A former senior executive with Shell is one of two new members appointed to the board of Port of Cromarty Firth (PCF).
Hugh Mitchell spent 37 years at the oil and gas giant, most recently as chief human resources and corporate officer, and was part of the company’s eight-strong global executive committee.
He is currently vice-chairman of Edinburgh Business School and a visiting lecturer at both London Business School and Edinburgh University.
Also joining the board is Stewart Ralston, a construction law specialist, senior project manager and chartered engineer.
Mr Ralston is currently a principal consultant specialising in decommissioning with Genesis Oil and Gas Consultancy in Aberdeen.
PCF chief executive Bob Buskie said: “The port is absolutely thrilled to bring the vast experience of Stewart and Hugh to our board.We are lucky to have such a strong board that works well together. Their predecessors, Sandy Cumming and Donald MacKenzie, will be difficult to replace but we are sure that Hugh and Stewart will be up to the task.”
Mr Mitchell and Mr Ralston will join six other members on the board, which is chaired by Douglas Russell.
PCF board members can serve a maximum of nine years, which can be extended to 12 if they serve as chairman.
They have to be reappointed every three years if they wish to remain on the board.