4 March 2020
Sue brings a wealth of international, commercial shipping operational experience, having served in senior management and advisory roles for both public and private companies for more than 20 years. She held a variety of roles during nearly 13 years at P&O Ferries, the subsidiary of Dubai based company DP World that operates ferries from the United Kingdom to Ireland and Continental Europe, most recently as Operations and Business Transformation Director.
In this role she was responsible for all operational matters covering ports and on ships across Europe and in addition she held the lead for a highly complex transformation programme reaching across all areas of P&O Ferries’ core businesses. Prior to that she was Operations Director of London Luton Airport at a time of unprecedented growth following the launch of easyJet.
Charles Packshaw, Chairman of BMT Group Ltd., and Sarah Kenny, Chief Executive of BMT, commented:
“We are delighted to welcome Sue to the Board of BMT Group Ltd. She brings a huge amount of operational management experience and her Army Officer background and leadership skills will lend well to our global defence and security businesses. Her skills and experience are far-reaching and will contribute significantly at Board-level.”
“She joins at an exciting time as BMT focuses on growth and takes full advantage of emerging opportunities in our core UK and international markets,” added Sarah Kenny.
Sue Mackenzie commented:
“I am pleased to be joining BMT Group Ltd. during this exciting time of transformational growth. I look forward to being part of the BMT team and helping the Board to successfully deliver their growth strategy.”
Sue’s early career was spent in military service and not-for-profit sectors both within and outside the UK. She distinguished herself as the best student on her course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and was subsequently appointed to a number of international leadership roles. During this time her responsibilities were broad and diverse and included tours both at home and abroad. Sue was the first female officer to serve with the Second Battalion Scots Guards.
After leaving the Army Sue spent time as Chief Executive of the charity Cities in Schools (CiS), which ran partnership programmes between business and the community to provide education, training and support to disadvantaged young people.
Sue currently serves as a Non-Executive Director of the Medway NHS Foundation Trust and is on the Board of the Freight Transport Association.
She has degrees in Agricultural Science and Emergency Planning Management and has completed the General Management Programme at Harvard Business School. Sue continues to work voluntarily in support of her fellow servicemen and women and is involved as a trustee and / or volunteer of several charities in the UK.