The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) has announced that former Michelin executive John Reid its chief executive officer designate.
He will assume office in August after ending his tenure at the head of Dundee’s Michelin-Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP). Previously, he was general manager at the Michelin neighbouring tyre plant on the same site.
Welcoming the appointment principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Strathclyde professor Sir Jim McDonald said it represented a significant development for the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland.
“Together with his leadership team, he will support the transformation of Scotland’s manufacturing and engineering community, targeting global leadership in advanced manufacturing systems and technology.
“As a world-leading technological university with a rich heritage of engineering successes and the anchor university for NMIS, Strathclyde is working with industry, academic and public sector partners to build the future of manufacturing in Scotland. We are transforming the workforce, developing ground-breaking technologies and processes in order to bring about increased levels of economic growth.”
Reid was one of the original members of advisory body, the Fair Work Convention, a member of the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board and director of the Centre for Engineering Education and Development.
His 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 appointed Sarah Jardine as chief operating officer from leading medical technology company and Chris Dungey as research director
Previous recruits include Helen Lightbody from the Advanced Forming Research Centre in Scotland, and Iain Bomphray as director of the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre (LMC) last year. Both the AFRC and LMC are specialist technology centres within the NMIS Group.
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.
Speaking after the announcement of his appointment Reid said: “As someone who has dedicated his entire career so far to the development of large scale manufacturing in Scotland, I’m honoured and delighted to have this opportunity to be part of a talented team with the sole focus of driving and supporting the development of advanced manufacturing in Scotland. A mission that is now even more important as the world economy finds new ways of working and recovers from the impact of Covid-19.”