CSIC announces eleven new board members to drive sector improvements

ELEVEN new appointments have been made to the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) governance board.

Addressing diversity head on, six of the new recruits are women, with a seventh, Margaret Watson (sector lead, construction, forestry and timber technologies at Scottish Enterprise), joining as a stakeholder observer.

The CSIC board provides guidance and direction to the Innovation Centre. Representatives have been chosen with a variety of skills, experience and specialisms, with the aim of achieving the organisation’s mission to drive innovation and cultural change across the Scottish construction industry and support delivery of CSIC’s industry-led phase two strategy over the next five years, which will address culture change, digital transformation, accelerating industrialisation and building sustainably.

Margaret Watson

The new board members are: Anne Johnstone (partner and head of environment, energy and sustainability at Hollis); Emma Marriott (director of Emma Marriott Consulting); Jo Green (chief officer, performance and innovation at SEPA); Lynne Sullivan OBE (founder of LSA Studio); Madeline Smith (head of strategy, the Innovation School at Glasgow School of Art); Mandy Mair (performance team lead at Scottish Water); Alexander Holt (founder of CivTech); Andrew Mallice (MD of Hart Builders); Paul Dodd (head of infrastructure technology at Scottish Futures Trust); Stewart Dalgarno (director of product development at Stewart Milne Group); and Stewart Brown (assistant director of property & capital planning at NHS Health Facilities Scotland).

Anne Johnstone

The eleven new board members join chair John Forster, CSIC chief executive Stephen Good and industry specialists Mark Farmer, Alison Watson, David Philp, Jeanette McIntyre, Sara Thiam and Steve Petrie, bringing the number serving on the board up to 19, with Margaret Watson joining Gary Bannon (Scottish Funding Council), Steven Hutcheon (Highlands and Islands Enterprise) and Andy McGoff (Edinburgh Napier University) as CSIC’s funding partner observers and host institution.

Alexander Holt

John Forster, CSIC board chair said, “As a board we have a collective wealth of experience and are increasingly well equipped and motivated to deliver CSIC’s aims for our industry. We have big ambitions for the future, focusing on the cultural barriers across the industry and will aim to address issues like new innovative procurement models, diversity and inclusion, internationalisation, collaboration, productivity and investment in R&D and innovation.

“We have a unique opportunity at CSIC to harness Scotland’s innovation capacity. The eleven new board appointments represent some of the finest expertise available across the industry and will be instrumental in building a sustainable, dynamic and opportunity-focused Scottish construction industry fit for the 21st century and capable of leading the world in tackling climate change.”