Port of Cromarty Firth (Team and Board Members)

Port of Cromarty Firth Board Members

The Port board consists of the following eight members appointed by an open and transparent process. The board and executive management are the joint focus for the accountability of the trust port in the conduct of the port’s business.

The Port’s board meets regularly to review the Port’s business and future plans. They are not owners or shareholders; they manage the Trust Port which reinvests all its profits into the development of the port. Their duty is to safeguard the valuable assets of the Port and hand them on in the same or better condition to future generations.

Hugh Mitchell – Chair

Hugh Mitchell has worked for Royal Dutch Shell for more than 37 years, the last 11 of which have been served as Chief HR and Corporate Officer. As a member of Shell’s Global Executive Committee, Hugh commands extensive experience in all sectors of the oil and gas industry. He is currently Vice Chairman of Edinburgh Business School and is a visiting lecturer at London Business School and the University of Edinburgh.

Robert McCaig – Board Member

Robert McCaig is a Chartered Engineer with 40 years of professional experience and is a Fellow of The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology.  Also, a Fellow of The Institution of Mechanical Engineers with voluntary roles of Membership Advisor and Professional Review Interviewer.  Has good knowledge of the Cromarty Firth area and valuable experience in ports, offshore energy, and onshore support services. He is connected across the Highland region as a Consultant for Kishorn Port. Previously a Senior Manager with Babcock Marine Rosyth and Director of DECOM North Sea (DNS). At DNS, he represented Members’ interests in marine & logistics, was Chair of DNS Projects Steering Group, and was a Board Sponsor for strategic projects enabled through public sector investment.

Alex Campbell – Chief Executive

Alex Campbell – a business leader with extensive experience in the renewables, oil and gas, marine and environmental sectors – joined the Port of Cromarty Firth as Chief Executive in 2024. Alex joined the Port from environmental and geospatial consultancy APEM Ltd, where he was Managing Director, based in Aberdeen. He has previously held similar positions at survival and safety solutions company Survitec Group, and James Fisher and Sons Plc, a provider of specialist services to the marine, oil and gas, renewables and other global, high assurance industries. His experience also includes an eight-year spell at multi-national engineering firm Atkins, where he was Managing Director, Oil and Gas.

Dr Derek McGlashan – Board Member

Derek McGlashan has held senior roles in a number of organisations across the port industry including Aberdeen Harbour Board, Forth Ports and Port of London Authority. Holding a Ph.D. in Geomorphology and Law, Derek has held ultimate responsibility for counter terrorist security, environment, safety, sustainability and ESG reporting. Beyond ports his involvement has included energy networks, renewables, property, retail, waste and recycling. Currently Director of Saltire Sustainability Limited and a Non-Executive Director of the Forth Estuary Forum.

Rhona Harper – Vice Chair

Rhona Harper is a procurement law specialist and a qualified solicitor with 24 years of experience. A partner of Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP for 18 years, Rhona led the firm’s Government and Public Sector Group. Her work has included advising the Ministry of Defence, Highways Management Scotland, and the City of Edinburgh Council. Rhona was appointed chair of Volunteer Scotland in 2017. She is currently the legal secretary for the Water Industry Commission for Scotland.

Amanda Bryan – Board Member

Based in the Highlands, Amanda Bryan has over 30 years’ experience working in rural development, land and asset management. She holds a portfolio of roles including lecturing at the Scottish School of Inverness, non exec advisor to a forestry investment fund and undertaking consultancy work with a wide range of clients in the land-based sectors. During her time as Chair of the Board of Crown Estate Scotland (2017-2023) she was responsible for leading the ScotWind and INTOG offshore wind leasing rounds.

An experienced non-executive, in addition to her time at Crown Estate Scotland, Amanda has held previous Board positions with Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Community Energy Scotland, Forestry Commission, Scottish Natural Heritage, BBC, Ofcom and the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust.

Fiona Larg – Board Member

A chartered accountant by background Fiona brings experience across a wide variety of industry sectors working with national and international clients.
A former Chief Executive of Inverness and Nairn Enterprise Fiona has also held senior management positions with Cap Gemini, Vertex Data Science Ltd and played a formative role in the creation of the University of the Highlands and Islands as Chief Operating Officer and Secretary receiving an MBE in 2017 for services to higher education in Scotland. Fiona has held non-executive board positions with Council of the Law Society of Scotland, SCDI, Robertson Trust and Highland Tourism Community Interest Company.

Are you interested in working for an organisation that seeks to leave the Port and its assets in a better condition for future generations? As a Trust Port, 100% of our profits are reinvested in the future development of the Port. We have stakeholders, rather than shareholders, which can mean trying to please different groups of people who may have diverse opinions and beliefs about how the Port should operate. It is fast-paced, challenging and no two days are ever the same. We are a small close-knit team, that thrive in this environment and love working for a Trust.