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News / LPA reshuffle

LPA harbourmaster Calum Grains, second from left, is to become deputy to chief executive Sandra Laurenson (left). Photo: LPA

LERWICK Port Authority is reshaping its senior management team to help support continuing activity and developments at the busy harbour.

Harbourmaster Captain Calum Grains will also take on the role of deputy to the LPA’s chief executive Sandra Laurenson. He replaces Victor Sandison, who is moving to a new position of senior commercial executive, with a greater focus on the authority’s commercial activities.

In the new year the LPA will be recruiting for the new post of commercial director.

The reshuffle follows an external review of the organisation, in particular looking at the resources required to sustain a high level of activity in all areas – including marine operations and managing its extensive property portfolio.

Laurenson said she was pleased the “timely review” of the organisation had taken place to allow the harbour authority to cope with an increased workload.

“The board has decided to strengthen the team here at senior management level to support the level of business and the new developments we’re undertaking at the moment,” she said.

“I think anybody that knows us here knows that the senior team has been putting in a lot of hours, and we need to get a bit of help – particularly on strategic board projects and business development.”

Laurenson added: “I am confident that the full implementation of the structure will serve the port well in the years ahead.”

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