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 February 2023. 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.


Robert Mackenzie

Non Executive Director

Robert Mackenzie is a board member of Crown Estate Scotland where he chairs the Audit & Risk Committee. He spent 25 years as a Business Technology and Consulting partner at Scott-Moncrieff, leading their Corporate and Consulting Services arm. He has always had a passion for improving public sector service delivery and has a deep understanding of finance, business and audit, developing Scott Moncrieff’s programme and project management advisory services. Mr Mackenzie was a member of Scott-Moncrieff’s Board for over 15 years and Chair for the last 4. He was also Head of Audit for multiple commercial and public sector organisations and provided training and guidance to Audit Committee and Board members of his clients.


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.


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.


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.


25 May - to access the minutes, please click here.

2 February - to access the minutes, please click here.


24 November - to access the minutes, please click here. 

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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November - to access the minutes, please click here.

September - to access the minutes, please click here.

July - to access the minutes, please click here.

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