Board of Directors

Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow) Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of a Chairman and non-executive directors to the Board.

Appointed by the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture, the Board will bring a wealth of diverse and extensive experience to the business. They will work closely with the management team in Ferguson’s to deliver a sustainable future for commercial shipbuilding on the lower Clyde.

Our Board

Andrew Miller


Andrew Miller was appointed chair on 1 December 2022. He is responsible for leading the board and holding the Executive team to account in delivering Scottish Government priorities for the shipyard.

A corporate turnaround specialist, he was chair of Glasgow Prestwick Airport for seven years. Previously Andrew held consultancy and non-executive director roles with airlines, governments, tourism bodies, pension funds and investment banks in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and the African sub-continent. In the late 1990s, he was Chief Operating Officer for Air New Zealand’s Global Aviation Business. Andrew is also vice-chair of the University of the West of Scotland. A graduate of the University of Aberdeen, he lives in Glasgow.  


David Tydeman


David trained as a Naval Architect and started his career as a Lloyds Ship Surveyor in Govan before moving into the Offshore Oil & Gas sector. After more than 10 years with large offshore projects with Hamilton Brothers, Occidental and British Gas, David ran a global after-sales business for Rolls-Royce Marine supporting more than 20,000 vessels. Joining Cap Gemini’s strategic consultancy in 2001 to focus on transformation of complex infrastructure projects, he became an advisor to Railtrack as it transferred to Network Rail and working with the large supply-chain contractors to Railtrack.

He joined AWG Plc as strategy director in 2004 with a lead role in restructuring and disposing of the Morrison construction and utilities businesses. Moving to head up Skanska plc’s £1.5bn t/o buildings business in London, he ran a portfolio of large capital projects, including the new £300m Coventry hospital, the £220m Heron Tower in London and the Barts and Royal London £1bn pfi project.  Leaving to follow his passion for yachting in 2009, he ran Oyster Yachts building more than 200 very customised private sailing yachts between £1m and £15m. Focused on multi-disciplined capital projects throughout his career, David joined Ferguson in Feb ’22.


George Crookston

Chief Financial Officer

George Crookston has in excess of 30 years experience, having held senior finance roles in both large company and SME environments. Following many successful years with GEC Marconi and Hyundai Semiconductor inward investment project in Fife, one of the largest in the UK at the time, Mr Crookston then went onto hold several senior roles across the UK within the Serco Group, including a period as Financial Director of the Serco Denholm joint venture, operating the marine services contract for the MOD.  He also spent some time as the Finance Director for the Defence & Aerospace division within the Serco Group.

Prior to joining Ferguson Marine, George had been the Group Financial Director for 13 years at Briggs Marine, a family owned SME in Scotland, who provide a broad range of marine services, including coastal, near shore, offshore and subsea operations, as well as vessel charter, marine salvage, diving and environmental oil spill response.


John Petticrew

Non Executive Director

Mr John Petticrew has had a long career in shipbuilding and infrastructure construction with over 40 years of experience, spanning three different continents. He has held various senior management positions and was responsible for construction of a $1 billion fleet of highly sophisticated vessels for an oil and gas major in the Middle East. He has been involved in varied vessel designs from simple pilot ships to complex military vessels and oil and gas platforms. He also was instrumental in the startup of a major shipyard in the UK and the setup of three brown field shipyards in his career which later went on to be financial successes for the owners. He currently is a senior consultant assisting various clients with all aspects of shipyard management, bidding and construction. He is a a fourth generation shipbuilder and started his career at Scott's Cartsburn Yard, Greenock.


Alan J Johnston, CBE

Non Executive Director

Having worked for over 30 years in senior executive positions within the shipbuilding, defence and aerospace industries, Alan Johnston brings to the board of Ferguson Marine a significant depth of industrial knowledge and management experience.  As MD of AgustaWestland UK and CEO of BVT Mr Johnston has had extensive experience in establishing successful JV management teams with different history’s and cultures in both shipbuilding and aerospace.  His experience includes the contracting management of numerous complex programmes in the UK and Internationally. Consequently he is familiar with the challenges of managing outcomes for multiple stakeholders, whilst grappling with technical complexity, customer requirements and industrial issues.

Mr Johnston is a committed advocate of UK shipbuilding and looks forward to contributing his experience to the next phase of the Ferguson Marine journey.


Chris MacKay

Non Executive Director

Christopher Mackay is an experienced construction and projects lawyer. Thirty three years of his career have been at Burness Paull LLP, the latter twenty five as a partner. He leads its ports and harbours and health and life science groups. He has considerable experience of high value public procurements and complex dispute resolution, in various sectors, acting for public bodies and the private sector. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He sits on the Scottish Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.


Alison Mitchell

Non Executive Director

Alison Mitchell is an experienced Non-Executive and Executive Director with a background in management consultancy, change  management, strategy planning and Human Resources. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a graduate of the University of Edinburgh.  Mrs Mitchell is currently a Non-Executive Board Member of NHS Lothian and a Trustee of Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation. She is also a lay member of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland and the independent member  of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Judicial Appointments Commission for England and Wales.  She is an experienced management consultant, specialising in change management, strategy planning and executive coaching. 

In her earlier career, Mrs Mitchell worked for many years at Board level in the field of Human Resources and has extensive UK and international experience across a range of sectors, including  Oil and Gas, Technology and Public Sectors.


Stuart N Smith

Non Executive Director

Dr Stuart Smith brings to the role over 35 years of experience in the oil & gas and subsea contracting sectors with senior management responsibilities for technical and commercial aspects, general management and strategy development.  In particular, he has extensive experience of design and build of specialist ships and knowledge of many shipyards around the world.  Dr Smith holds a BSc and PhD from Glasgow University Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (FRINA).

The Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow) Ltd Board of Directors convene for a board meeting 6 times per annum. You can find minutes from our Board of Directors meetings in this section.


July - to access the minutes, please click here.

September - to access the minutes, please click here.

November - to access the minutes, please click here.


21st January - to access the minutes, please click here.

19th March - to access the minutes, please click here.

25th March - to access the minutes, please click here.

30th March - to access the minutes, please click here.

27th May - to access the minutes, please click here.

22nd July - to access the minutes, please click here. 

23rd September - to access the minutes, please click here. 

25th November - to access the minutes, please click here.


27th January - to access the minutes, please click here.

24th March - to access the minutes, please click here.

26th May - to access the minutes, please click here. 

21st July - to access the minutes, please click here. 

22nd September - to access the minutes, please click here. 

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