Justin A. Knowles has served as a Director of the Company since November 2014 and is the Chairman of our Audit Committee (the “Audit Committee”). Mr. Knowles graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1990 with a M.A. Hons degree in Accounting and Economics before joining Ernst & Young where he trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. In 1994 he left Ernst & Young to join the Bank of Scotland, initially working in various head office roles, before joining the Bank of Scotland’s Shipping Finance team in 1999. Mr. Knowles spent 13 years working in senior roles within the shipping team, in both loan origination and debt restructure/work-out units, working with a wide variety of public and private shipping companies. In 2012, Mr. Knowles left banking to establish Dean Marine Advisers Ltd, a United Kingdom-based shipping finance consultancy that works with banks, financial institutions and ship owners providing strategic advice on shipping projects and investments.