Alastair takes over as Chair of the EAB at a time when there is a fantastic amount of investment in infrastructure across the Edinburgh area. The Queensferry Crossing, Borders Railway, Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Project, Edinburgh Airport expansion and the new Haymarket Development offer a great opportunity to showcase civil engineering at its best, as well as providing excellent training opportunities for the next generation of professional engineers.
“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to build on the excellent work undertaken by my predecessor, Michael Woods and help move the Branch forward” said Alastair, who moved back to Scotland two years ago, after many years south of the border.
“We need to take advantage of the opportunities these projects present along with the work ICE Scotland is doing to inform opinion such as the State of the Nation report and Saltire Awards to advance public perception of our profession.
As an ICE Scotland branch our job is to organise a local programme of events, which help meet the lifelong learning needs of our members and to inspire the next generation into the profession through visits to local schools and careers events.”
The Branch has been restructured to aid delivery of these key tasks and to ensure that members across the Branch area are well served and Alastair wants to be more visible in the Borders and Falkirk to Stirling areas.
“I am also looking forward to closer ties with local employers and our Graduates and Students and improved coordination with ICE Scotland and the Regional Support Team to build on the great base of professionals we have across the EAB area.”