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 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 and led the launch of STA Scotland in 2015, influencing Energy and Climate Change policy. With a long term interest and involvement in Education and Skills development, John opened the industry’s first ‘Roofing Skills Academy’ in 2015.

Jeanette MacIntyre - Vice Chair

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. 

David Philp - Vice Chair

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.

Stewart Dalgarno

Director of Product Development, Stewart Milne Group

Stewart has worked for Stewart Milne Group  since 1984, starting as an apprentice & progressing to Managing Director of their offsite timber frame operations. His current Senior Group role is responsible for all research and development, product and process improvement across the group.  This includes BIM, digital working, offsite building systems, advanced manufacturing and lean site construction processes, as well as interfacing with housing product design, placemaking and regulatory compliance activities.

In 2010 Stewart developed the UK’s first near zero carbon, Sigma® prototype home and the groups triple award winning Sigma II offsite building system. Stewart is the current Project Director for AIMCH. This is the UK flagship Housing Industrialisation Project, with £4m funding through the ISCF Transforming Construction Call.

Stewart is a past chairman of UKTFA & ILG member of Construction Scotland. He is a member of the HBF National Technical Group &  CLC Innovations workstream. Stewart has been active member of DCLG/ZCH design versus as built performance project, Sullivan expert panel review of energy standards in Scotland & industry member of Scottish Government Working Party review of fire regulations.

Paul Dodd

Head of Infrastructure Technology, Scottish Future Trust

Paul has been involved in a variety of public and private sector construction projects which have ranged in terms of value, procurement and complexity. His current role is to lead a national digital change programme within the construction sector through supporting the public sector implement Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Paul has also led on various initiatives to support procurement, asset management and outcomes within public sector infrastructure. As well as the BIM Programme for Scotland, Paul has managed the delivery of the Community Infrastructure Benchmark Database, the Whole Life Appraisal Tool for the Built Environment and the Community Benefit Toolkit for Construction. 

Paul began his career as a quantity surveyor and delivered cost management services within an international construction consultancy. In Aug 2012, Paul joined SFT to provide commercial expertise within the Hub Programme which is Scotlands £1.3bn community infrastructure construction programme.

Jo Green

Chief Officer, Performance & Innovation, SEPA

Jo joined SEPA in 1999 and has held a number of senior operational and organisational roles, working in parallel in recent years in roles in the social enterprise and voluntary sectors. Prior to joining SEPA Jo spent 10 years in the private sector, including working internationally from a Scottish base in a major consultancy. She has also worked at Scottish Enterprise on economic regeneration and inward investment in Scotland.

Anne Johnstone

Head of Environment, Energy & Sustainability, Hollis

Anne is a Partner at Hollis, an international, independent real estate consultancy. As Head of Environment, Energy & Sustainability, Anne is responsible for embedding sustainability across the entire Hollis business, implementing the corporate sustainability strategy and managing the Environment and Energy & Sustainability teams. Anne’s prior experience includes roles with ENVIRON (now Ramboll) and Atkins. She is a member of the Scottish Vacant and Derelict Land Taskforce, the Investment Property Forum Scottish board and is Past Chair of the UK Environmental Law Association. Anne has a degree in Geology from the University of Edinburgh and a Masters in Geochemistry from the University of Leeds. She has a particular interest in STEM education in schools and encouraging girls to pursue STEM careers.

Mark Farmer

Founding Director & CEO Cast Consultancy 

Mark has 30 years’ experience in construction and real estate and is a recognised international commentator on a variety of industry and policy related issues. Mark authored the Farmer Review, an influential 2016 independent government review of the UK’s construction labour model entitled ‘Modernise or Die’. In 2019 he was appointed as the government’s Champion for Modern Methods of Construction. 

Mark is a member of the Construction Innovation Hub Industry Board and the Construction Leadership Council Advisory Group. He is also a national co-chair of Constructing Excellence and the Urban Land Institute UK Residential Council and a trustee of the MOBIE educational charity. 

Mark is an honorary professor at The University of Salford’s School of Built Environment and holds an honorary doctorate at the University College of Estate Management.

Alexander Holt

Emerging Opportunities & Partnerships Lead, Digital Directorate, Scottish Government

Alexander was the founder and Champion of the CivTech® Programme, driving daring and innovation in the public sector. He was hugely honoured to win the Leadership Award at the Scottish Public Service Awards in December 17 for this work. And Alexander was delighted for the team to win Scottish Public Sector ICT Team of the Year 2018, and be shortlisted for the UK Civil Service Awards for Innovation 2018.

Previous roles included running number of government tech procurements. Before moving back up to Edinburgh he spent eight years in London, six of which were spent growing his own digital creative agency delivering 'super shiny' web apps for Google, PayPal, Sony Ericsson, McDonald's, Adobe and other leading brands. He is massively passionate about the benefits of digital transformation in the public sector which leads to better value services that make our lives better.

Mandy Mair

Performance Team Leader, Scottish Water

Mandy is educated to Degree level and has over ten years experience working in the Water Industry, where she has recently completed a 2 year leadership programme for Future Leaders, delivered by Oxford University’s award winning Said Business School. The majority of Mandy's time at Scottish Water has been spent in Capital Delivery, where she has gained experience planning and managing a diverse array of rural and urban infrastructure projects of varying size, value and complexity.

In her role as Alliance Team Manager, she helped their new Water Infrastructure Alliance Partner mobilise, grow and excel as they successfully delivered a £100M per annum programme of work enhancing Scotland’s water network. In Mandy's current role as Performance Team Leader, Mandy is managing a team to deliver industry leading levels of productivity on construction sites across their £600M per annum Capital Delivery Programme.

Andy Mallice

Managing Director, Hart Builders

Andy Mallice, is a member of the CIOB and holds a BSc (Hons) in Structural & Civil Engineering. In the last 10 years has held Managing Director posts at ROK plc, ISG plc and Robertson Construction Group.

With 30 years’ experience in the Construction Industry has worked in the UK and Asia including major projects such as the Channel Tunnel and Chep Lap Kok airport in Hong Kong. 

He joined the Cruden Group in April 2018 as Managing Director of Hart Builders reporting to Group CEO, Kevin Reid. In the last year he has completely restructured the business; strengthening the team with the addition of planning, building services and design management resources as well as providing focus and commitment to a large direct labour team.

Emma Marriott

Founder, Emma Marriott Consulting

Emma has extensive leadership and recruitment experience gained from Scotland's largest independent construction recruiter, Contract Scotland Ltd.

As Managing Director and Shareholder, Emma developed an award winning business with a team of 43 staff. Through robust recruitment strategies and strong staff engagement the team achieved growth, sustained profit and turnover. The team delivered temporary, permanent and senior appointments throughout the wider construction industry and set high quality standards latterly moving into Shared Services supporting non technical roles and creating further diversity of offering. Integrity, personal development and providing trusted advice has been fundamental to her success. With an expert knowledge of the Scottish construction sector and growing SME’s across a variety of industries, Emma has a strong understanding of the key issues that improve the creation, engagement and retention of high performing staff.

Andy McGoff

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.

 

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.

Madeline Smith

Head of Strategy at the Innovation School, Glasgow School of Art

Madeline Smith specialises strategy and evaluation for clusters, innovation, and triple helix collaborations. At GSA she leads the research and enterprise strategy for the Innovation School, as well as the development and delivery of a portfolio of programmes using design to build the innovative capacity of businesses, public sector organisations and communities. Initially training as an engineer, she had led large scale improvement programmes in private sector manufacturing environments, as well as strategic policy on innovation for regional development, and she continues to work internationally on the supporting cluster policy.

Lynne Sullivan OBE

Founder, LSA Studio / Chair, Good Homes Alliance

Lynne is a practising Architect and was founding Partner of sustainableBYdesign, finalists in all 2010-2012 BRE Passivhaus housing Competitions.

Previously, Lynne was Sustainability Director for 9 years at Broadway Malyan, and for 10 years Associate Director at ECD Architects, which pioneered an energy- and environment-conscious approach to design. As Project Architect she has led many schemes shortlisted for Housing Design Awards and won the UK’s first Zero CO2 housing competition in 1999

She has advised successive UK governments on sustainability and energy efficiency in the built environment, and chaired the Expert Panel for the Scottish Government whose report “A Low Carbon Building Standards Strategy for Scotland” was published in 2007 and updated in 2013. Lynne is a Visiting Professor, design consultant and review panel member, and was awarded an OBE for services to Architecture in 2011. She is a member of the UK Government’s Green Construction Board.

Sara Thiam

Chief Executive Designate, SCDI

Sara is Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI), a membership organisation focussed on Scotland’s economic success.  SCDI’s members span public, private and social enterprise sectors across Scotland. Their influential thought leadership events and reports inspire, inform and influence Scotland’s decision makers.

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. 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.

 

 

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. Alison is an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors and holds a Doctor of Engineering honorary degree from Heriot-Watt University.

 

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 22 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.

Steven Hutcheon - Observer

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. 

Margaret Watson - Observer

Sector Lead, Construction, Forestry & Timber Technologies