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Board Members

The Port board consists of the following eight members appointed by an open and transparent process. The board and executive management are the joint focus for the accountability of the trust port in the conduct of the port’s business.

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.

Douglas Russell – Chairman

Douglas spent most of his career as a lawyer with a large Edinburgh based law firm specialising in dispute resolution.  He worked on many high value oil industry cases including the Piper Alpha disaster and the Kan Tan IV Chinese oil rig case.  Douglas is a trained mediator, with particular experience in commercial disputes. He has acted for Aberdeen Harbour Board, Forth Ports Authority and Lerwick Harbour Board.  Douglas has also engaged with the Scottish Parliament on a range of subjects.  He is an active farmer near Fearn and has strong links with the local community.  Currently he is Chair of Albyn Housing Society and a director of the farmers’ cooperative HBS Ring.

Richard Ballantyne – Vice Chairman

Richard’s career has spanned the upstream oil & gas sector, including the marine / shipping sector internationally and in the UKCS.  His unique background covers all the major aspects of business within the oil & gas sector, including running an operating company and running sizeable profit and loss businesses, with annual revenue streams of up to £250million.  Complementing this operational experience, Richard has also held executive positions on the Board of two oil companies.

Bob Buskie – Chief Executive

Bob Buskie joined the Port after a career that spans both the oil and gas Operating and Service sectors.  His career includes ten years with Sun Oil Company; Strategy and Business Development Director for Sparrows Group; Chief Executive Officer in Switzerland for Omnisems SA; Group Board Director at RBG Ltd; Vice President EMEA for Stratos Global; and Managing Director of INVSAT, a wholly owned Inmarsat subsidiary.  Bob has strong links to the region, having been educated in Dornoch and Golspie.
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Hugh Mitchell

Hugh’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.

Roger Eddie

Roger is a specialist Business Banker, with 35 years spent in the banking sector, predominantly in the Highlands and Islands, including Alness, Benbecula, Inverness and Wick. Roger also worked as a Senior Development Manager with Highlands & Islands Enterprise. He is a Director of Springfield Properties PLC.
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Stewart Ralston

Stewart 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.’

Angus McMaster

Angus is a trained Accountant and a member of the Institute for Chartered Accountants of Scotland. He has been a partner with Frame Kennedy for over 20 years, where he specialises in tax and business advice. Angus is a Non-Executive Financial Director with the Loch Ness Coffee company, where he advises and oversees all financial aspects of the organisation. He is also a non executive director of Albyn Housing Society This blend of experience makes Angus well suited to advise the Port Board on business objective, opportunities and challenges.
Alan Cook

Alan Cook

Alan brings to the Board extensive ship and shore based management expertise. He has been a Master Mariner, predominantly in the North Sea and Europe, with an array of experience, which includes tankers, supply vessels, passenger ferries, tugs and coasters. Alan has previously been Deputy Harbour master and Pilot for Scrabster Harbour, Berthing Master for oil tankers at Flotta terminal and Marine Superintendent at Nigg Oil Terminal, responsible for the management of all its shipping operations. Alan is presently the Marine Superintendent at Finnart oil terminal.

My Port Story

After completing a Deck cadetship with Canadian Pacific Steamships Ltd and South Shields Marine & Technical College, Graham joined the Cromarty Firth Port Authority on the 19th April 1985 (his 22nd birthday). Shortly afterwards, he left his home town of Grantown on Spey and moved to Invergordon. The town remains home to Graham and his family.

Over the years Graham has steadily been promoted from his original role as a Marine Assistant to his current position as Marine Supervisor. During this time he spent many years on the Firth as part of the pilot boat crews. This was a really enjoyable and memorable part of his life.

Outside of work, Graham’s attachment to the Firth continues to develop in ways that help him contribute to the present management and future of the Cromarty and Moray Firths. Graham became Director of the Moray Firth Partnership in 2013 and is a DLA (Deputy Launching Authority) of the Invergordon RNLI Lifeboat; continuing the long tradition of Port staffs involvement with our local lifeboat.

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Are you interested in working for an organisation that seeks to leave the Port and its assets in a better condition for future generations? As a Trust Port, 100% of our profits are reinvested in the future development of the Port. We have stakeholders, rather than shareholders, which can mean trying to please different groups of people who may have diverse opinions and beliefs about how the Port should operate. It is fast-paced, challenging and no two days are ever the same.  We are a small close-knit team, who thrive in this environment and love working for a Trust.

If that matches what you’re looking for, please keep an eye on this section for details of any current vacancies. (If there are no buttons below, we do not currently have any vacancies.)

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Main Contacts

Cromarty Firth Port Authority, Port Office, Shore Road, Invergordon, IV18 0HD

+44 (0) 1349 852308

Chief Executive – Bob Buskie
General Manager – Calum Slater
Finance – Richard Fea
Marketing and PR – Joanne Allday

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