The Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is made up of representatives from members of MACN. They are elected for a three year term and cannot exceed two consecutive terms. The Steering Committee reflects the diversity of MACN members, taking into account factors such as industry segment, company size and country of origin. The Steering Committee meets quarterly either via tele or video conference or in person and elects a Chairman and Vice-chairman from its participants on an annual basis.


Meet the Steering Committee

Click the pictures to read more

John Sypnowich

The CSL Group Inc.,
Chief Legal and Compliance Officer
Chair of MACN

Paul Townsend

Teekay Corporation
Vice President, Risk Management & Chief Compliance Officer
Vice-Chair of MACN

Ann Shazell

Cargill International
Global Lead Lawyer, Ocean Transportation

Aaron Powell

BP Global Oil Eastern Hemisphere
Compliance Analyst

Brendon Hawley

Wilhemsen Ships Service (Ships Agency)
Operations Director, QHSSE and Compliance
East Hemisphere


Taylor Maritime Ltd
Chief Operating Officer

The Steering Committee's role and responsibilities


The role and responsibilities of the Steering Committee includes, e.g.:


  • Propose an Annual work plan and oversee progress against priorities.

  • Set the agenda for Annual Member Meetings and other Member Meetings.

  • Approve admission of Regular and Associate Members.

  • Propose annual budget.

  • Conclude contracts with 3rd party service providers.

  • Propose a Secretariat including its roles, responsibilities and remuneration.

  • Propose membership dues for Regular Members and Associate Members.

  • Work with groups of a similar nature and exchange information, advice and knowledge with them, including cooperation with other industry or anti-corruption bodies, and statutory and non-statutory organizations, governments and stakeholders. 


John Sypnowich

The CSL Group Inc., Chief Legal and Compliance Officer
Chair of MACN
John is Chair of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network and Chief Legal and Compliance Officer of The CSL Group Inc. In this role, he is responsible for the legal, risk and compliance functions for the company and a member of the Executive Committee. Prior to joining CSL in 2008, John occupied a senior legal role with a major Canadian company and worked in private practice with a law firm in Montreal. John is a member of the Quebec bar and holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto and an LLB and BCL from McGill University.

The CSL Group Inc. (CSL) is a leading provider of marine dry bulk cargo handling and delivery services and the world’s largest owner and operator of self-unloading vessels. Headquartered in Montreal, we are a Canadian-based, privately-owned shipping company with affiliate offices in Halifax, Winnipeg, Hamilton (Canada), Boston (USA), London (UK), Bergen (Norway), Jakarta (Indonesia), Singapore, and Sydney (Australia). Approximately 1,500 people worldwide – both shipboard and ashore – are employed by CSL. Through our operating divisions, – Canada Steamship Lines, CSL Americas, CSL Australia, CSL Asia, CSL Europe and CSL Transhipment – CSL owns and operates a highly diversified fleet of specialized self-unloading vessels, off-shore transhippers and Handysize bulk carriers. CSL delivers millions tonnes of dry-bulk cargo a year for customers around the world in industries ranging from construction and steel to energy and agri-food. The cargo we transport includes iron ore, grain, coal, salt, aggregates and sugar.


Paul Townsend

Teekay Corporation, Vice President, Risk Management & Chief Compliance Officer
Paul is the head of risk management, compliance and internal audit for the Teekay Group of Companies including Teekay Tankers, Teekay LNG and Teekay Offshore. He is a CA/CPA, Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional. He is also responsible for ethics training, business continuity planning and fraud investigations. He reports directly to the four independent boards of the NYSE listed companies and has been at Teekay for 13 years.


Aaron Powell

BP Global Oil Eastern Hemisphere, Compliance Analyst
Aaron Powell is a Compliance Analyst with BP’s Integrated Supply and Trading business, focusing on BP’s Global Oil Eastern Hemisphere activities. Previously Aaron managed the day-to-day Ethics and Integrity programs for Rio Tinto’s global maritime business, along with its sales and marketing businesses in Singapore. Prior to this, Aaron was based in Mongolia and responsible for the development, design and implementation of the Ethics and Integrity program for Oyu Tolgoi LLC – Rio Tinto’s joint venture with the Government of Mongolia. Aaron has also worked in Australia managing the risk and compliance programs for Rio Tinto’s uranium business.

Aaron is a member of the Queensland Law Society and holds a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws. Aaron also holds a Master of Applied Finance and Investment and has completed the International Company Directors Course (Shanghai) with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Brendon Hawley

Wilhemsen Ships Service (Ships Agency), Operations Director, QHSSE and Compliance, East Hemisphere

Brendon hails from South Africa and was educated in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. He has had an expansive shipping career spanning 47 years. Brendon joined Wilhelmsen Ships Service in 2013 based in Singapore, and was recently appointed as Director Operations, Compliance and QHSSE for the Eastern Hemisphere. This role takes Brendon to the forefront of Compliance, Operations and HSE on the ground and in the various countries and ports, dealing with a diversified cross-section of the shipping industry.Brendon began his sea-going career spanning 18 years with T & J Harrison Lines based out of Liverpool, followed by Safmarine Corporation based out of Cape Town and Unicorn Lines, Durban. He ended up as Master on various types of vessels trading globally. After coming ashore, Brendon has had roles as Director P & I Associates (Richards Bay) and Gearbulk Shipping (London), where he spent 18 years in multiple senior operational positions based in Durban (South Africa) , New York (USA), Montreal (Quebec), London (UK), Jakarta (Indonesia), Vancouver (Canada), Shanghai (China), and now Singapore.

He holds a Master Mariner Foreign Going Licence (Class 1), and DNV Internal Auditing & Ship Vetting Certification.


Ann Shazell

Global Lead Lawyer, Ocean Transportation, Cargill International

Ann Shazell is the Global Lead Lawyer at Ocean Transportation at Cargill International. Ann is responsible for the provision of legal services to Cargill's Ocean Transportation business globally. She is a solicitor specializing in maritime law, shipping, and commodities trading issues, with an emphasis on dispute resolution.

Ann has been a member of MACN’s Steering committee since 2018.


Kevin Leach-Smith

Taylor Maritime Ltd, Chief Operating Officer

Kevin Leach-Smith was appointed Chief Operating Officer for Taylor Maritime in January 2019. Previously he held roles as Vice President, Operations for Masterbulk Pte Ltd,  Fleet Manager at Prisco (Singapore) Pte Ltd, and Marine Superintendent at Vela International Marine Ltd, UAE. He has also held positions in marine surveying and oil terminal operations, as well as in seagoing. He is a Master Mariner, holds an MBA (Shipping and Logistics) from Middlesex University, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marine Law awarded by London Metropolitan University.