John Forster - Board Chair
Chairman Forster Group
John is the Board Chair of the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre and brings a wealth of industry experience. His career in the construction industry spans almost 30 years, in which he has built three successful businesses that form Forster Group. He also sits on the board of the Solar Trade Association, led the launch of STA Scotland in 2015 and advises the Scottish Government Energy Minister as a member of the Renewables Industry Advisory Group. With a long term interest and involvement in Skills development, John opened the industry’s first ‘Roofing Skills Academy’ in 2015.
Assistant Director (Property & Capital Planning) NHS Scotland Health Facilities
For the past two years John has been the Assistant Director (Property and Capital Planning) at NHS Scotland Health Facilities Scotland. His past experience ranges from being a Management Consultant with the Office of Government Commerce to Facilities Management Consultant at Gardiner & Theobald.
Founding Director & CEO Cast Consultancy
Mark has nearly 30 years of experience in the construction and real estate sectors and has become a recognised commentator and thought leader on a variety of issues. He has been at the forefront of emerging UK residential market segments such as Build to Rent and Later Living. He is also playing a leading role in modernising the construction industry through the adoption of greater levels of pre-manufacturing using more integrated and digitally enabled delivery models. Mark is a member of the RICS, Vice Chairman of the ULI UK Residential Council, a member of the BPF Build to Rent sub-committee and co-chairman of Constructing Excellence. Mark authored the October 2016 UK Government Review of the Construction Labour Market Model entitled ‘Modernise or Die’.
Deputy Director Construction & Capital Projects, University of Glasgow
For the past eight months he has worked as the Deputy Director in Construction and Projects for The University of Glasgow. He has extensive experience across multiple sectors from Health Facilities Scotland to the Police. As well as a BSc in Building Engineering and Management from Glasgow Caledonian University Peter is also a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB) and a
Fellow of The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS).
Head of Technology and Innovation, Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Steven is responsible for leading HIE’s activity around productivity, innovation, digital and the Northern Innovation Hub. Joining HIE in 2004, Steven has held a number of positions across the organisation covering business growth, communities and regional development. During this time he has been involved with projects in innovation, property development and management, strategy development, tourism, inward investment and manufacturing. Committed to lifelong learning, Steven is a honours graduate of Aberdeen University’s Forestry Department, an HND in Papermaking from Bury College and an MBA (with distinction) from Robert Gordons University.
Managing Director Indeglas
Jeanette first qualified in Interior Design from Napier University, Edinburgh and completed the Graduate Enterprise course run by Scottish Enterprise at Stirling University before setting up her first company. After that she joined the Interiors Division of Tarmac Construction in 1987, where she worked on larger projects for some of the blue-chip companies based in Scotland, including Compaq, Motorola, and IBM. She also worked with the government’s Property Services Agency on a number of public buildings where she helped refurbish Scottish Courts, Customs and Excise, Benefits Agency and Military Centres. In 1993 Jeanette became one of the founding directors of Zenith Contract Interiors, a design and all trades fitting out company which grew to become one of Scotland’s most successful interior specialists at that time. At the core of Zenith’s growth in the market was the specialist internal glazing system DEKO of Denmark. In 2000, that became DEKO Scotland, specialising in the interior application of glass and in 2013 Jeanette negotiated a management buyout of the company to become its major shareholder. In 2017 DEKO Scotland rebranded to create Indeglas, aligning the service offering of the business with its key customers and to reflect the company’s status within this specialist sector of the construction industry. Jeanette was also appointed as a UK Construction Week Role Model in 2018.
Finance & Commercial Director Edinburgh Napier University
Andy represents CSIC's host institution which provides all the administrative support to the Innovation Centre. Andy is a commercially focused Finance Director with extensive experience of working internationally with entrepreneurial and VC backed organisations as well as large corporates. Andy graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MA in Economics, before training to become a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young. Having been with the Miller Group, the UK’s largest privately owned House building, Property Development and Construction business, for almost 11 years, Andy then worked across a portfolio of clients. This was both as a consultant or a Director accountable for broad commercial business operations as well as functional responsibility for leading, managing and motivating the Finance and HR teams. Prior to joining Edinburgh Napier University in October 2016 he was a Board Member with Bloxx Limited where he had a lead role in the successful sale of the company to Akamai Technologies Inc a NASDAQ listed entity.
STEM and Innovation Lead at City of Glasgow College
Douglas, a stonemason to trade, is now an experienced educator with a demonstrated history of working in the further and higher education sector. His areas of interest include construction, STEM, innovation, digital disruption, educational policy, technology enhanced learning and gender equality issues. He is the Associate Director of Innovation and STEM at City of Glasgow College and the Scottish Director of the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange, of which he was awarded Fellowship in 2015. Douglas holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology and is a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) candidate researching gender, habitus and occupational segregation in the UK construction industry at the University of Strathclyde. Douglas sits on the Strategic Programme Board at the Glasgow City of Science and Innovation, is an associate staff member at the Universities of Stirling and Dundee and supports the Core Skills Development Team at the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland. He also holds gender focused advisory positions at the Scottish Funding Council and Skills Development Scotland.
Business Improvement Lead at Balfour Beatty
Steve is a gas engineer having spent nearly 20 years with British Gas in senior positions across the UK. Steve led the build of the natural gas network in Northern Ireland and introduced lean techniques and logistics solutions to the Project, having spent time in the UK outsourcing parts of the British Gas Supply Chain to Logistics Companies. In 2003, Steve attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where he completed the Leaders for tomorrow Programme. Steve is the Chair of Developing the Young Workforce (North East Scotland) and sits on the National Group. Steve is a passionate practitioner and student of leadership and people and has been involved across Balfour Beatty Group in leading several areas of focus in its ongoing Build to Last campaign.
Global BIM/IM Consultancy Director, AECOM
David helps clients around the globe achieve better outcomes through digitised and innovative approaches to the asset life-cycle. David’s career spans over some 25 years where he has worked for some of the construction industry’s leading contractors and consultants.
After graduating with a degree in Building Engineering and Management, he joined Balfour Beatty as an Engineer spending much of his early years setting-out, planning and manging specialist sub-contractors before progressing to Director of Technical Services and subsequently BIM Programme Director. During this same time David gained an MSc in Property & Construction Management (Distinction) and University Medal winner as well as Virtual Design and Construction certification from Stanford University, California. He was seconded into the Cabinet Office as Head of BIM Implementation and has been part of the UK BIM Task Group helping UK Government realise their Building Information Modelling (BIM) strategy. He is currently part of the UK Governments Centre Digital Built Britain (CDBB) team at Cambridge University. He was also Chair of the Scottish BIM Delivery Group through the Scottish Futures Trust delivering the BIM requirements of the Scottish Government.
In addition to being a Trustee, Fellow and Ambassador of the CIOB he is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineering, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors. David is recognised as one of the global leaders on BIM and digital asset management strategies and has delivered AECOM commissions all around the globe, including a current commission for JTC in Singapore.
Chief Executive Designate, SCDI
As Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) Sara will focus on the opportunities that climate change and digital transformation can deliver for Scotland’s economy. As Director for the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in Scotland Sara led membership growth, lifelong learning, thought leadership and STEM activity. She is a member of the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland and Board Member for the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre. Sara’s career in economic development includes the Glasgow Edinburgh Collaboration Initiative and EU knowledge transfer projects designed to stimulate Scottish innovation. Her early career in international education included the setting up of the Eurodesk youth information service subsequently replicated throughout the EU. Sara holds a BA (Hons) in modern languages from the University of Stirling.
Founder and Chief Executive at Class Of Your Own Limited
Alison was awarded an MBE for services to education in the 2018 New Year Honours. Since 2009 her company, Class Of Your Own, has helped young people and their teachers to recognise and aspire to the wide range of technical and professional careers available to them in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industries. As an industry professional and social entrepreneur, Alison is passionately adamant that the built environment be seen as an exciting, challenging and technologically stimulating place to learn and work. She actively works with leading industry and education partners to provide recognised progression routes into work experience, skilled apprenticeships, further and higher education. Alison is also a Honorary Visiting Fellow at the School of the Built Environment, Salford University and has been appointed as a UK Construction Week Role Model in 2018.
Chief Executive, Construction Scotland Innovation Centre
Stephen is a member of the Governance Board and Chief Executive of the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC). Under Stephen's leadership, CSIC has ambition to deliver an innovation revolution within the Scottish construction industry, and help position those businesses globally as respected leaders of construction innovation. As a trained Architect Stephen has 18 years construction industry experience and his career has spanned the sustainability consultancy, architectural design, offsite manufacturing and construction management sectors.
Gary Bannon - Observer
Gary Bannon is a Senior Policy/Analysis Officer in the Scottish Funding Council for Further and Higher Education’s (SFC) Research and Innovation Directorate. SFC, in partnership with the enterprise agencies, funds the Innovation Centre programme which aims to deliver ‘university/industry collaboration and the exploitation of research’. SFC is an observer on the CSIC Board.