Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) has appointed development expert John Maclennan as its innovation manager for the Highlands, Islands and North East.
He joins from Scottish Enterprise, having previously led the team delivering the Aberdeen Science Parks joint venture and worked with Highlands and Islands Enterprise as a business development manager. He recently developed the SCALE Summer School Business Programme.
In his new role, Mclellan will help to drive industry growth in the regions by supporting companies in the built environment to collaborate and adopt technologies such as digitalisation, offsite manufacturing and low carbon solutions.
Lucy Black, director of innovation and engagement at CSIC, said: “Now more than ever the sector needs to unlock new opportunities and apply innovation to improve productivity and profitability as we adapt to new ways of working.
“John has a vast experience in supporting business growth and I am confident that he will play a vital role in driving engagement and collaboration in the construction sector through the creation of innovative partnerships.”
CSIC was launched in 2014 and has supported more than 300 collaborative projects, adding £750 million of turnover to the businesses involved. Its phase two strategy aims to add almost £1 billion of turnover for businesses and create and retain over 6,000 jobs.
Maclennan said: “It is great to be part of such a high-energy team at CSIC, one that is committed to mainstreaming a culture of innovation and real transformational change for the better of society.
“The Highlands and Islands region is home to a growing construction and manufacturing base, and so bringing together industry, academia and public sectors will be key to driving change and growth.
“The programmes we will be delivering across the Highlands, Islands and North East regions will give better access to businesses in widely spread out and often remote locations, to help their development and growth.”