Ferry Industry Advisory Group

The Scottish Ferries Plan 2013 - 2022, published in December 2012, laid out the Scottish Government's desire to have ongoing consultation for all ferry-related issues.

The plan stated that we would consider how best to involve key transport professionals, academics and operators of ferry services as we deliver wider consultation mechanisms. As part of our ongoing arrangements for wider consultation, we have set up the Ferry Industry Advisory Group (which was formerly known as the Expert Ferry Group).

The Scottish Government and Transport Scotland will request advice from the Ferry Industry Advisory Group on key strategic issues affecting ferry services in Scotland. The Group will also have the ability to recommend other issues that it wishes to consider and provide advice on.

The Ferry Industry Advisory Group exists alongside, and complements, other regular engagement with a range of stakeholders.

The decision to change the name of the group from the ‘Expert Ferry Group’ to the ‘Ferry Industry Advisory Group’ was taken in order to better reflect the remit and advisory role of the group. There is no change to the remit or function of the Group.

Terms of reference

Purpose and remit

The Ferry Industry Advisory Group (formerly the Expert Ferry Group) is run by Transport Scotland and chaired by the Director of Aviation, Maritime, Freight and Canals.

The remit of the group is to provide Transport Scotland and Scottish Ministers with considered advice about strategic ferries related issues in Scotland, identified by Transport Scotland from time to time.

The purpose of the group is to allow interested stakeholders with particular knowledge of the ferries industry to inform policy development in a structured and transparent manner.

The group will not take decisions on policy development.


Membership of the group is by invitation only. Agenda items from time to time may not engage the interests or expertise of all group members, and invitations to any meeting will reflect relevance to the topics.

Participation in the group is intended to inform Ministers’ policy development having regard to a wide range of views. Participation in the group does not imply that Ministers endorse the view or opinion expressed by any individual member.

Group members will be expected to conduct discussions in good faith. Group members will not use membership of the group to promote individual commercial or academic interests, and they will seek to build upon general experience to contribute to policy development in a non-partisan manner.


Transport Scotland will review the terms of reference of the Ferry Industry Advisory Group on an annual basis.

How we work

The group will meet up to three times per year and will not be expected to work outside of these meetings. As such the work of the group will be limited to strategic issues only. The group will not consider local ferry issues.

Transport Scotland (Ferries Unit) will provide secretariat support to the group. Travel and accommodation expenses will be met by the Scottish Government, in line with the Scottish Government’s travel and subsistence rules.

Agendas and high level minutes of meetings will be published on the Transport Scotland website, to allow frank and open discussions on strategic ferries issues.

Transport Scotland will provide an update on activity as a standing agenda item at the beginning of every meeting. Transport Scotland will fix the agenda in advance of meetings and as such any suggestions for agenda items should be proposed to the secretariat at least one month in advance of the next meeting.

Transport Scotland retain the right to determine which topics will be of greatest value to Ministers in setting the agenda for each meeting and in contributing to policy development.

Ferry Industry Advisory Group members

  • Alf Baird – Consultant
  • Michael Craigie – ZetTrans: Senior Official
  • Kevin Hobbs – Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd: Chief Executive Officer
  • Brian Fulton – CalMac Ferries Ltd: Director of Community and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Allan Comrie – Strathclyde Partnership for Transport
  • Roy Pedersen – Author and consultant
  • Ranald Robertson – HITRANS: Director
  • Gordon Ross – Western Ferries: Managing Director

Meeting papers

17 October 2019

8 August 2019

4 April 2019

15 November 2018

4 December 2017

16 May 2017

6 October 2016

10 March 2016


21 October 2015


17 March 2015

05 November 2014

14 May 2014

29 October 2013

30 January 2014