CalMac boss will re­main in charge of ferry com­pany

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

CALMAC man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Martin Dorch­ester has an­nounced that he will re­main in post.

In Oc­to­ber 2016, he made the an­nounce­ment that, with CalMac hav­ing been awarded the Clyde and He­brides Ferry Ser­vices (CHFS) con­tract, he felt the time was right to seek new chal­lenges and that he would leave the com­pany at the end of March this year.

Speak­ing about the de­ci­sion to stay, Mr Dorch­ester said: ‘To­wards the end of last year, I an­nounced my in­ten­tion to leave my po­si­tion as CEO of David MacBrayne and MD of CalMac at the end of March 2017.

‘Hav­ing se­cured the CHFS con­tract for the next eight years, as well as the 35-year con­ces­sion to run March­wood Mil­i­tary Port in Hamp­shire as a joint ven­ture, I felt I had achieved what I came to do and it was time to move on to new chal­lenges.

‘As you will all be aware, Trans­port Min­is­ter Humza Yousaf an­nounced last week that the gov­ern­ment will be un­der­tak­ing a re­view of Scot­tish ferry ser­vices.

‘This re­view will in­clude ap­pli­ca­bil­ity of the Teckal ex­emp­tion, which would po­ten­tially re­move the re­quire­ment to put ferry ser­vices out to ten­der, and the man­age­ment struc­tures of David MacBrayne Limited (DML) and Caledonian Mar­itime As­sets Limited.

‘Hav­ing dis­cussed the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties pre­sented by this re­view with the DML board and with the trans­port min­is­ter, I have taken the de­ci­sion to stay in my cur­rent post and lead the or­gan­i­sa­tion through this new chap­ter.

‘I am ex­cited by the op­por­tu­ni­ties pre­sented by this re­view and very much look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to work with my team and with all of our stake­hold­ers to se­cure the best pos­si­ble re­sults for our em­ploy­ees, pas­sen­gers and com­mu­ni­ties, as well as the tax­payer.’

David McGib­bon, chair­man of David MacBrayne Ltd, said. ‘The board is de­lighted that Martin will stay to lead the group through­out what will be an im­por­tant pe­riod. His ex­pe­ri­ence, knowl­edge and lead­er­ship skills will be of great value.’

Martin Dorch­ester had said he would leave CalMac at the end of March but has been per­suaded to stay at the helm.

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