About Us and Vacancies
Mr Brian Archibald, Head of Transportation and Amenities
BRIAN ARCHIBALD MBA, B.Sc. (Eng) FCMIR, MIMarEST
Brian joins Orkney Islands Council as Head of Transportation and Amenities under which comes marine Services incorporating the Harbour Authority, Orkney Ferries and Orkney Towage.
Brian previously served 36 years in the Royal navy rising to the rank of Commodore. By profession, he is a Warfare Officer with sea command experience, by education he is an engineer and by his more recent experience he has led a range of multi discipline teams charged with the management of complex capital investment, service and delivery and transformation programmes.
In addition to his management of marine Services, Brian is also responsible for the delivery of the Interisland Air service and Public Bus services, Engineering, Waste Management, Quarries and Airport Runways.
Mr David Sawkins, Harbour Master
David Sawkins joined Orkney Islands Council as Ferry Services Manager for Orkney Ferries Limited in 2005, a wholly owned Company of the Council.
With the formation of Orkney Islands Council Marine Services in 2009 he was appointed to Head of Marine Services (Support) in April 2009 and was Interim Director of Marine Services from January 2011 to September 2012. He was appointed to his present post of Marine Services Senior Manager and Harbour Master in September 2012.
He is a full member of the UK Harbour Masters Association, a Council member of the British Ports Association and holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Engineering and Management Studies.
Captain Abul Alam, Port Operations Manager / Deputy Harbour Master
Captain Alam, a Class-1 Master Mariner having 5 years of command experience. He worked at sea for 21 years on board Car Carries/Ro-Ros, Bulk Carriers, VLCC, General Cargo and Multi-purpose ships. He holds a graduate Diploma in Management and and also an HND in Nautical science.
Captain Alam undertook 2 year pre-sea Cadet training from Bangladesh Marine Academy; a branch of the World Maritime University, Sweden. He studied at Cork, Ireland for his first professional qualification. He also undertook further studies at the Blackpool & the Fylde College and obtained Chief Mate CoC and an HND. He achieved his Master Mariner qualification from South Tyneside College.
Captain Alam’s first shore job was at Shetland Nautical School as a Lecturer. In 2006 he joined Orkney Ferries as Deputy Marine Superintendent. After the launch of Local Authority's Marine Services division in 2009, he was appointed as Marine Superintendent. In April 2011 he was appointed as Head of Operations of Orkney Ferries and Orkney Towage Company to oversee the overall Operations of both fleets and act as DPA. In September 2012 Captain Alam was appointed as Port Operations Manager and Deputy Harbour Master. He is responsible for day-to-day Harbours operations including the line management of the VTS Officers.
Miss Hazel Stephen, Office Manager
Hazel has been with the Department of Harbours since 1976 and is one of the Councils longest serving employees having served under 5 Directors of Harbours. After spending 8 years as a clerical assistant and 2 years as secretary, she was promoted to Administration Support.
Hazel is responsible for personnel matters, sales and purchase ledgers, budget control, and the day to day administration duties of the Marine Services Division.
Mr Michael Morrison, Business Development Manager
Michael is the first Business Development Manager to be appointed to the Marine Services Division. He joined the Service in January of 2009 having previously been the General Manager for Loganair at Kirkwall Airport.
An Orcadian by birth, Michael spent 13 years in the British Army and then worked residential property in England and Scotland before spending 11 years in the Far East in Business Development and Project Management.
Michael is responsible for revenue generation and market awareness for all facets of the Ports Estates including ship to ship oil transfers, cruise ships, marine renewable energy infrastructure development and marketing initiatives for these revenue streams.