Innovation Centre makes key appointment

Helge Hansen
Helge Hansen

Helge Hansen has been named Business Development Manager for the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre’s North of Scotland region.

Mr Hansen will be based in Muir of Ord, near Inverness but will cover the whole of the Highlands and Islands and Grampian. His role will be to work with construction companies to help define their innovation needs, encourage their ideas and help overcome any challenges they face when developing innovative projects.  

Mr Hansen studied forestry and wood technology in Germany, New Zealand and Canada. He then worked in research and development at universities in Switzerland and Germany before becoming International Project Manager for one of Europe’s leading offsite manufacturers, Renggli AG. He then became Managing Director of Renggli Ltd UK, before moving on to Alexanders Timber Design where he was Business Development Manager.

He said, “I am very excited to be working with the CSIC team to make a contribution towards a more innovative and sustainable Scottish construction industry. My aim is to use my experience and knowledge to encourage and stimulate innovation amongst construction companies. I am very much looking forward to engaging with a variety of businesses, from small start-up companies to large scale industry leaders to help unveil the great potential for innovation that exists in the north of Scotland.”

CSIC’s Head of Business Development, Gillian Fleming added, “I am delighted to welcome Helge to our team at what is a very exciting time for the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre. He has a wealth of relevant experience and talent which he will use to help uncover the hidden gems of innovation which we know are out there. I’d encourage any construction business with a bright idea to get in touch with us to see what assistance and support we can offer to make that idea become a reality.”