Governance Board

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 over 25 years, in which he has built three successful businesses that form Forster Group. He not only sits on the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre board but he is Chair of the Solar Trade Association Scotland and developed the industry’s first ‘Roofing Skills Academy.’ John won Director of the Year in 2010 and 2011 (Institute of Directors). 

Joe Blewett

Transport Scotland, Programme manager

Dr Blewett, who is Transport Scotland’s A9 Dualling Programme Manager, has a PhD from Heriot-Watt University and is a chartered civil engineer. She has worked in civil engineering research, private consultancy and the public sector and has been working for Transport Scotland since 2005 on a range of trunk road improvement projects.

John Connolly

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.

Mark Farmer

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’.

Peter Haggarty

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).

Professor Rod Jones

Director of Concrete Technology, University of Dundee

Rod is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Dundee and is a leading researcher in the field of cement and concrete technology and focuses on engineering design, sustainable construction, durability performance, utilisation of industrial by-products, enhancing service-life performance. He was previously Dean of Science, Engineering and Mathematics and is now the Director of the Concrete Technology Unit, which has a reputation for practical and industrially relevant research and development.  He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Geological Society of London.  He has published over 150 papers and 10 books and is a member of the Editorial Board of Coal Combustion and Gasification Products and is a member of CEN TC51/104 WG 12 TG5 representing the UK.

 

 

Jeanette MacIntyre

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.

Andy McGoff

Finance & Commercial Director Edinburgh Napier University

Andy represents CSIC's host institution which provides all the administrative support to the Innovation Centre.  

 

Douglas Morrison 

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 STEM, innovation, digital disruption, educational policy, technology enhanced learning and gender equality issues. He is currently the STEM and Innovation Lead at City of Glasgow College having previously acted as the College's Industry Academy Head for STEM. 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. He is a Fellow of Institute for Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (FIKE), Scottish Director of the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange and co-founder of UNITE GLOBAL, a charitable organisation designing assistive aids for disabled children and victims of humanitarian disasters. 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 Royal Society of Edinburgh,Scottish Funding Council and Skills Development Scotland.

Steve Petrie 

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.

David Philp

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.

Sara Thiam

Regional Director Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) Scotland 

Sara is Director for the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in Scotland with responsibility for informing the infrastructure debate, working with members to deliver lifelong learning for civil engineers and promoting excellence in the built environment. She is a member of SCDI’s policy committee and former Chair of the Low Carbon Infrastructure Task Force.

 

She brings over 25 years of project management, policy and public affairs experience from external facing roles in the public sector with an economic development focus.  These include the Glasgow Edinburgh Collaboration Initiative, Edinburgh City Centre development partnership and EU funded transnational knowledge transfer projects designed to stimulate innovation in the built environment.

 

As International manager for Community Learning Scotland she helped establish the Eurodesk youth information project subsequently adopted by the European Commission and replicated across the EU. Her early career in London was with PBD, business information and strategy consultants and the British Council. Sara is a modern languages graduate.

 

Alison Watson 

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. 

 

Stephen Good

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.

Alistair McKinnon - Observer

Director of Sustainable Construction & Regional Director South of Scotland, Scottish Enterprise

Alistair is an observer on the Governance Board. For the past five years he has been the Regional Director - South of Scotland for Scottish Enterprise. Prior to this Alistair was the Senior Director of Company Growth and Key Sectors for Scottish Enterprise for nine years.