Executive Team

Supporting the V.Group Board of Directors, our Executive management team are responsible for developing and delivering the strategy and objectives set out by the Chairman and board.

While overseeing the Group’s performance against key financial, risk, operational, and customer objectives, the Executive team are also responsible for V.Group’s professional and ethical standards, reputation, and corporate responsibility.


Ian El-Mokadem

Ian El-Mokadem

Chief Executive Officer

Appointed October 2017

Ian’s earlier career included senior positions with Centrica plc and the global management consultancy, Accenture. Prior to his appointment to V.Group, Ian was Chief Executive Officer of Exova Group plc and, before that, Group Managing Director, UK & Ireland of Compass Group plc, where he was also a member of the Group’s Executive Committee. Alongside his role at V.Group, Ian is also a Non-Executive Director of Serco Group plc.

Ian has a BSc (Hons) in Economics and Statistics from University College London and an MBA from INSEAD, France. He also holds fellowships of the UK Institute of Directors and the UK Institute of Hospitality.

Alison Henriksen

Alison Henriksen

Chief Financial Officer

Appointed March 2019

Alison joins V.Group from Compass Group PLC, the world’s largest catering business, where she most recently was finance director for its UK and Ireland business, having formerly been the finance director for the group’s Australian business. In both countries, Alison played a key role in the transformation of those businesses that led to both growth and efficiency improvements.

Prior to this, Alison held a number of senior finance roles with large international companies including Speciality Fashion Group, Boart Longyear plc, COSi Group and Ernst & Young.

Matt Dunlop

Matt Dunlop

Group Director Health, Safety, Environment ,Quality (HSEQ) & Technical

Appointed July 2017

Matt is a Master Mariner and has sailed on Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels. His career ashore began in 1996 with Acomarit which was later acquired by V.Ships in 2001. His roles included time spent as a Ship Operator, Fleet Operations Manager and Fleet Manager, before taking up the role of Divisional Risk, Safety and Quality Director, Chief Operating Officer, and latterly Group Director Marine Operations.

As Group Director HSEQ, Matt is responsible for ensuring the company's Safety Management System or VMS is fully implemented ashore and afloat, and that risk is effectively managed and controlled. He is also Group liaison with all Oil Majors.

Matt is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Alastair Evitt

Alastair Evitt

Group Managing Director, Ship Management East

Appointed July 2017

A Master Mariner, Alastair has spent 42 years in the Marine industry, including 15 years at sea before coming ashore to work in ship management in 1990. Joining V.Group in 2001 when V.Ships acquired Acomarit, Alastair left in 2004 before re-joining the Group in 2013.

Prior to his new role, Alastair had been based in Greece for five years and had been appointed Regional Director, V.Ships Europe. Alastair currently sits on the Executive Committee of InterManager (President from 2010-2012) and is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute.

Allan Falkenberg

Allan Falkenberg

Group Managing Director, Crew Management

Appointed January 2018

Allan started his professional career in Maersk and spent 15 years there, going through the ranks at sea and ultimately earning his Master’s ticket. He then took up various management positions in the shore organisation, working with dry cargo, tankers and offshore vessels. His career with Maersk finally saw him become Head of Operations in Crew Management for Maersk Line.

Following a tenure as Managing Director of OSM Ship Management ROHQ, Allan joined V.Group in 2017 and was appointed to his current role in January 2018.

Allan holds a Master Mariner Certificate of Competency and has an Executive Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Martin Gaard Christiansen

Martin Gaard Christiansen

Chief Commercial Officer

Appointed September 2017

Martin built his career within the A P Moller – Maersk Group where over 25 years, 20 years of which were spent in Asia, he held various leadership positions for Damco, Maersk Line, and most recently APM Terminals, serving as Chief Executive Officer for the Asia Region and Group Chief Commercial Officer.

Before joining V.Group, Martin served on the Executive Board and as Chief Executive Officer for the Asia Region for Wrist Ship Supply.

Martin has an Executive MBA from the University of Chicago.

Elliot Gow

Elliot Gow

Group Managing Director, Marine Services

Appointed June 2017

Prior to joining V.Group, Elliot worked for professional services firm, Arthur Andersen. Former roles in V.Group have included Financial Director for V.Ships, Chief Operating Officer V.Ships, Chief Executive Officer of V.Group’s ship supply chain, and Chief Operating Officer V.Group.

Elliot has a BA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Strathclyde and is a Chartered Accountant, and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Deborah Grimason

Deborah Grimason

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Appointed June 2018

Prior to starting her V.Group career, Deborah held a number of senior legal and company secretarial positions. She was General Counsel at Lafarge UK and then Regional Counsel for Europe and Latin America working at Lafarge headquarters in Paris.

She has also held a number of senior legal positions at The BOC Group, British Coal Corporation, Nokia, Royal Mail and spent time at the law firm, Nabarro Nathanson in London. Prior to joining V.Group, Deborah was Company Secretary and General Counsel at Travis Perkins plc.

Deborah holds an honours degree in English Literature and Philosophy from Stirling University, a postgraduate qualification in forensic science, and is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries. She is also a member of the Executive Committee.

Franck Kayser

Franck Kayser

Group Managing Director, Ship Management West

Appointed June 2018

With significant leadership experience in the ship owning sector, Franck started his maritime career as a cadet with Maersk in 1982, before joining the Danish Royal Navy. His onshore career spans more than 25 years and has involved working globally for some of the largest ship owning companies in the world, from Maersk and CMA CGM, to United Arab Shipping Company and Nile Dutch Africa Line.

Jim McHugh

Jim McHugh

Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO)

Appointed October 2017

Jim’s career saw him working with Motorola Inc. for 13 years in both UK and global HR roles and was based in the US for five years. Building on this experience, he became Human Resource Director (Europe, Middle East and Africa) at Freescale Semiconductor Ltd, formed through an IPO following its spin-off from Motorola in 2004.
Jim also held the position of Group Human Resource Director of Exova Group plc prior to joining V.Group in 2017.

Jim has an MA (Hons) degree from the University of Glasgow in Psychology, an MSc degree in Human Resource Management from Strathclyde Business School, and is a Chartered Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Manish Singh

Manish Singh

Group Director, Corporate Development

Appointed September 2007

Prior to joining V.Group, Manish had diverse experience in ship management, technical marine services and marine infrastructure projects, sailing on a range of tankers, dry cargo and multipurpose vessels. Former roles within V.Group include the founding Managing Director of V.Ships Offshore, development of asset management solutions for non-operating vessel owners, business development and commercial management.

As the Corporate Development Director for V.Group, Manish leads a range of strategic initiatives including acquisitions, commercial partnerships, new market entries and development of innovative commercial models for the V.Group customer base.

Manish holds a Master Marine qualification and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Cranfield University, UK.

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