I have worked for over 31 years in a variety of industries and worldwide locations at a Senior level.
Initially I was a time-served Electrician working on construction sites ranging from Semi-conductor facilities, steel works and commercial buildings.
I then continued my studies obtaining a BEng Honours degree in Building Services whilst advancing my career as a Contract Manager with a local Electrical Engineering company. This involved estimation, planning, managing and surveying multiple contracts simultaneously. These ranged from High Voltage installations in Hospitals to Clean-room installations.
I then transferred within the same company to Facilities Management and was the Facilities Manager for the outsourced contractor at Edinburgh Airport, Abbey National and the BBC Scotland. In all instances, I was responsible for both Hard and Soft services and capital projects, ranging from new buildings to refurbishment of airport run-way lighting systems.
I then joined Morgan Stanley as a regional Facilities Manager. My career progressed in the bank to become the Director of Operational Risk & Industry Services. The responsibilities included Procurement (£200MM per annum), FM, Business Continuity, Anti-Money laundering Officer, The Data Protection Officer, Mastercard Compliance and Scheme Lead, APACS and management of key suppliers. I worked between Scotland, London and Chicago.
I then became the Head of Procurement, Facilities and Estates for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency responsible for a £45MM annual spend, £20 million construction budget and 25 locations across Scotland.
I then joined as the Commercial Director (and soon after the Managing Director) at Document Outsourcing Limited which was a digital printer with its own downstream zonal access contract. Over the next 5 years, we grew the Company (now rebranded Critiqom) from £5 million turnover to £17 million. We opened new offices in London, Birmingham and Leeds and a brand-new manufacturing facility in Warrington serving 86 No. Local Authorities and 50 No. of the UK Debt Collection Market.
Finally, I was the Chief Executive of a start-up business tasked with growing revenue, profitability and international reach.
At all stages of my career I have focused on Procurement, Process and ensuring organisations are lean and efficient. With the majority of experience in the business to business area and I a track record of reducing costs, implementing innovative processes to deliver customer satisfaction and assist organisations to grow.
I have represented my employers on APACS Credit Card Committee, OFCOM Downstream Access Committee and on the Board of various Industry associations.. I am a Member of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management, Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply and the Institute of Directors. I have presented at numerous trade and industry events and in the wider broadcast media representing both my employers and Industry.
From 2001 until 2019 I was the Chairman of Young Enterprise Lanarkshire Area Board.