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Bob Drummond 

Bob is chief executive officer of Hydrasun Group, a leading international provider of fluid transfer, power and control solutions to the energy industry.

 He has worked in the oil and gas industry throughout his entire career (since 1976) and prior to joining Hydrasun has been chief executive/managing director in a number of major energy services companies including Maersk UK, Salamis Group, Wood Group Engineering and RBG.  He has extensive experience in strategic and operations management both in the UK and internationally and of driving business growth both organically and through acquisition. Amongst current key developments, Hydrasun have recently moved into their new £12 million global headquarters in Aberdeen which Bob and his colleagues see as a “spring board” to the next stage of the continued growth and development of the company.  Hydrasun are also in the process of completing an acquisition in Brazil and are working on another acquisition target in the UK. Bob has an MBA (his thesis was on Innovation and Entrepreneurship) and has completed the Senior Executive Programme with Columbia Business School. 

His personal interests include motorsport, skiing, golf, reading and music (especially playing the guitar!)

Roy McGregor

Completing his business degree in Robert Gordon's University, Aberdeen. Roy took up a position in running his father's retail supermarket business in lnvergordon. But it was not long before he saw an opportunity of working in and around the fabrication and oil related business happening within the lnvergordon Port and Nigg Bay areas.
The late 80's heralded the creation of MacGregor Energy, where the opportunity to become a sub-contracting company supplying various supply chain solutions along with trades and labour to companies corning into the area.  It was quickly recognised their marketplace was beyond the
Highlands and into the buoyant oil related city of Aberdeen. MacGregor Energy's turnover quickly increased to the figure of £50 million and their quick rise to fame was attracting attention from potential buyers culminating in the sale of the company to Venture Capital Investment company 3i.


The restricted Covenant and the retention of local recruitment firm Highland Recruitment allowed him the opportunity to maintain a business profile within a small company with good people and took on the role of Chairman of Ross County Football Club.


Some six years ago, Roy maximised his connections past and present and created what is now the Global Energy Group that works as an execution partner within the energy sector. Through focused leadership, Global is now the largest private employer in the Highlands of Scotland, employing 1,857 in the region and a total employment figure worldwide of 5,136 full time equivalent employees.  (Independent Economic Assessment carried out by Edinburgh based SQW).  
Along with considerable rapid organic growth,
Roy recog

nised that acquisitions in and around their current marketplace would allow to grow the business and to share labour and best practice across the various business units. A complete rebranding operation in place, it was not long before the company grew to twenty-three trading companies and an annual turnover for their financial year March 2011 of just over £200 million, profit before tax of circa £13 million and net assets of £28 million.


Over the past year, Global’s progress has been recognized by Global Energy Group receiving no less than three Sunday times Fast Track Awards in the categories of growing companies in Scotland 2009; Profit Growth in Scotland in 2009 and International sales growth in 2010. The company was also awarded the SCDI Award for Best International business in 2010. These awards highlight the commitment of the Chairman to ensuring the Global Energy Group continues to achieve and work to best practice in all areas of their work and Roy was recently named Entrepreneur of the Year by Grampian Enterprise Trust.


Roy is an Executive Chairman and works with a small Board of Directors that includes his two sons and provides leadership by taking a very keen interest in all areas of the business.

Gary McEwan 

Since November 2008, Gary has been Chief Executive of Enterprise North East Trust.  Enterprise delivers Business Gateway in Aberdeen City & Shire as well as Tayside.  In addition, Enterprise operates a large portfolio of 18 business centres from Fraserburgh to Perth containing over 380 businesses. 

Career highlights as follows. 

  • Awarded ‘The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion’ by HM The Queen in July 2006
  • UK Entrepreneur of the Year’ 1993
  • ‘Most Significant Growth’ Award 1994
  • First inductee into the Livewire ‘Hall of Fame’ 2006
  • Chairman, PSYBT Grampian
  • Hon. Vice President Young Enterprise Scotland
  • Regular lecturer (Entrepreneurship), University West of Scotland
  • Honorary Fellow, University of Dundee
  • Director, DHP Scotland Ltd.
 Keen poker player, scuba diver, judo player, karaoke singer and golfer……but not all at the same time!

 

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Venue information

Marcliffe Hotel, Aberdeen North Deeside Road
Aberdeen
AB15 9YA

01224 861 000

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Chairman

Gary McEwan, Enterprise North East Trust, www.enetrust.com

Speakers

  • Bob Drummond, Hydrasun, www.hydrasun.com
  • Roy McGregor, Global Energy Group, www.gegroup.com
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