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Friday, December 6, 2019 

The UK Chamber of Shipping has confirmed that John Denholm and Graham Westgarth are the preferred candidates to become the Chamberís next President and Vice-President respectively. Mr Denholm, who is the current Vice-President, will succeed Sir Michael Bibby who will stand down in March. Mr Westgarth, who is currently Chief Executive Officer at V.Group, a leading global provider of ship management and marine services, will also officially take up his role with the Chamber from March 2020.

Speaking after his nomination, John Denholm said: “Having been Vice-President for the past two years I am fully aware of the vital role the Chamber plays in the success of the UK shipping and maritime industry and I am delighted to be nominated as the next President. As we head into 2020 it is more important than ever that we continue to highlight and promote the extraordinary work of the men and women who work in our great industry right across the UK.

“I’d also like to thank Sir Michael Bibby for his leadership as President of the Chamber over the last 2 years. He has been a great servant to British shipping, and I am honoured to follow him into this vitally important role.”

Commenting on his nomination, Graham Westgarth said: “I feel particularly privileged to be nominated for such a prestigious role in an organisation which has over many decades effectively represented the industry. I very much look forward to making a positive contribution as we consider the challenges and opportunities ahead of us.”

Current UK Chamber of Shipping President Sir Michael Bibby welcomed the news: “I am delighted we are nominating John and Graham for these hugely important roles as President and Vice-President of the Chamber of Shipping, especially in the year we celebrate our 100-year anniversary of receiving the Royal Charter.

“The UK shipping industry is vital to our economy, contributing nearly £20 billion a year and supporting over 180,000 jobs. As we leave the EU, there is a vital role to play ensuring we as a Chamber are doing all we can to help our shipping companies and seafarers take advantage of future opportunities and making the UK a world leading maritime nation once again.”

John Denholm is Chairman and Chief Executive of J. & J. Denholm Limited and Chairman of Denholm Oilfield Services, the holding companies for the businesses owned by the Denholm family, which operate in the shipping, logistics, seafoods, industrial services and Oilfield Service sectors. He is the current Vice-President of the UK Chamber of Shipping.

On graduating, John qualified as a Chartered Accountant before joining the Denholm Group, where he held several roles before being appointed Managing Director in 1998. He has held a number of roles with Denholm’s and was President of BIMCO from 2013 to 2015.

Incoming Vice-President Graham Westgarth has a distinguished track-record in the maritime sector, having worked in the industry for over 40 years. During his career, he has operated across almost all sectors and functions in the industry, with a particular focus on ship management and helping companies achieve operational excellence. Graham has held a range of senior executive roles with companies including GasLog Limited, Teekay Corporation and Maersk UK. He has also occupied several industry positions, most notably as Chairman of INTERTANKO, a position he held for five years.  

Both John Denholm and Graham Westgarth have been officially nominated as the next Chamber President and Vice-President respectively. Their election is due to take place at the March 2020 AGM.

To celebrate its 100-year anniversary of receiving the Royal Charter, the UK Chamber of Shipping commissioned a special commemorative logo. The Annual Dinner takes place in February and will be sponsored by the UK Ship Register, Northern Marine, Lloyds Register and Jotun.

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