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."
Week commencing 11 February 2019. SpaceHub Sutherland: The SHS team are holding more events this week - in both the Melness Community Centre (Tuesday 19th February, 15.30-20.00) and the Pentland Hotel, Thurso (Wednesday 20th February, 15.30-20.00).
Weekly update from CNSRP - week commencing 4th February 2019. SpaceHub Sutherland: The SHS team were in the Kyle Community Centre in Tongue for the first of a planned weekly presence in the area on Wednesdays between 1000 to 1300 hrs to allow people to meet with the project team.
Week Commening 27 January 2019 SpaceHub Sutherland: The SHS team were in Melness yesterday (Thursday 31 January 2019), continuing its series of engagement events with the local community. The drop-in event was in Melness Village Hall and had the additional benefit of personnel from Lockheed Martin being present to help answer questions on the project.
Week Commencing 21 January 2019 SpaceHub Sutherland: The team working on this exciting project have now created a web presence at www.spacehubsutherland.com which will be a central resource for information about the project as it progresses. And the team will be on the ground in Melness next week, continuing the series of engagement events with the local community.
Energy & Business Services: It was good to meet this week with a large company seeking to grow its presence in Caithness, and good to be able to provide some productive links with initiatives that HIE is already supporting and which might help further attract its interest. We are fortunate in having a number of opportunities in the north in the engineering/ energy sectors and I'm particularly keen to help where there are clear opportunities to use innovation as a means of bringing more international trade opportunities to the area.
My weekly CNSRP updates are intended to be short and informative, and the same applies to this quick review of 2018 as it relates to the work of CNSRP! Our focus this year has remained on those key opportunities we feel will bring us maximum economic and socio-economic returns. And, amidst wider economic uncertainties, we continue to see good progress.
Weeks commencing 10th & 17th December 2018. UKVL Sutherland: The UKVL team was in Tongue last week to hold another drop-in session to update local residents on progress with the project.
Weeks commencing 26th November and 3rd December 2018 UKVL Sutherland: I was delighted to take part in a discussion this week in Thurso with Trudy Morris of Caithness Chamber, the HIE team taking forward the UKVL project and UK/ US representatives from Lockheed Martin. As I have previously highlighted here, Lockheed Martin are one of the two industry partners involved in the project, and their vast experience of launch and satellite technology was clear as we discussed opportunities for the local supply chain as well as exciting opportunities to bring a long-term Lockheed Martin presence into Caithness and North Sutherland.
Week Commencing 26tg November 2018 Energy & Business Services: Following last week's Offshore Wind Week Crown Estate Scotland has just published its report into future licensing rounds for offshore wind leases. http://www.crownestatescotland.com/media-and-notices/news-media-releases-opinion/timescales-and-next-steps-for-new-offshore-wind-leasing-for-scotland at the same time it has been interesting to note that Highland Council's north planning committee this week agreed to raise no objection to the application by Moray West for an offshore windfarm off the Caithness coast.
Weeks Commencing 12th and 19th November 2018 Energy & Business Services: My colleague Keith Muir and I met up last week with the directors of JGC Engineering Services Ltd to catch up on current and future plans, which have been boosted by the news I shared recently that JGC has been awarded a contract by Siemens Transmission and Distribution relating to the Triton Knoll offshore windfarm project of the east coast of England. Siemens is also the turbine provider for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm off the Caithness coast.
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