Innovation Centre looks to recruit CEO

Bill cBride
Bill McBride

APPLICANTS are being sought for a role which has been described as “one of the most important influencing roles in the Scottish construction industry”.
The job is Chief Executive of Construction Scotland’s new Innovation Centre. The successful candidate will lead, direct and manage its resources and partner institutions, and achieve the goals set out in the organisation’s five-year plan
The Centre’s focus is on connecting industry and academia to boost growth through innovation across all construction-related professions and trades.
Working with eleven of Scotland’s higher education institutions and covering the whole of Scotland, the centre will provide the 31,000 plus businesses involved in the sector with a one-stop shop for accessing a team of academic experts and industry support.
The CEO will report to the Chair of the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre Board, with the role focused on leading and promoting the centre, helping to create a step change in the innovation landscape in Scottish construction.
Bill McBride, interim Chair of the Innovation Centre, said, “There’s no doubt in my mind that this is one of the most important influencing roles in the Scottish construction industry – and one of the most exciting and important opportunities to have come along in the sector for many years.
“Recent projects delivered in Scotland prove we have the innovation and capability to deliver collaboratively and creatively on exemplar schemes such as the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village, the M74 completion and the Forth Replacement Crossing – but these are not the norm and it’s that mindset we need to move towards.”