Honorary role for Peterhead firm chairman

The chairman of a Peterhead-based firm has been appointed an Honorary Professor for the University of Dundee.

Monday, 19th November 2018, 2:19 pm
Updated Monday, 19th November 2018, 2:24 pm
Stanley Morrice is chairman of Strachans Limited

Stanley Morrice is chairman of Strachans Limited, based in Windmill Street, the UK’s leading offshore industry food and drink supplier.Now, Fraserburgh-born Mr Morrice (55) is looking forward to passing on his 30-plus years of experience at the forefront of Scotland’s retail and wholsesale sectors to students at the university’s School of Business.He said: “I’ve been lucky that right through my career, I’ve had mentors or people who have inspired me and driven me on.“Now I want to give something back and help University of Dundee’s business students to be the best they can be.“It’s a huge honour for me to be appointed as Honorary Professor. I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to help the next great generation and feel humbled.”Mr Morrice joined Strachans - part of the world’s largest ship supplier, Wrist - as managing director in January 2013 before recently being appointed chairman.Strachans supplies most of the UK’s rigs and platforms from its three depots in Peterhead, Aberdeen and Great Yarmouth.Amazingly, dad-of-two Mr Morrice only fell into the food retail and wholesale world when he was forced to abandon his dreams of becoming a fisherman after a car crash that left medics battling to save his sight.The former Scottish Enteprise Grampian vice-chair, explained: My family were involved in the fishing industry so that was the goal up until I had the car accident, aged 14, almost exactly 40 years ago.“I was actually assigned to get an eye removed but by the time I got down to theatre, the doctors were able to save it. “I needed a lot of plastic surgery done to my face, eye, ear and the top of my head.“It really did put a stop to my plans to get out on the boats, because I was really quite unwell for a long period of time.“The accident triggered me staying on at school for a fifth year, which I never intended doing. I took a summer job with a local retailer and the rest is history.”Mr Morrice, who made his mark at Aberdeen-based convenience store chain Abernees Foods, added: “ I can’t wait to help shape the business stars of the future in his new University of Dundee role.He added: “A big part of what I’ll be helping students with is strategy and on building business relationships and selling yourself.”