Ian McCulloch, current vice-chair, takes the helm as chair, as he replaces the outgoing Murdo Murray, who is retiring after 10 years with the Port Authority.


Ian has enjoyed a 40 plus year career in the oil and gas industry, having held several senior management roles in operations, commercial, HSE, engineering, supply chain and decommissioning. His career has taken him across the globe, including the USA, Dubai, Singapore, Indonesia and Algeria.


Ian, from Shawbost, said: “It is an honour to become the new chairman of Stornoway Port Authority’s board. I am keen to build on the success enjoyed by the Port Authority under Murdo Murray and look forward to pressing ahead with plans for our new £49 million Deep Water Terminal. This is an exciting time in the history of the Port Authority, and a period which could drive change for the entire Outer Hebrides. The Port Authority has the opportunity to play a central role in generating economic growth for the region and I will work tirelessly to ensure that we are at the forefront of championing this change.”


Roddie Mackay and Murdo MacIver have also been appointed to the board.


Born and brought up in Laxdale, Roddie attended the Nicolson Institute and University in Aberdeen before embarking on a successful career in the insurance and financial services industry for over 25 years. He became a councillor for Stornoway North in 2007, and for the past five years has been the leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.


Roddie latterly chaired the Highland and Island Regional Economic Partnership and has sat on the Project Board for the Stornoway Deep Water Terminal since its inception, helping the £49 million development reach fruition following last week’s turf cutting ceremony at the Port Authority.


He said: “I am delighted to be joining the board of Stornoway Port Authority and I believe my experience will be of great benefit to the Port Authority. I aim to follow on the work of my predecessors and look forward to working with my fellow board members to continue the huge success the Port has enjoyed in recent years."


Murdo MacIver joins the board following a distinguished career with Peterson Offshore Group, where he rose to the positions of Chief Operating Officer and Group Director before recently retiring. He was responsible for operations and delivery, as well as being a member of the management team, during which time he developed and acquired businesses in the Caribbean, Australia, Europe and the UK.


Murdo was previously a partner in SBS Logistics Ltd during a period of significant growth and also played a major role in the establishment of Decom North Sea, a supply chain forum for the decommissioning industry of which he acted as Chairman and Director for over six years.


He said: “I am very excited to bring my experience in the offshore construction and logistics industry to the board. I believe my knowledge and expertise in business development throughout the sector can be hugely beneficial to Stornoway Port Authority’s long-term ambitions and I am looking forward to getting to work and taking my place on the board.”


Alex Macleod, Chief Executive of Stornoway Port Authority, said: “We are delighted that Ian has been appointed our new chair, while Roddie and Murdo have both agreed to become our latest board members. We believe that their extensive experience can play an integral role in supporting the Port, and our ambitions to bring transformational benefits, not just to Stornoway but across the entire Outer Hebrides through the construction of the Deep Water Terminal.”