After studying marketing and business management at university Roy MacGregor joined his family’s retail and property company in the late 1970s. Building on previous experience in supplying food to offshore rigs, he went on to establish oil-and-gas contracting company MacGregor Energy Services. By 1994 the business was turning over £50million per annum and was sold to 3i for an undisclosed sum.
Roy launched Global Energy Group in 2005. It now has an annual turnover of more than £470m and a world-wide workforce of more than 4,000 people. His four sons all work in the business and in October 2011, the company purchased Nigg Energy Park and have invested over £14 million in its upgrade to date, with a further £40 million investment just commenced on expanding the quayside facilities.
Roy has won several awards for his entrepreneurship and work as Global is now the biggest private employer in the Highlands. Roy also received an OBE for his work in business and the community last year.
As Chairman of Ross County Football Club, he has been the driving force behind their recent success in gaining promotion into the SPFL, where they were 5th place and 7th place respectively and also took them to the Scottish Cup Final in 2010.