The primary aim of a Trust Port board is to make the best use of the assets they manage in order to secure those assets for future use.  Their duty is to hand the assets on in the same or better condition to succeeding generations.  Future generations are therefore the ultimate stakeholder.

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.
Cromarty Firth Port Authority

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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.

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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