Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL), which owns the ferries, ports, harbours and infrastructure across the west coast of Scotland and the Clyde Estuary, has appointed Heather Ferguson as Finance Director.

Heather will head CMAL’s financial strategic approach to provide efficient, cost effective and safe ferries, harbours and port infrastructure for operators, communities, and users in and around Scotland.

Working with CMAL’s well established leadership team, Heather will be responsible for developing robust financial solutions as part of a broader corporate strategy to improve infrastructure and ferry services across Scotland.

Heather brings with her a strong financial portfolio, honed through 30 years of experience in both the private and not-for-profit sector. Heather joins CMAL from The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow, where she spent six years leading their financial strategy which included building an IT team and managing building renovations.

Commenting on her appointment, Heather said: “My main goal is to continue to develop a robust approach to financial governance for the company and the Scottish taxpayer, and to support our teams so they can deliver the best service to the local communities in which we work.”

Kevin Hobbs, CEO at CMAL, said: “Heather is a welcome addition to the team as we embark on an ambitious programme of investment in Scotland’s ferries and harbours over the next decade. Heather’s combination of high calibre project work in the private sector, as well as her in-depth understanding of the public sector, will undoubtedly help to propel our financial approach whilst retaining our commitment to our local communities.”

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