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.