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Board of Directors


Duncan Mackison
Interim CEO
Duncan Mackison is Interim CEO for David MacBrayne Limited. He is an Executive Director for the David MacBrayne Group and CalMac Ferries Limited.  Duncan has more than 25 years' experience in senior executive roles at MD and CEO level responsible for the delivery of complex outsourced service contracts to government and local government customers in a variety of sectors including transport, defence, property and technology. He has significant experience in leading service transformation and change working for companies such as G4S, Serco, Buccleuch Group, David Macbrayne and Biffa, with responsibility for annual contract income values up to £400m and staff numbers up to 5,000. His early career was as an officer in the Royal Marines.

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.

David Beaton
Non-Executive Director
David Beaton was born and raised in Sutherland and has lived in the Isle of Skye for the last 35 years apart from a short spell in Chicago, United States as Managing Director for Stagecoach owned companies. He will bring direct knowledge and a lived experience of the key issues effecting rural and island communities. Mr Beaton has a wealth of public transport skills and experience. He has been involved in the public transport sector since 1988, with 25 years of that directly involved in managing public transport in the Highlands and Islands. He is also Chair of the local Royal National Lifeboat Institution fundraising committee.

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).

Kay Ryan
Non-Executive Director
Kay Ryan has held several senior commercial roles, latterly as Special Advisor to the Board of Loganair, the UK's largest regional airline where she had previously held the position of Chief Commercial Officer.  Originally trained in hospitality Kay has led complex marketing and communication change projects and is a specialist in revenue and yield management. She has comprehensive operational experience within the aviation, tour operator, and hotel sectors.

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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