Board of Directors

The Board of Directors currently comprises the Chairman, three independent Non-Executive Directors and two Executive Directors all supported by the Company Secretary.

Stuart Paterson


Stuart Paterson joined the Board on 1 January 2013 as a non-executive director. He is a Chartered Accountant and is currently Chief Financial Officer at Forth Ports Limited, joining in March 2011 when it was listed on the London Stock Exchange. The company was acquired by Arcus Infrastructure Partners in June 2011. Prior to his current role, Stuart was Chief Financial Officer of Johnston Press PLC from 2001 to 2010 and previously worked in senior financial management roles at the electronics group Motorola Corporation, and then as Group Finance Director and then Managing Director Europe for Aggreko PLC, the global power hire group. He served as a non-executive director with Devro plc from 2006 to 2012, where he chaired the Audit Committee. Stuart is also a trustee of the Royal Yacht Britannia and a member of their Audit, Risk and Remuneration Committee. He succeeded Graeme Bissett as Chairman of the Audit Committee on 1 January 2013 and is also a member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committees.


Peter Atkinson

Chief Executive

Peter joined Macfarlane Group as Chief Executive on 6 October 2003. He has a strong sales and marketing background through his career at Procter & Gamble and S.C. Johnson. Peter also has significant general management experience gained during his time at GKN PLC and its joint venture partners where he worked from 1988 to 2001 in a number of senior executive roles in their business-to-business operations. He has a successful track record of both business turnarounds and business development with extensive exposure to international business, having worked in the UK, Continental Europe and the USA. From 2000 to 2003, he was responsible for the US automotive and materials handling businesses of Brambles Industries PLC.


John Love

Finance Director

A member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, John has been with the Group for nineteen years and was appointed Finance Director on 12 July 1999. He was with Deloitte and its predecessor firms for sixteen years before joining Macfarlane Group in 1996.



Mike Arrowsmith

Non-Executive Director (Senior Independent Director)

Mike joined the Board on 26 September 2012. He was Group Chief Executive of Linpac Group Ltd, a market-leading international food and consumer packaging company with annual sales of £1.1 billion, from 2005 to 2010. Prior to this he worked for Tibbett & Britten Group Plc, the £1.5 billion third party logistics group, from 1999 to 2005, joining the board in a senior commercial role before leading the transformation of the group as Chief Executive from 2001 to 2004 prior to its sale to Exel Plc. Mike served as a non-executive director of Enodis Plc from 2004 to 2008. He is currently a non-executive director of Tullis Russell Group Ltd and Chairman of Jas. Bowman & Sons Limited. Mike is a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nominations Committees.


Bob McLellan

Non-Executive Director

Bob McLellan joined the Board on 5 March 2013. Bob was Chief Executive of DS Smith Packaging UK until 2011, latterly as Deputy CEO Packaging (UK and Continental
Europe). He has spent many years working in the packaging sector and holds leading roles in both the UK and Continental European industry employer associations. He is currently Chairman of the Logson Group and a non-executive director of Swanline Print Limited. Bob chairs the Remuneration Committee and is also a member of the Nominations and Audit Committees.


James Baird

James Baird

Non-Executive Director

James joined the Board on 8 January 2018. James previously led the Scotland and Northern Ireland business of Deloitte, the global accountancy firm, before becoming Managing Partner of its Audit & Risk Advisory division and Chief Operating Officer, both in Switzerland. An experienced auditor and advisor who has worked with companies in the UK and Europe across a range of industries, he previously worked for PwC and Rutherford Manson Dowds. James is currently an Honorary Professor at Glasgow University’s Adam Smith Business School and a member of the Strategy and Research Advisory Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.


Derek Quirk

Company Secretary

Derek joined Macfarlane Group in December 2015 as Director of Group Risk. He was appointed Company Secretary on 1 March 2016 and is a member of the Group’s Executive Committee. He also provides legal support and heads up the Group’s Internal Audit function. Prior to his current role, Derek was with BBA Aviation PLC for seven years, serving as Head of Group Internal Audit and then as Financial Controller for the company’s Aftermarket Division. He is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.