New MD for James Ramsay

Gary Shepherd has been appointed as our new managing director. The new appointment sees Raymond Shepherd, who has been part of the business for almost 40 years, move to the role of Chairman.

Raymond ran the business with three colleagues for 30 years until he and equity investor Nevis acquired Ramsay in 2013. Since then, we have moved to larger premises and grown the turnover from £2m to £7m along with more than doubling employment from 24 to 54 staff today.

Raymond Shepherd, chairman, said: “As a business, we’re proud to have reached the 100-year milestone and this restructuring of operations is the next step on our journey.  We invest heavily in our people and are delighted to see Gary make this well-deserved step up from Operations Director. Gary served his apprenticeship with James Ramsay, excelled at college, and progressed through the business – he has really earned this recognition.

“In recent years, we have also invested heavily in training and have implemented a new operating system as we look to continue to provide the best possible quality of service to our customers.”

Gary added: “I am exceptionally proud to take on this new position and am excited by the challenges ahead as we look to grow and expand the business. The reduction in carbon output over the next 10 years promised by the Scottish Government will create opportunities for forward thinking businesses and at James Ramsay, we intend to play our part.”

Founded in Glasgow in 1920, we have built a reputation for undertaking complex projects in the commercial and industrial sectors with steam and thermal oil, pipework fabrication and installation, as well as a range of heating installations across a wide range of fuels. We are also the preferred contractor for many blue-chip customers in the public and private sectors. Recent projects include several in the renewable energy sector such as works at the low carbon district energy hub at Caird Park Regional Centre for Sport as well as contracts in more traditional sectors such as prisons and hospitals.  We also deliver long term service contracts to maintain heating systems for major public and private clients including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Dumfries and Galloway Council.

We have remained operational throughout COVID providing essential services to the Scottish Prison Service, health boards and the food and drink sector, and are now back up to operating at full capacity.

Pictured: Below left, Gary Shepherd and right (l-r) Brian Aitken of Nevis Capital, Raymond Shepherd, Gary Shepherd and Jamie Shepherd of James Ramsay, and Ian Buchan of Nevis Capital.