Advisory Council member

Dr Richard J. Marsh

Richard Marsh is a Scottish aeronautical and mechanical engineer who spent the first part of his career with British Aerospace in Bristol on the Concorde design team.

After moving to Scotland in 1979 Richard played a leading role in the development of pioneering remotely operated underwater vehicles for the North Sea oil business. His first Aberdeen based company was largely responsible for the worldwide introduction of these vehicles saving the lives of many divers along with considerable economic benefits for the oil industry. His second company, Tritech International Ltd, founded in 1991, specialised in producing advanced subsea equipment for worldwide commercial and military use.

This became the most decorated company in the North Sea oil business winning Queens Awards and the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Millennium Prize for being Scotland’s most innovative technology business. In 2018 Richard was awarded the SubseaUK Outstanding Contribution Award for services to the industry.

Richard, who lives in Aberdeenshire, played an active role campaigning for the Union in the 2014 referendum.

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Views from the board

  • The voice of business sends a strong message back to the Government that a further independence referendum is not wanted among the business community. Business owners are no longer prepared to sit back and allow momentous decisions on the future of Scotland to be taken without full engagement with those who will be directly affected
    — Struan Stevenson
  • The break-up of the United Kingdom would be disastrous for Scottish business, not least because rUK represents two-thirds of our market. In what are already challenging economic times, it would be madness to introduce trade barriers between us and our principal market.
    — Dr Richard J Marsh
  • The global reputation of Scotland’s asset management and insurance industry is something which we should be building on and actively encouraging new investment in – not creating huge disincentives and uncertainty that would come with another referendum on independence
    — Sheila Low