The Parkol Team

Team Work

With around 45 skilled crafts people working for the company and many more sub contracting businesses we know how important it is to have a strong team in place.

Over the years we have brought together individuals who have a wealth of experience in the ship building arena from our Directors and Project Manager to support staff and trades people.

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The Directors

Jim Morrison - Managing Director

Since leaving school in 1966, Jim has devoted his career to welding and fabrication.

He holds all the test qualifications associated with the skills required. His initial training, which took 5 years, was through an induction course with Red-Path Dorman Long.

Since that time his skills and experience has developed through employment with Whitehall Ship Yard, J.Laing and Red-Path Offshore.

In 1988 he formed the Partnership, Parkol Marine with the late John Oliver.

John McGrory - Chairman

John McGrory has been engaged in engineering all his life, he has been involved in the construction of oil rigs in the North of Scotland and repair work aboard ships.

John's son Stephen also runs an engineering company in Goole called Goole Welding for which John is the Chairman. He is delighted to bring his expertise to help develop Parkol Marine alongside Jim, Ian and Esther.

Ian Paton BSc CEng MRINA - Naval Architect

Ian has worked with Parkol since 1997, designing all the boats built to date.

Ian trained as a naval architect, graduating from Strathclyde University in 1982 to work for Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Limited. He has worked for various yards on the River Clyde and been designing fishing boats and work boats ever since he joined Campbeltown Shipyard in 1989. In 1994 he moved onto to become a director of the Campbeltown Naval Architects, S C McAllister & Company Limited where he developed a reputation for proficient design. His motto is, 'We reserve the right to continually improve'.

Esther Oliver - Finance Director

Esther has been Company Secretary for over 20 years and took over as a Director from her late husband John Oliver in 2010.

John moved to Whitby in 1971 and had worked in marine engineering his whole life, serving his time on Gardner engines in his hometown Newcastle on Tyne. He was highly regarded in Whitby and had many friends in the town and the wider area. He was the founder of Parkol and one of the recognised specialists on marine engines and engineering for the fishing fleet.

The engineering side of the business continues through the knowledge he passed to their son, Andrew Oliver.