Trio Join The Board Of CASE
30th September 2002
Three new directors have been appointed to the board of Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE).
Joining the board is Colin Gregory who has a long and notable career in the nuclear power industry. He moved to Caithness with his family in 1970 to take up a position at the Dounreay nuclear plant following five years with the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) south of the border.
Today, he is head of nuclear strategy and technology with a range of responsibilities including fuel, decommissioning and waste management strategies. Mr Gregory is married and enjoys photography, running and walking. He is chairman of the Local Area Board of Careers Scotland and is a council member of the Scottish Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
Commenting on his appointment to the board, Mr Gregory said: "I very much welcome the opportunity to assist CASE with the task of procuring a secure and sustainable economy in the north. It is essential that the foundations are laid now for the enterprises which will sustain the local economy following the decommissioning of Dounreay."
John Campbell from Halkirk is the managing director of JGC Engineering and Technical Services Ltd. He set up the company in 1972 and has watched it grow steadily from one employee to 130 at present.
Mr Campbell's company is actively involved with the decommissioning of Dounreay having secured several long-term contracts. To accommodate the wide and varied technological challenges associated with decommissioning, JGC are currently developing a research/test facility at Janetstown Industrial Estate, near Thurso.
Mr Campbell said: "I hope that my experience and commitment to the local economy can help enhance future employment in all industries. Innovation and forward thinking must be promoted to ensure Caithness and Sutherland remain prosperous beyond the Dounreay decommissioning era."
Ian Richards lives in Wick and is commercial director at Ackergill Tower. Mr Richards is also a non-executive director of Grampian Records and is a Caithness Business Club committee member.
After over a decade of marketing experience within large multi-national companies, Mr Richards latterly enjoyed four years as marketing director for a rapidly expanding hobby company which sold its products in the UK and around the globe. He moved to the area from London in 1999 with his wife and two young children.
Commenting on his appointment to the board, Mr Richards said: "Since moving to the area I have been amazed at the business opportunities that abound in Caithness and Sutherland.
"Hopefully by working within the CASE framework I can help local people believe in themselves and grab the opportunities that exist. I am very much looking forward to it."
Welcoming the three new recruits to the board, CASE chairman Pat Buchanan said: "I am delighted to welcome three such experienced directors to the board of CASE. Each brings a wealth of knowledge from their own field of operation which will strengthen the board's strategic approach to growing the economies of Caithness and Sutherland. I very much look forward to working with them."
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The Board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has welcomed Professor Lorne Crerar's report on proposed governance arrangements to support the outcomes of the Scottish Government's Enterprise and Skills Review. These recommendations would ensure that a HIE Board effectively remains in place.
Young people in Caithness and Lochaber will be among the first in Scotland to benefit from new Norwegian style learning centres. The centres are aimed at helping young people pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and digital (STEMD).
Ten wave energy development projects have been awarded a total of £3 million by Wave Energy Scotland. The projects, devised by individual companies and partnerships, will explore the potential of different materials and processes in the production of wave energy converters (WECs); devices that convert ocean waves into electricity.
Plans for a multi-million pound research and innovation campus in Stromness in Orkney are set to go ahead after the two organisations behind the venture agreed funding for the project. The 3.75-acre campus will support the growth of existing research and innovation activity and the expansion of companies in Orkney's world-leading marine renewables, energy and low carbon sector.
The latest findings of the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) Business Panel survey have been published (Tuesday 20 December). A total of 1,004 businesses throughout the region took part in the survey between 29 September and 3 November.
The level of income required to afford a socially acceptable standard of living and to participate in society is ten to thirty per cent more expensive in remote rural Scotland than elsewhere in the UK. The report on Minimum Income Standard for Remote Rural Scotland 2016, published today (Wednesday 30 November), was commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Scottish Enterprise (SE), the Rural and Islands Housing Association Forum (RIHAF) and the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA).
The chairman of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has said he is fully confident about the future of the organisation. Responding to reports this week, speculating about the agencies future following the Scottish Government's review of enterprise and skills bodies, Professor Lorne Crerar, said he had had absolute reassurance from Scottish Government that HIE will continue in its present form.
Leader of The Highland Council, Cllr Margaret Davidson is seeking clarification from Depute First Minister John Swinney about reports claiming that the Board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise is to be scrapped and replaced with a centralised committee. Councillor Davidson said: "If it is correct - it is totally unacceptable that the Scottish Government is to centralise the decision-making powers of Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
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