Peterhead Port Authority has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer as it seeks to maximise opportunities in energy transition while continuing to serve traditional industries such as fishing.

Graeme Reid, formerly a Marine Consultant with the International Maritime Contractors Association (IMCA), has wide and extensive maritime management experience.

Mr Reid, from Newtonhill, Aberdeenshire, said: “I am delighted to have been appointed CEO of Peterhead Port Authority, and I am committed to building on the success the port has had to date with a focus on innovation, collaboration and growth.

“I am excited for the prospects that lie ahead, and together we can leverage our strengths and seize new opportunities to make a meaningful impact in our community and industry.”

Gavin Thain, Convenor of Peterhead Port Authority, said: “Following an extensive search and in-depth interviews of highly qualified industry professionals, we are delighted to appoint and welcome Mr Graeme Reid to the port as the Chief Executive Officer.

“These are exciting times he joins us in, with a host of opportunities presently being optimised in the development of our Masterplan. Offshore wind, CCUS, hydrogen and clean fuels all have a role to play in Peterhead’s future and our journey towards net zero.

“Alongside our traditional services in fishing, ship repair and logistics, Graeme has a diverse wealth of marine management experience which he will bring to the organisation. I am confident he will complement and drive forward PPA’s goals, vision and aspirations while building on the successes of our stakeholders and ensuring a safe thriving port is well positioned to secure the opportunities that lie ahead.”

John Wallace, Acting Chief Executive, added: “Opportunity is knocking pretty hard at Peterhead’s door right now with a host of business interests right across the energy transition spectrum seeking our attention.

“The PPA Board have conducted an extensive search throughout the country and beyond to identify and secure a leader with broad experience, capable of maintaining our key strengths and harnessing these emerging businesses. We are confident that Mr Graeme Reid is an individual of the highest professional calibre whose skills and experience will be crucial in delivering the port’s objectives.”

Stephen Paterson, Chief Financial Officer, said: “Having served at the Port for over 30 years, to say these are exciting times is quite the understatement. I look forward to working with Graeme Reid to build upon the success this port already enjoys and attract new business as we optimise the various interests encapsulated within our Masterplan.

“We have a great team and skilled workforce at the port who service and respond to all our stakeholder needs. Graeme’s skill set will complement and build this team into a world-class organization, where business and commerce will continue to thrive in the exciting years ahead.”

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