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National Manufacturing Institute Scotland leadership team bolstered with CEO appointment

Published:  28 May, 2020

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland has announced that John Reid has been appointed as chief executive officer to lead the growth and development of the group of industry-led manufacturing research and development facilities at the heart of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland led by Renfrewshire Council.

John will take up position in August after successfully leading the Michelin-Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) in Dundee. Prior to leading MSIP John held the position of general manager at the Michelin tyre plant on the same site.

He first started at Michelin’s UK headquarters in Stoke-on-Trent before spending time at Michelin in France. John moved to Dundee in 1992 as a production manager and went on to hold numerous roles including personnel manager and operations manager before leaving the plant.

In recent times, John was one of the original members of the independent advisory body, the Fair Work Convention, a member of the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board and a director of the Centre for Engineering Education and Development.

John’s appointment further strengthens the leadership team for the group, which includes the new flagship facility being built next to Glasgow Airport that was recently granted planning permission by Renfrewshire Council.

Earlier this year NMIS welcomed Sarah Jardine as chief operating officer from leading medical technology company, Optos and Chris Dungey as research director from prominent manufacturing research and innovation centre, The Welding Institute (TWI).

This followed the appointments of Helen Lightbody as chief operating officer for the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), the only High Value Manufacturing Catapult centre in Scotland, and Iain Bomphray as director of the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre (LMC) last year. The AFRC and LMC are specialist technology centres within the NMIS Group.

NMIS is set to transform skills, productivity and innovation in Scotland by strengthening links between industry, academia and the public sector. The nucleus of the group will be a fully digitalised factory of the future, skills academy and collaboration hub that will bring manufacturers together to work on the development of innovative new technologies and products. It will support manufacturing and engineering firms of all sizes and from all sectors across the country, and internationally, to innovate and grow their businesses.

NMIS is operated by the University of Strathclyde and supported by Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, High Value Manufacturing Catapult, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Funding Council and Renfrewshire Council.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, said: “I would like to congratulate John Reid on his appointment to the role of chief executive of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland.

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