We have a vastly experienced and highly motivated workforce that is dedicated to exceeding customer expectations.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Naval Architect
Head of Procurement
Head of Production
Head of Quality & Governance
Head of Sales
Head of SHEQ
Head of HR
Gerry joined Ferguson Marine in 2017 as Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the overall strategy and operations of the company. He is a commercially astute business leader with a wealth of international leadership experience driving business transformations, commercial turnarounds and change management strategies to fundamentally impact revenue and ROI.
With exceptional financial acumen and knowledge of LEAN Manufacturing (is both an MBA and Six Sigma Black Belt), Gerry expertly identifies new business opportunities whilst simultaneously implementing people, process and technology change management initiatives to improve business health and support commercial growth.
Chris has over 20 years’ experience in the Shipbuilding and Offshore Wind sectors in the West of Scotland. Starting his professional career in a graduate position in 1995, Chris gained experience in many of the technical departments within the Upper Clyde shipyards in his 17 years with BAE Systems. He moved from his position as a Technical Project Manager, where he was responsible for managing and executing the build strategy and transportation aspects of the two Clyde-built QEC Aircraft Carrier blocks, in 2011 and spent 3 years helping develop the offshore wind turbine manufacture, transportation, assembly and logistics strategies for Gamesa Offshore Wind, before returning to shipbuilding to take on this exciting and challenging role with Ferguson Marine.
Chris joined Ferguson in January 2015 as the head of the technical department and drawing office, and is responsible for providing technical leadership and naval architectural support to the design, construction and repair of our marine vessels.
Chris has a B.Eng(Hons) in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering (1995) from the University of Glasgow. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Royal Institute of Naval Architecture.
Tom joined Ferguson Marine in December 2015 as Finance Director and is responsible for Finance and IT throughout the business. He is a senior finance professional with over 37 years experience operating at a senior level within various multinational organisations including Motorola, Freescale Semiconductor, Clyde Union Pumps and David Brown Gears both in the UK and overseas.
During his 35 years Tom has managed all functional areas within finance and has extensive experience and a proven track record in; Providing leadership to the Board's finance and Accounting strategy; Contributing to the development of strategy across all areas of the business; Ensuring the companys financial systems are robust compliant and suppport current activities and future growth; Treasury management including Foreign currency exposure; Ensuring compliance to regulatory requirements; Developing relationships and establishing a high level of credibility with external bodies including Banks and Financial institutions; Negotiating credit facilities including Export finance.
Tom has a BA in Accountancy from Stirling University and is a quallified ACCA.
Ian Kelso is a senior procurement professional with 30 years of experience in senior leadership positions within various organisations including Fullarton Computer Industries, Sanmina SCI, Teleflex Medical, Weir Pumps and Clyde Union Pumps. He has demonstrated success in leading strategically significant change management projects. He is also a supply chain expert with a strong track record in enhancing efficiency and profitability through the delivery of outstanding savings results and process optimisation.
Ian joined Ferguson Marine in December 2014 as Head of Procurement responsible for all Supply Chain activities including procurement, logistics and inventory management.
Ian has a Degree in Supply Chain Managementand a Post Graduate in Leadership and Management. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) and the Institute of Cast Metal Engineers (ICME).
David joined Ferguson Marine as Head of Production in 2017, returning to the shipyard where he spent 23 years working for Ferguson Shipbuilders firstly as an Apprentice Shipwright then progressing to the role of Ship Manager.
His experience also includes 12 years at BAE Systems, the latter 6 years as Production Manager.
Throughout his career David has been responsible for full vessel launch management, sub-contractor management, the outfit of vessels from cradle to grave, dimension control scope of work, statistical control, quality control, heavy lifts and unit erection, sea trials, docking, project management, cost schedule, and SHE.
David joined Ferguson Marine in January 2018 as Head of Quality and Governance and also heads up the ship repair and deployable resource business. He brings over 22 years of experience in the marine sector and is a Marine Surveyor and Chartered Engineer with a First Class BEng(Hons) in Mechanical Engineering.
David spent the majority of his early career working in ship design, construction and commissioning both on Merchant and Naval ship contracts at various UK shipyards. David joined Ferguson Marine from Lloyds Register EMEA classification society where he was the Lead Surveyor Scotland, responsible for existing ship and new construction classification and statutory surveys within the LR fleet.
David has over 30 years of experience in shipbuilding and marine fabrication for offshore energy, including both oil & gas and renewables. Initially from a technical background in ship design, having managed a design office catering for newbuild vessels and major conversions, he moved into project management working on FPSOs and Ultra Deepwater Drillships before being appointed Project Manager for newbuild ferry contracts.
Since 2003, David has been Head of Sales in two of the UK’s leading commercial shipbuilders including Ferguson Marine, where he joined in early 2018.
Throughout his many years within shipbuilding & repair, Jim has gained extensive knowledge and experience working within both commercial and naval shipyard environments, including 18 years working on various MOD Contracts throughout the country such as BAE Systems (Clyde & Barrow in Furnace), HMNB Devonport, HMNB Portsmouth and HMNB Clyde carrying out various senior management positions.
Jim joined Ferguson Marine as Head of SHEQ in 2015 reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer. He is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of the SHEQ strategy, actively promoting the company's vision, values & culture, establishing, developing, maintaining and implementing appropriate management systems in line with statutory legislation/regulations and accreditation requirements established by ISO & OHSAS.
Donna is an experienced senior-level HR professional with a strong background in driving the connection across the business between HR and organisational strategy, and daily operations. Her 16 years of experience in HR includes roles at the University of Strathclyde, BP, Hilton Hotels, RSM UK, and Peel Ports Group Limited.
In multi-site companies Donna has been responsible for creating and implementing strategy, and subsequent policy, that contributes to the successful delivery of the company’s business objectives, whilst ensuring operationally an efficient and effective HR service. She has extensive experience in managing and taking the lead on significant transformational organisational and cultural change projects throughout the UK and Ireland, and the resulting ER issues. Donna has worked in partnership with Trade Unions on many issues including consultation and negotiation on change projects and collective bargaining.
Donna joined Ferguson Marine in July 2017 as Head of HR. She has a BA Degree in Human Resource Management and Business Law, a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, and Chartered Membership of the CIPD.
After over 40 years in advertising and marketing, owning and running some of the most noted agencies in Scotland, a career change into marine engineering closed the circle on John’s family’s connection with shipbuilding on the Clyde. In the 60’s and 70’s his Father was chief engineer at Rankin & Blackmore in Greenock, making ship engines; and his uncles and father-in-law spent their working lifetimes at Scott’s, Lamont’s shipyards and Kincaid’s marine engines respectively; while his grandfather before them was an agent for marine engineering equipment.
Progressively, it was a past that contracted and died along with shipbuilding along the Clyde - a story that seemed consigned to the Morgan history books until John’s long-time associate Jim McColl took over the Ferguson shipyard in Port Glasgow and invited him to join in the fresh challenge of restoring the Ferguson name to its glory days – and beyond.
John joined Ferguson Marine in January 2014 in a business development role, responsible for general communications and working on ways to increase the Fergusons footprint in Inverclyde and wherever there is an opportunity. John confesses to having no marine engineering qualifications but is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a regular after-dinner speaker, which serves him in good stead as he takes the new Ferguson Marine story to the many different audiences that want to hear what is now - and will continue to be - a quite remarkable story.