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.
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, Andrew was chair of Glasgow Prestwick Airport for seven years. He has 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, Andrew was the Chief Operating Officer for Air New Zealand’s Global Aviation Business.
Andrew is also vice-chair of the University of the West of Scotland and Non-Executive Director of ROS (Registers of Scotland). A graduate of the University of Aberdeen, he lives in Glasgow.
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.
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.
Non Executive Director
Christopher Mackay is an experienced commercial lawyer. Thirty three years of his career were spent at Burness Paull LLP, the latter 25 as a partner, with a focus on construction/projects. He has considerable experience of high value public procurements and complex dispute resolution, in various sectors including ports, acting for public bodies and the private sector. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and sits on the Scottish Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. He is an NXD Board member of C-urb 6 Ltd, a subsidiary of Link Housing Group Ltd.
Non Executive Director
Dr. Stuart Smith brings to the role over 35 years’ experience in the oil, gas and subsea contracting sectors with senior management responsibilities for technical and commercial aspects, general management, and strategy development. He has extensive experience in the design and building 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 is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (FRINA).
Stuart chairs FMPG’s health and safety sub-committee of the board.
Valerie has a strong background in business leadership and human resources across the transport, financial, and marketing services sectors, most recently with Dentsu Global Marketing Services Group. She has also worked with a variety of senior civil servants during her advisory and non-executive roles.
Her skills encompass strategy and implementation, operational leadership, governance control, cultural change leadership, talent development, mergers and acquisitions.
In addition, Valerie has undertaken several non-executive director roles in a variety of PLC and non-profit organisations across a range of sectors. These have included remuneration and executive reward strategies as well as chairing remuneration committees.
Valerie joined the board on 20 November 2023 and chairs the FMPG remuneration sub-committee.
Simon joined the FMPG board on 30 November 2023 and chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. He brings, extensive audit, risk management, governance and financial reporting expertise to the Board.
He a Chartered Accountant (ICAS) and was a partner with Scott-Moncrieff for many years leading their outsourced internal audit and risk consulting services, working with boards and audit committees for a wide range of organisations across the Scottish public sector, and several of Scotland’s leading listed companies and charities.
He was Chief Internal Auditor at AEGON UK and part of their global internal audit leadership team, and Director of Compliance and Group Risk at McInroy & Wood (Investment Managers), where he established and chaired their Risk Committee.
Since 2021 he has served on the Board of Revenue Scotland, Scotland’s tax authority, and was recently appointed as the Deputy Chair of its Audit and Risk Committee. He is also a co-opted member of the Audit and Risk Committee for the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service.
Jim Gibson joined the FMPG board in January 2024 and brings to the role over 20 years of non-executive director experience, including terms as Board Chair at Includem and Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland.
Jim has extensive director-level, HR, and general management skills, having worked across a range of private and public sector organisations, such as BAE Systems, Police Scotland and Sellafield Ltd, as well as UK and Scottish Government stakeholder management experience.
He has a proven track record of driving sustainable change and delivering restructured business performance models within large complex organisations across a range of sectors, including aerospace, engineering, nuclear, and manufacturing. An instrumental vision and strategy delivery lead, his previous work includes redesign structure programmes within the NHS, higher education and the Police Service to support efficiency and service improvement.
He is currently managing director of his own business, Business Performance Coaching Ltd, and is a chartered member of CIPD, with an executive MBA.
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.
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