Mike Salter to join board of marine group Fisher

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SCOTTISH oil industry veteran Mike Salter – who recently stepped down as chairman of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce – is to join the board of marine services group James Fisher.

Salter, former chief operating officer at Aberdeen-based Abbot Group, and David Moorhouse, formerly executive chairman of Lloyds Register, will join the board of the Cumbria-based group as non-executive directors next month. James Fisher owns Renfrew-based submarine rescue service Rumic, which provides a standby service for the Royal Navy, and Aberdeen diving equipment supplier Divex.

Chairman Charles Rice said the appointment of the two would “strengthen the board’s insight into the oil and gas sectors”.

Salter is also chairman of the board of Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, a non-executive director of Ferguson Group and non-executive chairman of Aim-listed CQS Rig Finance Fund and of SAR Gruppen.

James Fisher recently won a “multi-million pound” contract to provide monitoring technology and engineering support for the new road bridge over the firth of Forth.

The group’s nuclear subsidiary has also this year won a £5m contract to help clean up the site of the decommissioned Dounreay nuclear power plant in Caithness. It will supply remote handling equipment to support the retrieval, sorting and segregation of waste materials from the power plant.

The company recently said that its offshore oil division was benefiting from increased demand in the North Sea.