Construction Scotland Innovation Centre appoints new chairman



The Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) has appointed Andy Outram as its new chairman, succeeding John Forster.

He has more than 35 years of experience across the UK’s construction sector and is currently lead director for real estate in Scotland at Turner & Townsend.

Outram has acted as a project management director on a range of strategic projects in Scotland, including the 2014 Commonwealth Games Athlete’s Village, the SSE Hydro Arena, and The Event Centre Aberdeen.

He will now be responsible for driving the construction sector’s role in delivering a green recovery from Covid-19, which will be supported by digital transformation, cultural change, sustainable building and advanced manufacturing techniques.

Outram said: “Our industry has been placed front and centre of the Covid-19 recovery – as we face this challenge, and even bigger threats such as the climate emergency, we need to accelerate our transformation.

“Crucial to this is embracing new technology and innovation that can enhance performance and productivity, but we also need the capacity and diversity of talent to help drive this forward.”

Stephen Good, chief executive at CSIC, stated: “The road to recovery will be as exciting as it is challenging, there has been great progress over the last decade in driving collaboration, sustainability, and digital transformation across the industry, but we still have much further to go.

“John’s passion, commitment, and support were a critical part of helping us drive that change in his time as chair, and Andy’s will be just as important in the years ahead.”

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Forster added: “The construction industry has gone through significant changes in my nearly seven years at CSIC – three of which as chair – and the innovation centre has been at the vanguard of that process in Scotland.”

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