Non-Executive Directors

Debbie Francis OBE

Chair of the Board

Joined January 2021

Debbie has previously held senior leadership roles within the rail industry, the most recent as MD of Direct Rail Services, and is a Non-Executive Director of a large NHS Trust. She is a Chartered Director and was named North West and IOM 2019 Director of the Year for Inclusivity.

Keith Winstanley MBE

Deputy Chair
Joined January 2016 | Chair of the Safety, Health Environment and Security Committee

Keith Winstanley has over 34 years maritime experience, predominantly in the Royal Navy, where he served in every class of warship, from minesweeper to aircraft carrier, and commanded four: a minesweeper, two destroyers and an amphibious command ship. He served for over two years as the senior Royal Navy officer in the Middle East and, concurrently, as the Deputy Coalition Naval Commander, commanding a force of 115 ships and 35 aircraft operating in a sea area of 2.5 million square miles. Keith has taught and lectured worldwide, on strategy and operational planning and has completed a research fellowship with Oxford University into maritime security and globalization in the maritime sector. He was made a Visiting Fellow at Oxford on completion of his fellowship. He is a Director of two UK-based companies and will be taking part in 4 of the 8 legs of the 2019-2020 Clipper Round The World Yacht Race – www.keithsclipperadventure.com

Geoff Benn

Associate Member
Joined January 2016 | Member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Remuneration and Nominations Committee

Geoff has spent all his working life in service businesses. For the last 30 years he has worked at a senior level in the health and social care system including Strategic Planning, PMI, ElderlyCare, Acute, Diagnostic and Community care. He is a specialist in creating innovative, viable, commercial solutions and has designed and operated several successful public/private sector joint ventures. Now semi-retired he continues to speak at conferences on the sustainability and development of health care systems.

Dame Lin Homer

Joined January 2019 | Chair of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee and Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Lin Homer is the Former Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive of HM Revenue and Customs, a role she undertook from January 2012 until her retirement in April 2016. Prior to this she was the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Transport and Chief Executive of the UK Border Agency at the Home Office. Lin also held roles as Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council (2002-2005) and Suffolk County Council (1998-2002). Lin is a qualified lawyer, and holds a number of Non-Executive roles in the not for profit and charity sector. Lin was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the Bath in the January 2016 New Year’s Honours for public services, particularly to public finance.

Flemming Dalgaard

Joined November 2018

Flemming is an experienced chief executive and non-executive director with over 30 years of experience in the maritime industry and logistics sector. Flemming started his career with A.P.Moller-Maersk in 1986 and spent 21 years there in a variety of roles, including Deputy Managing Director Maersk Line Germany, Managing Director of Maersk Line UK & Ireland as well Group Vice President WOC. He spent a further eight years with DP World as CEO for the Europe and Russia region followed by the position as Group Senior Vice President responsible for Global Strategy. His last full time role was as Chief Executive of Gultainer, responsible for all port, trucking and logistics activities. He is a Chartered Fellow of the IOD and a Chartered Fellow of the UK Institute for Logistics and Transport. He is also an adviser to IFM Investors, an investment adviser to the APMC Africa infrastructure fund and a Non-Executive Director of Shipping SDK.

Nicola Hancock

Joined January 2021 | Member of the Safety, Health Environment and Security Committee

Nicola is the Chief Operating Officer for Downstream IT at Shell, accountable for the strategy, planning and continual improvement of the function.  Previously she held a senior role within the Royal Mail Group as Director of Technology Business Operations and before that worked across a number of disciplines within Ernst & Young.  A member of the Institute of Directors, she has a specific focus on technology and digitisation and is passionate about transport and the environment.

Alan Dowokpor

Joined January 2022

Alan is a senior business, strategic, technical and operations leader with over 30 years international experience in the oil and gas industry. At BP and Tullow Oil, he led teams to deliver world class performance on financially and technically complex, large scale projects in challenging environments. He has held the positions of Global Head of Environment, Social Responsibility and External Affairs, Global Head of Well Engineering and Operations, and Business Manager for the North and West Africa region. Alan has worked in a variety of operational and management positions, including assignments in Ghana, Angola, Norway, Algeria, China, Vietnam, Australia, Papua New Guinea and the UK. He graduated with a Masters degree in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College London.

Jerry Wedge

Joined January 2022 | Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee

After gaining an economics degree at Manchester University, Jerry went into business, firstly with a ready-mix concrete firm, before moving onto Kirklees Council as Finance Manager. After an MBA at Heriot Watt University he moved to Wigan Borough Council as Finance Director, before being appointed the Resources Director of the Disabilities Rights Commission, dealing with all areas of the Disability Discrimination Act. He joined Trinity House (lighthouses and navigational aids for shipping) in February 2002, as Director of Finance & Support Services. Since taking early retirement from Trinity House in 2016 he has worked part-time as the Town Clerk for Frinton and Walton Town Council. He has also held various non-executive roles with the NHS, Financial Reporting Council and the Bar Council as well as being the Treasurer of the Royal Alfred maritime charity. He lives in Frinton, Essex with his wife and two sons.

Jonathan Gibbard

Joined January 2022

Jonathan is an environmental professional with 17 years experience and is part of the senior leadership team for Ricardo Energy & Environment a leading international environmental consultancy. He looks after a team of over 200 people delivering a range of environmental solutions to public and private clients around the world. He is dedicated to developing people and leadership, creating a high performance culture and helping organisations become more sustainable. Jonathan has a BSc in Marine Geography from Cardiff University and an MBA from Henley Business School. He is an enthusiastic amateur sailor and in 2007 completed 2 legs of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, taking responsibility as Watch leader for one of those legs.