Our Team

Donald MacKenzie CA


Donald joined Accord Business Partnerships in September 2015. Donald retains extensive in-depth professional knowledge and experience in financial, commercial and HR management with over 25 years in the maritime sector of the oil and gas industry. Donald has been involved in financial restructuring from both sides of transactions.

Prior to joining Accord Business Partnerships, Donald, was Marine Personnel Manager for the Aberdeen operation of an offshore shipping company and was General Manager for the medical personnel supply division of an occupational health company.

Donald has held senior International HR positions with vessel owners and operators. He travelled extensively in the Caspian Region, West Africa, SE Asia, Middle East and the Americas for business.

Donald uses his HR expertise to support our Client base and is responsible for the financial aspect of the business. Donald holds an MBA, from University of Wales/Manchester Business School and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Neil Carrington


Neil Carrington is a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of Accord Business Partnerships and is CEO of CESG Limited in Guernsey. Neil has worked in the global employment services sector since 2001 when he was appointed Managing Director of an offshore employment company in Guernsey. Neil then joined CESG Limited as Chief Executive in 2008.

Neil began his career in 1974 as a Navigating Cadet with BP Shipping Limited and moved into the energy sector serving on offshore support vessels during which period he obtained a Class 1 (FG) Masters Certificate and attained the rank of Master. In 1992 Neil moved ashore, initially as Marine Operations Manager for OIL Limited and then into Personnel Management in 1994. During this period Neil established the Personnel Management section of the global operators Aberdeen based Common Services Unit. The Company operated 100 plus vessels and employed 2,500 personnel worldwide.

Whilst at OIL Limited, Neil project managed a major change project for the business which involved transferring more responsibility for vessel operations back to the vessel senior management team. This project, called Boat 2000, won the Quality Scotland Award and resulted in improved operating efficiencies within the North Sea fleet and devolved authority back to the vessels.

With effect from 01 January 2013 he was appointed as the Deputy Industrial Disputes Officer by the States of Guernsey.

Ross Haworth BEng, ACA ICAEW


Ross Haworth, is a Non-Executive Director of Accord Business Partnerships, specialising in strategic, organisational and personal development; financial management, reporting and governance. Born in Nairobi and grew up in Kenya until coming to the UK to further his education in 1989. After graduating from Brunel University with a BEng (Hons), Ross trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand in London.

Ross then moved to Aberdeen where he took up the position of Corporate Finance Advisor (CFA FSA) within the international oil and gas industry. Ross has worked in the occupational health sector since 2005, becoming financial director, managing director and then subsequently taking the role of general manager, Medical Services for Northern Europe until April 2013.

Sophie Ritchie
HR & Crewing Coordinator
Sophie joined the company in February 2019. Sophie has over 10 years’ experience in crewing management within the subsea and maritime industry. Her varied experience and industry knowledge allows Sophie to be responsible of crewing operations for assigned vessels and projects.

Claire Spink
HR & Crewing Coordinator claire.spink@accordbps.com Claire joined the company in March 2022 with 8 years’ experience in HR, Recruitment & crew management within the oil & gas industry. Claire’s experience and knowledge will allow her to assist our clients with their on and offshore requirements.

Rebecca Smith
Rebecca joined the team in February 2019 after her studies and working in Customer Service & Administration roles. Rebecca provides an invaluable service to the team supporting our clients with both HR and Crewing Administration.

Jeanne Ritchie
Jeanne joined Accord in July 2019 and is responsible for finance support. She has experience with online accounting software Xero and Receipt Bank. Her background is working in the finance departments of marine service companies. She is a member of CIMA.