Glencraft appoints new Managing Director
Donald MacKay has been appointed our new Managing Director, effective 23rd August 2021.
He takes over from Graham McWilliam, who held the position for six years. Graham took the decision in May to step down and will be pursuing new business interests.
Donald said: “It is an honour and privilege to be entrusted to lead, support and develop such a highly-regarded and vitally important social enterprise.
“I’d like to thank Graham for his remarkable work during a time of intense challenges, including the downturn in the oil and gas market and the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic. He passes on a business in a strong position, and we look forward to creating the next part of the Glencraft story.
“Businesses and the community across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire have always been tremendous supporters of Glencraft and I look forward to strengthening those relationships.
“I have enjoyed my career in the energy sector but the chance to shape an organisation with an international reputation for quality and one that provides dignity through work opportunities that may not otherwise be available was simply too good to turn down.”
Jonathan Smith, chairman of Glencraft, said: “We wish Graham all the best in his next adventure. He led our transformation to a luxury brand, expanded our reach through international agreements and supported the growth and development of a talented team.
“When Graham announced he was stepping down, the Glencraft board set in motion a process to find someone whose leadership qualities embrace the professional will and personal humility that this demanding role requires. I’m delighted to say we have found that in Donald.”
Graham said: “I’m of course sad to be leaving Glencraft but the time had come to find new challenges. In recent years, Glencraft has been put on the right track and I have no doubt that Donald and the team will build on this to ensure it continues to grow not only as a commercial enterprise but as a valued support network in the Aberdeen community.”
One of Graham’s final achievements at Glencraft was securing £75,000 of government funding to replace outdated machinery.
Born and raised in Lewis, Donald is a board member of Bòrd na Gàidhlig, a public body which ensures the advancement of the Gaelic language in Scotland. In a career that started at Schlumberger, he has held a number of senior positions including Vice-President (Europe) at Odfjell Well Services, interim CEO at Morgenstern and CEO at Read Cased Hole, and has lived in 10 countries.
- Dominic Bargeton