Non-Executive Directors

Debbie Francis

Chair of the Board

Joined January 2021

Debbie has previously held senior leadership roles within the rail industry, the most recent as CEO 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

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

Joined January 2016 | Chair of the Channel Deepening Committee, 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.

Richard Bint

Joined January 2016 | Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and member of the Channel Deepening Committee

Richard was the Senior Partner of PKF (UK) LLP, the eighth largest firm of accountants in the UK. He was also a member of the Board of PKF International, the management company of the firm’s international network. He has held a number of senior positions in the accountancy profession including being a member of the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and of the Auditing Practices Board of the Financial Reporting Council. Richard retired in March 2015 and is currently a lay member of the Court (the governing body) of the University of Dundee, Vice-Chair of the Audit Committee of the ICAEW and is a Non-Executive Board member of Estuary Housing Association which provides social and affordable rented properties and develops new such properties across Essex and East London.

Gareth Llewellyn

Joined January 2016 | Chair of the Remuneration and Nominations Committe

Gareth is the Chief Executive of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. He had previously held executive roles with Network Rail where he was Executive Director, Safety, Technical and Engineering, Anglo American where he was Global Head of Safety and Sustainable Development, and National Grid where he was Global Director for Safety, Health, Environment and Corporate Responsibility. He spent his early career with the Environment Agency and is a qualified marine chemist.  Gareth has held a number of non-executive director roles. He floated Biffa plc where he chaired the Board SHE Committee and established the DfT’s Renewable Fuels Agency where he chaired the Board Audit and Risk Committee. He has also been a non-executive director of the Rail Safety and Standards Board, National Grid Property and the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy. Gareth also served a three year term as Chair of the Board of trustees at the non-for-profit CL:AIRE.

Dame Lin Homer

Joined January 2019 – Member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Remuneration and Nominations 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 | Member of the Channel Deepening Committee

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

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.