Briefing board


DR ROBERT Crawford, an executive director of Glasgow Caledonian University and a former chief executive of Scottish Enterprise, has been appointed as chairman of the Scottish Industrial Development Advisory Board. The tenure of Lynne Cadenhead, the chief executive officer of 1745 Trading Company, has been extended by a year. Five new members have also been appointed to the board: Bryan Buchan, the director of Scottish operations for Bausch & Lomb; Jackson Cullinane, deputy regional secretary of the T&G Scotland section of the UNITE trade union; Iain Macdonald, chairman of Yakara; Dr Brendan McGuckin, director of commercialisation and knowledge transfer at Napier University, in Edinburgh; and Owen Quinn, managing director of Blairs.

FIVE new members have been appointed to the board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise: Professor Mary Bownes, vice principal and professor of developmental biology at Edinburgh University; Professor Lorne Crerar, chairman of law firm Harper Macleod and part-time chair of banking law at Glasgow University; Jim Royan, who runs Scotland’s oldest family butchers, in Elgin; Craig Spence, a partner in a property and self-catering business on Orkney; and Steve Thomson, who advises on aviation in Russia.

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THREE members have been appointed to the board of Scottish Water. David Gray, a chartered accountant and director of DTZ Holdings, will serve for a second four-year spell on the board. He will be joined by two new members: Alistair Buchanan, chief executive officer of Ofgem, the energy regulator; and Donald Emslie, a former chief executive of Scottish Media Group (SMG).

DR JON Hargreaves, who recently retired as Scottish Water’s chief executive, has been appointed to the board of British Waterways, which promotes the use of canals. He will serve for three years.


THE Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) is on the lookout for a new chairman. Dennis Dick, the current chairman of the trust’s council, is due to stand down at its annual general meeting in September. The deadline for applications is 4 April. The SWT’s council is made up of ten trustees plus the chairman. James Hewlett, convener of the search committee, says: “The position is fundamental in leading the direction of the trust on behalf of the members over the next three years. With concerns over the impact of climate change, the environment is clearly on both political and personal agendas. This is a very exciting and important time to be involved in wildlife conservation.”

For more details, e-mail or call James Hewlett on 01501 785206 (evenings).

THE Lothian Pension Fund, which runs to some 3 billion, has reappointed Standard Life Investments to manage a segregated property portfolio, which is worth 350 million. The reappointment follows a competitive tendering process. Sandy Pringle will continue to manage the account for Standard Life.

DANWOOD Scotland – which provides printing services to several local councils, NHS Trusts, universities and HM Treasury – has won a place on Buying Solutions’ multi-functional products framework agreement. Paul Reardon, from Buying Solutions, says: “We provide public-sector organisations with a proven procurement process that allows them to access products and services that have been assessed and approved for use and that support the government’s sustainability agenda. We are pleased to award, once again, the framework agreement to eight suppliers including Danwood, to deliver its consultancy services and range of office products to government departments.”