- 12 Jan 2024
In conversation with Calum MacPherson, CEO, Inverness and Cromarty Firth Green Port
As CEO of Inverness and Cromarty Firth Green Freeport, Calum has ambitious plans. The Green Freeport recently forecast that it will create more than 10,000 new jobs in the Highlands, predicting more than £3bn of new investment will be attracted to our region.
Join us to find out more about this transformational initiative set to create “the largest green energy development site in the UK” right here in the Highlands.
Hear from Calum about the Green Freeport’s role in providing the confidence and opportunities needed to encourage our young people to stay, live and work in the Highlands, addressing the challenge of working age depopulation in our region, accelerating economic growth and innovation, and growing and decarbonising the offshore energy industry in the UK.
Additionally, this is the perfect occasion to share your suggestions for future IoD activities. We value your input and look forward to hearing your ideas on how we can further enhance the IoD Highlands and Islands community.
CEO, Inverness and Cromarty Firth Green Freeport
An established leader, Calum was born in Inverness and finished his schooling at Charleston Academy before studying Law at Aberdeen University. After graduating Calum worked in a tax practise in Aberdeen focused primarily on clients in the oil & gas sector.
Calum returned to his native Highlands in Nov 1999 and worked for 12 years in economic development with development agency Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE), latterly holding a group wide senior role as Head of Operations then finally as Area Manager for the Moray region where he led a range of business, infrastructure, and community development initiatives.
In 2010 whilst with HIE Calum was appointed joint Chair of the Moray Task Force which promoted the case for retention of defence jobs in the region and helped support local communities. By working closely with partners, the task force was ultimately successful in retaining thousands of defence jobs for the north of Scotland.
In 2011 he joined national infrastructure business Robertson Group which is one of the UK’s largest family-owned infrastructure businesses; Recently Calum has been in a UK wide role leading the Robertson Capital Project business.
Calum lives near Beauly with his wife and two children, and he has watched with interest as the Green Freeport opportunity has developed thus far.
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