Andy Thorne

Chairman

Kestrel Group

Andy Thorne is a well-known expert within the shipping industry, recognised for launching his own company and growing it successfully to become the UK’s largest Liner Agency, and to encompass all areas of shipping on a global basis.  A recipient of The Queen’s Award for Enterprise & International Trade, he is well known for his innovative approach and can do attitude.  Both of these attributes have contributed to the success of his group of shipping companies.  Andy has a strong emphasis on the Commonwealth countries and is constantly pushing for closer trading relations, and to use the power of the Commonwealth for economic growth.  An entrepreneur who has in depth industry knowledge from the ground upwards, he is equally happy loading a shipping container in a far-flung island or handing out industry awards at glamourous receptions.