MacBrayne chief quits as privatisation drum beats
FERRY company David MacBrayne has confirmed the departure of its chief executive amid ongoing controversy over the future operation of CalMac’s lifeline services to Scotland’s island communities.
Peter Timms, chairman of David MacBrayne, said in a statement that Archie Robertson left the state-owned company last week after two years in the post of chief executive.
It is understood Robertson had been on leave for a number of weeks prior to his departure.
“Archie Robertson has decided to step down from his role of chief executive and has left the company with effect from Friday, 24 August 2012,” Timms said.
“On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Archie for his contribution to the business and wish him well for the future.”
A spokesman for David MacBrayne refused to comment on whether Robertson had resigned or been asked to leave after a series of clashes with government ministers over moves to privatise CalMac services.
The company has already lost the £40 million contract to run services to Orkney and Shetland, which were taken over by London-listed outsourcing company Serco earlier this year.
Government agency Transport Scotland has earmarked five further routes for privatisation, leading to strike threats by the Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers.’ Union.
RMT members are being balloted on whether to take action to ensure conditions and pensions for those who will transfer to new employers.
Robertson was appointed chief executive of David MacBrayne in June 2010 after heading the Highways Agency, which is responsible for trunk roads and motorways in England.
The spokesman for David MacBrayne declined to confirm whether Robertson would be receiving a severance package, adding simply that the company was “not adding to the statement” issued earlier.
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