The Authority is a Trust Port and was founded on 1st January 2006. Its purpose is to hold, manage, maintain and develop the Port of Peterhead, with all profits reinvested. Trust ports are independent statutory bodies created by legislation.
The Peterhead Port Authority Harbour (Constitution) Revision Order 2005 established a constitution with the following elements:
A Board of 11 members, including the Chief Executive.
Board members to be appointed directly by the Authority through an openly advertised recruitment and interview programme.
Candidates to be assessed using criteria designed to achieve and maintain a balanced membership in respect of skills, experience, local knowledge, specialities and demography. The key objective is maintaining 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 Board, a stakeholder representative and an independent member to interview short-listed candidates and make a recommendation for Board approval.
Board members required to sign declaration including a requirement to 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 receive remuneration for their service as set by the Remuneration Sub-Committee, as recommended in the Transport Scotland Guidance for Good Governance of Trust Ports.
Meetings & Committees
The Board normally meets eight times a year. Additional meetings can be convened to discuss particularly important or urgent matters.
Sub-committees consider specific issues and make recommendations to the Board.
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.
- Mr G Thain (Convenor)
- Mr J Buchan (Deputy Convenor)
- Mr M Skitmore
- Dr E Leith-Hedley
The Pilotage Sub-Committee considers matters relating to the management and operation of the port’s pilotage and vessel traffic services functions.
- Mr G Thain (Convenor)
- Mr S Paterson (Chief Financial Officer)
- Capt E Rattray (Harbour Master)
- Mr J Buchan(Deputy Convenor)
The attendance record at the meetings of the Board and sub-committees during 2023 was considered satisfactory for all members.
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.