Management Structure

Executive Directors

  • James Gundy

    Group Chief Executive Officer
    Background and relevant experience:
    James has been the CEO of Braemar’s Shipbroking Division since joining the Company in 2014 following the merger with ACM Shipping Group Plc, where he was Chief Executive Officer. He has been a shipbroker for 35 years specialising in Tankers and Sale and Purchase Projects.
    Current External Appointments:
    None
  • Tris Simmonds

    Group Chief Operating Officer
    Background and relevant experience:
    Approximately 30 years’ experience in the commodities industry. Founded Atlantic Brokers in 2013, which was sold to Braemar in 2018 creating its derivative brokerage business. Formerly worked at GFI Group for 14 years, latterly as Head of European Commodities. He joined the Board of Braemar Shipping Services Plc on 1 August 2021.
    Current external appointments:
    None
  • Nick Stone

    Chief Financial Officer
    Background and relevant experience:
    Most recently held position of CFO of The Appointment Group and former Director at listed companies including Hornby PLC and KBC Advances Technologies PLC.
    Current external appointments:
    None

Non-executive Directors

  • Nigel Payne

    Non-Executive Chairman
    Committee memberships:
    Chair of the Nomination Committee
    Background and relevant experience:
    Nigel has over 30 years’ experience on public and private boards both as an executive and non-executive director. Previously, Nigel was the CEO of Sportingbet plc, one of the then world's largest internet gaming companies. Nigel has previously been Non-Executive Chairman of AIM companies EG Solutions plc; Stride Gaming Plc; Hangar8 Plc; ECSC plc and a Non-Executive Director of AIM quoted Gama Aviation Plc.
    Current external appointments:
    Nigel is presently the Non-Executive Chairman of AIM quoted Gateley plc and a Non-Executive Director of AIM quoted GetBusy plc.
  • Lesley Watkins

    NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & SENIOR INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
    Committee memberships:
    Chair of the Audit Committee, Member of Remuneration Committee and Nominations Committee.
    Background and relevant experience:
    Qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse and 18 years’ experience in banking with UBS and Deutsche Bank.
    Formerly Finance Director and Company Secretary of Calculus Capital Limited;
    Formerly a non-executive director of Metropolitan Safe Custody Limited and Chair of its remuneration committee; a non-executive Council Member and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Competition Commission.
    Current external appointments:
    Non-executive director and chair of the audit committee of Investec Bank plc. Non-executive director and chair of the audit committee of Chaucer Syndicates Limited.
  • Steve Kunzer

    NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    Committee memberships:
    Member of Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees.
    Background and relevant experience:
    Over thirty years’ experience working in the global shipping and shipbroking markets in London and the Far East. Former Chief Executive Officer of Eastern Pacific Shipping Pte Ltd, former managing director of Tanker Pacific Management (Singapore) Pte Ltd. Began his career with P&O and has also held a number of management positions over seven years working for Zodiac Maritime Agencies Ltd.
    Current external appointments:
    Independent Director of D/S NORDEN A/S
  • Elizabeth Gooch

    NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    Committee memberships:
    Chair of the Remuneration Committee and member of the Nomination and Audit Committees (from the conclusion of the AGM).
    Background and relevant experience:
    Over 16 years’ experience of governance, compliance and financial reporting of publicly listed companies, having founded and run AIM-quoted eg solutions plc from 2005 until its acquisition by Verint Systems Inc. in 2017. She joined the Board of Braemar Shipping Services Plc on 1 August 2021.
    Current external appointments:
    Non-executive Director of ECSC Group PLC and a non-executive Director of Nivo Solutions Limited. Director of Expandly Ltd.

Executive Committee

  • James Gundy

    Group Chief Executive Officer
  • Tris Simmonds

    Group Chief Operating Officer
  • Nick Stone

    Chief Financial Officer
  • Axel Siepmann

    Managing Director, Financial Division
  • Alistair Borthwick

    Shipbroking Finance Director
  • Sebastian Davenport-Thomas

    Global Head of Sale & Purchase
  • Peter Mason

    General Counsel & Company Secretary