About Us

Murray Capital Group is the private investment office of the Murray Family.

Introduction

Murray Capital Group is the private investment office of the Murray Family, headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland. The company is wholly owned by the family. We manage only our own money and invest off our balance sheet with no third-party funding. This allows us to take a flexible and long-term approach to managing our portfolio.

Our strategy is opportunistic and entrepreneurial which reflects our heritage and background. We have no sector bias but tend not to invest in start-ups and pre-revenue opportunities. Currently we have a core portfolio of trading and real estate assets, which we continue to invest in and develop. Our preference for new investments is income producing assets that can provide us with a yield but we will look at capital growth opportunities as well.

Director Biographies

Sir David Murray, Kt 2007

Chairman

Sir David is Chairman of Murray Capital Group and is one of Scotland’s best known entrepreneurs. He started his first business, Murray International Metals, in 1974 as a steel trading business which grew to a £200m turnover company before it was sold in 2005 for £115m.

In 1984 he won the SBAAT Award for Young Scottish Businessman of the Year. Over the past 40 years he has started, developed and sold a number of businesses in various sectors including real estate, mining, call centres, manufacturing and electronics. In addition he was Chairman/Owner of Glasgow Rangers Football Club for 23 years during which time the Club won 36 major trophies.

As well as being awarded a Knighthood in 2007 for his services to business, Sir David received Honorary Doctorates from Heriot-Watt University in 1986 and Edinburgh University in 2008. Having become a bilateral amputee following a car accident in 1976, he set up The David Murray Foundation in 1996 to assist fellow amputees. The Foundation won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2006. In 2017 a new Foundation was set up to help wider causes.

Sir David continues to play a leading role in the business and has a passion for wine. He bought two French vineyards, Chateau Routas (2005) and Domaine Jessiaume (2006). In 2006 he received the Chevalier du Tastevin – Clos de Vougeot.

David D Murray

Managing Director

David leads the team and runs the office at Murray Capital Group and is a second generation family member.  He holds a BA degree in Business Management from Heriot Watt University, and has attended the Program for Management Development (PMD) at Harvard Business School and the Corporate Finance program from London Business School.  David has previously worked for IMG in the Far East and Bank of Scotland (Corporate Division).

David has been involved with a number of successful and high profile transactions. He holds non-executive directorships on the boards of various portfolio and family owned companies. David is also a past Chairman of the Institute of Family Business in Scotland and a member of the YPO Scotland Chapter.

Craig McDermid

Director & Family Adviser

A Director of Murray Capital Group, Craig started working with the family in 2004.  He led the successful disposal of Brand Rex Limited to US conglomerate, Leviton in 2015.  Following this exit, Craig is now helping the family rebuild their investment portfolio, assisting with strategic growth, as well as remaining on the boards of the existing trading portfolio.  He is an adviser to the Murray Family Council and a trustee of the Murray Foundation.

Before joining Murray Capital, he worked in the private equity team of Aberdeen Murray Johnstone as well as EY, National Australia Bank and RMD.  A qualified CA, he has spent most of his career working within the SME marketplace advising and working with growth orientated businesses.

Outwith Murray Capital, Craig is a Non Executive Director with search and selection business, Livingston James Group; sports surfaces manufacturer, SIS Pitches Group and Edinburgh based family investment company, EG Thomson Holdings.  He is also a trustee of Cancer Support Scotland and sits on the Credit Committee of the Social Growth Fund.

Keith Murray

Director

Keith is a second generation family member. He graduated with a degree in hospitality from Robert Gordon University Aberdeen. After working for 4 years in the London restaurant scene, he returned to Scotland and established a number of café/bar outlets before joining the family office in 2007.

From here Keith’s role is to manage all wine investments with a focus on sales and marketing, and includes Directorship at Wine Importers (Edinburgh) Ltd. He is also the Gérant for both the family vineyards in France.

Euan Campbell

Head of Finance

Euan graduated with a joint degree in Accountancy and Economics from the University of Glasgow.  He then trained and qualified as a CA (ICAS) with Ernst & Young in Glasgow, spending over 7 years in the Transaction Advisory Services team, before working as a Relationship Manager at RBS in Edinburgh for 3 years. Latterly he was the Finance Manager for a US based family office in Virginia.

Euan is responsible for all financial aspects for Murray Capital, as well as a number of Family assets including two French vineyards. He is also Finance Director of the Murray Estates group of companies, and Non-Executive Finance Director for Basketball Scotland.