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Ian Ellis, MRINA. - Managing Director

Ian is the Managing Director of Macduff Ship Design Ltd. taking over from Donald Cameron's retirement in 2014.

Ian joined Macduff Ship Design Ltd after finishing a Masters Degree in Naval Architecture at Newcastle University in the early nineties, he has been at the forefront of Macduff Ship Design Ltd's drive to enhance new technologies and has built up a wealth of experience in ship design whilst developing the Macduff portfolio. Ian was made a Director in January 2014 to mark his contributions to the company's success.

Alexander Reid. - Senior Naval Architect

Sandy joined Macduff Ship Design Ltd in 1996. He started his career as an apprentice draughtsman at Robb Caledon Shipyard, Dundee, before going on to become a naval architect with British Shipbuilders. In the late eighties Sandy moved to Arbroath to take up a position as a naval architect with the Napier Company where he remained until joining the team at Macduff. During his many years in the marine industry, Sandy has acquired a vast experience in all types of ship design. Since joining Macduff Sandy has been integral in the development of the diverse designs produced by the company and to help keep Macduff Ship Design Ltd ahead of the field.

Alan Gartshore.

Alan left school and worked alongside Donald as an apprentice draughtsman at the James N Miller & Son Shipyard in Fife. Joined Macduff Ship Design Ltd as a draughtsman/assistant naval architect when the company was formed in 1993 and has built up a high level of experience operating CAD draughting packages.

Tracey Aitken.

Tracey joined the team at Macduff Ship Design Ltd in 1995. She occupies the role of financial controller and company secretary, dealing with all accountancy and clerical issues.


Myles Conlon.

Myles joined Macduff Ship Design Ltd as a trainee draughtsman and CAD / IT specialist, after graduating with a BA Hons Degree 1st, in Fine Art. He brought a new dimension to the company, highlighting the progressive nature within the business. He is responsible for highly detailed 3D drawing, conceptual visualisation work and general ship outfitting drawing.


Matthew Stainsby

Matthew joined Macduff Ship Design Ltd in March 2012 having graduated from Southampton University with an MEng Ship Science Degree. Matthew continues the company philosphy of bringing graduates into the industry and allowing their talents to develop. Matthew has embraced all aspects of ship design, stability calculations and work to quickly become a key part of the Macduff Ship Design team.


Duncan Boag.

Duncan Joined the company in July 2012 having graduated from Strathclyde University in 2012 with a degree in Naval Architecture and Small Craft Engineering BEng (Hons). Like Matthew, Duncan is now a key member in the Macduff Ship Design team and covers all aspects of ship design including carrying out stability tests on existing vessels.


Rebecca Barnard.

Rebecca joined Macduff in September 2013 after graduating from the University of Strathclyde with a degree in Naval Architecture and Small Craft Engineering BEng (Hons). Already highly capable at carrying out stability tests and calculations, Rebecca also adds extra CAD drawing capabilities to the team.

Jayney Duthie.

Jayney joined Macduff in July 2016 after completing a HND in Mechanical Engineering at Fraserburgh College, She started with a part-time position while continuing studies and once qualified was hired full time. She has gained valuable on the job training alongside academic study and gives the company further drafting and engineering capacity.