Meet the team
Our industry specific team, based across Scotland from the central belt to the Highlands & Islands will work with you to understand your innovation aims and objectives; bringing together expertise from our 13 Higher Education partners to best meet your needs. If you are looking for a team member near you, get in touch.
Stephen drives CSIC's vision and strategy as it focuses on helping deliver growth to businesses through their adoption of new innovative solutions. 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 extensive construction industry experience and his career has spanned the sustainability consultancy, architectural design, offsite manufacturing and construction management sectors.
Head of Strategic & Commercial Operations
Ben is responsible for strategic industry programmes; commercial activities and marketing and events. Prior to joining the innovation centre, Ben commenced his career in Economic and Business Development providing direct business support with Business Gateway and Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce. He then joined Scottish Enterprise for 10 years in a range of roles covering research, strategy and sector development, 6 of these as Construction Sector Manager, which involved overseeing the delivery of a wide range of projects, engaging directly with ambitious businesses and working collaboratively with partners in the private, public and academic sectors on strategic initiatives.
Head of Public Partnerships and Future Workforce
Rohan has responsibility for leading, developing and delivering a range of public sector stakeholder and future workforce partnerships focused on the creation of strategic programmes, projects, consultancy and commercial activity utilising the full range of CSIC resources. In addition she heads up the technical and operations support activities to deliver a co-ordinated, high quality service consistently across CSIC. Rohan holds degrees in architecture, building science and political studies and brings 18 years of experience in the built environment sector including managing building innovation funds in Melbourne and helping establish the New Zealand Green Building Council.
Head of Business Relationships
Lucy joined the team as Senior Business Relationship Manager in July 2016 to work with ambitious innovative businesses within the Scottish construction industry, overseeing the development of pioneering new projects. With a career in economic development and consultancy focused on innovation and international collaboration for the last 18 years, Lucy has worked extensively with innovative companies and universities across Scotland within construction and renewable energy. Her expertise lies in building new business models based on innovation and developing strong commercialisation strategies whilst leveraging in appropriate funding. A strong networker, Lucy will work with the industry to forge new relationships between industry and academia to drive forward the Scottish construction industry to deliver higher economic growth with an international outlook.
Business Relationship Manager
Sarah recently joined the Business Development team bringing 18 years of construction market expertise from an award winning career within the construction recruitment industry. Sarah’s outstanding reputation within the Scottish construction market is built on honesty and trust. Sarah brings an exceptional network of long term strategic business relationships across every construction sector both public and private. Sarah’s strengths are positive thinking, relationship building, winning and maximising new and existing business opportunities, sales strategy and tender bids. Sarah is looking forward to inspiring transformational change across the construction industry by promoting innovative ideas and cutting-edge technology.
Business Relationship Manager
Fiona joined the Business Development team to support innovation projects in the West of Scotland. With 11 years experience within private sector construction, she has delivered marketing, business development bid management and client relationship roles at a strategic level. Fiona has experienced first hand the challenges of the construction marketplace and understands the significance of approaching business from a new perspective to deliver successful return on investment. Fiona appreciates the importance of relationship management and in turn trust; she is committed to unlocking the potential of businesses in relation to innovation, whilst bridging the gap between industry and academia.
Business Relationship Manager
Jennifer joined the team bringing 20 years of experience in the Construction, Utilities and FM marketplace with a particular focus on the Water Industry where she has spent over 10 years working for Thames Water and Scottish Water. She is a qualified Civil & Environmental Engineer with extensive experience in Internal and External Communications, Relationship Management and Business Development. With this experience, Jennifer will be leading on our Civils, Infrastructure and Environmental projects across Scotland. Jennifer is a creative individual who thrives on supporting the development of innovative solutions to drive businesses forward and in turn creating a positive impact on the Construction industry in Scotland.
Business Relationship Manager
Bringing over 20 years’ experience in construction and housebuilding, Sam joined CSIC to increase our offering around timber and offsite manufacturing. Working with a broad range of companies from small civil engineering firms to large volume house builders, he has both hands-on experience and management expertise and enjoys developing relationships across the industry to enable optimum delivery of projects. Sam aims to enhance Scotland’s reputation as global flag-bearers for offsite manufacture and innovation across the sector by bringing together companies through collaboration and partnerships.
Project Manager : Strategic Programmes
Lynsey joined CSIC in October 2018 to provide project management support to strategic programmes, working with industry, academic bodies and the public sector. She has worked in the construction industry for over 8 years with a background of developing growth strategies for main contractors. Lynsey is a keen advocate of promoting women within the construction industry and is the 2018/19 Chair of the Women in Property Central Scotland branch. A strong believer in the importance of networking she was also a founder member of the BCO NextGen committee in Scotland. Lynsey holds an MBA and has experience in business development, marketing, bid management, communications and brand management.
Project Manager : Strategic Programmes
Alan joined CSIC in November 2018 as Project Manager for strategic industry programmes. Alan commenced his career in the construction industry, bringing 25 years of built environment experience to the role, working directly or in conjunction with construction businesses. Alan has experience in business development, procurement, socio-economic development and carbon reduction. This experience has been gained working across the private, public and third sectors. Prior to joining CSIC Alan was involved in supporting ambitious businesses and their growth strategies, providing expertise in bid management, tendering, funding and business planning. He is passionate about fostering strong relationships and working in collaboration to meet the strategic aims of clients and partners. He holds a range of built environment and carbon reduction qualifications as well as a Diploma in Management.
Brenda joined the Business Development team at CSIC to strengthen and support Project Management on innovative projects. With a background in Skills and Learning in designing, managing and and delivering major projects, Brenda combines this with her knowledge of business and expertise in supporting start up and growing businesses through her experience as Business Gateway Manager. In addition her experience as Economic Development project manager, allows her strong networks, working knowledge and partnership approach to Project delivery with Business, Academic and a full range of Public Sector organisations. Major projects delivered successfully in Construction Strategy, Construction training and with Construction Businesses, Brenda ensures that an innovative approach is at the heart of all good projects.
Skills and Training Manager
Lisa leads CSIC’s skills and training programme, with a particular focus on supporting BIM implementation, digitisation of the industry, and learning opportunities around modern methods of construction including offsite manufacture and DfMA. Lisa joined the team in November 2016 with extensive experience in Organisational Development, Learning and Education, Leading Teams, Contract Management, Business Start Up, Recruitment, Human Resources, Training and Employability. A creative and strategic thinker, she is working with CSIC’s senior management team and a range of stakeholders to develop transformational skills and training opportunities for the industry covering a variety of innovative approaches and disciplines.
Since graduating with a degree in Architectural Technology, Mark has worked for over 15 years in various roles within the construction industry. Mark has a broad knowledge of, and experience in product evaluation and design, research, development, materials, manufacturing, testing and quality management systems. Mark is responsible for the technical team and oversees the operation, supervision and coordination of the prototyping equipment and associated projects within the innovation centre, as well as collaborating with and providing assistance, supervision and guidance to clients, trade, professional bodies, academic partners and public sector organisations engaging with the equipment, to assist the wider construction industry with physical prototyping of new products.
Digital Automation & Prototyping Co-ordinator
Matthew takes up the role of Digital Automation and Prototyping Coordinator bringing a range of experience from across the Construction and Design industries. As a graduate in Advanced Architectural Design and trained as an architect, Matthew is able to take projects from initial sketch ideas to fully developed proposals. This strong design background is equally matched with extensive practical experience of prototyping and digitally controlled manufacturing. Matthew works with industry partners to coordinate the digital CAD development of projects, the CAM programming and physical interface with the equipment. Matthew ensures that the innovation potential of each of the machines is fully explored, developed and delivered; aiming to meet the future skills opportunities for the industry.
Operations Support Manager
Janette is responsible for the day to day operations and management of the Finance, Administration and HR business functions within CSIC. Janette has a background in Events Management from working at the Commonwealth Games, British and Scottish Championship cycling events, Track Cycling World Cup. Despite this, she is always reminding us that she started her working life in a Quantity Surveyors office typing Bills of Quantities and is enjoying being back in the Construction industry. Janette brings a wealth of experience in keeping things in order and running on time. She joined the team in June 2016.
Lorna oversees the operational management of the building and is a primary point of contact for all visitors, contractors and partner organisations of the Innovation Centre. Having previously worked in Local Authority and Education sectors, she has several years of experience in Business Support Management and Facility Management. Lorna is responsible for coordinating all conference, training and event spaces within the building as well as developing services and resources to support innovation activity within the Centre.
Grace recently joined CSIC as an Executive Assistant. In this role she supports both the senior team at CSIC and Construction Scotland. She began her career in 1989 working for Rolls-Royce where she worked for 20 years, before moving on to new challenges, including Airdrie Savings Bank where she was the PA to the CEO/COO and Board and gained a wealth of experience in a corporate environment, providing executive support in a busy and varied role. Prior to joining CSIC, she worked for Distell International, progressing from PA to Supply Chain management. Her key strengths lie in Board reporting, meeting preparation, minute taking, preparing presentations, and arranging travel both in work and personal capacity.
Marketing & Communications Manager
Wendy heads up CSIC’s marketing and communication activities. Leading on events, digital marketing and communications, PR and public affairs and strategy development. Wendy has over 15 years of experience of working in the marketing and communications sector across public sector, private sector and not for profit. Wendy’s experience has been gained working for Strathclyde Police, the Scottish Government and local authorities. Having delivered projects including public engagement for health and social care, digital strategy and platform development and having worked on many social PR and marketing campaigns and initiatives. Wendy has also worked overseas for a number of charities in a number of roles including media relations and project management. Wendy holds an MSc in Political Communications from the University of Glasgow as well as a PgDip in Creative Advertising and BA(Hon)s in Fine Art and Professional Diploma in Marketing.
Digital Marketing & Events Co-ordinator
Jordan recently graduated from Robert Gordon University with a degree in media studies. Post-graduation he was working as a digital marketing coordinator within a tree surgery organisation where he was involved in the development, maintenance and upkeep of a new website and several social media channels. As a creative and dynamic individual Jordan is applying his experience and knowledge to develop our social media channels and website further. In addition, he is also responsible for the promotion and running of events involving Construction Scotland Innovation Centre.
Augmented & Virtual Reality Intern
Josh is a Physics student at the University of Glasgow. He is on an internship to work on virtual and augmented reality applications for the construction industry. Josh is developing demos and prototypes using the HTC Vive and Microsoft Hololens.