University of Strathclyde Business School specialising in Leadership Studies.

Brian Fulton

Brian Fulton

Brian brings more than 30 years’ experience in the Maritime Sector to the Cluster having started his career with Caledonian MacBrayne in the late 1980s while working towards his degree in Accountancy at the University of Glasgow. Following graduation, he worked in a variety of roles in the sector including Operations Director and Regional Management.

Most recently Brian has undertaken the roles of Port Director and non-Executive Director with Solent Gateway Ltd, based in Marchwood port, the UK’s main military logistics supply port, successfully overseeing the transition from a military port to a commercially focussed port.

Brian also created the role of Director of Community and Stakeholder Engagement for CalMac Ferries Ltd, setting up the CalMac Community Board. He led the operations team in the successful bid for the latest west coast ferry contract and, as Operations Director, he has represented CalMac internationally at conferences and on the Board of the Interferry Operators Policy Committee.

Brian has recently completed an MBA with distinction from the University of Strathclyde Business School specialising in Leadership Studies.

Duncan Cunningham

Duncan completed a Marine Engineering Cadetship with Denholm Ship Management Ltd and a Master’s Degree in Production Management before embarking on a corporate career with Young & Cunningham.

He became the Managing Director of the company in 1985 and Executive Chairman in 1987. Following a company merger in 2004, Duncan became President of the newly joined company.

Since 2006 he has been involved with marine consultancy, non-executive directorships and trusteeship in the marine and offshore field.

Duncan is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institute of marine Engineering Science and Technology and a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Kat is Commercial Director and Co-Owner of Witherby Publishing Group, where she has focussed her time since 2004. Naturally technically inclined, she also provides the last line of defence against inaccuracy by closely reviewing each title before its release.

Prior to joining WPG (then Seamanship International) she spent 20+ years in the Oil & Gas Industry, primarily in commercial roles, having started with BP in 1983 and finishing with Wood Mackenzie/Deutsche Bank.

In addition to her Board role at the SMC, Kat is a Board Director of the RSNO, Chair of St Mary’s Music School and a Trustee of the WPG Charitable Trust.

“I joined the SMC Board to advocate for the vibrant ‘non-traditional’ shipping companies in Scotland as I believe there are many successful companies, providing additional or specialised services to the sector, who are often overlooked. For me specifically, because of my significant experience in marine regulatory and technical publishing, I felt that the broadness and immediacy of my view of regulatory matters and close relationships with industry bodies such as BIMCO, ICS, OCIMF, SIGTTO and the IMO could provide significant benefit to the Scottish Shipping Industry, particularly as we consider the concerns and requirements of the global merchant fleet, identifying the opportunities arising from them.”

Kat Heathcote

Kat Heathcote

Kat is Commercial Director and Co-Owner of Witherby Publishing Group, where she has focussed her time since 2004. Naturally technically inclined, she also provides the last line of defence against inaccuracy by closely reviewing each title before its release.
Prior to joining WPG (then Seamanship International) she spent 20+ years in the Oil & Gas Industry, primarily in commercial roles, having started with BP in 1983 and finishing with Wood Mackenzie/Deutsche Bank.
In addition to her Board role at the SMC, Kat is a Board Director of the RSNO, Chair of St Mary’s Music School and a Trustee of the WPG Charitable Trust.
“I joined the SMC Board to advocate for the vibrant ‘non-traditional’ shipping companies in Scotland as I believe there are many successful companies, providing additional or specialised services to the sector, who are often overlooked. For me specifically, because of my significant experience in marine regulatory and technical publishing, I felt that the broadness and immediacy of my view of regulatory matters and close relationships with industry bodies such as BIMCO, ICS, OCIMF, SIGTTO and the IMO could provide significant benefit to the Scottish Shipping Industry, particularly as we consider the concerns and requirements of the global merchant fleet, identifying the opportunities arising from them.”