The Board

Mr Murdo Murray - CHAIRMAN

Following a time at contractors Howard Doris in Kishorn and R J McLeod in Applecross, South Rona and Barvas, Murdo Murray spent most of his career with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar as an Assistant Engineer, Senior Engineer, Deputy Director and for 11 years as Director of Technical Services. Since 2005 he has been an independent Engineering Consultant with a special interest in Renewable Energy. He is an elder of the Free Church in Stornoway and has served on national church committees including the Personnel Committee, the Finance Committee and is currently on the Board of Ministry of the Free Church of Scotland.
In the Western Isles branch of the Gideons he has completed three years as Treasurer and is currently the Branch Chairman.

Mr Ian Burgess - VICE CHAIRMAN

Ian Burgess started his career in 1973 as a navigating cadet in the Merchant Navy, serving on tankers until 1984. He joined HM Coastguard in 1984, starting in the coordination centre in Stornoway and retired as the Divisional Commander for North & West Scotland in 2015. He became a non-executive Director with NHS Western Isles in 2013 and has been on the Board of Stornoway Port Authority since September 2014. Ian’s work experience has given him access to the coastal communities within the Western Isles, working with volunteer teams and engaging with community stakeholders. He is a member of Stornoway Golf Club and the Public & Commercial Services Union (PCS).


Brought up in the village of Knock, Mr MacLeod’s family has had a long connection with the Port. His great-grandfather owned and skippered the sailing vessel Muirneag, one of the most famous fishing vessels of its time. Following a period of time working in Glasgow with the civil engineering company Lilley Construction, Mr MacLeod worked with Fletcher Construction in Auckland, New Zealand, which included working on the Americas Cup viaduct basin facilities. Following his return from New Zealand he has worked for a long established civil engineering company during which time he worked on a number of projects around Stornoway harbour. He commenced employment with the Authority as Chief Executive in July 2015.

Mr John Nicolson - BOARD MEMBER

John, a Point native, has had a long career in the maritime industry and is particularly well known around Stornoway harbour where he worked in the fishing and fish processing industry for over 35 years.
Following a career in the Merchant Navy where he served as a Master Mariner with Blue Star & Weston Shipping, John owned and operated the prawn trawlers Ivy Rose and Alpha. He was one of the founding members of the Stornoway Fisherman’s Co-operative and served as both Chairman and General Manager. In 1985 John went to work for Ross Fish Ltd (now Young’s Bluecrest) where he became the Buyer Export Manager. He worked in a number of roles with Young’s including periods in Fort William and Northern Ireland, and finally as General Manager of Young’s Goat Island factory until his retirement in 2012. John has also had leisure craft in Stornoway harbour for a number of years. He brings extensive maritime, fishing and business experience to the Board.

Mr Iain Don MacIver - BOARD MEMBER

Iain Don MacIver was born and bred in Point, where he still lives in the family home with his wife and two sons. He was educated in Bayble School and latterly the Nicolson Institute. Mr MacIver went on to work for CalMac and is now CalMac’s port manager at Stornoway. He has experience in administration, shipping and other forms of transport and information technology.
Mr MacIver is a native Gaelic speaker and a regular contributor on Radio nan Gaidheal, often on issues relating to football. Iain Don is also a keen fisherman and with his work and experience of the harbour facilities will be an asset to the port board.

Mr Allan Macdonald - BOARD MEMBER

Allan Macdonald was born and bred in Stornoway, educated in Aberdeen where he gained a BSc (Hons) Geology and Petroleum Geology and at Heriot Watt to MSc level in Petroleum Engineering. He has worked in the oil and gas industry gaining experience in both drilling and production operations for multinational companies within the UK and abroad. Since 2006 he has worked as Managing Director for a local business in the retail sector.
He enjoys outdoor pursuits and is an active member and qualified coach with Stornoway Canoe Club. He was appointed to the Stornoway Port Authority as a matter of public service which he feels is extremely important in a small community. He also recognises the importance of the Port to the people of the Western Isles.

Mrs Margaret Ann Macleod - BOARD MEMBER

Margaret Ann joined the Stornoway Port Authority in November 2016 and has a business background in textile manufacturing, international sales and rural economic development. Currently employed as the Brand Development Director for Harris Tweed Hebrides in Shawbost, the largest Harris Tweed mill on the island, Margaret Ann has previously worked at a senior level for a number of companies, including; Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Johnstons of Elgin, RGU and Arcadia plc.
Born and brought up in Carloway on the Isle of Lewis, Margaret Ann is a native Gaelic speaker, a working mother, and an active board member for a number of community organisations on the island, including her current role as Chair of HI-Scot Credit Union. Margaret Ann was co-opted to the Board in November 2016.

Mr Ian McCulloch - BOARD MEMBER

Ian McCulloch is recently retired from full time employment following a 35 year
career in the oil & gas industry. During his career Ian has undertaken a wide variety of
senior management roles including a broad mix of operations, commercial,
engineering and decommissioning. He has skills developed across a wide range of
assignments in the UK, Dubai, Houston, Singapore, Jakarta, and Algeria. Born and brought up in Morayshire, Ian currently spends his time between Aberdeen and Shawbost at the family home where his mother was brought up. Ian joined the Board in August 2016.