Public appointment: Chair appointment extended to the Board of David MacBrayne Limited

Public appointments news release.

The Minister for Transport, Graeme Dey MSP, today announced a short extension to the appointment of David McGibbon as Chair of the Board of David MacBrayne Limited (DML).


David McGibbon is a qualified accountant and experienced business consultant. He held the post of Finance Director of Grampian Holdings PLC from 1980 until 2002, the then parent company of the Malcolm Group PLC and the Edinburgh Woollen Mills. He is a former Chair of the audit and risk committee of Historic Environment Scotland, and a former Chair of the London Stock Exchange Scottish Council. He is also the former Chair of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Associations Scotland Group.


Mr McGibbon’s extension as Chair of the DML Board runs from 21 November 2021 until 3 January 2022. He will, however, remain in a shadow capacity until 31 January 2022 in order to support the new Chair.

The extension is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.

Remuneration and time commitment

Mr McGibbon receives £356 per day for a time commitment to three days per week.

Other ministerial appointments

Mr McGibbon does not hold any other Ministerial appointments.

Political activity

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public.

Mr McGibbon has had no political activity in the last five years.

David MacBrayne Limited

With over 160 years’ experience, DML is one of Scotland’s longest continually running businesses. It is wholly owned by Scottish Ministers and is a key component of our transport network, providing lifeline ferry connectivity to our islands and remote communities. DML employs around 1500 people with an annual turnover of approximately £200 million. It transports more than five million passengers annually and operates 26 ports within the UK.

The company’s mission is to provide transport and infrastructure services to communities, supporting the aims of the Scottish Government and to make a commercial return to its shareholder, the Scottish Ministers.

DML’s largest subsidiary company is CalMac Ferries Limited (CFL). CFL is the UK’s largest ferry operator in terms of ships and destinations served and one of the largest transport operators in Scotland. It provides essential lifeline services and logistical support to island and remote communities, and currently operates the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services Contract, which runs until 2024.

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