Welcome for new Independent Chair of north partnership
4th July 2018
Partners in the Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP) have given a warm welcome to Ian Ross as he takes over the role of Independent Chair from Sir Anthony Cleaver.
Following a public recruitment campaign Ian Ross this week takes on a two-year contract as Independent Chair of CNSRP, as its partners continue to support the area's economy to transition away from dependence on nuclear decommissioning work.
Ian Ross brings a wealth of experience to the role, Ian is a Chartered Forester and a graduate in Forestry from Aberdeen University. A past chair of Scottish Natural Heritage, he was also a Highland Councillor for 13 years and chaired the Council's Planning, Environment and Development Strategic Committee. He currently serves on the board of Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) and is involved with the voluntary sector and chairs a Council for Voluntary Service in Sutherland and is vice-chair of High Life Highland.
Ian Ross said "A great deal has been achieved by the Partnership and this is to the credit of Sir Anthony Cleaver and the partners. I am very optimistic over the future of Caithness and North Sutherland, yes there are undoubted challenges but we have a rich talent of skills, ability and talent. I look forward to working closely with all the partners and actively promoting the very clear opportunities which are available and the Caithness and North Sutherland area can both offer and deliver. I also see a clear part of my role is work closely with the wider community."
Welcoming his appointment Charlotte Wright, Chief Executive of Highlands and Islands Enterprise said:"Sir Anthony Cleaver's time as Chair has helped establish CNSRP as an excellent model of proactive partnership working. As his successor, Ian Ross brings a wealth of local, regional and national experience to the position as we look forward to supporting a range of opportunities for the area’s economy. I very much welcome Ian to the role and look forward to working with him."
The role of Independent Chair will for the first time be a paid post, thanks to support from Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd. DSRL Managing Director Phil Craig said:"CNSRP has a crucial role bringing together all of the agencies and interested parties with the common goal of ensuring a bright future for the area beyond the closure of Dounreay. It has made significant process but that work is set to get even more important as decommissioning progress is made in the next few years. We invested more than £315,000 in CNSRP priority projects last year and, as the independent chair will be central to driving those activities forward, partners in the Dounreay Socio-Economic Alliance including DSRL and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority are delighted to support the new appointment."
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has made leadership changes in Caithness and Sutherland, following the recent announcement of plans to create a spaceport near Tongue. Roy Kirk has moved from his role as area manager to become project director for the new spaceport, where he will lead HIE's plans to develop the new satellite launch facility.
WeekCommencing 20th August 2018 Energy & Business Services: Good to see another Beatrice milestone being reached this week, with the news that all of the inter-array cabling for the development has now been completed. With the crew transfer vessels based in Wick now able to use the new pontoon berths at the harbour the project is reaching the critical phase where construction work and operations work are both moving ahead quickly.
19 August 2018 Energy & Business Services: It was good to meet this week with Mike Muir of M2 Procurement & Commercial Services. Mike has extensive experience in procurement and commercial services, particularly in the nuclear sector, and I was delighted to hear that M2PCS has recently been awarded a contract to help develop the "Open4Business" portal that SSE has used to advertise many of its supply chain contracts.
On Thursday 16th August 2018 councillors on the Environment, Development and Infrastructure committee will discuss the update from Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership which is reproduced below. 3.
Week Commencing 23 July 2018 UK Vertical Launch Sutherland: Following last week's major announcements concerning the vertical satellite launch facility proposed for North Sutherland, it is good to see interest and comment continue to appear in the press. I was particularly delighted to see the pieces in this week's local press with Caithness Chamber's Chief Executive Trudy Morris highlighting the work that has been put in from a number of CNSRP partners in attracting the opportunity to the north.
Week Commencing 16 July 2018 UK Vertical Launch Sutherland: Around three years ago, Roy Kirk and colleagues from CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) began to investigate the potential economic benefits of developing a facility somewhere on the north coast from which to launch small scale satellites into polar and sun synchronous orbits. The market for small scale satellite applications continues to grow, with Glasgow already a centre for space industry businesses.
Week commencing 9th July 2018. Energy & Business Services: * Yet another milestone was achieved for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm (BOWL) project this week, as the final turbine foundation (number 86 of 86) was installed by contractor Seaway Heavy Lifting.
Week Commencing 17 June 2018 Energy & Business Services: Representatives of Sykes @ Home were in Caithness this week to begin a recruitment process for Homeworkers, beginning with a well-supported drop-in recruitment event in Thurso. CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands.
Weeks commencing 4th and11th June 2018 Energy & Business Services: I'm looking forward next week to meeting with representatives of Sykes @ Home when they come to Caithness to begin a recruitment process for Homeworkers. CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise has continued to work on attracting business services opportunities to the north, and this one will be of interest to many people in the area.
Tourism: Interesting to note that Whitbread have this week confirmed an intention to submit planning application to build a Premier Inn in Thurso. The proposal is for ground near Thurso railway station, and the news has been given a cautious welcome, with some questions about effects on existing hotel businesses.
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