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
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Operations Director, QHSSE and Compliance
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.
Aaron is a member of the Queensland Law Society and holds a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws. Aaron also holds a Masters of Applied Finance and Investment and has completed the International Company Directors Course (Shanghai) with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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.
Kevin Leach-Smith was appointed VP Operations for Masterbulk Pte Ltd in 2014. Previously he held roles as Fleet Manager at Prisco (Singapore) Pte Ltd (2007-2014), and Marine Superintendent at Vela International Marine Ltd, UAE (2005-2007). He has also held positions in Marine Surveying and oil terminal operations as well as 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.