Port of Cromarty Firth Appoints New Board Members

The Port of Cromarty Firth (PoCF) is delighted to announce the appointment of two new members to its Board. Hugh Mitchell and Stewart Ralston joined the other six members, chaired by Douglas Russell, with effect from the 1st January.

The Port’s board meets regularly to review the Port’s business and future plans.  They are not owners or shareholders; they manage the Trust Port which reinvests all its profits into the development of the port.  Their duty is to safeguard the valuable assets of the Port and hand them on in the same or better condition to future generations.

Hugh Mitchell’s distinguished career has comprised of over 37 years at Royal Dutch Shell; one of the largest companies in the world. The last eleven years were as Chief HR & Corporate Officer. As a member of Shell’s 8 person global Executive Committee, Hugh was involved in all aspects of strategy and has extensive experience of all sectors of the oil and gas industry.

Hugh is globally recognised within the HR profession and has held several external Board positions. He is currently Vice Chairman of Edinburgh Business School and a visiting lecturer at London Business School and Edinburgh University. Hugh lives near Balblair, on the Black Isle.

Stewart Ralston, who is based in Aberdeen, is an accomplished Principal Consultant, Construction Law Specialist, Senior Project Manager and Chartered Engineer, with extensive on and offshore experience working with major operators & contractors in the global oil, gas and energy sectors.

He is currently the Principal Consultant and Decommissioning, Abandonment & Restoration Subject Matter Expert; responsible for managing the Global On and Offshore Brownfield & Decommissioning Group client portfolio, within Genesis Oil and Gas Consultancy in Aberdeen.

Prior to his decade long involvement in international decommissioning activities, Stewart delivered innovative technical and commercial solutions to major oil, gas & energy development projects in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Russia and the United States.

Bob Buskie, Chief Executive of the Port of Cromarty Firth, said: “The Port is absolutely thrilled to bring the vast experience of Stewart and Hugh to our Board. We are lucky to have such a strong board that works well together. Their predecessors, Sandy Cummings and Donald MacKenzie, will be difficult to replace but we are sure that Hugh and Stewart will be up to the task.”

Port of Cromarty Firth Board members can only serve a maximum of 9 years, which can be extended to 12 years if they serve as Chair.  They must be reappointed every three years if they wish to remain on the Board. The Port adheres to Transport Scotland’s Modern Trust Ports Guidance for good governance and held an entirely open competition for board membership. In line with best practice, the interview panel consisted of the current Chair and Vice Chair, a HR representative from Highland Council, an independent assessor and a representative from the Port’s stakeholder group.