Changes at the UK Chamber


The UK Chamber of Shipping has announced that Mark Brownrigg has decided to step down from the role of Director General from the end of this year.

The UK Chamber has engaged a recruitment consultant to undertake an executive search for a new post combining the current roles of Chief Executive and Director General. This follows the departure of the UK Chamber CEO, Angus Frew who is leaving in early August to become the new CEO of BIMCO in Copenhagen.

Mark Brownrigg has been Director General since February 2003 and has served more than 40 years with the UK Chamber. Mark will continue in his role alongside Richard Barker, the UK Chamber CFO, until the arrangements for the appointment of a new CEO are settled.

Kenneth MacLeod, President of the UK Chamber of Shipping commented: 

“Mark has devoted his working career to the UK Chamber progressing through the ranks to become Director General in 2003. Through his time, Mark has seen enormous changes in the role and nature of the UK Chamber. 

"He was central to the introduction of Tonnage Tax in 2000 that has been instrumental in the resurgence of the British merchant fleet. 

"More recently, Mark has worked closely with Angus Frew to successfully reshape the UK Chamber and make it relevant to future needs of its members. 

"The UK Chamber owes Mark an enormous thank you for his unstinting service over the last 40 years.”

Mark Brownrigg added: 

“It has been my honour and pleasure to represent one of the great industries of this country. 

"Shipping and the wider maritime services are at the heart of our society and the world economy. 

"It has been a privilege to have worked so closely with the UK Chamber’s member companies and the splendid team in our secretariat over the years and I look forward to passing on the baton to my successor.”

To facilitate a smooth transition and to support the new appointee, Mark Brownrigg will work on a one-year contract for two days a week as ‘Consultant Director’ and will assist the new CEO by undertaking discrete tasks and projects.


For further information please contact Gemma Wilkie, PR Manager at the UK Chamber of Shipping on 020 7417 2834 or For queries on senior recruitment, please contact Simon Musgrave of Hoggett Bowers ( or +44 20 7964 9125).

Notes to Editors

  • The UK Chamber of Shipping is the trade association for the UK shipping industry, working to promote and protect the interests of its members both nationally and internationally. With around 140 members from across the maritime sector, the UK Chamber represents over 925 ships of about 30 million gross tons and is recognised as the voice of the UK shipping industry. 
  • UK shipping has a turnover of over £11bn. With indirect effects, UK shipping’s contribution to UK GDP is £13bn.
  • The UK Chamber is the home of the Merchant Navy Training Board - the shipping industry’s central body for promoting and developing seafarer education, training and skills, and provides MNTB administration and staffing arrangements.
  • The UK Chamber is a member of Maritime UK, which brings together the major associations representing the UK’s the shipping, ports and maritime business services sectors. 
  • The UK Chamber is a lead partner in Sea Vision, the nationwide campaign working to raise awareness of the sea and the maritime sector, particularly amongst young people aged between 13 and 22 years old.