Gael Force Engineering MD retires

John Offord John Offord: “I’ve been very lucky with my career choices and have enjoyed the challenges which have come with my time with Gael Force”

John Offord, managing director of Gael Force Engineering, has retired after 17 years with the company.

He spent three years at the helm of Gael Force Engineering and is succeeded by his son, Stephen Offord, who has been production director for over two years.

John said: “I’ve been very lucky with my career choices and have enjoyed the challenges which have come with my time with Gael Force.”

John has spearheaded the development of Gael Force’s engineering capabilities, specialising in marine and land based steel, reinforced concrete structure, assemblies and components.

He played a pivotal role in the advancement of the SeaMate Feed Barge range, and latterly contributed to the company’s progress in pontoon and breakwater manufacturing.

John added: “When I joined Gael Force, I was originally drafted in for three months to help start up our engineering division. 17 years later and we are building feed barge number 80, we have just completed the Oban transit berthing facility and have a very healthy enquiry book!”

Group managing director, Stewart Graham, commented: “I have never met anyone more knowledgeable, resourceful and fearless at taking on a challenge. On more times than I care to remember John has dropped plans at short notice over evenings and weekends to simply do whatever needed done, always showing great stamina and resilience. Not only will we miss him as a colleague, he will be sorely missed at Gael Force and by the wider Scottish Aquaculture industry too.”

Prior to joining Gael Force, Stephen spent 11 years as an engineering officer with the Royal Navy. He has worked closely with John over the last two years and as his son continued knowledge will be available ‘on tap’, said the company.

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