Inverness Harbour Trust appoints new Trustees

9th January 2020

Inverness Harbour Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of two Trustees following an extensive recruitment process.  Gary I Campbell has been appointed to the board to serve an initial 3-year term whilst Russell Thomson has been reappointed for a third term with effect from 1st February 2020. 

Gary I CampbellBoth are well known and respected figures in the Highland Business Community.  Gary is currently the Key Account Director at the University of the Highlands & Islands, where he has responsibility for the delivery of the university’s employer engagement strategy. A Chartered Accountant by profession, he has lived in Inverness for over 25 years and prior to joining the university in 2012, held various senior positions in the private sector. During that time, he was also a visiting lecturer at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. He has enjoyed management, sales and finance roles in a number of national and international accountancy and financial services organisations and currently sits on a number of boards of local bodies.

Russell  ThomsonFollowing ten years’ service as a deck officer in the Merchant Navy, Russell moved ashore to the Isle of Skye in 1989 to take up the position of port manager with Caledonian MacBrayne on the Kyle-Kyleakin Service. On closure of the ferry route, he became Skye Bridge manager and then moved to Inverness in 2004 when he secured the position of waterway manager for the Caledonian Canal. Russell now serves as head of customer operations for Scottish Canals and, whilst this is a Scotland wide role, he remains based in Inverness.  In addition, for the last 6 years Russell has sat on the Board of Inverness Harbour Trust as a Trustee. 

At the same time, Brian Sherret retires from the board following 6 years as a Trustee.  Brian was part of the team that set up Grampian Highland Resources and following the sale of this business last year now wants to spend more time with his family.

Commenting on these developments Chairman Angus Mackenzie said, ‘I am delighted to announce these two appointments to the board that were made following a rigorous and extensive recruitment campaign.  We received a number of applications of the highest calibre and it was a difficult decision.  Both individuals are highly respected throughout the Highlands and have considerable expertise in differing fields which will only be to the benefit of Inverness Harbour Trust.  At the same time, I should like to express thanks on behalf of Inverness Harbour Trust to Brian for his invaluable contribution where his insightful business acumen and enthusiasm have both been invaluable and I should like to wish him and his family all the best for the future.’