SMC is led by a nine-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; Colin McMurray, Chair of IAMI; 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.

Colin’s career began with BP Shipping in 1994 where he started as a Deck Officer Cadet. After working as Chief Officer and Fleet Training Officer with Seacat Fast Ferries, Colin moved ashore and joined Clyde Marine Training in 2004 subsequently becoming Managing Director in 2008, the same year Colin was part of a successful MBO. The business was sold to Northern Marine Group part of Stena AB in 2016, with Colin continuing to expand the various strands of the business before exiting in 2020. Colin continues to remain in the maritime industry through a number of Non-Executive roles and consultancies.

As well as being a Fellow of IMarEST and a past President of the Scottish Shipping Benevolent Association, Colin recently completed 5 years on the Board of Trustees for the Sailor Society and 9 years on the board of City of Glasgow College, seeing the latter through the merger and new £224m campus build. With previous experience on the board of Glasgow Humane Society, Colin is a member of the Merchant Navy Training Board in London, Current Chair of IAMI, a founding director of the Scottish Maritime Cluster and most recently appointed as a commissioner for the Maritime Skills Commission.

Colin McMurray

Colin McMurray

Colin’s career began with BP Shipping in 1994 where he started as a Deck Officer Cadet.

After working as Chief Officer and Fleet Training Officer with Seacat Fast Ferries, Colin moved ashore and joined Clyde Marine Training in 2004 subsequently becoming Managing Director in 2008, the same year Colin was part of a successful MBO. The business was sold to Northern Marine Group part of Stena in 2016 and Colin remains in the business heading up 3 Companies.

As well as being a Fellow of IMarEST and a past President of the Scottish Shipping Benevolent Association, Colin recently completed 5 years on the Board of Trustees for the Sailor Society and 9 years on the board of City of Glasgow College, seeing the latter through the merger and new £224m campus build.

With previous experience on the board of Glasgow Humane Society, Colin is currently a member of the Merchant Navy Training Board in London and a founding director of the Scottish Maritime Cluster.

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

Paul Little

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.

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.

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.