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.