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Martin Beard 

Martin Beard is a Marketer who has over 15 years of board level experience in marketing and operations; he has established and been involved in companies all over the world, and has worked in a range of industries from the early days of sports satellite television to now running a small company aiming to revolutionise the way Golfers practice. In between he has been involved in telecoms, oil and gas and a marketing agency, and has been part of a PLC board,  a successful MBO, and now an SME. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and has returned to Scotland this year following 5 years in the Middle East 

One of the key themes throughout his career has been innovation and development of new markets. These include the early days of cellular phones, the start of niche television, opening up markets in Eastern Europe before the fall of the wall, challenging the established European telecommunications market and developing training potential in Oil and Gas production locations worldwide. 

Martin is Chief Executive of Golf Range Products Ltd, a company based in Scotland aiming to sell its unique golf mat throughout the world, but especially in the growing markets of the Far East.   

Murray Strachan

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 the Entrepreneurial Exchange in Scotland.

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Marcliffe Hotel North Deeside Road
AB15 9YA

01224 861 000


Mr Murray Strachan, Strachan & Partners, www.murraystrachan.co.uk


  • Mr Martin Beard, Pure Impact, www.pureimpact.org

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