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Ferguson Group: Years of Service

05 August 2009

Two Ferguson Group employees have been recognised for their long service record having reached the milestone of 25 years with the company. Linda Booth and Tony Nolan both joined the offshore accommodation modules specialist in 1984.

Tony is the Production Supervisor, and is responsible for the Supervision of a team of disciplined charge hands, overseeing all day to day operational manufacturing activities, the effective management of factory workforce as well as ensuring the maintenance of all factory facilities and equipment.

Linda joined Ferguson Modular as an office junior. Based at the company headquarters in Inverurie, she spent time working in a number of departments including accounts and sales & marketing before being promoted to executive secretary. Linda is now personal assistant to Ferguson Modular CEO Tim Sheehan.

Linda said: “I can't quite believe it, but I'm now in my 25th year with Ferguson Modular. Over the years, I've seen things change a great deal – both in size and in terms of how business practices are carried out. I live locally, just a few minutes from our office, which makes it easier to keep the home/work balance in order.”

Since its inception in 1976, the Ferguson Group has grown significantly in both the UK and internationally. The company currently has over 130 members of staff, operating in four locations worldwide.

Bill England, Ferguson Seacabs Technical Director is the longest standing member of the company, now in his 28th year with the Ferguson Group.

Bill comments: “Ferguson Seacabs started with just 400 containers, servicing the UK sector, with most of our clients based in Aberdeen. Today we have nearly 11,000 Offshore Containers and operate on a global scale.”

Bill's role at the company has changed significantly over the years. The majority of his career was spent as Operations/General manager of Ferguson Seacabs UK in addition to heading up container operational activities internationally. In 2008 he moved into his current position of Ferguson Seacabs Technical Director.

Bill added: “I personally receive an immense amount of satisfaction through working with my fellow team members, servicing the industry and receiving positive comments about our products and service. We secure projects worldwide, push them through the container base, mobilise the units as though it was second nature. In my opinion there is no other company in Aberdeen who can provide the service that we have over the 28 years that I have been in the industry.”

Further long-standing members of the team include Ferguson Seacabs yard foreman & HSEQ supervisor Tom Morison (21 years), Ferguson Modular director of business development Gary Wilson (20 years), Ferguson Modular architectural outfitter, Ian Stuart (20 years), Ferguson Group accounts assistant Carol Summers (19 years) and PA to Bill England, Tracey MacDonald (19 years). There are nine more employees in their 10th year of service and fourteen with over five years.

Ferguson Group managing director Steven Ferguson said: “The number of long standing employees we have in our team is a testament to the hard work and company procedures we have in place, and creates a dynamic working environment for everyone. It takes time, energy and a lot of effort to keep talented people in a company, but the rewards can be very worthwhile. The up-side for the Ferguson Group is that we have a strong stable team who supports one another and plays to each others strengths.”

The Ferguson Group employs more than 130 people worldwide through its divisions serving the offshore container rental and accommodation modules markets. The group, based at Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, has operations in all major global oil and gas locations to ensure the best service for its customers.