Syd has over 20 years’ experience in non-executive roles and provides governance and oversight for the Group. In 1979 Syd was appointed Managing Director of the then failing RGC based in Methil Fife, a company owned by British Steel. Within a year Syd successfully restructured the company and returned it to profitability. The yard was sold to the Trafalgar House Group in 1984 for £6,500,000.
In June 1984 Syd was awarded the OBE for services to the oil and gas industry in Scotland.
As part of the sale of RGC Syd joined Trafalgar House where he was responsible for establishing a new division of the Group covering the entire Group’s oil and gas engineering, manufacturing and construction interest in the UK. The division was known as Trafalgar House Offshore Services Limited and he continued as managing director of the Division until his retirement in 1999. At its peak, the division recorded a turnover value of £450,000,000.
After his retirement in 1999, Syd worked with 3i Group to serve in a non-executive position on the board of many companies with which they held an interest including:
In December 2000 appointed NXD to the board of Sparrows Offshore Group International Ltd, a crane service company owned by 3i. The company continued to grow and acquired interests in the USA and following a successful trade sale resigned in March 2003.
July 2003 Syd was appointed NXD to the board of Motherwell Bridge Holdings Ltd. Following a successful insolvent restructuring and the formation of MB Engineering Services Ltd, he remained as NXD until the company was sold to a private investment company in 2009
In December 2003 Syd was invited to join the board of Pipeline Engineering Services Ltd a pipeline service and maintenance company, as NX chairman. In October 2009 Syd resigned following a successful trade sale, the company having continued to increase market share and profitability and having established new production facilities.
August 2000, appointed NX Chairman of International Tubular Services Ltd. Successfully grew the company, created new divisions and increased international activity. Resigned in April 2008 following a company restructuring.