Justin A. Knowles has served as a Director of the Company since November 2014 and chairs our Audit Committee. Mr. Knowles founded and operates Dean Marine Advisers Ltd., a United Kingdom-based shipping finance consultancy that provides strategic advice on shipping projects and investments to financial institutions and ship owners. Mr. Knowles previously spent 13 years in a variety of senior roles within the Bank of Scotland’s shipping team, in both loan origination and debt restructure/work-out units, working with a wide variety of public and private shipping companies. Mr. Knowles graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1990 with a M.A. Hons in Accounting and Economics before joining Ernst & Young, where he trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Mr. Knowles is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.