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James Milne

Jim MilneJames S Milne CBE, DL, Hon DBA, DHC

Chairman and Managing Director, Balmoral Group Holdings Ltd

Mr Milne established Balmoral Group in 1980 with just five employees designing and manufacturing glass reinforced plastic products.

Today, employing approximately 460 people, the privately owned Group provides design and manufacturing solutions to the subsea, energy, civil and environmental engineering sectors.

Born in Aberdeen in 1940, Mr Milne was awarded the CBE in 1994; received an honorary doctorate from Aberdeen's Robert Gordon University in 1999 and was made Burgess of Guild in the City of Aberdeen during 2004. Mr Milne became Deputy Lieutenant of Aberdeen City in January 2007 and received a Degree Honoris Causa from the University of Aberdeen in 2008. In 2011, he was inducted into Entrepreneurial Scotland's Hall of Fame.

He is a member of Entrepreneurial Scotland, a member of the North-east Committee and Fellow of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry and Chairman of the Friends of ANCHOR, a fundraising body which supports cancer care and research at Grampian University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Mr Milne is a firm believer in using technology to keep ahead of the markets. Substantial research and development investments have been made over the years resulting in innovative materials and unique processes being developed by the company.

He firmly believes staff development is fundamental to business success and it is his philosophy to encourage employees to develop self-belief in addition to professional work skills.

Synonymous with Aberdeen and the Scottish manufacturing industry, Mr Milne's travels have taken him around the globe many times. A respected international entrepreneur and businessman he is renowned for his straight talking and for extolling the virtues of north-east Scotland.

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