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Board of Directors

Duncan Mackison
Chief Executive

Duncan Mackison is CEO for David MacBrayne Limited.  Duncan is a Board level professional with particular expertise in the delivery of high value, complex service contracts to government and public sector clients.  He is an Executive Director for the David MacBrayne Group, CalMac Ferries Limited and Solent Gateway Limited.  He is also the Vice-President (Royal Marines) for the Reserve Forces & Cadets Association Lowland Board and Chairman of the Board of Governors for The Glasgow Academy.  He was previously Chairman of Alba Trees Plc and a Trustee of the Crawick Multiverse Trust.

Duncan's recent experience in Scotland has been in property management for Buccleuch Group and GFG Alliance; often with a significant community and government interface.  Prior to that, Duncan enjoyed a variety of roles for Serco until 2014.  Most notably as the Managing Director of Serco Defence (£370m turnover with 3,000 staff), the largest MoD supplier in terms of manpower, supplying maritime, aviation and property support services.  Duncan started his career as a Royal Marine Officer serving for 9 years from 1985 to 1994 seeing operational service in Northern Ireland and Iraq. 

David McGibbon
Non-Executive Chairman
David McGibbon is a qualified accountant and an independent business consultant. He is a former Board member of Historic Scotland and is presently the independent Chair of the Audit Committee of Historic Scotland. He formerly served as Chairman of the London Stock Exchange, Scottish Council and held the post of Finance Director and Company Secretary with Grampian Holdings plc., the then parent company of the Malcolm Group. David is Chair of the Scottish Group of the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) and is a member of the NAPF Defined Benefit Council.

Susan M Browell
Non-Executive Director

Susan Browell is a Board level HR professional with over 30 years' strategic and operational experience gained in public, private and non-profit organisations in the UK with some International experience.  She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.  Ms Browell has been responsible for change programmes, consultancy projects, management training and leadership development for a variety of organisations in the UK and overseas and lectured at a university business school.  She has also authored books, book chapters and articles and is currently a Non-Executive Director for the Scottish Prison Service and a Public Interest Member for the Institute of Charted Accountants Scotland.  She has been a regular passenger of CalMac for over 30 years.

Michael B Comerford
Non-Executive Director

Michael Comerford originally trained as a Naval Architect and has over 30 years' experience in shipbuilding, shipping, offshore energy and logistics, starting his career with Lloyd's Register of Shipping.  He has held industry leadership positions focussing on asset integrity and asset management, organisational competence and operational excellence with Bureau Veritas, Petrofac Ltd. and, most recently, in a consultancy role with the Global Offshore Wind Division of the Danish state utility DONG Energy.  He served as a Regional Director for Scotland and Northern Ireland of the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and subsequently on its main Board as Director of Strategy and Communications.  Prior to this he was Managing Director of Lithgow's Ltd. Marine Division comprising four shipyards and a ship design consultancy.  He has extensive Board experience as a Director and Chairman with particular expertise in Asset Management, Risk, Safety, Audit and Business Continuity.  He is a Chartered Engineer (C. Eng), a Member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (MRINA), an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute (AFNI) and an RYA/MCA commercially-endorsed yacht master and instructor.

Stephen Hagan
Non-Executive Director
Stephen Hagan is a farmer and Councillor with Orkney Islands Council. He served as Transportation Chairman between 1999 and 2003 and as Convener of the Council from 2003 to 2012. He is a Non-Executive Director with NHS Orkney and is also the spokesperson for Development, Economy and Sustainability with CoSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities). Previous posts include Chairman of Orkney Ferries, Board Member with the North of Scotland Water Authority and vice Chairman of both Orkney Enterprise and Orkney Auction Mart. He is a Civil Engineer graduate from Edinburgh University.

James Stirling
Non-Executive Director
Jim Stirling was, until September 2012, Technical Director of Canal & River Trust, the new body responsible for the canal network in England & Wales. Previously, as Technical Director of the government-owned British Waterways, he was Project Director for the transfer of the canals to the charitable sector and was on the team negotiating with UK Government. Between 1992 and 2006 he led British Waterways in Scotland building partnerships to safeguard the canals culminating in the reopening of the Lowland Canals and the creation of The Falkirk Wheel. Prior to joining the public sector he worked in engineering and construction both in the UK and abroad. A chartered engineer, he brings extensive experience of working with national and local governments, passionate customers and wider stakeholders.

Albert Tait
Non-Executive Director
Albert Tait OBE has over 40 years of experience at senior management, Director and Board level in the private and public sector. He was formerly Chief Executive of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (CoSLA) and Orkney Islands Council. He was also previously Director of Finance and Housing at Orkney Islands Council and a member of the Standards Commission for Scotland. He has been actively engaged in strategic planning, resource allocation, business case development and performance management covering transportation and economic development activities. He has extensive knowledge and experience of public sector finance in general and local government in particular.

Robbie Drummond
Managing Director
Robbie Drummond has worked in a variety of senior finance roles across business services, technology and transport sectors in complex matrix organisations. This includes Invocas plc, HBoS plc, Thus plc, PricewaterhouseCoopers (Corporate Finance) and KPMG. He is a member of Transport Scotland's Smart and Integrated Transport Committee, the Scottish Government's Information Systems Investment Board and the Scottish Council for Development and Industry Committee (Highlands and Islands). He is also a member of ICAS and the Institute of Directors.

Board Meeting Minutes

Since November 2016, all CalMac Ferries Ltd business has been discussed and included as part of the David MacBrayne Board meetings.  To see minutes of meetings for DML please visit:

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