Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) has appointed Brian Fulton as its new head of business support.  The position is a newly created part-time post within the senior management team at CMAL.

Brian will join the team on 11 January 2021 and will be responsible for overseeing the successful implementation of strategies, plans and policies covering HR, IT, communications, corporate social responsibility, and public consultation.

He will also maintain effective stakeholder engagement and communications, as well as perform the role of the CMAL Pension Trustee.  Brian will report directly to CMAL’s chief executive, Kevin Hobbs.

With more than 30 years’ experience in the maritime sector and a former director at CalMac, Brian has robust knowledge of the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services (CHFS) network and island communities.  He held various roles at the state-owned ferry operator over three decades, including operations director, head of operations, service delivery lead and, latterly, director of community and stakeholder engagement.

In 2016, Brian was appointed the first port director of Solent Gateway Ltd, a port operations company that manages Marchwood Military Port for the Ministry of Defence.  He was responsible for implementing a successful approach to balancing the combined military and commercial nature of the port.  In 2018, Brian was appointed non-executive director at the company to support business efficiency and military readiness.

Most recently, since March 2020, Brian has been providing strategic consultancy to the Scottish Maritime Cluster and has been an executive director since June.

Kevin Hobbs, chief executive at CMAL said:

“Brian brings a wealth of knowledge of the ferry transport and maritime sector in Scotland, combined with senior operational and leadership experience.  He will boost our engagement with island communities and community stakeholders, and support the delivery of our corporate plans, including our ambitious plans to invest significantly in the vessel fleet and harbour network over the next decade.”

Brian said:

“CMAL’s plans are necessary and bold, but will be challenging, not least because of the level of funding required.  I’m looking forward to working with the team to help make a difference and deliver improvements to ferry infrastructure.”

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