Port of Aberdeen announces Chair and Non-Executive Member appointments

Port of Aberdeen today announces the appointment of Roy Buchan as Chair and Sian Lloyd Rees as a Non-Executive Member to its board.
Mr Buchan succeeds Alistair Mackenzie who stepped down having served a full term of eight years as Chair and 13 years as a board member. John Brebner, a Non-Executive Member since 2018, has been appointed as Vice-Chair.

Mr Mackenzie said: “I am delighted to welcome Roy as my successor and I know he will provide invaluable leadership, business acumen and counsel. Sian’s wealth of industry experience and stakeholder relationships, particularly in offshore wind, brings a new dynamic to the board.

“I have been proud to sit on the board of Port of Aberdeen and support its growth and development over the years, none more so than our transformational South Harbour expansion project which will create prosperity for generations.”

Mr Buchan joined Port of Aberdeen’s board in 2019 and served as Vice-Chair for a year prior to his appointment as Chair. He enjoyed a successful career in the international oil, gas, and energy industries for more than 30 years. Mr Buchan has held a wide range of senior leadership roles, latterly as Chief Operations Officer of Ithaca Energy, and a board member of artificial intelligence solutions provider OPEX Group.

Mr Buchan said: “It is a privilege to be appointed as Chair of Port of Aberdeen and to follow Alistair who has led the board with distinction. This is a pivotal time in the port’s almost 900 years of history. I look forward to working with Bob Sanguinetti, the board and our stakeholders to seize the opportunities presented by the nation’s drive to net zero and achieving energy security.”

In a career spanning over 25 years, Ms Rees has extensive business experience as a senior leader in both energy and IT industries, having held several leadership roles in both blue chip and start-up companies. She is currently UK Managing Director for Mainstream Renewable Power and sits on the boards of Offshore Energies UK as co-chair, ETZ Ltd and the Net Zero Technology Centre.

Ms Rees said: “Port of Aberdeen has a rich heritage and I’m delighted to help shape its exciting future. There is a real opportunity for Aberdeen to be a global energy hub for the next 50 years, leading the transition to cleaner, renewable energies, with the port at its heart.
Mr Sanguinetti said: “We thank Alistair for his leadership and guidance over the past eight years. His commitment and vision have helped the port grow, diversify the sectors we support,
and truly be a modern Trust Port. With the support of Roy and the board, I’m confident we can deliver on our vision to become Scotland’s premier net zero port.”