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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Sam Megwa

BP Shipping
Strategy, Risk & Compliance Manager
Chair of MACN

John Sypnowich

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

Paul Townsend

Teekay Corporation
Vice President, Risk Management & Chief Compliance Officer

Marianne Schreuder

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics AS,
Head of Global Legal & Compliance, WWL Compliance Officer

Kristian Vandermeer

Ben Line Agencies
Director, Far East Maritime Services


Masterbulk Pte Ltd
Vice President Operations

Aaron Powell

Rio Tinto
Manager, Compliance, Market Risk and Credit

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. 

Sam Megwa

BP Shipping, Strategy, Risk & Compliance Manager
Chair of MACN
Sam heads the BP Shipping’s Strategy, Risk and Compliance team, responsible for delivering BP Shipping’s Risk Management and Regulatory compliance processes, Ethics & Compliance Plan, Environment & Social Responsibility, and Information Management strategy. In addition, Sam manages the development and communication of BP Shipping's strategy. Prior to this role, Sam was Regional Operations Manager – Europe, Middle East and Africa, overseeing oil and gas tanker voyages in these regions. Sam has also held roles within BP Shipping as Port Information Superintendent and Vetting & Clearance Superintendent. He worked briefly as Company QHSE Advisor for an Offshore Services company in Aberdeen. Sam is a Mariner and joined BP Shipping in 2007 after many years at sea. He was born and raised in Nigeria, and educated in the UK and Ireland.

John Sypnowich

The CSL Group Inc., Chief Legal and Compliance Officer
Vice-Chair of MACN
John is a member of the Steering Committee and active member of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network. John Sypnowich is 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. 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), Beverly (USA), Windsor (UK), Bergen (Norway), 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

Paul Townsend

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.

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Marianne Schreuder

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics AS, Head of Global Legal & Compliance, WWL Compliance Officer
Marianne joined the MACN Steering Committee in 2015. She holds a Master of Law from Stockholm University in Sweden and joined the WWL group in 1996. She has worked as Legal Counsel within WWL in Norway, Japan and is currently based in Germany.


Kristian Vandermeer

Ben Line Agencies, Director Far East Maritime Services
Mr Kristian Vandermeer has been a Director of the Far East based Maritime Services company, Ben Line Agencies since 2012. His career started with the Maersk Group, and stints in Australia and Japan. He joined Ben Line Agencies in 2005, based initially in Vietnam. This was followed by 7 years managing Ben Line’s Indonesian business, based in Jakarta. Most recently, Kristian has been based in Singapore, looking after the Group’s product management and compliance areas. Ben Line Agencies have been associate members of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) since late 2013, and Kristian has recently joined the Steering Committee of MACN in 2015.


Kevin Leach-Smith

Masterbulk Pte Ltd, Singapore, Vice President Operations
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.


Aaron Powell

Rio Tinto, Manager, Compliance, Market Risk and Credit
Aaron Powell has eight years’ experience managing various Ethics, Integrity, Compliance, Risk and Assurance programs across Rio Tinto’s public, private and joint venture businesses in emerging and mature markets covering operations in Australia, Mongolia, Indonesia, China and Singapore. Aaron is currently managing 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 joining Rio Tinto’s Marine business, 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 Masters of Applied Finance and Investment and has completed the International Company Directors Course (Shanghai) with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.