The Board of Directors and the Executive Leadership team work together to govern and direct the activities of LR. Through the expertise, talent and dedication of our global workforce, board and management team we can meet the challenges of today and the future.
The Board of Directors is led by Thomas Thune Andersen - Chairman, and the Executive Leadership team by Alastair Marsh - Chief Executive Officer.
The Board of Directors
Thomas Thune Andersen - Chairman
Thomas is the Chairman of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation and Chairman of Lloyd’s Register Group Limited. He is a member of the Foundation’s Nominations Committee and the Lloyd’s Register Group Limited Remuneration Committee. Thomas, a former member of the executive Board of the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group with more than 30 years tenure in its maritime and energy sectors, was appointed to the Board of the former Lloyd’s Register in June 2010.
Thomas is Chairman of Ørsted A/S, Vice Chairman of VKR Holding, the parent group of Velux and a Non-Executive Director of IMI plc and BW Group Limited. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Chairmen’s Council.
Ellis Armstrong - Non-Executive Director
Ellis had an extensive career in the upstream oil and gas industry where he spent over 30 years with BP. He now has a portfolio of Non-Executive Board roles. In addition to Lloyd’s Register, he is on the Board of Frontera Energy. He has a BSc and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Chris Finlayson - Non-Executive Director, Chairman of Lloyd’s Register Group Ltd Remuneration Committee
Chris is Chairman of Siccar Point Energy, a Director of Høegh LNG and a Non-Executive Director of Swire Pacific Offshore and TGSNOPEC Geophysical Company ASA. Formerly, he was Chief Executive of BG Group, Chairman of Interoil Corp. and an Executive Vice President and Managing Director with Royal Dutch Shell. Chris is a geologist, physicist and petroleum engineer with nearly 40 years’ technical and commercial experience in the oil and gas industry.
Caroline Firstbrook - Non-Executive Director
Caroline, a Canadian with a degree in electrical engineering and an MBA from Harvard, has worked for a number of professional services firms and is currently COO at Clifford Chance LLP, a major law firm. She has a background in consultancy, particularly the development of corporate strategy, including managing 1,000 strategy professionals while at Accenture.
Mark Kelsey - Non-Executive Director
Mark is the Chief Executive Officer for RELX Group PLC’s Risk and Business Analytics division, responsible for Lexis Nexis Risk Solutions and Reed Business Information (RBI).
Having begun his career with RBI in marketing, he went on to pioneer the launch of several online data services in the mid-1990s. Appointed as CEO in 2010, he was responsible for transforming RBI from a traditional magazine publisher to a leading provider of online and data services, turning-around RBI’s business and profitability. Mark holds a BA in Geography from Liverpool University and a MBA from Bradford University.
Michael F Lykiardopulo - Senior Independent Director
Michael was appointed Senior Independent Director on 26 May 2016. Michael is Managing Director of Lykiardopulo and Co Ltd and is responsible for the commercial management of a fleet of oil tankers and bulk carriers. He is a qualified barrister.
Michael was part of the Lloyd’s Register Board which helped formulate the plans for the 2012 restructure and he served as a Trustee to help oversee the initial development of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation. He is presently also Chairman of the Hellenic War Risks Association as well as serving as Vice Chairman of The Gard Insurance Mutual and a Director of the UK Freight Demurrage and Defence Association.
Ishbel Macpherson - Non-Executive Director, Chairman of Lloyd’s Register Group Ltd Audit Committee
Ishbel spent over 20 years in corporate finance in the City of London with BZW, ABN AMRO
Hoare Govett and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson.
In her last role she led the mid-market corporate finance, corporate broking, corporate broking support and investment trust teams at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. Since leaving the City Ishbel has become an experienced Non-Executive Director having had roles with over 10 publicly listed companies as chairman, chairman of audit committees, remuneration committees and as senior independent Director.
Currently, she is Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee at Dechra Pharmaceuticals plc and a Non-Executive Director of Workspace Group plc. Ishbel is a Trustee of Lloyd’s Register Foundation and chairs its Audit, Risk and Investment Committee.
Alastair Marsh - Chief Executive Officer
Alastair joined the Board in 2007 and was appointed Group Chief Executive in October
2015. He joined the Board as CFO and following a period of significant growth has now instigated Lloyd’s Register’s digital transformation strategy. Prior to joining Lloyd’s Register he held senior finance positions at Superscape Group plc, Easynet Group plc, Laporte plc, and NCR Corporation. Alastair is a chartered accountant with a degree from Edinburgh University. Alastair is also a Trustee of the Board and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Royal Museums Greenwich.
Mary Waldner - Chief Financial Officer
Mary joined Lloyd’s Register in March 2016, having previously been Group Finance Director at Ultra Electronics plc. Before this Mary was Director, Group Finance at QinetiQ Group plc and Group Financial Controller at 3i Group plc. From 1998 to 2008, she held a number of senior roles at British Airways plc. She is also a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at Oxford Instruments plc. Mary holds an MA in Physics from Oxford University.
Executive Leadership team
Nick Brown - Marine & Offshore Director
Nick Brown joined Lloyd’s Register in 1996. He worked as a ship surveyor in Bahrain, Dubai, Finland and Germany and has extensive experience of ship repair and conversion projects. In 2004 he returned to London to work on the development of LR’s award winning “Hull Integrity” service - launched at Posidonia in 2006.
During 2005 Nick led LR’s global tanker business at a time when IACS’ Common Structural Rules (CSR) for Tankers were being finalised. Following the adoption of the CSRs in 2006, he moved to China, initially in a business development role as the shipbuilding market took off and new ship owners entered the industry. Subsequently, he was promoted to Area General Manager and Marine Manager for Greater China.
In October 2013, after seven years leading LR’s activities in China, Nick was appointed
Director for Business Development and Innovation - based at LR’s Global Technology
Centre (GTC) in Southampton. In July 2014, with LR’s Marine business continuing to grow, he was appointed Marine Chief Operating Officer.
In January 2016 he was appointed Marine Director, responsible for LR’s entire marine and energy compliance businesses.
Nick’s focus is on leading LR to meet the technical and commercial challenges facing the
marine industry, providing the support, services and innovation needed to meet ever
increasing safety, environmental and efficiency goals.
He is a graduate of Nottingham University, a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and a
Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Marine Engineering,
Science and Technology.
Paul Butcher - Business Assurance & Inspection Services Director
Paul Butcher joined LR in 2018, having previously spent a number of years with SAI Global, as Chief Commercial Officer and Global Head of their Assurance Services business. Paul has an excellent track record of helping businesses to deliver growth and, as Director of LR’s Management Systems and Inspection Services business, Paul and approximately 4,000 exceptional colleagues are responsible for ensuring successful delivery of services to over 55,000+ clients around the world.
After graduating from Southampton University, Paul held a number of leadership roles in the IT services and telecommunications sectors, including positions with Marconi, Ericsson and Damovo.
Richard Drury - Group HR Director
Richard joined us on 1st February 2016 and formally took over as Group HR Director on 1st March 2016.
Richard was most recently Group HR Director for business software group Sage. Richard joined Sage in June 2013 following 12 years with technology business Invensys plc, where he held a number of increasingly senior human resources leadership roles including Group Human Resources Director. He was responsible for providing services to over 21,000 employees across Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East. Prior to Invensys Richard worked in human resources for Whitbread and with British Airways where he held both HR and customer services leadership roles.
Nial McCollam - Chief Technology Officer
Nial is responsible for developing and executing LR's Group Technology Strategy, including software, data and digital.
He co-ordinates and directs the LR Group R&D programme, through the technology directors in the business streams and the Global Technology Centres in Southampton and Singapore, leading our investment programme focused on data, digital and software, and co-ordinating our collaboration with the Lloyd's Register Foundation.
Nial joined the Senergy Group as Managing Director of Senergy Alternative Energy in 2007. Previously he held roles as CEO of ITI Energy, Consultant with Bain & Co and a senior management position with ExxonMobil.
Andrew Punter - Business Services Director
Andrew is responsible for the managing and co-ordinating the significant business and systems changes being implemented throughout LR, as well as leading the Information Services (IS), Procurement, Health, Safety, Environment and Security (HSES), Property, Travel, Technical Assurance and Quality Departments.
He joined LR in 2012 as the Marine Finance Director and latterly has been leading LR’s biggest change programme to date, replacing legacy systems and process on a global scale. Andrew has a wealth of change management experience, demonstrating leadership of large teams dealing with complex challenges involving colleagues, technology, processes, technical competencies and cultures as well as ensuring adherence to best practice financial governance.
Prior to LR, Andrew held a series of senior management positions at Hertz Rent a Car and British Airways.
Mary Waldner - Chief Financial Officer
Mary joined LR in March 2016, having previously been Group Finance Director at Ultra Electronics plc. Before this Mary was Director, Group Finance at QinetiQ Group plc and Group Financial Controller at 3i Group plc. From 1998 to 2008, she held a number of senior roles at British Airways plc.
She is also a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at Oxford Instruments plc.