Group Management

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Stewart Graham

Group Managing Director

Founded Gael Force: 1983.

 

Stewart Graham founded Gael Force in 1983 and is the owner and Group Managing Director. Stewart’s leadership, contribution and passion for markets Gael Force serve in has been unwavering over the past 35 years.

He has led from the front in strengthening Gael Force Group's position as a trusted manufacturer and supplier.

Most recently, he brought together leading businesses and organisations across aquaculture sectors to create a working group which produced the growth strategy for aquaculture in Scotland to 2030. He is currently co-chair of the Aquaculture Industry Leadership Group.

 


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Tim Philips

Group Finance Director

Joined Gael Force: 2012.

 

Tim joined Gael Force in 2012 as Group Finance Director from his previous role as Finance Director of Isleburn Group (now Global Energy Group).

He has a background in consultancy, corporate advisory work and non-executive directorships, as well as FCA and BA (Oxon) qualifications.

His role includes overseeing the financial integrity of group operations, planning and support growth and development and building corporate systems and services. 

 


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Stephen Divers

Group Business Development Director, Gael Force Fusion

Joined Gael Force Fusion: 1992

 

Stephen Divers joined Gael Force in 2018, after 26 years with Fusion Marine, when Gael Force acquired 75% of the outstanding share of the fish farm pen manufacturer.

With a background in engineering, Stephen had many roles and management positions within Fusion Marine building a strong and reputable brand. He assisted in the introduction of a range of fish pen products and the transfer of fusion technologies to Marine and Aquaculture applications.

His role involves overseeing all business activities and growing the business with a new and improved range of products to domestic and overseas markets.


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Jamie Young

Group Sales Director

Joined Gael Force: 2012.

 

Jamie joined Gael Force in 2012 as Group Sales Director from his previous role as Managing Director of Storvik Aqua Ltd.

He is trained in Aquaculture Management and has worked in the marine industry within fishing and Aquaculture in the UK, Europe, Canada and South America.

Jamie also works in a voluntary role outside of Gael Force as a Non-Executive Director.

Outside of work, Jamie enjoys his time running or mountain biking.

 


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Stephen Offord

Group Production Director

Joined Gael Force: 2015.

 

Stephen joined Gael Force in 2015 as Production Director for Gael Force Engineering after 12 years serving as an Air Engineering Officer in the Royal Navy.

His degree in Mechanical Engineering,  his experience in the Navy of engineering management in operational environments, health & safety and inter-business relations, and his exposure to the Aquaculture industry from a young age through his family have stood him in good stead with Gael Force.

In 2018, Stephen assumed the role of Group Production Director.

 


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Jim Brown

Operations Director

Joined Gael Force: 1990.

 

Jim joined Gael Force in 1990 with a background in the Merchant Navy and North Sea Oil Rigs.

Over the years, he has taken on the roles of Warehouse Manager, Purchasing Manager and Operations Manager.

Jim was made a Director in 2001 and he now deals with most Operational matters within Gael Force Marine Equipment, sharing his knowledge with the rest of Gael Force Group and line managing the Supply Chain Team Manager and Warehouse Manager.  

 


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Fergus Watson

Operations Manager, Gael Force Boatbuilding

Joined Gael Force: 2019.

 

Fergus joined Gael Force at the beginning of 2019 following the acquisition of Corpach Boatbuilding Company. He came to Gael Force with 10 years experience with companies manufacturing boilers and FMCG food products along with account management experience with the Scottish Enterprise and Highlands & Islands Enterprise.

Fergus' role at Gael Force involves leading and managing the team in Fort William to deliver a successful operation within the Group. This includes managing the repair and maintenance side of the business as well as overseeing the manufacture of steel barges, the first of which is currently in production.


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 Shona Lynn

Group Quality Manager

Joined Gael Force: 2010.

 

Shona joined Gael Force in 2010 as Quality Manager with over 25 years’ experience working with integrated management systems in a wide range of industries, from engineering design through to design and manufacture of medical devices.

She has a degree in Business Management with qualifications in HR, Lead Auditing, and Risk Management for Medical Devices.

Her role involves managing Gael Force’s Quality Systems and business challenges across a number of locations as well as ensuring compliance throughout the company.  

 


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Claire Barnett

Human Resources

Joined Gael Force: 2018.

 

Claire joined Gael Force in 2018 with previous experience of Human Resources roles in the private and public sector including in Construction, Technology, and Healthcare sectors and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

She has an Honours degree in HR and Marketing, Post Graduate Certificates in HR Management and is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).

Her current role supports Gael Force’s People Development needs, including supporting recruitment and training and development to develop the skills base.