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.

Port of Cromarty Firth, Invergordon, Highland, Scotland, UK, Friday 31, January, 2020.

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Roger Eddie – Chair

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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Hugh Mitchell – Vice Chair

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.


Bob Buskie – Chief Executive

Bob built his career in the International Oil and Gas Industry, working in both the operating and service sectors. Past roles include Director of Strategy & Business Development at Sparrows Group, Chief Executive Officer in Switzerland for Omnisens SA and Group Director at RGB Ltd. He was vice-president for Stratos Global with responsibility for Europe, the Middle East and Africa and he was Managing Director at Inmarsat’s Invsat Ltd. Bob spent 10 years at Sun Oil and holds an MBA from the University of Strathclyde Business School and is an alumni of Harvard Business School.

Bob joined the Port of Cromarty Firth as CEO in June 2013 and has concentrated on redeveloping the Trust Port’s commercial focus and turning the Cromarty Firth into a national asset for Scotland. In a few short years, Bob has doubled turnover, profit, infrastructure capacity and employee headcount. He has improved health, safety & environment policies and procedures and opened the Port to provide choice for customers and access for stakeholders. Bob has led the Port team in also achieving the 2018 Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) award for Excellence in People Development, 2019 Institute of Directors – Director of the Year for the Highlands and Islands, 2019 Maritime UK Sustainability Award, and 2019 Scottish Rural Tourism Award. In 2020 the Port won the Maritime UK Coastal Powerhouse and Business of the Year Awards.

Bob has strong links to the Highland region, having been educated in Dornoch and Golspie.

Zeina Melville

Zeina Sawaya-Melville

Zeina is currently the Executive Commercial Director at the precision engineering company Pryme Group, with extensive experience in upstream oil and gas and ports and harbours. A valuable legal and financial background in strategic commercial and business development, has seen Zeina hold senior roles within global technology and engineering organisations, Schlumberger and Sparrows Group. As Managing Director at Melville Business Consulting, she previously worked with the Port to successfully deliver an expansion of onsite facilities and business growth through the diversification of revenue streams.
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Rhona Harper

Rhona is a qualified solicitor with 24 years’ experience and an experienced non-executive board member. She is a procurement law specialist who has been developing and implementing innovative public private partnerships for most of her career. A Partner of the major Scottish law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP for 18 years; Rhona managed a team of solicitors and support staff and led the firms Government and Public Sector Group. Her work has included advising the Ministry of Defence; Highways Management Scotland Limited who operate the M80 project and City of Edinburgh Council on the development of their Edinburgh Homes initiative.  Rhona has been a non-executive director of Volunteer Scotland since 2009 and was appointed as Chair in 2017. She is also legal secretary for the Water Industry Commission for Scotland (WICS).
Cromarty Firth Port Authority

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Stewart Ralston

Stewart is an accomplished Senior Partner, Executive and Non-Executive Director, Subject Matter Expert and Expert Witness with extensive industry experience, working with owners, operators, contractors, and consultants through the full life-cycle phases of global energy, marine & renewables projects. As a seasoned Chartered Engineer and Project Management Professional, he also holds a Master of Laws in Construction Law and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; specialising in the negotiation & settlement of complex contractual disputes for global technical, commercial, and legally challenged development & decommissioning projects.

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.
Port of Cromarty Firth, Invergordon, Highland, Scotland, UK, Friday 31, January, 2020.

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Graham Peach

Graham joins the Board following a distinguished career spanning over 30 years in the Royal Navy, where he ultimately held the position of Director of Surface Combatants (Commodore Rank), managing over 60 major vessels and 165 permanent staff. Having latterly owned and managed an International Maritime Support & Disaster Management consultancy firm, he brings a wealth of experience in strategic business development, leadership and corporate governance. Graham also provides support to NHS Highlands Corporate Governance teams in relation to their future health care aspirations and has extensive experience in the third sector.

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
Commercial & Finance – Richard Fea
Business Development – Joanne Allday
Marketing and PR – Stuart MacDonald Butler

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