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Non-Executive Director

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Remuneration:£320 per day 

Location:Glasgow but also in various other locations throughout Scotland 

Closing date:12 July 2019 at midnight 

Appointment of a Non-Executive Director to the Board of Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited

Three year appointment from 1 October 2019

Scottish Ministers are looking to make an appointment to the Board of Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL).  This position requires experience at a senior executive or non-executive level, of engineering, marine sector/shipyards, vessel procurement or international shipping.

Background and Purpose

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited owns the ferries, ports and harbours and infrastructure necessary for vital ferry services serving island and remote communities in Scotland.  CMAL are wholly owned by the Scottish Government with Scottish Ministers the sole shareholders.

CMAL aim to provide efficient, cost-effective and safe ferries, harbours and port infrastructure for operators, communities and users in and around Scotland by:

  • maintaining, improving and enhancing assets such as vessels and the land and property around piers and harbours;

  • seeking extra investment to invest in ferries and harbour facilities, making a real difference for people and businesses using these life line services; and

  • working with stakeholders within Scotland and the wider maritime community to be acknowledged as the principal provider of the most cost-effective yet innovative ferries and port infrastructure to the benefit of the island communities.


Caledonian MacBrayne Ltd previously provided the majority of Clyde and Hebrides ferry services and owned the associated vessels and a number of the harbour facilities.  The company was wholly owned by Scottish Ministers with these services requiring an annual revenue deficit grant from the Scottish Government to maintain lifeline service levels.  CalMac also ran the Northern Isles ferry service until CalMac lost the contract in 2012 to private sector Serco NorthLink Ferries Ltd.

In order to comply with European guidelines on State aid in Maritime Transport, an open public tender was deemed necessary in respect of these ferry services.  The then Scottish Executive tendered the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services (CHFS) as a single bundle.

In recognition of the uniqueness of the fleet and in order to ensure a level playing field for all bidders, on 1 October 2006 Caledonian MacBrayne Ltd was split into two companies:

  • an asset-owning company, Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd; and

  • a new operating company, CalMac Ferries Ltd.

This was done by Caledonian MacBrayne Ltd transferring its operations, but not its assets, to CalMac Ferries Ltd.  Caledonian MacBrayne Ltd, now CMAL, continues to own the vessels and land-based assets (ports, harbours etc) and makes them available to an operator through an open tendering process.

Since 1 October 2007, CalMac Ferries Limited (CFL) has operated the services, having won the first and second tendering processes.  The original six year contract was extended in 2013 and following a competitive procurement process in 2015 and 2016, CFL has been awarded the contract for a further eight years.  The new contract operates from 1 October 2016 to 2024.  Under the terms of the tender CFL is bound to use the vessels of CMAL.  CFL has also entered into a Harbour Operating Agreement to manage and maintain CMAL’s ports and harbours on an ongoing basis.

On 21 January 2019 the Gourock Dunoon ferry route was incorporated into the Clyde and Hebrides ferry service contract.

On 17 January 2019, the Invitation to Tender for the next contract to run the Northern Isles Ferry Services was issued to three bidders.  Final tenders were submitted in April 2019, with a view to awarding the contract in July/August 2019.

CMAL have recently purchased the three Ro-Pax vessels and the two Ro-Ro vessels that operate on the Northern Isles ferry services routes.

The Board

The Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited Board has an executive management team and supporting staff at headquarters in Port Glasgow.

Role and responsibilities

The Board has the responsibility to oversee the work of CMAL which includes:

  • maintaining, improving and enhancing assets such as vessels, piers and harbours and associated land and property;

  • seeking additional and alternative sources of funding to invest in ferries and harbour facilities;

  • working with stakeholders within Scotland and the wider maritime community as the principal provider of the most cost-effective yet innovative ferries and port infrastructure to support island and remote communities; and

  • being the principal employer of the CalMac pension scheme although the majority of the active members are employed within the David MacBrayne Group, e.g.  CalMac Ferries Ltd.  CMAL is also a participating employer in the Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund (MNOPF), the Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund (MNRPF) schemes.

Core Skills

This position requires experience at a senior executive or non-executive level, of engineering, marine sector/shipyards, vessel procurement or international shipping.

General Skills

All applicants will be expected to provide evidence for the following:

  • understanding of the political climate in which CMAL operates;

  • longer term planning/seeing the bigger picture;

  • analysis and decision making;

  • constructive and supportive challenge.

Time Commitment and Remuneration

The time commitment for a Non-Executive Director is normally three days per month.  However, in exceptional circumstances, there may be the need to commit to a small number of additional days.  A fee of £320.00 per day is payable.

Reimbursement will also be made for all reasonable travel and subsistence costs and any reasonable dependant/carer expenses, including child care, incurred whilst undertaking Board duties and for support required to help members carry out their duties effectively.  No pension scheme will be provided.


Meetings are primarily held at the CMAL Headquarters in Port Glasgow.  Some meetings may also be held in Edinburgh and the Clyde and Hebrides ferry network.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 12 July 2019

An application pack and full details on this and other public appointments can be via the link below.

Accessibility to public appointments is a fundamental requirement and the public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity for all applicants.  The Scottish Government will always give consideration to disability-related reasonable adjustments that an applicant might request to enable them to demonstrate their merit and participate fully in the selection process.  If you require any of the application pack documentation in an alternative format, please contact Public Appointments Team on (Freephone) 0300 244 1898 or at public.appointments@gov.scot.

Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people, ethnic minorities and people aged under 50.  Please do complete our monitoring form when you apply as this helps us to ensure that the appointments process is accessible to everyone.

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Application Information

Please apply online.  If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, or in the event that you require a word version of the application form, please contact the Public Appointments Team on (Freephone) 0300 244 1898, by email at PA_Applications_Mailbox@gov.scot, or by writing to the Public Appointments Team, Scottish Government, Area 3F North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ.

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