Montrose Port Authority Trust

Montrose Port Authority is a Trust Port, managed by a Board of 9 trustees

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Who we are

The Board brings a wide range of management and specialist expertise to Montrose Port, and all trustees share the fundamental aim to maintain, improve and develop the Port.

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John Carmichael


John Carmichael is a retired civil engineer, having spent all his working life in maritime civil engineering and port management. His experience embraces general port and harbour construction including fishery and transport ports, shipyards, coast protection and dredging.

He worked with several consulting engineers before joining the newly formed Strathclyde Regional Council where he set up a unit to deal with the region's pier, harbour and coast protection responsibilities. He later joined Dundee Port Authority where he was Engineer and Deputy Chief Executive before returning to consulting engineering with Arch Henderson LLP, ultimately becoming Senior Partner before retiring in 2009.

He has served the Institution of Civil Engineers in several capacities, including Chairman of the Maritime Civil Engineering Board. John joined the Board of Montrose Port Authority in 2009 and was elected Chairman in 2017.

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Peter Stuart


A Board member since 2015, Peter was educated at Montrose Academy before completing an engineering degree at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. From there he started his career with Halliburton and pursued an engineering career within the oil and gas sector which has spanned some 40 years, working in roles within Sparrows Offshore, Drexel, Tuboscope and National Oilwell Varco (NOV). In his latter years with Tuboscope and NOV, he was responsible for running the company’s Eastern Hemisphere operations.

For the past 12 years, Peter has worked in an advisory and executive management capacity with oil and gas private equity firm SCF Partners, including four spells as acting CEO of portfolio businesses. He is currently on the board of global rental and service company Centurion Group Ltd, headquartered in the UK, but with businesses in the USA, Canada, Europe, South East Asia and Australia.

Peter lives in Montrose and is also active in the local community including his role as Vice Chairman of Montrose Football Club.

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James Doyle

Board Member

James, master mariner and chartered shipbroker, holds a master’s in business administration and has been a non-executive director at Montrose Port Authority since 2014.

James is a main board director for J.R. Rix and Sons Ltd (a Times Grant Thornton top track 250 SME) and managing director for all port, terminal, shipping and freight forwarding operations for the J.R. Rix Group. His is also the chairman of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (Humber Branch) and a THMA Advisory Board Member.

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Graeme Nimmo

Board Member

Born in Glasgow, Graeme is a fully qualified chartered shipbroker with over 35 years’ experience in the shipping industry.

Currently employed by ASCO Group subsidiary - Seletar Shipping Ltd - in the capacity as Ship’s Agency Manager, he is responsible for Seletar’s office network providing port coverage in the UKEC central and southern regions. Graeme is also lead examiner for one of the Institute of Chartered Shipbroker's compulsory subjects and, since 1991, has tutored its Shipping Business course to students globally. Graeme joined the MPA Board in 2016.

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Jim Cargill

Board Member

Jim has been in the oil and gas industry for over 40 years, holding a variety of senior roles with international offshore logistics and marine service companies, including ASCO, Wood Group Offshore, Peterson, OIL Limited, Sea Oil Services, OSA do Brasil and Sea-Cargo.

Jim’s experience includes involvement in various activities in the North Sea (UK & Norway), Brasil, Caspian Sea, Gulf of Mexico, Morocco, Faroes and South East Asia. He is currently Chief Executive of PlanSea Solutions Limited and retains interests in the Brazilian offshore market.

In addition, Jim has developed and now tutors oilfield logistics courses at Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University. He holds a BA in majoring in economics and politics and a Diploma in management studies. He joined MPA’s Board in 2013

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Fiona Scrimgeour

Board Member

Fiona is a Master Mariner having sailed deep sea with a number of different shipping lines and on a variety of different vessel types, most recently BP Shipping's tankers. Having come ashore in 2013 to raise her family, she currently works for BP Exploration in Aberdeen as a Marine Operations Advisor and joined our Board in 2016.

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Kim Hunter

Board Member

Kim is an experienced people leader who has worked across multiple industries in her career, spending the last 6 years working in the energy industry at executive level for a global leader in energy and technical services based in Aberdeen.

Her experience covers global talent acquisition, workforce planning, strategy, people integration and executive search. Kim holds a degree in Consumer Studies, a Masters in Business and an MBA focused in Oil and Gas Management from Robert Gordons University, Aberdeen. Kim joined Montrose Port Authority Board in 2017.

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Hamish Watt

Board Member

Hamish joined the board of Montrose Port Authority in 2016. He has lived and worked in Tayside for most of his life and is familiar with the commercial and industrial activity throughout the east coast of Scotland.

A law graduate from the University of Dundee, he completed his training in Dundee before being invited to join a legal firm in Montrose as a solicitor.

He started his own firm in 1979 and has worked as lawyer ever since, specialising in civil/criminal court cases, employment, corporate and damages actions. He is a past tutor/course leader in advocacy and pleading on the postgraduate course (Diploma in Legal Practice) at Dundee University. Now partially retired, he retains a number of business interests.

He is also the current chairperson of The Adam Centre in Montrose, which is a local charity providing day care for the elderly and vulnerable.

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Andrew Jones

Board Member

Andrew Jones has over thirty years’ experience in the communications and media sector. He currently works at Weber Shandwick, the global communications agency, with responsibility for crisis and issues management across Scotland.

Andrew has extensive experience in providing senior media counsel, strategic planning, and crisis management to companies and organisations working in the construction, energy, maritime and transport sectors. He advises clients on a range of activities including engagement strategies, media relations, crisis planning and industrial relations. He also regularly trains and prepares spokespeople for a wide range of communications challenges and media appearances.

A former BBC broadcaster, journalist and senior editor he has covered a wide range of business, consumer, environmental and political stories. He led the BBC across the North of Scotland for nearly a decade and was a member of the BBC Scotland Management Board.

Andrew’s extensive media experience in the UK media is combined with additional expertise in education and training having also established the journalism programme at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.

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