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."
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has appointed a new director of business and sector development. Originally from County Durham, David Oxley joined the organisation in 2004 as head of operations in Lochaber before moving to Forres with his wife and son in 2011 to take up the role of area manager in Moray.
The development of Inverness Campus moves another step forward with tenders being invited to build a second life science building. Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is leading on the development of the campus.
Aerospace and defence sector opportunities in the region highlighted at event Businesses in the Highlands and Islands are being invited to a free workshop to find out how the region can benefit from opportunities in the aerospace, defence, security and space industries. It will be held in at An Lòchran, Inverness Campus on Tuesday 26 September 2017 The event is organised by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and ADS Scotland which is the Scottish branch of the aerospace, defence, security and space industry trade organisation, ADS.
Over 250 community leaders from across Scotland will meet in Aviemore today and tomorrow (21-22 September) at a national conference to look at the impact and future role of community-led development on Scotland's social and economic fortunes. The event, hosted by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and supported by the Scottish Government, brings together community groups, academia and experts to discuss the vital contribution communities make to Scotland and consider how to support their continuing and increasing ambitions.
Wave Energy Scotland (WES) has just announced over £660K of funding for 13 new projects aiming to develop innovative control systems for wave energy converters. This initiative brings together control systems specialists from mature sectors such as aerospace and oil and gas, to work with Scottish technology developers in addressing the challenges of controlling and integrating Wave Energy Converter (WEC) systems and their components.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise is offering its clients across the region support to protect themselves from cyber attacks, by launching the Cyber Strong business project. Co-inciding with Digital Leaders Cyber Resilience Week (11-15 September 2017), the agency is launching a programme to help local businesses and social enterprises achieve national Cyber Essentials accreditation.
Food and drink businesses looking to grow through innovation are encouraged to register for a free workshop which takes place in Inverness on 31 August. The event will focus on the new ‘Make Innovation Happen' service which provides a single access point for all innovation support to the Scottish food and drink industry.
Twenty-three Scottish companies are travelling to Norway this week to highlight the country's expertise at the world's largest aquaculture technology exhibition. Aqua Nor 2017 gets under way in Trondheim on Tuesday (15 August 2017), and runs until Friday (18 August 2017).
The successful North Coast 500 tourist route will need strong co-ordinated support from the public sector to ensure its long term sustainability. Experiences of the initiative should also be shared with groups around the country looking to develop similar projects.
The North Coast 500 (NC500) tourist route, launched in 2015, has had a positive impact on both visitor numbers and business trade. This is according to a new report commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).
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