The MACN Board’s role and responsibilities

The role and responsibilities of the MACN Board include approval of annual work plans, overseeing progress against priorities, providing input and approval of the agenda for annual Member Meetings, approving admission of new members, and reviewing the annual budget and monitoring budget performance.

MACN Board

The MACN Board is made up of representatives from members of MACN. The MACN Board reflects the diversity of MACN members, taking into account factors such as industry segment, company size and country of origin.

The MACN Board consists of the following MACN member representatives.

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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.


Ann Shazell

Cargill International
Global Lead Lawyer, Ocean Transportation
Vice Chair of MACN

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.


Aaron Powell

Compliance Manager
Global Distillates (Eastern Hemisphere)
BP Trading and Shipping

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)
Global Head of Safety & Compliance
East Hemisphere

Brendon hails from South Africa and was educated in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. He has had an expansive shipping career spanning 48 years. Brendon joined Wilhelmsen Ships Service in 2013 based in Singapore, and was recently appointed as Head of Safety and Compliance.

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, Safmarine Corporation based out of Cape Town and Unicorn Lines, Durban. Served 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), DNV Auditor Integrated Management System to ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001, DNV Auditor ISM-ISPS-ML for Shipping Companies, DNV Auditor Ship Vetting Inspection and AMSA IMDG Code for Dangerous goods, Safe Ships LNG & Tanker Safety Training.


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.


Kjell-Arne Danielsen

Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Skipsrederi AS (KGJS)
Senior Vice President for Human Resources

Kjell-Arne Danielsen is the Senior Vice President for Human Resources, Shore Staff, at Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Skipsrederi AS (KGJS).  KGJS is a well-known Norwegian Shipowner in the Tanker, Bulker, and Cement segments. Kjell-Arne has managed HR and Administration departments in a number of shipping companies and has wide experience in people and organizational development
and the implementation of compliance policy onshore and at sea.

Kjell-Arne served 15 years in the Norwegian Armed Forces, including 13 years in the Navy, where he, amongst other positions, served as a Commanding Officer of a patrol/training vessel. He reached the rank of Commander, before leaving the Service. He is a graduate from the Royal Norwegian Naval
Academy and Staff College, and completed various courses/training during his military service.


Dorte Rolff

J. Lauritzen
Group General Counsel, Board Member, and Corporate Secretary

Dorte Rolff is Group General Counsel, Board Member, and Corporate Secretary at J. Lauritzen. In this role she has responsibility for the legal, insurance, compliance, and strategic communications functions across the Group. A core part of this also includes general risk management and project oversight.  Additionally, she is a non-executive Director and Investment Committee member at the Danish Shipowners’ Accident Insurance Association.

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