UK Chamber President Kenneth MacLeod receives OBE


The UK Chamber President, Kenneth MacLeod, received an OBE for services to the shipping industry and charity at the Investiture at Buckingham Palace on Friday 7 February. The Investiture was carried out by HRH the Prince of Wales.

Kenneth MacLeod is a highly respected and distinguished figure in the Scottish maritime community. In addition to his key role at the UK Chamber, Kenneth is Chairman of Stena Line (UK), having previously served as Managing Director of Northern Marine since 1991. He is a non-executive director of CMAL, the Scottish Government's ferry and harbour assets owning company, and also previously served nine years as a Commissioner of the Northern Lighthouse Board.

Ken started his career at sea as a galley boy in 1959, joining J&J Denholm as an Apprentice Deck Officer. In 1972 he moved ashore to become a Marine Superintendent with Henry Abram Ltd and then with Denholm, and in 1983 he was invited by the Olsson family to help establish a UK ship management division – Northern Marine Management.

Ken is very active in his support for charities both within the marine sector and on a personal level. He has been involved with a huge range of local, national and international causes through his companies, his membership of benevolent associations and privately.

As President, Ken has been tenacious, passionate and a genuine champion of our industry. Everyone at the UK Chamber sends Ken their warmest congratulations for this well deserved honour.