Peterhead Port Authority
is a trust port which is an independent statutory body created
by its own legislation. The organisation was founded on 1 January 2006 for holding, managing, maintaining and developing the Port of Peterhead. All profits are reinvested into the port.
The Peterhead Port
Authority Harbour (Constitution) Revision Order 2005 established the following constitution:
- The Board consists of 11 members, one of whom is the Chief
- Board members are appointed directly by the Authority through
an openly advertised recruitment and interview programme.
- Candidates are assessed using criteria established to achieve
and maintain a balance of Board membership in terms of skills,
experience, local knowledge, specialties and demographic balance.
However, the overriding principle is to maintain a Board that
is fit for the purpose of running the port.
- A review panel consisting of at least the Convenor or Deputy
Convenor of the Authority, a stakeholder representative and
an independent member will interview short-listed candidates
and make a recommendation for Board approval
- Board members are required to sign a declaration which includes
a requirement to enter on a register any financial or other
interest which could potentially give rise to a conflict of
interest. The Register of Members' Interests is available
for public inspection at the Authority's offices
Board members were paid an annual salary during the year to 31st March 2013 of £6,405, with the Convenor receiving £11,169 and the Deputy Convenor £7,445. Board members are also entitled to receive private healthcare insurance paid by the Authority and travel expenses for attending meetings.
Meetings and Committees
The Board normally meets on ten occasions during the year. There are arrangements to convene additional meetings to discuss particularly important or urgent matters, one such meeting was held during 2011.
In addition to the full Board, a number of Sub-Committees have been formed to consider specific issues and make recommendations to the Board. Except for the Remuneration Sub-Committee, the membership of each committee is appointed annually. Details of those which met during the year together with a list of members are as follows:-
Remuneration, Staffing and Audit Sub-Committee
The Remuneration, Staffing and Audit Sub-Committee meets annually to consider the remuneration of staff and Board members. Other ad-hoc meetings are convened to discuss specific staffing related matters, including the recruitment of senior staff. It met twice during 2011.
Mr W M R Mackie (Convenor)
Mr J Maxwell (Deputy Convenor)
Mr R Buchan (Board Member)
Peterhead Port Services Committee
This committee considers matters relating to the management and operation of the ports pilotage and vessel traffic services functions. It met twice during 2011 and its membership comprises:-
Mr W M R Mackie (Convenor)
Mr J E Wallace (Chief Executive)
Capt C T Hemingway (Harbour Master)
Mr S Paterson (Chief Financial Officer)
Mr J Maxwell (Deputy Convenor)
The attendance record at the meetings of the Board and Sub-Committees during 2011 was considered satisfactory for all members. The individual attendance records at Board meetings and relevant Sub-Committees for Members who served during the year are as follows:-
Mr W M R Mackie – 93% Mr B Davidson – 91%
Mrs B Bruce – 100% Mr I Davidson – 100%
Mr D Anderson – 73% Mr J Maxwell – 82%
Mr D Armstrong – 91% Capt R Middleton – 73%
Mr J Buchan – 73% Dr I Moir – 82%
Mr J E Wallace – 100%
Training and Review
The Board has adopted formal procedures for the annual appraisal of the performance of all Members. Training is also provided, both to existing Members and as part of the induction process for new appointees.
At the end of 2011 the period of appointment of Mrs B Bruce and Mr D Anderson came to an end and new members Mr I Armstrong and Mr J G Buchan were appointed. At the first meeting of 2012, Mr J Maxwell was appointed Deputy Convenor.
WILLIAM MACKIE (Convenor)
Mr Mackie is married to Judith and has two children who help run his business. They have five grandchildren and his hobbies include golf. He is a member of the Feuars Managers.
Mr Mackie began his working career with Sutherlands of Peterhead, a large haulier operating throughout the UK. During this time he undertook engineer training and qualifications including fuel injection, refrigeration and a City & Guilds award. For eighteen years, apart from a 'hands on' period as a commercial fisherman, he worked at Northern Engineering in Peterhead as a service engineer with increasing responsibility moving on to become Workshop Forman Supervisor. In 1993 he set up one of North-East Scotland's foremost engineering, carpentry and vehicle repair companies under the banner of Bill Mackie Engineering Group employing circa 40 persons.
Mr Mackie joined the Board of Peterhead Harbour Trustees (PHT) in 1999 becoming Vice-Chairman in 2001 and Chairman in 2003. He was appointed the first Convenor of Peterhead Port Authority on 1st January 2006. During this time he has been intricately involved in or overseen several major civil work developments including the largest UK public shiplift repair facility, the construction of Albert Quay, the Merchants Quay and Fishmarket and the Smith Embankment.
JOHN MAXWELL (Deputy Convenor)
Appointed Board member of Peterhead Bay Authority on 1 April 2003 and thereafter of Peterhead Port Authority from 1 January 2006..
John first started his activities in the offshore industry in 1976 working as a ships agent at both of Peterhead’s offshore supply bases. In 1982 he started his own ships agency business to serve Peterhead and Aberdeenshire’s offshore supply vessel industry as well as fishing, general cargo, tankers and cruise liner trades. In 1990 he joined Farstad Shipping Ltd’s chartering department and over the past 22 years has held the position of Chartering Manager, General Manager and now Managing Director being appointed in May 2001, the position which he holds today.
JOHN GEORGE BUCHAN
John George Buchan is married and has three children. Following his formal education at Peterhead he pursued a career in the fishing industry. He is the 5th generation of Buchan’s to prosecute this livelihood and acquired a wide range of skills and knowledge from that background and personal experience. Gaining his ‘Mates’ ticket at twenty and ‘Skippers’ at twenty two, he took command of his first vessel as a twenty five year old. Apart from his ‘hands on’ responsibilities in the wheel house, Mr Buchan is involved in the full spectrum of fish cycle which includes catching, processing, marketing, distribution and vessel construction through his involvement as a Director of Lunar Fishing Company and Lunar Freezing. He is currently a Director of the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association and was appointed to the Peterhead Port Authority Board on 1st January 2012. His personal time is devoted to his family, travel and walking.
Bruce is married to Linda and they have three children and five grandchildren.
Bruce has been a marine and industrial painter since 1984 when he joined the family owned business. He became a partner of the firm in 1990 and is now Managing Director.
He has been a Board member of Peterhead Port Authority since 1 Januray 2006 and was formerly a Board Member with Peterhead Harbour Trustees for many years.
A Consultant Reliability Engineer in the Oil and Gas industry, Douglas first moved to Peterhead with his family in 1970; returning to the area again in 1993 after serving in the Royal Navy submarine service as a Chief Nuclear Reactor Operator.
Douglas ran an IT and satellite communications business in Peterhead for 15 years, also holding the position of Vice Chairman of Peterhead Business Forum. Douglas has considerable experience in marine mechanical and electrical engineering in addition to IT. expertise. He also serves as a trustee and board member of various local community groups. He was appointed to the Board of Peterhead Port Authority on 1 October 2007.
Born in Lanark in 1962 and brought up in Lanarkshire and Dumfries.
Graduated in 1984 with an Honours degree in Chemistry from the University of Aberdeen.
Worked for three years with detergent manufacturer, Albright and Wilson in Cumbria before joining the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) in 1987. SCDI is Scotland's leading independent membership organisation and undertakes policy research, lobbying, trade promotion and industry/schools initiatives. It is also heavily involved in bringing organisations and people together through a comprehensive programme of seminars, lunches, dinners and conferences.
In 1998 established a full time Scottish Council office in Aberdeen aimed at providing a more focused service to members in the North East and allowing SCDI to better reflect the business issues and concerns in the region. As Regional Director I have responsibility for all SCDI’s activities in the North East and Highlands & Islands regions of Scotland.
A Board Member at Peterhead Port Authority since 1 January 2012, Ian is also a member of Common Purpose Advisory Board (Aberdeen) and Aberdeen Airport Working Group.
Married with 2 children, aged Seventeen and Thirteen, personal interests include music, football, and Aberdeen FC in particular, plus hill walking.
James (Jimmy) has been a fisherman working out of Peterhead for over 36 years, during that he has owned and skippered his own vessels gaining a vast of experience in the fishing industry.
He served as a Trustee on the Peterhead Harbour Board for 10 years before being appointed to Peterhead Port Authority on 1 January 2006.
In 2008 Jimmy was elected as Chairman of the Scottish Fishermen’s Organisation a Producer Organisation, a position he gained after more than 20 years representing local fishermen on the Board of Directors. He ia also a committee member of the Aberdeenshire European Fisheries Fund (AEFF) Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG).
He currently serves on the Local Advisory Council of the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen and helps to raise funds locally and nationally.
Robbie is Past President, Fellow and currently a Director of the Nautical Institute. He served for 23 years at sea, the last six years as Captain worldwide on cargo and passenger ships. During his ensuing career ashore he was the Marine Manager of Salvesen Offshore Services and as such helped to establish their Mearns Quay Supply Base at Aberdeen Harbour. He was also the founding Managing Director of Briggs Marine Environmental Services and in this position became an expert in Oil Spill Contingency planning for Ports & Harbours as well as a consultant on Modern Port Governance and the Port Marine Safety Code. He has also served on the East Area board of Scottish Natural Heritage as Marine Advisor as well as Chairman of East Grampian Coastal Partnership.
Robbie Buchan is married with 2 girls. He was born and raised in Peterhead and educated at Peterhead Academy. Upon leaving education in 1984, he started work with his fathers ship repair business and has worked with the firm in and around the Port of Peterhead ever since. He is now managing director of RD Buchan & Sons Ltd, a fabrication and repair business servicing the fishing, oil and gas and construction sectors. He enjoys golf and is a member of Peterhead Golf Club and also a keen follower of Peterhead Football Club.
Dr Ian Moir has held a number of key management positions in private businesses and public organisations in Aberdeen, Peterhead and Fraserburgh. He leads a specialist consultancy which undertakes feasibility studies and provides business and marketing plans, as well as accessing capital development grants for the food industry, including fish processing, fishing vessels and fishing harbours.
John Wallace is married (Ailsa) and has two children Jill and Scott. He was appointed Chief Executive of Peterhead Bay Authority on 1st April 2001 and became a Board member under the terms of the Peterhead Bay Authority Constitution Order 2002. He then became Chief Executive of Peterhead Port Authority on 1st January 2006. Previous to joining the Authority he was Chairman of Fraserburgh Harbour Commissioners for 15 years. During his time at Fraserburgh, several major civil engineering projects were completed including: deepening of the harbour to make it non tidal; construction of the UK’s first fully chilled fish market; the UK’s first commercial shiplift and construction of the Queen Elizabeth II drydock, including full infrastructure development of the ports estate.
He has founded and run several small successful companies in the past 25 years mostly related to the marine and fishing industries. His undergraduate work was completed at the University of Pittsburgh, graduating Summa Cum Laude and he received an MSc from the University of Oregon in 1976. From 1976 – 1981 he was Director of Athletics and Assistant Professor at Vassar College in NY State. He completed an MBA in Business at the University of Aberdeen in 2003. He is a former founding Trustee of the National Lighthouse Museum for Scotland and actively enjoys jogging.
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