Ian takes the helm at port

John Wallace, left, with new cheif executive Ian laidlaw, right
John Wallace, left, with new cheif executive Ian laidlaw, right

Peterhead Port Authority has appointed its new chief executive ahead of the retirement of current boss John Wallace this summer.

Ian Laidlaw will take up the post from Wednesday,June 1 for a six-week handover period with Mr Wallace, who retires on Friday, July 15.

Mr Laidlaw has been involved in several Peterhead harbour projects over the years; he was involved in the 1994 Princess Royal Jetty development as well the engineer for the Smith Embankment, which opened in 2011.

Mr Laidlaw said that he’s “absolutely delighted” by the appointment.

“John has done a fantastic job and handing over the harbour in great shape,” he said.

Mr Laidlaw has been the director of his own firm, MacDonald Laidlaw Project Management, which he told the Buchanie will be wound down in time for his new role so that it can get his undivided attention.

He added that he will be making the move to the Blue Toon from Edinburgh, and that it is a “family decision”.

Current chief executive John Wallace said: “The appointment of Ian follows a widely advertised campaign and has produced a very positive result.

“Ian is well known to the Board and has worked in Peterhead on several major projects, all to an exceptionally high standard.”

Mr Laidlaw is presently the project manager for the proposed Inner Harbour Deepening and New Fish Market developments, which plans to attract bigger boats to the port as well as being able to handle up to 9000 boxes of fish a day.