Our People

The Board of the Loch Lomond Steamship Company (LLSC) has ten directors assisted by additional experienced individuals with business and maritime engineering experience.



  • Robin Naysmith (Chairman): Formerly Scotland's diplomatic representative in Washington DC and a senior civil servant in the Scottish Government.
  • John Beveridge BSc Ch.EHO FREHIS: Founder Loch Lomond Steamship Company. Former Head of Customer Services with a private company in Glasgow; Former Director Scottish Environment Protection Agency. Past President and Fellow of the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland.
  • Bob Dobie CEng A.M.I.Mar.E: Former Director and General Manager Scottish Galvanizers Ltd., Galvanising Department Manager British Steel Mavisbank Works, Marine Engineer Officer British India Steam Navigation Co. Ltd.
  • Ian Fernie MA MSc M. Env S. M.R.T.P.I: Chartered Planner. Former Planning Appeals Commissioner for Northern Ireland and former Director of Planning & Economic Development, West Dunbartonshire Council.
  • Ronnie McKay BSc CA: Director of Corporate Services, Erskine Hospital Ltd.
  • Iain Robertson: Director of family Dumbarton business JJR Print; Former Leader of West Dunbartonshire Council and prospective parliamentary candidate.
  • Alex Wright (Naval Architect): Former owner Alder Marine Ltd.


  • Jim Biddulph: Secretary Balloch & Haldane Community Council - BHCC representative.
  • Andrew Boyd LLB: Company Solicitor; Solicitor, Pagan Osborne.
  • David Cameron: Head Ranger, Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park Authority - NPA representative.



Loch Lomond Steamship Company also has individuals with particular expertise who are assisting it:

  • James Fraser MA DipTR MTS: Tourism Consultant, former Chief Executive Argyll, The Isles, Loch Lomond, Stirling and Trossachs Tourist Board.
  • Ken Campbell FRICS: Former Proprietary Partner Knight Frank International, James Lang Wootton, and Director Elphinstone Holdings Ltd.
  • Ken Henderson: Former Marine Superintendent, Waverley Excursions Ltd.
  • Jim Mitchell ACR: Industrial Heritage Consulting Ltd.
  • Karen McMillan: Finance Manager, appointed 2013.



The charity has a pool of over 40 dedicated volunteers that come to the Maid every Saturday and most Wednesdays. Some staff the shops, run the slipway winchhouse steam engine, or undertake all our administrative duties. Others provide engineering expertise, or carry out repairs, maintenance and refurbishment of the ship. This latter group have contributed around 80,000 hours' work on the Maid over the past 17 years.

The Maid of the Loch Supporters' Club has now over 400 members.
All Directors, Advisors, and volunteers are unpaid and receive no expenses. Loch Lomond Steamship Company has no staff.