• Alistair Mackenzie

    Chairman

    Alistair has worked in Aberdeen’s energy industry for more than 20 years. He is currently Regional Director (Oil & Gas) for Achilles Group Limited and owner/director of Mentor Aviation Services Ltd. Alistair is also a former Commissioner and Chairman of the Northern Lighthouse Board. 

  • Morag McNeill

    Vice-Chair

    Morag is a practising solicitor with experience in corporate finance and the ports industry. She spent seven years with Forth Ports plc as General Counsel and as a member of the management board. Morag is a non-executive director of several charities, including the Edinburgh Academy.

  • Michelle Handforth

    Chief Executive

    Michelle has held leadership roles in several business sectors including aviation, rail, maritime, financial services and the oil and gas industry.  Until recently, she was the Managing Director of Babcock Offshore Helicopters based in Aberdeen. She has served on the Board of various companies, and was at one point General Manager for Sydney Ferries based in Sydney Australia.

  • John Brebner

    Non-Executive Member since 2018

    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.

  • Luisa Campbell

    Non-Executive Member since 2017

    Luisa is the Managing Director of William Wilson Limited, which is part of Wolseley UK. Until recently she also held the role of Regional Trading Director of Plumb Centre for Scotland and Northern Ireland. Luisa has been with William Wilson for 25 years and oversees the operation of 23 branches across Scotland. In addition, she is a trustee of a charity in Clydebank.

  • Jayne MacLennan

    Non-Executive Member since 2017

    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.

  • Roy Buchan

    Non-Executive Member since 2019

    Roy has worked in the oil and gas industry internationally for over 30 years and is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineers, Science and Technology and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. He was COO of Ithaca Energy, currently is a board member of Operational Excellence Group and works as an advisor with some technology businesses.

  • Mike Porter

    Non-Executive Member since 2015

    Mike has over 30 years’ experience in the provision of logistics, marine and integrated supply base solutions to the offshore energy sector.  He has held several leadership positions with prominent contractors, latterly as Chief Operating Officer of Peterson prior to joining the Harbour Board in January 2015.

  • Eleanor Craig

    Non-Executive Member since 2019

    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.

  • Matt North

    Commercial Director, Board Member since 2019

    Matt joined Aberdeen Harbour Board in March 2015 after 12 years with the senior management team at Forth Ports Limited. With over 25 years' experience in the port industry, Matt has held senior directorships with posts in the Channel Islands, Northern France and Portsmouth. Matt is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Logistics and Transport.

  • Mike Keith

    Non-Executive Member since 2019

    Mike is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants who has worked in the construction industry for more than 30 years, holding several senior finance positions. He is currently Finance Director with Morrison Construction. 

  • James Bell

    Finance Director, Board Member since 2011

    James joined Aberdeen Harbour Board in 2009 from Caledonian Brewery, where he had been head of finance since 2002. He trained with Bird Simpson Chartered Accountants and has worked with Meston Reid and Diageo. James is also Chairman of the Finance Group of British Ports Association, which he initiated in 2010.