Port Executive parts ways after 15 years

Retiring Peterhead Port Authority chief executive, John Wallace.
Retiring Peterhead Port Authority chief executive, John Wallace.

The Chief Executive of the Peterhead Port Authority bid goodbye to his colleagues as he stepped down after 15 years with the port.

John Wallace was appointed Chief Executive of Peterhead Bay Authority on April 1 2001 and before becoming Chief Executive of Peterhead Port Authority on 1st January 2006.

He said: “I am indebted to my Board and Staff who have made this time so productive and the journey, one that I would not have travelled so joyfully elsewhere.

“To you my colleagues, I leave you with a wish that you continue to be blessed both in health and happiness - always.”

He added: “Thank you for sharing this time with me and being part of the story upon which I will reflect on with fondness and appreciation – hopefully for a very long time.”

Mr Wallace became a Board member of the Port Authority the terms of the Peterhead Bay Authority Constitution Order 2002 and in his 15 years oversaw the merger of Peterhead Bay Authority and the Peterhead Harbour Trustees.

Previous to joining thePeterhead Port Authority Mr Wallace was Chairman of Fraserburgh Harbour Commissioners for 15 years.

During his time at in the Broch several major civil engineering projects were completed including the deepening of the harbour to make it non-tidal and the construction of the UK’s first fully chilled fish market.

Mr Wallace will continue in a consultancy capacity until July 15 before retiring - or “R Day” as he calls it.

Mr Wallace said: “It is time to enjoy new pastures with my family and grandchildren.”

Replacing Mr Wallace as the new Chief Executive is Ian Laidlaw who took up the position on June 1.

The retiring Chief Executive welcomed his replacement saying that Mr Laidlaw has “essentially been part of the team at Peterhead going back to the construction of the Princess Royal Jetty and latterly project led the Smith Embankment development.”

Mr Wallace said: “I am delighted Ian takes over at this time in Peterhead’s future as the largest civil engineering project, The Inner Harbour Deepening & Extended Fish Market, comes close to fruition.

“Ian’s project management background will prove invaluable.”

Last week Mr Wallace conducted one of his final acts as the Chief Executive of the Peterhead Port Authority when he reopened the historic Stevenson Lighthouse.