BE-ST appoints deputy CEO to help drive zero carbon ambition

Douglas Morrison

DOUGLAS Morrison has been named as the new deputy CEO of Built Environment – Smarter Transformation (BE-ST).

The organisation said the newly created leadership position reflects its ‘increasingly important’ role in the transition to zero carbon across the construction and built environment sectors.

It added that Douglas will enable the BE-ST team to deliver impact through its transformation programmes, offering strategic direction to help the sector implement sustainable construction practices at the speed needed to tackle climate change.

The new position builds on a string of recent appointments across the BE-ST team and headcount growth of around 20%, with the expansion reflecting the scale of the decarbonisation challenge, as well as the increasing impact of the innovation centre across the sector.

Having joined BE-ST as director of operations and future skills in 2020, Douglas became impact director in 2021. He has a wide range of experience in the construction and education sectors, having previously spent 16 years with City of Glasgow College following an apprenticeship in stonemasonry.

Douglas remains active across both sectors with board and ambassadorial positions at South Lanarkshire College, Skills Development Scotland (Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan Group), the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Construction Leadership Forum, and Circular Glasgow. He is also a fellow of the Institute for Innovation and Knowledge Exchange and a member of the Young Academy of Scotland.

Commenting on his new role, Douglas Morrison said,“Over the past year, BE-ST has matured and evolved to position itself firmly at the heart of a more sustainable built environment. My new role is a part of that too, signalling investment in our wider ambition and helping us to broaden and deepen the level of support we can offer the sector to support decarbonisation.

“I’m passionate about addressing skills gaps, promoting diversity and tackling the wider climate agenda, which play into all of BE-ST’s programmes of activity. As part of a progressive, impact-driven leadership team, our aim is to inspire and encourage stakeholders across every area of the sector to deliver change.

“This is exciting chapter for BE-ST and I look forward to helping to build a purposeful, mission-led centre of excellence that can empower and encourage the entire built environment to adopt new, zero carbon processes, materials and ways of working.”

Andy Outram, chair of BE-ST, added, “Douglas has played a significant role in BE-ST’s recent evolution and, as deputy CEO, he will further contribute to the overarching mission to accelerate zero carbon transformation. Douglas is one of the most exciting, forward thinking, inspiring leaders not only in the sector but across Scotland more widely, and indeed the UK. He is exactly the type of progressive leader needed to address the serious issues we are tackling today.”