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From small beginnings running a partnership to carry out small plumbing and electrical contracts in the early 70's Stewart has established and grown one of the UK's leading housebuilders.

In 1975, Stewart formed what is now known as Stewart Milne Group initially focusing on timber frame design and manufacture.  From a turnover of £1m and a workforce of 30 that year, Stewart has developed a company that turned over £348m in 2007, employing 1,500 people.

Amazingly, in that time he has still managed to indulge his life-long passion for football, acting as chairman of Aberdeen Football Club since 1997.

In 2007 Stewart was awarded a CBE for his contribution to housebuilding, received an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from Napier University and was inducted into Entrepreneurial Scotland Hall of Fame.

Born:                     23.7.50 (Torphins, Aberdeenshire - fourth of 5 boys)

Family:                  Partner - Joanna Robertson

                        Children - Gary (34), Michael (31), David (17), - First Marriage

                        Jamie (5), Charlie (4)

                        2 Stepdaughters - Charlotte (20), Amy (18)

Parents:            Farming background - Aberdeenshire

Education:         1955-1962 - Tough Primary School

                        1962-1965 - Alford Secondary School

Career:                  1965-1971 - Served time as Electrician

Qualifications:     City & Guilds Electrical Engineering

Hobbies                  Football, Golf, Travel & Reading

Business History         


Operated initially as one of two partners in "Bruce & Milne" carrying out small plumbing and electrical contracts.  After 1st year agreed to dissolve the partnership and Stewart set himself up as a sole trader specialising in kitchen and bathroom conversions in tenement flats.


Established Limited Company STEWART MILNE CONSTRUCTION   Continued specialising in kitchen/bathroom conversions, progressed into general construction, timber frame manufacture, and then house building.

External Interests

Grampian Enterprise Limited

Founding Board Member 1990-1999.   

Vice Chairman 1995-1999, retired 1999.

Former Council Member of ASCETT

Advisory Scottish Council for Education & Training Targets - 1993-1998.

This forum was set up to establish and advise the Scottish Office on the achievement of targeted levels of attainment for young people, therefore setting out to ensure Scotland has a strong qualified workforce to enable its business to compete effectively in an increasing world-wide market.

Director of Aberdeen Football Club (1994)

This role increased in 1997 when appointed Executive Vice Chairman, thereafter being appointed Chairman of Aberdeen Football Club in June 1998.

Scottish Premier League

Founding Board member of new Scottish Premier League in May 1998, retired Dec 2003.

Personal Awards

Grampian Industrialist of the Year 1979.

Scottish Business Achievement Award 1993.

Chartered Institute of Building - Open Award 1998.

This is not an annual award, being presented only to those who the industry feels has made a substantial personal contribution to the construction and building industry. Since the mid 1980s there have only been three other recipients of this award; Fraser Morrison, Professor Torrance and Sir James Miller.

Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration by Robert Gordon's University in December 2000.

Scottish Entrepreneur of the Year 2005

Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Technology by Napier University in Edinburgh in November 2007

Awarded the CBE for services to the Construction sector in January 2008


Murray, who hails from the North East of Scotland, is Managing Director of Strachan & Partners, a specialist business advisory consultancy, and Chief Executive of Albyn Ventures, a business investment group. He also holds a number of non-executive chairman & director positions in a diverse range of companies throughout the UK, many of which he is a shareholder in, including art framing & gallery, outsourced payroll, employment law / hr consultancy, specialist landscape planning, property energy assessment, automotive latch systems, retail & oil/gas services.

Prior to February 2007, he was a Director and Chief of Staff of the Petrofac Operations Services Division, a major international oil services business. Until May 2006, Murray was the Chief Executive of the Petrofac Training Group, the leading international oil and gas training & consultancy business. Petrofac Training was established in February 2004, when Petrofac acquired the RGIT Montrose Group, which had been acquired in April 2003 by a MBO Team led by him. Prior to RGIT Montrose, he worked for divisions of Liberty Mutual and the AP Moller / Maersk Group in a number of senior management or strategic change management roles.

Murray is also a non executive director of &/or holds board positions with a number of charitable causes &/or organisations in Scotland and was a top 3 finalist for the Scottish Director of Year in 2004. RGIT Montrose, under his leadership, was the winner of the Small / Mid-size Company Deal of the Year 2003/4 and was runner up of overall Deal of the Year 2003/4. In 2007, Murray was appointed Honorary Professor of the Robert Gordon University and joined the Board of Entrepreneurial Scotland in Scotland.

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29 Private Members Club, Glasgow 29 Royal Exchange Square
G1 3AJ

0141 225 5615

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Murray Strachan, Albyn Ventures, www.albynventures.com


  • Stewart Milne, CBE, Stewart Milne Group, www.stewartmilne.com
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